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Our Student Experience - Student Affairs

At the University of Guelph our student experience is crafted to stand out and go beyond the ordinary. We take pride in offering a unique and vibrant environment that sets us apart.

Here's how the student experience is distinctive at U of G:

U of G is known for its close-knit and welcoming community. Our campus fosters an inclusive and supportive atmosphere, where students from diverse backgrounds come together to form lasting connections. The spirit of collaboration and mutual respect permeates every aspect of campus life, creating a sense of belonging that sets us apart.

The student voice is a priority at U of G, and students and student leaders are invited to brainstorming and decision-making tables. Input from the students of today helps senior leadership develop a strategic direction for tomorrow and helps ensure that the client (student) experience evolves, becoming better and better. The voices of all our students matter and help to shape a campus designed with the ultimate student experience integrated into campus life.

At U of G, we believe in the power of experiential learning. Our curriculum (inside and outside of the classroom) integrates hands-on experiences, research opportunities, and community engagement, enabling students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Whether it's through co-op placements, internships, or fieldwork, our students gain practical skills and invaluable experiences that prepare them for successful careers.

U of G is a leader in sustainability initiatives. We are dedicated to fostering a greener future and empowering our students to become agents of positive change. Through our innovative programs and research, students are exposed to sustainable practices, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility, shaping them into environmentally conscious and globally engaged citizens.

Our exceptional faculty members are renowned experts in their fields, committed to both teaching and research excellence. Students benefit from the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with these accomplished academics. U of G is at the forefront of groundbreaking research, creating a dynamic learning environment that fosters curiosity, critical thinking, and innovation.

Our beautiful campus offers a distinct blend of modern facilities and natural surroundings. From state-of-the-art laboratories and libraries to recreational spaces and student residences, we provide a well-equipped environment that supports the holistic development of our students. The U of G campus is not just a place to learn, but a place to thrive and to create unforgettable memories.

Student life is vibrant and dynamic at U of G. Our campus is home to a multitude of clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities that cater to diverse interests. Whether it's joining a sports team, participating in cultural events, or volunteering for a cause, there is always something happening that allows students to explore their passions, develop leadership skills, and create lifelong friendships.

At U of G, we believe that student leadership is not confined to a single mold. Rather, we offer a diverse array of student leadership roles and positions, catering to various interests and strengths. Whether you're passionate about student government, clubs and organizations, community service, or advocacy, you'll find abundant opportunities to step into leadership roles that align with your passion and values. We firmly believe in the power of student-driven initiatives. At U of G we encourage and support students in taking the lead in creating and implementing their own projects and initiatives. Whether organizing events, launching social impact campaigns, or leading research projects, students have the freedom to turn their ideas into a reality, supported by the university's resources and mentorship.

​​​​​​U of G is a supportive and inclusive community that aspires to excellence. As members of this community, we are dedicated to sustaining an environment that supports students in reaching their full academic and personal potential. Our Gryphon spirit is expressed in five core commitments that ground us in our actions and interactions at Guelph, in the community, and in the world beyond our campus: Gryphons are respectful and caring; determined to do our best; engaged both inside and outside of the classroom, and authentic to our true selves.

At U of G, we understand that students' needs extend beyond academics. That's why we offer a support network that addresses various aspects of student life. From academic advising and career counselling, to mental health services and wellness programs, our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide and support our students throughout their journey. Additionally, student overall well-being is our top priority, and we provide a range of services and resources designed to support physical, mental, and emotional health. Our health and wellness programs encompass counselling services, peer support networks, recreational facilities, and healthy lifestyle initiatives. If at any time a student feels like their experience could be better, or that they could benefit from additional support, we encourage the student to contact a Student Affairs team member to assist.

We strive to create a campus environment where students can thrive in all aspects of their well-being, including helping them succeed academically. Our academic support services are tailored to meet unique needs; whether a student requires tutoring, study skills workshops, or assistance with time management and goal setting, our dedicated staff are here to help our students reach their academic potential and achieve their professional goals. Our approach to student support is centered around understanding individual aspirations, challenges, and circumstances. Our advisors and support staff take the time to listen, provide guidance, and develop personalized plans to help you navigate each academic and personal journey successfully.

It’s fair to say that there is just something about the U of G experience that is different. From the moment you step onto campus there is an intangible quality that makes the University of Guelph, ‘U of G’ and makes us all Gryphons! If you have yet to experience it for yourself, we invite you to explore our website further to discover more about our programs, support services, campus facilities, and the opportunities that await you, or schedule an in-person or virtual campus tour. Or better yet, join our vibrant community and embark on a transformative educational journey that will shape your future.