University of Guelph: Narrative Description

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Guelph, ON, Canada N1G 2W1
Tel: (519)824-4120; Admissions: (519)824-4120; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Province-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 817-acre urban campus with easy access to Toronto. Total enrollment: 18,298. Faculty: 950 (760 full-time, 190 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 31,272 applied, 59% were admitted. Students come from 12 provinces and territories, 85 other countries, 11% 25 or older, 38% live on campus. Retention: 94% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Core. Calendar: trimesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: 4/20.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $85 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Province resident tuition: $4184 full-time. Canadian resident tuition: $418 per course part-time. Mandatory fees: $988 full-time, $15.72 per course part-time, $325.74 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $6675. College room only: $3475. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. International student tuition: $9356 full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all. Major annual events: homecoming, College Royal Weekend, Community Bar-B-Que. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, video camera surveillance in parking lots, alarms in women's locker room. 5,500 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. McLaughlin Library plus 1 other with 2.1 million books, 1.5 million microform titles, 7,294 serials, 16,437 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 1,200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Blending the sophistication of city life with the beautiful scenery of the countryside in the heart of southwestern Ontario, the city of Guelph is a lively, multicultural community of 100,000. Just a short walk from campus, students can enjoy sidewalk cafes, specialty boutiques and craft shops, and a wide variety of restaurants. An hour's drive west of Toronto, Guelph is easily accessible by bus or train. It is the home of the Guelph Spring Festival (May-June), the Guelph Jazz Festival (September), and the Hillside Folk Festival (July), as well as the site of the Guelph Center for the Performing Arts.