IV. Admission Information

Specific Subject Requirements and Recommendations

University of Guelph Programs

Specific subject requirements for the following programs offered by the University of Guelph are listed below:

Bachelor of Applied Science

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Computing

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Bachelor of Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Technology

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

While specific subjects are listed under the new OSS Curriculum, it is expected that some applicants may still present both OACs and Grade 12U and 12M courses. Students are advised to avoid course content duplication if they will be presenting courses from both the OAC and OSS curriculum. If two courses are presented which are deemed to be equivalent, only one will be used in calculating the admission average (e.g. OAC English and 12U English). The Non-Academic component of grade 12U/M co-op courses is not accepted as a contribution to admission requirements.

Out of province applicants should visit http://www.uoguelph.ca/admissions/outofprov for applicable subject requirements. Students applying with educational credentials obtained outside of Canada should consult http://www.uoguelph.ca/admissions/equivalency.

Bachelor of Applied Science--B.A.Sc.

Child, Youth and Family; Adult Development, Families and Well-being

ENG 4U; 1 credit in a 4U Mathematics; SBI 4U; 3 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Applied Human Nutrition

ENG 4U; 1 credit in a 4U Mathematics; SBI 4U; SCH 4U; 2 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Recommendations and Notes:
  • Students selecting a major in Child, Youth and Family or Adult Development, Families and Well-being should include Biology at the Grade 4U level.

Bachelor of Arts--B.A.

ENG 4U; 5 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Recommendations and Notes:
  1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to offer a credit in Mathematics or a credit in French (or other language) among the additional five credits.

  2. Students planning on entering programs in the Social Sciences, and Mathematical Sciences are strongly advised to include one or more Mathematics courses, such as Calculus.

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences--B.A.S.

ENG 4U; MHF 4U; 2 4U credits from SBI 4U, SCH 4U or SPH 4U; 1 4U or 4M Arts or Social Science; 1 additional 4U or 4M credit.

Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management--B.B.R.M.

ENG 4U; SBI 4U; 4 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Bachelor of Commerce--B.Comm.

Agricultural Business, Management Economics in Industry and Finance, Marketing Management, Undeclared

ENG 4U; MHF 4U; 4 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Hotel and Food Administration, Real Estate and Housing, Human Resources Management, Public Management, Tourism Management

ENG 4U; 1 credit in a 4U Mathematics; 4 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Recommendations and Notes:
  1. Hotel and Food Administration and Tourism Management: Applicants are considered on the basis of academic performance and review of a Background Information Sheet submitted to the Admissions Committee. Any 4U Mathematics credit is acceptable. The application deadline date for the Hotel and Food Administration and Tourism Management majors is April 1. Late applications may be considered if spaces are available.

  2. Marketing Management: If available, students are encouraged to include Economics and/or Administrative or Organizational Studies and/or Accounting among their 4U or 4M credits.

  3. Real Estate and Housing: Calculus is recommended.

Bachelor of Computing--B.Comp.

ENG 4U; MCV 4U; 4 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Recommendations and Notes:
  1. Computing and Mathematics of Data Management courses are recommended, as are any other courses necessary to prepare the student for study in an "Area of Application".

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture--B.L.A.

ENG 4U; 5 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Recommendations and Notes:
  1. Applicants are required to submit a Background Information Form. A breadth of courses in the social, physical and biological sciences as well as the arts and languages is encouraged for all applicants.

Bachelor of Science--B.Sc.

ENG 4U; MHF 4U or MCV 4U (see note 5); 2 4U credits from SBI 4U, SCH 4U or SPH 4U; 2 additional 4U or 4M credits.

OAC Curriculum: Ontario Academic Course Credit Requirements: 1 credit in English I; 1 credit in Calculus; 2 credits from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra and Geometry; 2 additional credits.

Recommendations and Notes:

It is highly recommended that students select one of the two additional credits bearing in mind:

  1. Their eventual specialization.

  2. Regulation I on Introductory Courses, Section IX-B.Sc. Applicants who lack one specific 4U requirement but who have a high overall academic standing are encouraged to apply for admission to the regular (non-coop) program.

