All over the world, university learning has been different in 2020 for new and returning students. Together, U of G students and faculty have learned to navigate uncertainties, restructure the academic experience and Improve Life in new ways. Learn more about how we are adapting our academic programs and student services to broaden your future and improve your university experience.

Helping You Along the Way

U of G’s Library is a resource available to all students, offering information on time management, writing and research help, learning groups, workshops, and resources and support for learning in person or virtually. Visit the U of G Library.


The Gryphons Nest initiative is designed to connect our first-year students living off campus with a community of peers from their academic program. Upper-year students support communities of 40-50 students, sharing campus resources and involvement opportunities, reaching out for 1-on-1 check-ins, and organizing community-building and academic-focused programming to help students make connections, succeed academically and navigate their transition to life at U of G. For more information on the Gryphons Nest initiative, please watch the video or visit the website.


Whether you are studying or working on campus or from home, stay informed about how we are keeping our community safe together. Visit the U of G COVID-19 website to learn more about how we are handling the pandemic, including putting the safety of our community at the forefront of everything we do.

Ontario Veterinary College


Associate Professor Janet Beeler-Marfisi (Ontario Veterinary College) is breaking down the walls of the classroom to provide interactive and engaging material in her mostly virtual course, with some face-to-face class time for selected laboratory work.

Learn more about the novel at-home surgical practice kits being sent to OVC students.

College of Arts – Theatre Studies


Assistant Professor Dr. Peter Kuling (School of English and Theatre Studies) is using all the tools of multimedia and remote learning to ensure a completely innovative learning experience for his students.

Ontario Agricultural Office


Co-Instructor Danica Matovic (Ontario Agricultural College) is preparing her students for success in the agri-food industry by helping them build their resumes, complete job applications and mock interviews, and develop their professional and networking skills.

Learn more about what the Agricultural Science professors are doing to Bring the Farm Home.

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Associate Professor John Donald (School of Engineering) talks about the advantages of taking his fully remote course. Delivering his course through video tutorials and recorded lectures will allow students to review course material at a later date and as often as desired.

Learn more about 'The Quad', a new online platform for students entering programs in engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry and mathematics and statistics that offers an academic hub as well as virtual connections.

College of Arts - History


Assistant Professor of History Kimberely Martin (College of Arts) along with 15 different professors will teach students about archiving and metadata, as well as becoming storytellers for future historians.

Learn more about this innovative new course that will examine the COVID-19 pandemic from a historical perspective.

College of Biological Science – Integrative Biology


Associate Professor Shoshanah Jacobs (Department of Integrative Biology) has developed a virtual forest lab experience. With the use of high-resolution giga-pan images, students will be able to remotely step into this forest as they are taken through the scientific process.

Learn more about the U of G Learning Forest, and how it went global, virtually.

Lang School of Business


Assistant Professor Kathleen Rodenburg (Introduction to Business) explains how remote learning is not just a mirror of what happens in the classroom, it is in fact better and more interactive.

Learn more about U of G’s New Entrepreneurship Minor to Appeal to Enterprising Students.

Ideas Congress (ICON) Course


A course designed by two UofG professors on solving real world challenges through an interdisciplinary approach by way of collaboration between students across undergraduate and graduate programs at UofG who work with an industry partner to solve their most pressing problem!

Learn more about the Ideas Congress (ICON) course.

Your Student Services

Student Services, along with Student Wellness have expanded their resources to welcome you into the U of G community. Together we will work to make your student experience at U of G rich, and meaningful.

Fitness and Recreation


Jennifer O'Neill (Manager, Fitness, Recreation & Client Services) is commited to providing a student experience that's fun and engaging by offering virtual programming such as E-Sports gaming competitions, GryphFit app challenges, and virtual fitness classes.

Learn more about the eSport tournaments being run by Athletics throughout the summer and fall; and the Gryphon Fitness Classes to Get Students Moving in New Online Format.



Jay Rojas (Coordinator, Student Leadership) talks about the ways in which students can get involved in the U of G community. From joining an organization or attending a virtual event, to participating in the summer orientation and building connections with other students.

Learn more about the Virtual Pen Pal Program to Connect U of G Students.

Student Wellness


Jean Thompson (Wellness Educator) talks about how all Student Wellness support and services have moved to being virtual or over the phone. If a student requires urgent help, there are many resources available as well as the option of in-person under certain circumstances.

Learn more about a new U of G peer-led program that helps students build healthy lifestyle habits in their routine.

Off Campus Housing


Katie McLean (Coordinator, Commuter Experience & Rental Living) provides support for students living off-campus. Whether students are living at home, renting in Guelph, or commuting in from out of town, they still have the opportunity to feel connected to the U of G community.

Learn more about Gryphons Nest, an online community that will support first-year students not living in residence.

International Student Experience


Matthew Keefe (International Student Advisor) provides support to international students studying remotely this fall. From career-building workshops and post graduation prep, to handling any immigration issues that may arise due to Covid19, Matthew's team is hard at work ensuring all international students reach their goals.

Learn more about new U of G funding initiatives to support international students.

Remote Computer Labs

student taking her classes online in front of her computer

U of G IT partners have found a workable solution to ensure students have access to computer labs and software remotely.

Learn more about Remote Computer Labs.