The university offers many services to its students, including Administrative Services (Communication and Public Affairs, Financial Services); Campus Services (Athletics, Campus Police, Environmental Health and Safety); Employment Services (Co-operative Education and Career Services, Job Postings, Faculty Relations); Research Services (Animal Care, Business Development); Student Services (Student Health Services, Student Housing Services, Counselling Services); Technical Services (Classroom Technical Support, Computing and Communication Services) and Animal Services (Equine Guelph Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Pet Loss Support). Residences for students are also a part of the campus. The university has clustered its residential facilities into centers and communities, which are composed of Themed Living Communities (TLC), Living Learning Communities Centers (LLC), and Academic Learning Centers ALC).
The students’ interests and extracurricular activities are also encouraged through various campus organizations, clubs, and student government. Whether they be cultural, religious, or socio-civic in nature, every student can surely find a group to join. Community involvement is further stressed through Guelph’s various forms of student media. Newspapers, magazines, student radio, and an online newsletter provide the community news of the issues and events in the university. Balance between academics and athletics is also stressed through its intramural, intercollegiate, and recreational programs. Guelph’s varsity team, the Guelph Gryphons, consist of 15 teams for men and 15 for women.
Students planning to study in Guelph can look forward to participating in several of the university’s amusing traditions. Some of these include the Pep Rally, which is a kind of dance contest participated by all new students in each residence and performed during the Orientation Week; “painting the canon”, which entails painting messages on Old Jeremiah, an antique naval gun in Branion Plaza.
Guelph has seven "faculties" that have designated departments within each division. They are the College of Arts, College of Biological Science, College of Management and Economics, College of Physical and Engineering Science, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, Ontario Agricultural College, and Ontario Veterinary College. For graduate programs, the university offers over 85 programs at the Master and Doctoral Level.
Guelph has consistently ranked among Canada’s top five most comprehensive universities by Maclain’s Magazine. Comprehensive universities are those that conduct significant research activity and provide a wide range of undergraduate and post graduate programs. Guelph has also received top marks in the University Report Card, which is a national online survey of university students. Among the categories in which it had received them are student services, overall university atmosphere, overall educational experience, personal safety and security, and faculty member’s knowledge of subject.
Guelph is a city located in the Southwestern region of Ontario, Canada. Because of its low crime rates, clean environment and generally high standard of living, Guelph is consistently rated as one of the country's most livable cities. Moneysense magazine ranked Guelph fourth in the country to live in 2007, and was also rated among Canada's ten best places to live by Chatelaine magazine.
The leading economic sectors include Manufacturing, accounting for nearly 20 per cent of employment. The main manufacturing sectors include transportation equipment, machinery and fabricated metal, wood, electrical and chemical products. Guelph's Economic Development Strategy identified life science, agr i-food and biotechnology firms, environmental management and technology companies as growth industries on which to focus economic development activities.