  3. Students contemplating admission to the D.V.M. Program should include the following 4U credits: Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

  4. Applicants are advised to include Biology, Chemistry and Physics among their 4U credits.

  5. Applicants to the following B.Sc. majors must include MVC 4U: Biochemistry, Biological Chemistry, Chemistry, Biophysics, Chemical Physics, Physics, Theoretical Physics, Nanoscience, Mathematics, Statistics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Physical Science, Earth Surface Science.

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture--B.Sc. (Agr.)

ENG 4U; MHF 4U; 2 4U credits from SBI 4U, SCH 4U, SPH 4U, 2 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Recommendations and Notes:
  1. Students contemplating admission to the D.V.M. Program should present 4U or OAC Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

  2. Students who are lacking a specific 4U subject requirement but who have a high overall academic standing are encouraged to apply for admission.

Bachelor of Engineering--B.Eng.

ENG 4U; MHF 4U; MCV 4U 2 4U credits from SBI 4U, SCH 4U or SPH 4U; 1 additional 4U or 4M credit.

Recommendations and Notes:
  1. All applicants are encouraged to include both 4U Physics and Chemistry in their course credits.

  2. Applicants are considered on the basis of academic performance and a review of a Student Profile Form submitted to the B.Eng. Admissions Committee. In addition, due to the nature of the program, personal interviews and/or special tests may be used to assist in the selection of candidates. Differential criteria may prevail for admission to the various B.Eng. programs. Students who are admitted but lack specific required courses must complete replacement courses available at the University which do not all count towards the 23.50 credits required for the B.Eng. program. Students intending to enrol in these courses should consult the timetable and Section XII of the Calendar to determine the semesters during which they are offered.

  3. Applicants who lack one specific subject requirement but who have a high overall academic standing are encouraged to apply for admission to the regular (non-coop) program. Replacement credits are available at the University of Guelph and 0.50 may be counted for credit in the degree only where a free elective is part of the degree major.

  4. Students selecting a major in Environmental or Biological Engineering are advised to include Physics, Chemistry and Biology in their program of study. Students intending to major in Mechanical or Water Resources Engineering should include Physics, Chemistry and 1 of Biology or Computer Studies, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems and Computing majors should include Physics, Chemistry and Computer Studies.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences--B.Sc. (Env.)

ENG 4U; MHF 4U; 2 4U credits from SBI 4U, SCH 4U, SPH 4U, 2 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Recommendations and Notes:
  1. To be best prepared for semester 1 of the program, all applicants are advised to include 4U Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

  2. Students interested in Environmental Geography or Natural Resources Management should consider 4U Geography in their program of study.

  3. Students who lack any one specific subject requirement but who have a high overall academic average are encouraged to apply for admission to the regular (non-coop) program. Students who are admitted with a deficiency in one of the secondary school requirements are encouraged to seek advice from their academic or admissions counsellor. This deficiency must be resolved in the first year of the program.

Bachelor of Science in Technology--B.Sc. (Tech.)

ENG 4U; MCV 4U; 2 4U credits from SBI 4U, SCH 4U or SPH 4U; 2 additional 4U or 4M credits.

Recommendations and Notes:
  1. It is highly recommended that students interested in the Physics and Technology program take SPH 4U.

  2. It is highly recommended that students interested in the Pharmaceutical Chemistry program take SCH 4U.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine-D.V.M.

The class size in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program is limited to approximately 110 students.

Academic Requirements

For admission to the D.V.M. Program, a minimum of four full-time semesters (10.00 credits), including:

  1. Biological Sciences - 1.50 credits (3 semester courses, with recommended emphasis on Animal Biology; one must be a Cell Biology)

  2. Genetics - 0.50 credit (1 semester course)

  3. Biochemistry - 0.50 credit (1 semester course)

  4. Statistics - 0.50 credit (1 semester course with a Calculus prerequisite)

  5. Humanities or Social Sciences - 1.00 credit* (2 semester courses)

Applicants must complete prerequisite courses while registered on a full-time basis (e.g. University of Guelph 2.50 credits per semester, the equivalent of five half-year courses per semester).

Note: Academic requirements for applicants to the D.V.M. Program for 2010 Entry.

To be eligible to apply for September 2010 entry to the D.V.M. Program students must have completed a minimum of four full-time semesters, including all D.V.M. admission course requirements, at a recognized university before December 31, 2009.

