University of Guelph Acceptance Rate
The admission rate range is 70-80% making this Canadian higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. U of G also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.
Student Quality and Performance
More secondary school applicants are making the University of Guelph their university of choice. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of secondary school applications indicating Guelph as first choice grew by more than 40 per cent, compared to 17.2 per cent growth for other Ontario universities. Over the same period, Guelph’s share of first-choice applications increased to 7.2 per cent from 6.1 per cent.
Guelph: The Institution of Preference
On average, Guelph received more than seven applications per available seat in fall 2015 for undergraduate degree programs.
Why do students choose Guelph?
U of G ranked 4th in reputation in Canada among comprehensive universities defined as institutions with significant research activity and a range of programs, including professional degrees in the 2015 Maclean’s magazine survey of Canadian universities.
In the 2013 University Report Card published by the Globe and Mail, students cited quality of education, close interaction with faculty, a friendly, caring community and a beautiful campus as main reasons for attending this learner centred institution.
Undergraduate Admissions Quality
Not only is U of G attracting more students, but it’s also drawing more of the best students. In 2013, 95.5 per cent of secondary school students entering U of G attained a 75+ entrance average, well above the Ontario system average.
The transition from secondary school to university is challenging—personally as well as financially—for both students and their families. Universities need to provide comprehensive support programs and capable staff, and they need to make a commitment to accessibility.
Guelph’s recruitment and student support programs and publications (S@GE, START, UPDATE, Creative Encounters) are well-recognized for preparing students for their university experience and for supporting students throughout their programs.
The University of Guelph has one of the highest Year 1 to Year 2 retention rates in the province. For the first-year cohort entering in fall 2013, Guelph’s retention rate was 91.2 per cent, compared to the provincial average of 88.8 per cent.
The University of Guelph boasts one of the highest graduation rates in the province. Among students entering U of G in fall 2008, 76.5 per cent graduated within six years — significantly higher than the system average of 72.5 per cent.
Labour Market Success
Overall experience at the University of Guelph prepares graduates well for the labour market. The 2013 University Report Card gave U of G high marks for quality of career/employment preparation and opportunities to acquire work-related knowledge. The survey shows that Guelph graduates are well-positioned to compete for the best opportunities in the market and that their skills acquired at U of G are valued by prospective employers.
Student satisfaction extends beyond graduation. The most recent MTCU Graduate Placement Survey found that more than 95 per cent of Guelph grads in the labour force find jobs within two years of completing their studies. And within two years of graduation, U of G graduates on average earn at least 30 per cent more than their secondary school counterparts within the same age group.
Preparing our Students for Fulfilling Careers
In 2014, Guelph earned a top rating in the Employability Excellence category in the QS Stars assessment audit, based on such measures as employer reputation, graduate employment rates and career service support.
The University of Guelph prepares students for lifelong learning. Among U of G graduates who choose not to enter the labour force, a greater proportion go on to additional schooling (including graduate and professional degrees) than among graduates of other Ontario universities.