University of Guelph

General Requirements

English Language Proficiency

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Duolingo: 110
  • PTE: 60
  • TOEFL: Internet-based: 89                                                                                                        Computer-based: minimum score: 250                                                                                              Paper-based: minimum score: 600

The University of Guelph is like no other university in Canada. Research-intensive and learner-centered, our campuses span urban hubs and rural communities. We are known for excellence in the arts and sciences and for our commitment to developing exceptional thinkers and engaged citizens.

The University of Guelph traces its origins back to when the Ontario government bought 200 hectares (500 acres) of farmland from Frederick William Stone and opened the Ontario School of Agriculture on May 1, 1874, which was renamed the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) in 1880. The Experimental Farm has been part of the original project along with the Museum of Agriculture and Horticulture. Its first building was Moreton Lodge, located where Johnston Hall now stands, which included classrooms, residences, a library, and a dining room. In 1874, the school started an apiculture department, teaching students about bees and beekeeping, in a dedicated building. In more recent years, the program has continued at the Honey Bee Research Centre located in the Arboretum, continuing research on honeybee health, providing apiculture and beekeeping courses, and offering “many other educational experiences” including informative videos for beekeepers.

Wellington College was established shortly after the University of Guelph Act, and five years later, was split three ways into the College of Arts (COA), which exists in the present day, the College of Physical Science, and the College of Social Science. The Macdonald Institute would also be renamed the College of Family and Consumer Studies during the split. After this split, the University of Guelph started reorganizing into its present-day form, starting from the establishment of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) in 1971. The College of Physical Science would be married to the OAC’s School of Engineering in 1989, creating the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS). The College of Social Science and the College of Family and Consumer Studies were joined to create the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS) in 1998. Finally, the College of Management and Economics (CME) would be established from the segregation of offered business, management, and economic degrees and courses in 2006.

The university is named after the city. Guelph comes from the Italian Guelfo and the Bavarian-Germanic Welf also known as Guelf. It is a reference to the reigning British monarch at the time Guelph was founded, King George IV, whose family was from the House of Hanover, a younger branch of the House of Welf was sometimes spelled as Gwelf.


Guelph University Ranking :

The University of Guelph is one of the top public universities in Guelph, Canada. It is ranked #=486 in QS World University Rankings 2024.




  • Fall :31ˢᵗ Jan – 1ˢᵗ Nov 2024
  • Spring :1ˢᵗ Feb 2024
  • Summer :1ˢᵗ Mar 2024
  • Winter :1ˢᵗ Aug 2024


January 15

  • Application deadline for currently enrolled high school students to be considered for early offers of admission. Note: We will continue to consider applications received after this date.
  • Application deadline for early consideration for international students studying outside of Canada.  Note: we will continue to accept applications received after this date.

January 25

Lincoln Alexander Chancellor’s Scholarships application deadline.

President’s Scholarships application deadline.

Academic Leadership Entrance Scholarships application deadline.

Dr. Franco J. Vaccarino President’s Scholarship

February 1

Deadline for high school students studying outside of Canada to submit documents to be considered for early admission. Background Information Form (BIF) deadline for Canadian DVM applicants.

February 16

Deadline to submit the DTM Background Information Form (BIF). Applications and documents received after this deadline will be considered as space allows

March 1

Deadline for undergraduate applications to the OUAC (note: we will continue to consider applications received after this date)

Deadline for applications for students studying outside of Canada.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) application deadline for high school and transfer applicants.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Background Information Form (BIF) submission deadline.

Transcript and Reference deadline for Canadian DVM applicants.

Application deadline for transfer students applying for summer 2024 entry.

Deadline for out-of-country applicants to provide proof of English proficiency (soft deadline).

Student Profile Form (SPF) submission deadline for all currently enrolled high school students.

Deadline for the Supplemental Information Form for Students with Disabilities (SIF-D) submission.

March 15

Deadline for high school students studying outside of Canada to submit required documents, including proof of English proficiency.

