Ontario Agricultural College
Food, plants, animals and the environment, oh my!
When it comes to food, plants, animals and the environment, no other university in Canada can offer you this sort of variety when it comes to courses, experiential learning and career opportunities (literally around the world).
But wait…. did we say, “agriculture college”?
Yup, the name is a bit misleading or maybe just misunderstood. At the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) of the University of Guelph, we’ve been re-defining agriculture since 1874. Today OAC is one of the seven colleges (groups of academic departments often called “faculty” at other universities) that make up U of G. We’ve grown and changed over the last 150 years, and our research and academic programs have expanded to match the most pressing issues in society. And your niche interests.
You may be very interested in studying agriculture or totally confused about why you’re even still reading this… but stick with us! Agriculture is complex, high tech and connected to all things. We think about agriculture as the full process. From plant biology to marketing and trade, from animal care to food science, from environmental science to policy development.
- undergrad majors
- associate diplomas
- of programs offer co-op
- #1 in Canada
- for Food Science + Agricultural Science *
Find your perfect fit.
You have a lot of options. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s a fit for you within our suite of programs. Love animals more than anything? Think plants are wildly interesting? Want to fight climate change? Explore and decide what’s right for you.
Food trends don’t just start on TikTok. Be the person calling the shots when it comes to food production, business and product creation. Study food science, business or production.
Plants feed us, heal us, clothe us. How we use them can be controversial, impactful and life-altering. Start your career path in plants and shape the future of medicine, our food supply and more.
If you love animals, the University of Guelph is seriously the place to be. It’s consistently ranked as one of the top universities globally for animal science studies. Learn from the best to be the best.
Study the environment
The environment needs all kinds of help. Environmental issues and solutions are never one-dimensional. Study the complexity of how people, plants and animals interconnect, compete and co-exist.
Have questions? Our team is here to help.
We have a unique team of program experts ready to answer your questions. They can tell you all about the nitty gritty of your courses, the facilities you’ll have access to and what’s the actual difference between programs. Just fill out this program question form and one of them will get back to you asap.
Or jump on one of their virtual Program Info Night events to learn more about your program options. Each event features current students and professors so you can ask your questions and hear directly from the people you will be studying with. This style of event is a perfect way to scope out your options.
What Students & Alumni Have to Say
I decided to study at U of G because of the amazing landscape architecture program! I loved that it combines science and design, as well as being the only accredited undergraduate landscape architecture program in Canada. I had only heard good things about the community and culture here at Guelph.
When I was in high school, I knew that I was passionate about the environment and sustainability, but I didn’t know what the best way was to get involved. U of G provided me with the flexibility to choose among four majors in the environmental sciences degree.
I knew I wanted to study agriculture and the University of Guelph is world-known for its agriculture degree. I wanted a safe environment to learn and explore my career options while obtaining the highest quality of education. I knew I could take my time to grow here.
The University of Guelph was my dream school from grade 9! I have loved animals and agriculture my entire life and Guelph is so well known for their agriculture and veterinary programs. I visited the campus in grade 11 and immediately felt at home and welcomed with open arms. The campus was beautiful, and the food options were incredible (especially because I am vegetarian)!
* U.S. News and World Report Top Food Science and Technology Universities in Canada - US News Best Global Universities and Top Agricultural Sciences Universities in Canada - US News Best Global Universities ↩