2004-2005 University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar

IV. Admission Information

Admission Requirements to University Programs in 2004

Semester One Admission

Entry Points

Admission to Semester One of a degree program and General Studies is available in the Fall semester only. A Semester One degree applicant is defined as one who will receive fewer than 2.00 credits upon admission.

1. Applicants from Ontario Secondary Schools

Students seeking admission to a degree program must present the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, and a minimum of 6 Grade 12U or 12M and/or OACs credits, including OAC English I or Eng 12U. All specific subject requirements must be OACs or Grade 12U credits. Specific subject requirements for admission to the various degree programs are outlined in this section. Students are also advised to consult Section X of the Calendar (Undergraduate Degree Programs) to note those subjects which are recommended for specific programs.

In some cases, applicants with high academic standing may be admitted if they are deficient in one of the specific subject requirements. The exceptions to this are Cooperative Education and the Bachelor of Commerce Program for which applicants must have completed all of the specific subject requirements.

Most offers of admission will be released in mid to late May. Select offers will be made in early April to applicants with excellent academic records. All offers of admission which are based on interim grades will be conditional upon completion of the OSSD with 6 Grade 12U or 12M and/or OACs credits (or equivalent) and including specific subject requirements. The minimum final admission average which the applicant will have to achieve will be stipulated in the condition. Grades in specific subject requirements are included in the calculation of the admission average. The University reserves the right to revoke the offer of admission should a student fail to meet any condition in the offer.

Students will not be required to respond to the offer until the common response date for all Ontario universities. Those wishing to respond earlier may do so.

Applicants who have not received an offer of admission by early June may be eligible for admission consideration to all non-limited enrolment programs by submitting their final grades. Admission consideration will be given on the basis of final grades only when places are still available in the program and/or specialization to which the student has applied at the time that the final grades are received. Applicants may be required to possess an admission average higher than those outlined for guaranteed admission.

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit final, summer school or correspondence course grades to Admission Services, Level 3, University Centre, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, as soon as they become available. The following methods for submission of final grades will be acceptable:

  1. report card issued by the secondary school

  2. certified copy of the report card

  3. a transcript of marks issued by the secondary school and forwarded directly to the University.

It is suggested that students follow method a) above in order to facilitate the processing of their application. Any offers based on faxed information are conditional upon receipt of the official document.

International Baccalaureate

Students applying for admission on the basis of the IB Diploma should possess a minimum score of 24. Bonus points may be taken into consideration. Applicants are advised that most programs will require a higher score for admission consideration. Students currently in their final year of the IB program are encouraged to present "predicted" scores on the seven point scale, which will be taken into consideration to extend conditional offers of admission. The predicted scores can include grades from the Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge. Students must include, among their higher and standard levels, the specific subject requirements for the program to which they are applying. Unspecified transfer credits, to a maximum of 2.00 credits, will be granted for grades of 5 or better on higher level courses where the applicant has been awarded the IB Diploma. Students may request specific credit on an individual basis. Unspecified transfer credits, to a maximum of 2.00 credits, will be granted for grades of 5 or better on higher level courses where the applicant has been awarded the Certificate.

The English Proficiency Requirement will be waived for applicants who have completed the Diploma where the language of instruction is English. Credit will be assigned upon receipt of official final results.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement courses may be used to determine admissibility and also granting of credit or exemption. Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses with a minimum grade of 4 may be eligible to receive university credit to a maximum of 2.00 credits. The granting of credits and exemptions is at the discretion of the appropriate faculty, and will be based on official final results.

2. Applicants from Outside Ontario

Applicants whose preparation to enter the University has been completed outside the Ontario secondary school system must have achieved, as a minimum requirement, academic standing equivalent to that required of Ontario students and must satisfy the subject requirements for the program desired. Students should refer to the information for Ontario applicants regarding specific subject deficiencies. The university will take into consideration the availability of specific course requirements in other countries or provinces to ensure that the applicant is not disadvantaged if particular senior secondary courses are not offered. Please refer to the information following this section regarding specific subject requirements and equivalents.

Conditional offers of admission may be released on the basis of interim and/or first term grades. Some decisions may be deferred until final grades are submitted. Applicants are encouraged to submit any academic information which might expedite an admission decision by April 1. The condition of the offer will be applied as outlined for Ontario applicants.

  1. Other Provinces and Territories of Canada - Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon--Grade 12. Quebec--Senior High School Leaving Certificate or High School Leaving Certificate plus 12 academic credits from an appropriate CEGEP program. An out-of-province information brochure, including specific subject requirements, is available from Admission Services.

