About the University

The University of Guelph is like no other university in Canada. Research-intensive and learner-centred, 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.

Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Alumni (living in 160+ countries worldwide)
International Students (from 130+ countries)

Our students, faculty and staff pursue active inquiry and exercise creativity across a range of disciplines -- physical and life sciences, arts and humanities, social sciences, business, agricultural and veterinary sciences.

Known for its beautiful, safe campuses and welcoming, supportive culture, U of G blends historical and modern architecture with cutting-edge technology.

Our living and learning environments encourage exploration and the interdisciplinary sharing of new ideas, critical for meeting challenges posed by our more complex and interconnected world.

Our faculty scholars and researchers provide students with groundbreaking research opportunities in laboratories, art studios and libraries and in the field.

Student engagement is fundamental to learning and research at U of G. By focusing on the "whole student," we give University of Guelph graduates the tools and skills to make a difference in our ever-changing world.

At Guelph, we turn knowledge into action.

University of Guelph - Are you ready?

Welcome to the University of Guelph. Here, we are committed to one common purpose: to Improve Life. From engaging with the broader community to creating innovations, our students and faculty are always looking to Improve Life. Are you ready?

The University of Guelph is ...

The University of Guelph, and everyone who studies here, explores here, teaches here and works here, is committed to one simple purpose: to Improve Life!

Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

Our campuses reside on the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit and lands that the Anishinaabe, Hodinohso:ni, Lūnaapéewak and Wendat peoples have inhabited for centuries. We understand that these lands are connected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum and continue to be home to diverse communities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Acknowledging the land reminds us of our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and lands.


The University of Guelph is one of Canada’s top comprehensive and research-intensive universities. We are known as Canada’s Food University.

Established in 1964, the University enjoys a reputation for innovation and excellence dating back more than 150 years to its founding colleges: Ontario Veterinary College, Ontario Agricultural College and Macdonald Institute.

Seven Colleges

Today’s seven colleges conduct leading-edge teaching and research in the physical and life sciences, business, arts, social sciences, and agricultural and veterinary sciences.

Three Campuses

Through a collaboration with the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto, the University of Guelph-Humber offers a unique blend of theoretical and applied learning that allows students to earn both a university degree and a college diploma.

The University’s Ridgetown Campus in southwestern Ontario is a leader in applied agriculture, animal sciences and environmental sciences.


Painting the Cannon

An antique British naval gun, “Old Jeremiah,” rests in Branion Plaza near the University Centre. Old Jeremiah is the subject of one of the most creative and colourful traditions on the U of G campus. Students paint the cannon with messages about events, causes, clubs and even marriage proposals. Tradition dictates it can be painted only between sunset and sunrise. Check out @uofgcannon on instagram for images of the many times Old Jeremiah has been painted!

College Royal

This annual University open house is held each March. It is the largest student-run open house in Canada. Learn more about the College Royal at CollegeRoyalSociety.com.

Gryphon Statue

This sculpture designed by a University of Guelph multidisciplinary artist collective called FASTWÜRMS and installed at the campus main entrance has become a go-to “selfie” location for students, visitors and community members. Check out #gryphonstatue and Gryphon Statue on instagram for images of our students, staff, faculty, their kids and furry friends posing in front of the Gryphon statue! You can also follow the Gryphon Statue on Twitter.

female student wearing graduation gown standing in front of the Gryphon statue
happy dog sitting in front of the Gryphon statue
young couple in front of the Gryphon statue
Eleven U of G students sitting and standing in front of and on top of the Gryphon statue
the Gryphon statue
A drawing of 3 students in front of the Gryphon statue with a banner below them that says University of Guelph 2020