1. Advanced Standing Applicants from a recognized University or College in Canada
Applicants for admission to the University of Guelph transferring from an accredited university or college are normally subject to
the following admission policy.
a) Applicants must have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma including 6 OACs or Grade 12U or 12M courses, or
equivalent, for admission to the University of Guelph prior to the commencement of the academic session for which application is made.
b) Applicants must be eligible for readmission and registration on a full-time basis at the last university or college attended in
the academic session for which application is made. Applicants whose academic records at another university have rendered
them ineligible to continue study at that university will be considered for admission only when the stipulated period of rustication has expired.
c) Students registered in a preliminary year, bridging year or first year at a recognized university or junior college to which students are admitted without having completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the equivalent are eligible to apply
for admission to first year at this University provided that their first or preliminary year program includes subjects equivalent
to those Ontario Academic Course or Grade 12U or 12M credits required for admission to each program. Credit towards
graduation from the University of Guelph is not normally granted for work taken in the first year of the university program
which does not require completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent for admission.
d) Admission of students transferring from another university or college is not automatic. All such applicants will be assessed in
competition with other new applicants, taking into consideration the academic requirements and enrolment limitations which
pertain at the time the application is complete. In addition, an offer of admission will not imply in any way that space will be
available in the course(s) in which the applicant wishes to register.
e) The University of Guelph subscribes to the following General Policy on the Transfer of Course Credits, as adopted by the
Council of Ontario Universities: Acceptance of transfer credits among Ontario Universities shall be based on the recognition
that, while learning experiences may differ in a variety of ways, their substance may be essentially equivalent in terms of their
content and rigour. Upon admission, and insofar as possible, acceptance of transfer credit should allow for the maximum recognition of previous learning experience in passed university-level courses.
Subject to the degree and specialization to which the applicant is admitted, and to grade and program requirements, any
course offered for credit by another Ontario university shall be accepted for credit when there is an essential equivalency in
f) In addition, the University of Guelph supports the intent of the Pan-Canadian Protocol on the Transferability of University
Credits to develop consistent, fair and efficient systems to facilitate student mobility and program completion. In consideration of the principles of the Protocol, the University of Guelph undertakes to ensure that all course work completed by transfer students in the first two years of university study in Canada (including the final year leading to a diploma of college studies (DCS) in Quebec and the transfer courses offered by community colleges in British Columbia and Alberta) are recognized
and, subject to degree, grade and program requirements are credited for the purpose of granting a degree provided that:
i) the applicant is deemed admissible and has been offered admission
ii) a passing grade has been achieved in each course to be transferred and the grade is at the level that normally would be required of students at the University of Guelph and
iii) the credits earned are related to the program of study in which the transfer student will register, or the credits can be
counted as electives in the program of study.
g) Candidates from non-Ontario universities or colleges applying for advanced standing must submit, with the application, detailed course descriptions, or a calendar of the institution at which they studied. The provision of such information will greatly facilitate the evaluation of previous work and the consideration of possible transfer of credits. The amount of transfer credit
granted is at the discretion of the Registrar and the Dean of the College concerned.
Note: Where necessary, the grades from other universities or colleges whose marking schemes differ from those of this University shall be translated into the equivalent grades of the University of Guelph and admissibility assessed in those terms.
Applicants for transfer, for whom English is a second language, must submit with their application, evidence acceptable to
this University of Proficiency in English (see English Proficiency in this section of the calendar).
h) Applicants who have been required to withdraw from the University of Guelph or another post-secondary institution and who
pass university credit courses during the period of rustication, may be eligible for up to 1.00 credit (1 full-year course) provided the criteria for admission or readmission and transfer of credit are met. If university credit courses are successfully
completed after the rustication period, transfer credit may be granted for all courses provided the criteria for admission or
readmission and transfer of credit are met. Applicants who have been debarred for academic misconduct will not receive
credit for courses taken during the period of debarment.
i) Applicants should contact Admission Services regarding specific transfer credit.
The application of these transfer credits will vary depending on the degree and specialization. The applicant must satisfy degree graduation requirements and residency requirements as outlined in Section VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations
Specific graduation requirements will be determined in consultation with the program counselor and departmental advisor.