The earliest time at which applicants may apply for 2010 admission to the D.V.M. Program is during third year of their first undergraduate degree program. Please refer to 2010 D.V.M. application and required document deadline dates at: http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/Undergrad/potential/admission.shtm

*Students entering the D.V.M. Program should be able to operate across discipline boundaries recognizing the relevance of the humanities and the social sciences to their career choice. In selecting these courses from among those acceptable, the prospective veterinary student should consider topics such as ethics, logic, critical thinking, determinants of human behaviour and human social interaction.

All courses must be at university level. Applicants should consult the list of acceptable University of Guelph courses and subject areas online at http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/Undergrad/potential/admission.shtm. Courses need not be completed in a specialized college or faculty or in a designated Pre-Veterinary program. Students wishing to undertake their preparatory work at the University of Guelph should seek admission to the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture programs. Students who wish to undertake their preparatory work at another university should select an institution that offers the specific course requirements listed above as part of a degree program and that has rigorous entrance requirements and a reputation for academic quality.

Applications will also be considered from persons who have successfully completed a science graduate program and from persons currently enrolled in a science graduate program. For those persons currently enrolled, all the requirements of the program must be successfully completed by August 1st of the year of entry to the D.V.M. Program. Persons who qualify must indicate their desire to be considered in the graduate student cohort. Their application will then be removed from the undergraduate applicant pool and considered separately. Selection for interviews will be made on the basis of academic achievement including grades in acceptable prerequisite subjects (undergraduate and graduate courses), MCAT scores, evaluation of the Background Information Form, two letters of reference from persons assessing the applicant's skills and knowledge of veterinary medicine and two letters of reference for persons familiar with the applicant's performance as a graduate student. Final selection will be based on this information and an interview. Normally a maximum of five students will be selected from this cohort each year.

Because of limitations in class size, all candidates should have an alternative career objective and course selection should be compatible with this objective.


The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT ) will be used for selection of domestic applicants. International applicants may submit GRE scores in lieu of MCAT scores. The deadline dates for receipt of MCAT scores for domestic applicants are March 3, 2009 for September 2009 D.V.M. entry and January 1, 2010 for September 2010 D.V.M. entry.

For international applicants, the deadline for receipt of GRE or MCAT scores is February 1st.

A complete description of the MCAT is contained in the MCAT student manual available from:

Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1126, Tel: (202) 828-0400
Fax: (202) 828-1125


The manual describes the areas in science and specific skills to be assessed by the test, the mathematical concepts required, general suggestions for preparing for and taking the test, and a full-length practice test. Preparation for the MCAT should begin with a careful reading of the student manual. Science topics covered on the test include basic principles and concepts in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, genetics and physics.

Residence Requirements

Canadian citizens or individuals who have Permanent Resident Status of at least one year's duration are eligible to apply as domestic students if they also satisfy the Ontario residency requirement. 'Resident' in this context is interpreted to mean someone who has resided in Ontario for twelve months, exclusive of time spent in post-secondary institutions. Consideration will also be given to a small number of exceptional applicants who are residents of Quebec.

Selection Criteria

Since the number of applicants who satisfy the specific course requirements exceeds the number of available spaces in the D.V.M. Program, the Admissions Sub-Committee may use the following criteria to determine those who will be admitted. The members of the Sub-Committee endeavour to select those well-qualified applicants who, in their judgement, will be best able to successfully complete the veterinary medicine curriculum and who exhibit potential to become competent, responsible veterinarians dedicated to a lifetime of productive public service and continued learning. Candidates should pay attention to the selection criteria and attributes required for entry into the D.V.M. Program and use this information to guide them in preparation for application.

1. Academic Achievement and Aptitude

In view of the need to efficiently and quickly learn large amounts of factual material and to solve problems, applicants must have demonstrated achievement in the comprehension of scientific material. This will be evaluated by the scrutiny of transcripts of previous academic records and MCAT results. Attention will be paid to both the quality and consistency of grades in the program presented as preparation for admission, particularly for those applicants who have spent more than the minimal time in preparation. Course selections in an applicant's last two full-time semesters will be reviewed for academic coherence. For the purpose of D.V.M. admissions, a full-time semester will include at least 5 half-year courses (2.50 credits] from the acceptable list. It is expected that the level of an applicant's courses will correspond to the semester level (year) of his or her program. Please refer to information regarding acceptable courses at:http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/Undergrad/potential/admission.shtm.

