About the University of Guelph and the City of Guelph
The University of Guelph
Located in Guelph, Ont., the University of Guelph was established in 1964 and is considered one of Canada’s top universities. With more than 20,000 undergraduate and 2,100 graduate students, it is consistently ranked highly for providing a comprehensive education that combines traditional academia with experiential learning and co-operative education outside the classroom. The university welcomes international students from around the world, while providing study abroad programs for those interested in broadening their global perspective. Guelph’s alumni population continues to grow and now totals more than 101,000 alumni in 145 countries.
The university consists of seven colleges: the College of Business and Economics, the College of Arts, the College of Biological Science, the College of Physical and Engineering Science, the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College. While business education at the university has existed for more than 50 years, the College of Business and Economics was established in 2006 and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. In September 2016, it completed renovations on Macdonald Hall, which is now the university's official home of business education. The College of Business and Economics is also home to Pj's Restaurant in the Atrium, which is a LEAF-certified, student-run dining establishment. In early 2017, the college became a member of the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC).
The University of Guelph's main campus features a blend of historical and modern architecture. Brick pathways connect century-old buildings with steel and glass structures. A bronze statue of the gryphon, the university’s mascot, guards the main entrance to campus at the corner of Gordon Street and Stone Road. The iconic cannon, located in Branion Plaza, is best known for its constantly changing appearance – it’s a campus tradition to paint the cannon on an almost daily basis.
The city of Guelph
The city of Guelph is a historic and character-filled city located 100 km west of Toronto. It features a unique entrepreneurial buzz highlighted by its downtown core that is lined with independent businesses and a wide range of restaurants, many featuring local fare. Sustainability is a theme that runs deep in Guelph, and it is home to multiple B. Corp Certified businesses. Visitors to the University of Guelph are encouraged to explore its charming downtown core. Learn more about the city of Guelph.