  2. United States of America - Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 from an accredited high school. In addition, they must present a minimum combined SAT score of 1100 or ACT score of 24. Where class rankings are reported on the transcript, a ranking in the top quarter is preferred. Students should include, among their senior level courses, specific subjects that are required for admission to the degree program of their choice.

  3. General Certificate of Education (GCE) Systems - Applicants must present either the GCSE (or IGCSE) and the GCE showing one of:

    1. passes in five subjects, at least two of which must be at the GCE Advanced level

    2. passes in four subjects, at least three of which must be at the GCE Advanced level

  4. Other Countries - The secondary school graduation certificate which admits to an internationally recognized university in another country is normally acceptable, provided that it is the equivalent of admission requirements for the University of Guelph.

NOTE: Possession of these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Required levels of academic preparation may vary according to the jurisdiction or country in which course work was completed. Applicants are encouraged to contact Admission Services prior to formal application in order to obtain specific information on admission requirements. They are strongly advised to provide detailed information on their particular situation.

3. Applicants for Admission as Mature Students
Statement of the Regulation

Applicants who do not possess the published minimum requirements for admission consideration may be considered for admission to degree programs if space permits and if, prior to the beginning of the Fall semester, they

  1. will have attained at least the full age of twenty-one years;

  2. will have been out of secondary school for at least two years.

  3. will have normally not attended another post-secondary institution.

In addition, applicants must meet specific subject requirements or equivalents as outlined below for the degree programs to which they have applied. Admission as a Mature Student is available in the Fall semester only.

B.A. and B.A.A. Programs

Students who meet the requirements to be considered for admission as mature applicants must have acceptable standing as follows:

ENG4U and 2 additional 12U or 12M credits, one of which must contain a writing component

Note: Mature Students who do not possess the minimum requirements for direct admission to the degree program must successfully complete a minimum of 2.00 credits in the General Studies program before applying to transfer to the B.A. program.

B.B.A. Program

Applicants who satisfy conditions a) and b) outlined in the "Statement of the Regulation" and wish to be considered for admission under the Mature Student Regulation must have obtained standing as follows:

ENG4U and 12U Mathematics and one additional 12U or 12M credit.

B.Comm. Program

Applicants who satisfy conditions a) and b) outlined in the "Statement of the Regulation" and wish to be considered for admission under the Mature Student Regulation must have obtained standing as follows:

(HRM, HREM, TMGT, HAFA, PMGT): ENG4U, 12U Mathematics, and one additional 12U/12M credit.

(AG BUS, MKMN, MEIF): ENG4U, Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus, and one additional 12U/12M credit

Applicants will be required to submit a letter, for consideration by the Admissions Committee, in which they outline their academic goals.

B.A.Comp., B.A.S., B.Comp., B.Sc., B.Sc. (Agr.), B.Sc. (Eng.), B.Sc. (Env.), B.Sc. (Tech.), B.A.Sc. and B.L.A

Applicants for any of these programs who satisfy conditions a) and b) outlined in the "Statement of the Regulation" and wish to be considered for admission under the Mature Student Regulation must have obtained standing in the specific Grade 12 or University or OAC subjects or equivalent which are required of regular applicants for these programs.

General Notes and Recommendations

The minimum average required for admission consideration will normally be that required for regular admission from secondary school. Students applying under the Mature Student Regulation must submit official transcripts of any previous post-secondary work undertaken and are encouraged to write a letter explaining their activities since their last academic semester. This academic record will be considered by the Admissions Committee in reaching an admission decision.

General Studies

The objective of General Studies is to provide students who do not meet the normal University admission criteria with the opportunity to take university courses before registering in a specific degree program or to take university courses for continued learning with no immediate intention of registering in a degree program. All applicants must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. Applicants will normally:

  1. not have previously registered at a university

  2. have completed O.S.S.D. or equivalent and

  3. have been out of secondary school for 5 years.

Applicants must submit a background information sheet which will provide their intended study objectives, including courses and program (www.uoguelph.ca/liaison/forms.shtml). The University, via the General Studies Admissions Committee, reserves the right to grant or deny admission to a candidate based on the appropriateness of the applicant's submissions.

Applicants to the General Studies program who wish to transfer to a degree program in the future should contact Admission Services, Office of Registrarial Services for specific internal transfer admission requirements. These requirements may vary with the degree program for which transfer is sought.

Application to General Studies in the first instance is for part-time study only and available for Fall entry point only. As such, students may take a maximum of 1.50 credits in the first semester. In special circumstances, permission to study full-time may be granted by the General Studies Admissions Committee. Successful completion (minimum 60% cumulative average) of 1.50 credits is required before full-time study in General Studies can be undertaken.