2. Animal and Veterinary Experience

As part of the application process, candidates must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the profession, its dimensions and the industries it serves to permit the candidate to make and defend his or her career choice. This requires the candidate to spend adequate time under the supervision of veterinarians in clinical practice situations (volunteer or paid) in order to gain hands-on experience with a range of animal species. Practice situations include, but are not limited to, large, small, mixed, avian and exotic animal clinics; thus introducing the applicant to food producing, companion, zoo and wildlife animals, or aquaculture. Other work or volunteer experience with veterinarians can include non-practice situations such as industry (e.g. veterinary products, pharmaceutical), research and academia (universities), and government (e.g. public health, regulatory affairs). There is an expectation that candidates will be able to demonstrate for each animal or veterinary experience the role of the veterinarian, production and breeding systems, general features of housing and feeding, productivity measures and norms, marketing systems, animal behaviour relevant to restraint, feeding and reproduction, and emerging trends and issues in the industry.

3. Background Information and Referees' Assessments

Successful candidates should have integrity, reliability, maturity and determination. It is important that professionals have excellent communication and leadership skills, and that they have a talent for effectively working with others. To assist in identification of candidates who possess these and other attributes, applicants must complete a Background Information Form, in which they will describe their academic program, work experience and extra-curricular activities. In addition, applicants will be asked to write a short essay about why they wish to study veterinary medicine. Confidential referee reports will be required from three persons qualified to give unbiased, informed, critical assessments of the applicant. A minimum of two of the three references that applicants select must be veterinarians with whom he or she has obtained animal and veterinary experience in the fulfillment of the selection criteria outlined in Section 2.

4. Interviews

Applicants may be invited to an interview. Interviews give candidates an opportunity to display their ability to communicate effectively and give the interviewers an opportunity to assess candidates' attitudes and attributes applicable to veterinary medicine. Applicants should be prepared to elaborate on statements made in the Background Information Form, to discuss their reasons for choosing veterinary medicine as a career, and to describe what they have done to affirm their career choice and to prepare themselves for admission. They should be prepared to discuss issues pertaining to husbandry, care and welfare of a variety of animal species. Applicants may be asked to describe the duties and responsibilities of veterinarians and the scope of veterinary medicine. All interviews are held at the University of Guelph (no exceptions can be made).

Additional Attributes Required for Entry into the D.V.M. Program

Applicants should be aware that a number of attributes are required for admission to the Program. In addition to those already identified above under SelectionCriteria (e.g. academic achievement, academic aptitude, integrity) a number of others, some of which relate to certain University of Guelph Learning Objectives, have been identified. These are presented here to assist prospective candidates in preparing themselves for admission.

1. Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy and numeracy are the bases on which all knowledge is founded. The ability to read, write, and calculate are fundamental intellectual tools. Students entering the D.V.M. Program will be able to demonstrate literacy skills at least to the basic level as described under Literacy in the University of Guelph Learning Objectives. They will be able to assimilate and comprehend written language at a basic level, to summarize information in a coherent manner, and use appropriate language in context. Successful applicants must be able to devise a topic or concept for discussion, frame its bounds and communicate its content.

Students entering the D.V.M. Program will understand the value and principles of describing situations in numeric terms. They will be able to assimilate and comprehend numeric data and use appropriate tools to manage such information. They must be able to use skills of numeracy to check validity of information, to use and correctly interpret appropriate statistics to describe the distribution of observations in individuals and populations, and be able to perform basic tests of hypotheses (t-test, chi-square and simple regression) and interpret these correctly.

2. Communication Skills

Communication is the process of interacting with others respectfully and involves an exchange of information, feelings and values. It includes intrapersonal communication (self-understanding, self-evaluation, and reasoning) and interpersonal communication (interaction with others, relationship and self-disclosure). Through interpersonal communication, relationships are started, maintained, or destroyed. Good communication involves an understanding of self-awareness, of self-esteem, of feelings and emotions, the development of listening skills and the willingness to disclose oneself truthfully and freely. Good communication also requires an understanding of principles of language and verbal interaction, principles of non-verbal communication, and of interpersonal communication and relationships (relationship development and deterioration, improvement of interpersonal communication, conflict management, interviewing skills etc.)