April 1

  • Application deadline for transfer students applying for fall 2024 entry.
  • Document submission deadline for college and university transfer applicants applying for summer 2024 entry (all programs except BLA, DTM and DVM).

April 15

  • Official transcript deadline for all high school applicants not currently enrolled in high school.
  • Official transcript deadline for high school students studying outside of Ontario.
  • Proof of English Proficiency deadline for out-of-country applicants.
  • Proof of English Proficiency deadline for applicants studying in a Canadian high school.
  • Deadline to amend your application to be considered equally for all programs (except BLA).
  • Deadline to apply for scholarships and bursaries that require an application.
  • Deadline to submit the Financial Need Assessment Form to determine eligibility for need-based entrance awards.

April 25

  • Deadline for Ontario high schools to submit all official grades to the OUAC.

May 1

  • Deadline for international students studying outside of Canada to accept their offer of admission.
  • Document submission deadline for transfer students applying for fall 2024 entry point (for most programs).

May 15

  • Deadline for all international fee-paying students to submit the $1,000 tuition deposit.

June 3

  • Deadline to accept the offer of admission through OUAC.
  • Deadline for residence application and $750 deposit.

June 15

  • Deadline to register with Student Accessibility Services to ensure disability-related academic accommodations are in place by September.

July 31

  • Deferral application deadline for current high school students.

August 9

  • Deadline for high school applicants to satisfy the conditions of their offer of admission.
  • Deadline for international high school applicants to meet the conditions of their offer.
  • Deadline for domestic students to pay the $200 registration deposit.

August 20 – 31

  • Deadline for GCE and CAPE final results for international applicants.


Degree programs at the University of Guelph:

  • Bachelor of Arts, all regular and co-op programs
  • Bachelor of Science, all regular and co-op program
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Undeclared
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management, all regular and co-op programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences, all regular and co-op programs


These amounts reflect Tuition only for two semesters.

Undergraduate/Diploma Program

Tuition for New Students

% Increase in Tuition for
Continuing Students*

Arts & Sciences – Main Campus



Arts & Sciences – Guelph-Humber



Business – Main Campus



Business – Guelph-Humber






Computing $42,117



Landscape Architecture

$46,007 5%
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)



Assoc. Diploma in Agriculture (Turfgrass)



Assoc. Diploma in Agriculture (Ridgetown) $14,442 -$15,408


*2024-25 tuition fee rates vary for continuing students depending on their cohort.



These amounts reflect tuition only for three semesters (unless noted).

Graduate Program

% Increase in Tuition for All Students

Tuition for All Students

Doctoral 0% $19,681
Regular Masters (MA, MSc, MASc) and Graduate Diplomas (Excl. Accounting and Project Management) 0% $20,512
Professionally Oriented Graduate Programs (see Note 1)
MBA (see Note 2) 3% $54,589
MA Leadership (see Note 2) 5% $39,749
Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence 5% $44,100
Master of Data Science 0% $42,000
Master of Engineering 5% $34,048
Master of Science in Management 3% $30,900
Master of Biotechnology 3% $30,931
Master of Bioinformatics 6% $30,925
Master of Biomedical Science 6% $31,000
MSc – Food Safety and Quality Assurance 3% $29,602
Master of Dairy Technology Management 0% $27,000
Master of Applied Nutrition 5% $32,750
Master of Public Health 0% $32,000
Master of Landscape Architecture 3% $32,563
Master of Conservation Leadership (see Note 2) 5% $39,690
Graduate Diploma – Accounting (one-term program) 5% $8,925
Master of Wildlife Biology 0% $30,000
Master of Project Management 0% $37,500
Diploma in Project Management (tuition for one semester only) 0% $12,500
Master of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics 7% $27,488
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 5% $26,975
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art 5% $26,975
Master of Environmental Sciences 5% $26,975
Master of Planning in Rural Planning and Development 5% $26,975
DVSc 0% $25,690