Applicants will be informed of the amount of advanced standing credit granted when they receive the offer of admission. Acceptance by the student of the offer of admission shall imply the student's agreement to the advanced standing credit granted.
2. Applicants from Universities Outside of Canada
The amount of credit granted will be dependent upon the institution and upon the educational system. The University of Guelph
does not grant advanced standing for work experience or for involvement in programs such as the World Youth Organization.
3. Advanced Standing Applications from Recognized Community Colleges or Other Post-Secondary Institutions
The University of Guelph will also consider the granting of advanced standing for studies completed in certain post-secondary
institutions. Included in this category are:
a) Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
Graduates from appropriate programs may be considered for admission with advanced standing in accordance with the following policy:
i) Transfer credits are determined by the Admissions Committee of the program to which the student is admitted, and in accordance with any existing articulation agreement with the CAAT in question. Please refer to the information at the beginning
of Section IV on Articulation Agreements.
ii) Transfer credits will be based on courses completed at a CAAT with a grade of 'B' or better, where those courses are
deemed appropriate to the program to which the student is admitted at this University. A minimum overall average of B is
required in CAAT diploma programs for consideration of any transfer credit.
iii) Up to 7.50 credits may be granted to students from a three-year diploma program, and up to 3.00 credits may be granted to
students from a two-year diploma program. The granting of additional transfer credits would be considered in the case of
graduates from a one-year post-diploma program.
iv) Should a student transfer to a different program after admission to the University of Guelph, credits assigned upon admission will be re-assessed where deemed appropriate by the Admissions Committee of the program.
b) Colleges of Agricultural Technology
Graduates of the two-year Associate Diploma programs or other two-year programs offered by the Colleges of Agricultural
Technology may receive a maximum of 3.00 transfer credits upon admission to a degree program. Graduates admitted to the
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program may be eligible for additional transfer credit. A minimum overall average of B is
required in the Associate Diploma Program(s) for consideration of any transfer credit.
4. Ontario College of Art and Design
In recognition of the equivalence of many of the courses in the program of the Ontario College of Art and Design, the University
wishes to encourage qualified students of OCAD to complement their education there by studying at the University of Guelph and
completing the requirements for a B.A. degree. Options available in Fine Art are listed in the B.A. schedule of studies.
If admitted to the University, students transferring from OCAD may be granted advanced standing for course work completed at
OCAD according to the following schedule:
a) Completion of first year: up to 2.50 credits in Fine Art--1.50 in Fine Art (Studio) and 1.00 in Art History
b) Completion of second year: up to 5.00 credits in Fine Art--4.00 in Fine Art (Studio) and 1.00 in Art History
c) Completion of third year: up to 7.50 credits in Fine Art--6.50 in Fine Art (Studio) and 1.00 in Art History
d) Completion of four-year Diploma: up to 10.00 credits in Fine Art--9.00 in Fine Art (Studio) and 1.00 in Art History.
Students are warned that even if they are given advance standing in 10.00 credits, it is extremely unlikely that they will be able to
complete the B.A. program requirements within two semesters. Please note that OCAD graduates may take a maximum of 4 semester courses in Fine Art (Studio) at Guelph.
If an offer of admission is granted, advanced standing will be determined based on assessment of the OCAD transcript by the
School of Fine Art and Music. Credit will be granted only for studies completed while registered at OCAD. Please note that this
transfer credit arrangement applies only to the B.A. program.
Any applicant who has completed academic studies at a post-secondary institution other than OCAD must supply a transcript to
Admission Services. All previous post-secondary work will be considered in determining eligibility for admission and granting
transfer credit. Students currently enrolled at OCAD who are interested in working towards a B.A. concurrently may apply for
admission and pursue their studies in the Summer Semester.
Please contact Admission Services, Office of Registrarial Services, Level 3, University Centre, University of Guelph, Guelph,
Ontario, N1G 2W1 for additional information.
5. CEGEPS - Province of Quebec
a) Applicants who present the Diplôme des Etudes Collegiales may be eligible for advanced standing, to a maximum of 5.00
b) For more specific information candidates may contact Admission Services, Office of Registrarial Services, University of
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