Students entering the D.V.M. Program will be able to: listen respectfully and comprehend appreciatively; practice the elements of good interpersonal communication successfully; demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively; and communicate effectively by oral, written, and electronic means at the appropriate literacy level. Successful applicants will be able to recognize the non-verbal aspects of communication by considering feelings, emotions, and values as elements of communication.

3. Judgement

Students entering the D.V.M. Program will be able to use knowledge, observational and analytical skills, with due consideration of value systems, to evaluate and implement decisions. They will be able to identify and articulate their personal value system; identify ethics and standards of conduct; and identify the values and assumptions that may be operative in various contexts. They must be able to identify, critically evaluate and accept the implications and consequences of decisions, to re-evaluate decisions based on new information, and deal effectively with uncertainty. They will be able to accept that self-assessment of ethics and standards of conduct is a professional responsibility, and accept that others may have different values and assumptions and respect those differences.

4. On-Going Curiosity (self-initiated learning)

Students entering the D.V.M. Program must be able to use self-initiated learning to maintain and enhance depth and breadth of understanding. They must recognize limitations of their knowledge, skills and attitudes, identify sources of ongoing learning opportunities, and demonstrate a commitment to on-going learning and self-evaluation.

5. Forms of Inquiry

Students entering the D.V.M. Program will be able to identify and articulate the strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences of various forms of inquiry (i.e. those used by the physical scientist, the biological scientist, the social scientist and the scholar of the humanities). They will be able to describe and apply the scientific method, and articulate and evaluate personal problem-solving processes.

6. Essential Skills and Abilities

Please refer to Essential Skills and Abilities required for the Study of Veterinary Medicine at: http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/Undergrad/potential/Admissions/documents/OVCAdmissionsPolicyDocumentMay2006.pdf/

Application Procedure

Domestic applicants currently registered at the University of Guelph must obtain an internal application for transfer or readmission from Admission Services on-line at http://www.uoguelph.ca/admissions/internal. All other domestic applicants must apply using the Ontario Universities Application Centre by accessing the computerized application service http://www.ouac.on.ca/.

International applicants should apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). For further details see http://aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm. Alternatively, international applicants can apply using the University of Guelph International Application found at http://www.uoguelph.ca/admissions/download/index.shtml.

Application Deadline Dates

For Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who satisfy the Ontario residency requirement applying to the first year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program, application forms must be received no later than January 1, 2008.

Please refer to deadline dates for supporting documentation including MCAT scores, references, official transcripts and the Background Information Form at: http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca.

The deadline for International applicants using the VMCAS application is October 1. Those applying directly to the University of Guelph must apply by December 1 and supporting documentation must be submitted by February 1.

Application Limitation

In total, only four applications for admission to the D.V.M. Program will be considered from an individual.

Requests for Deferrals

Requests for deferral of admission to the D.V.M. program will not be permitted except on approval by the Admissions Committee due to significant medical, psychological or compassionate reasons.

Admission with Advanced Standing

Applications for admission to advanced semesters will be considered from students who have been enrolled in D.V.M. Programs at other institutions, subject to the availability of places in the D.V.M. Program and the academic standing of the candidate. In no case will admission be considered beyond the fifth semester. When places are available, candidates may be asked to present themselves for interview and may be asked to pass examinations on subject matters in the veterinary curriculum. Applicants are advised that vacancies are rare. The application deadline date for advanced standing applicants is February 1st for 2008 and January 1st for 2009.

Rabies Immunization

A condition of admission to the D.V.M. Program is agreement to a rabies immunization program which includes blood titre evaluation. Exemption from this condition may be granted in exceptional circumstances, but the student concerned must sign a release absolving the University of further liability.

Use of Animals

Live animals may be used for teaching purposes in some courses in the Veterinary Program, and this must be accepted by students admitted to the program. All animals are protected by the Animals for Research Act of Ontario (1980), the Guidelines for the Care and Use of Experimental Animals (Canadian Council on Animal Care), and the Animal Care Policies of the University of Guelph.

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1