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Guelph/ Everywhere and Admission Averages

A photo of kaileykittykat kaileykittykat
Hi guys! I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about admissions averages and how closely uni's tend to stick to them. Right now, my top choice is U of Guelph, and for the English program, the average listed is 76-80. In grade eleven my average was about 83% and this year (grade 12) it's about 86-87%. I really want to go to Guelph! Do you think I'll get in, even though I'm not that far above the admissions average? All you smarties on here have high 90's :bom: Thanks for your help!
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@kaileykittykat wrote
Hi guys! I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about admissions averages and how closely uni's tend to stick to them. Right now, my top choice is U of Guelph, and for the English program, the average listed is 76-80. In grade eleven my average was about 83% and this year (grade 12) it's about 86-87%. I really want to go to Guelph! Do you think I'll get in, even though I'm not that far above the admissions average? All you smarties on here have high 90's :bom: Thanks for your help!



Hey Kailey! I have got this link from Guelph's admissions office. Hope it helps you find the answer to your question. Here's the link of the cut off averages for their programs Univeristy of Guelph's Admission Plan
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Thanks for the super speedy reply! I saw on other uni's sites similar dates for sending out early acceptances, but here people have already gotten accepted long before the site claims they should! Is there any chance Guelph will send out acceptances before Feburary (as the website says)?
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I wouldn't worry. This site has a high concentration of people with exceptional averages, but if you compare them to all the other people who apply to university, they are a very small percentage. Majority of people, I would say, have averages of 80%. I am certain you will get into most, if not all, of the programs you apply to.

Universities only send out early acceptances if you are mind-blowingly above the admission requirements based on your current and previous marks. Very few people actually get early acceptance. Unless you're part of that small group of high 90%, you most likely won't hear until March or April. Maybe later.

Also, I was interested in replying because we are in the same boat. We've both applied for English programs! Though, I am curious. You say Guelph is your top choice - and my, do you have a lot of choices - and I was just wondering, why? For me, Guelph is my last choice. Even if I had applied to more universities, it probably would still be my last choice. What do you find so appealing about Guelph's program? Maybe I will see something unique and chance my order of preference.
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@napinhei

I really like Guelph because of its pretty campus and university feel, but it's my first choice for other reasons.

1st: It's only an hour away from where I live (by car) so I am far enough from home to live on campus and be independant from my family, but also close enough to come back home every couple of weekends to see my baby brother.

2nd: A teacher who has taught me each year of high school thinks it would be the right 'fit' of a school for me. She also went there for English and, since she has known me for four years now, I would go anywhere she told me to go :D

Anyways, it's nice to meet another English student here, among all the future doctors and such! What do you find appealing about your top choices?





EDIT: Also, you make a great point about the difference betweem the people on this site and the typical university applicant. I know a few people who have gotten acceptances, but the majority of people at my school have not.
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Yes, it is so nice to find another English major! That was why I hurried to poke on into this thread.

I have to admit, it is a beautiful campus. I haven't visited recently, but I did visit two years ago when I was originally going to start university. Long story, but I didn't go to university back then.

You mentioned living on campus... Did you check out residence? When I was at Guelph for a visit, they were nice, but they were definitely not for everyone so be sure to look before you commit. The only reason I am suggesting for you to pay heed is because I just recently did the residence thing. I spent one semester in Sheridan residence. I thought I would like being away from home, but I didn’t look into it enough and regretted it. It was a terrible semester. I know it isn’t the same since I was at a different place, but I feel I should give warning about making sure you know exactly what you’re getting into.

If a teacher says it is a good fit to you, I would trust them. Teachers tend to know us better than we know ourselves. I wish I’d learned to listen to my teachers’ suggestions back when I was in high school. If I had, I’d already be at university, haha. So that is really nice to know Guelph is the right place for you.

As for why Waterloo is my top choice, there are a few reasons.

1. They offer three English majors. English Literature, Professional Writing and Rhetoric, and a combination of those two called English Literature and Rhetoric. Then they also have some specialisations that are more specific within those majors. Since I don’t know what I’d prefer, I like being able to try different courses in each area during first year before making a final decision in second year.

2. Waterloo is one of the few universities that offer co-op for English students. These days, a lot of people have degrees and I think co-op is the best way to do that. It is also a good way to explore different types of jobs to find what I want to do since I love English, but don’t want to be a teacher. I can also earn money since their co-op is paid. Waterloo co-op students can earn $30,000 - $60,000 while they study. Guelph does not offer co-op for English majors which is why it is at the bottom of my list.

When I consider Wilfred Laurier:

1. Also offers co-op. A major difference, however, is that at Waterloo they offer 4 co-op terms and at WL they only offer 2. The fact that they offer co-op is the only thing I like about WL which is unfortunate, but – in my opinion – it puts them ahead of Guelph.
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I thought the Guelph residences seemed decent, but I wasnt exactly looking with any idea of what to look for... if that makes sense? If you dont mind my asking, were there specific things you didnt like about living in rez? Honestly, Im a little nervous about living away from home.

I applied to the co-op program at schools that offered it, but Im still unsure if I'll do it. I like the idea of graduating with experience but I still dont know what I want to do haha :)
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Yeah, it does make sense because I don’t think we realise what is important in a living environment until we are placed in a new one. When I was at Sheridan, their accommodation seemed exceptional. Their rooms were far larger than any I had ever seen – especially if I compare them to what I remember at Guelph – and I had a bathroom that I shared with only one other person. I also had a common kitchenette with fridge, sink, table, etc. No stove, though.

Anyways, as far as res goes, I thought I’d hit the jackpot. After moving in, however, I realised some things. And of course, everyone is different. My priorities will likely differ to yours. Some things that bothered me might not bother you. I’m not trying to put you off res, but these are some things that I encountered...

1. Unless you are moving in with a friend, roommates can be difficult. I answered my personality profile to say that I was fairly noise sensitive, very tidy, preferred company of only a couple people at a time rather than a big group, etc. I got a roommate who was noisy at all hours of the night, was disgustingly filthy (dirty plates left out for over 2 weeks, among other things), and had friends over all the time. It was the opposite of what I hoped for and it drove me absolutely mad. I didn’t even share a room with her! I shared a suite, so we each had our own bedrooms. Yet she still got on my nerves as badly as she did. I’m not saying your situation will be bad, but I just want to make sure you don’t think the personality profile things for res will guarantee that you will be with someone you will get along with. This is particularly important since – from what I remember – Guelph’s rooms were mostly shared between two people.

2. I didn’t have enough room. Like I said, mine was spacious compared to most and I had only my own things. Since I had to be self-sufficient because I lived an hour from home, it was very difficult to have everything I needed in my small room. This led to a constant mess/overcrowding. It was horrible.

3. I don’t know if you’re a person who likes to cook their own food, but if you are you will surely miss not having the ability to cook. I had a kitchen, minus a stove, and I hated the hassle of trying to get meals together in it because it lacked things that I often used. At Guelph, I know you’re on a meal plan and have no such kitchen space so, if you do like to make your own food, you’ll miss it even more than I did. Like, say it is 2AM and you need something to eat because you have an all night study session. Cafeteria is closed so it will be difficult rummaging something up unless you find somewhere to keep a non-perishable food stock.

4. Are you a partier? Do you like to stay up late? Are you noise sensitive? All important things. People would bang on my door all night long to signal parties, shout, and blast music. Not just on weekends, but in the middle of the week. If you have an early schedule, this is infuriating.


5. As lame as it sounds, I'm really close to my mom. I missed her all the time. In fact, I missed her more than I thought possible. I also have pets that I missed a lot. These things made me come home every weekend and, as much as I loved coming home, it was a pain in the butt.

Like I said, I’m not trying to put you off. Those were just my experiences and my opinions.

When it comes to co-op, I have no idea what I want to do either! Not a clue. Like I said, I just don’t want to be a teacher, haha. That is why I like the idea of co-op. Four opportunities to try out anything in the world I want. Perhaps one term I’ll try out publishing, another term I want to apply to EA or somewhere and work on video game writing or PR, after that perhaps I’ll have a go at copywriting somewhere. I can do anything! The point of the co-op is to find out what you like, show you the opportunities out there, network with people in different fields, make some money, and add some good things to your resume!
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Sorry, my internets been spotty!

Thanks for the long reply! Those are deffinatly things that I need to consider when looking into different residences. Its so scary to think that in just seven or something months I'll be living away from home!
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