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New Student FAQs
Here are common questions we receive from new students, answered by current UofGH student leaders.
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The first day of classes of the Fall 2023 semester is Wednesday, September 6, 2023.
You can find course outlines by using the Course Outlines search engine and selecting the corresponding Course Code found on your Course Schedule. Double-check that you’re choosing the correct course outline by looking at the Year, Term, and Section. Some of the Fall 2023 course outlines may not be posted yet, but it can still be beneficial to view old outlines from previous semesters to gain an understanding of what you can expect from the class.
You can find out which textbooks are required for each class by viewing the Course Outlines. Textbook information can be found underneath the heading Learning Resources. It’s recommended that you wait until the first day of class to speak to your prof/instructor before purchasing textbooks, as some may accept older editions, have an online PDF available for the class, or might not require the textbook entirely.
You can also email your prof/instructor before classes begin to confirm textbook information. Their contact information can be found in the Course Outlines underneath the heading Instructional Support.
You can purchase your textbooks from several places! The Humber Campus Store offers new, used, and rental textbooks, plus a price-matching program, with delivery or pick-up options. Students can also purchase UofGH apparel and merchandise at the Campus Store. You can find textbooks in Facebook groups where upper-year students sell their used textbooks, Amazon, Indigo, and more.
Remember to wait until the first day of class to speak to your prof/instructor before purchasing textbooks, as some may accept older editions, have an online PDF available for the class, or might not require the textbook entirely.
Reading Week is a designated period where normal class schedules and academic requirements are put on hold. These are breaks to support student wellness and mental health.
During Reading Week, for both online and in-person courses:
- There are no mandatory academic events (e.g., classes, lectures, labs, tutorials, seminars).
- Instructors are not permitted to schedule academic evaluations (e.g., quizzes, midterms, presentations).
- Instructors cannot set any course deadlines (e.g., essays, projects, presentations)
There may be some exceptions regarding Field Placement/Practicum or any other experiential learning integral to a course, but this will be reflected in your course outline.
Reading Week for the Fall 2023 semester is scheduled for October 9-15, 2023.
Reading Week for the Winter 2024 semester is scheduled for February 19-25, 2024.
There are so many ways to get involved in the UofGH community!
Here are some ways to get involved at UofGH and Humber College:
- Join a society – there’s at least one for each of our 7 programs!
Work with Student Life for Work, Career & Placement Services, Academic Advising, Library Services, and more
- These roles are posted on GHworks, the online job portal for UofGH students
- External companies & organizations post their jobs on GHworks as well
- Search the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) Information for Students for volunteer opportunities, workshops, case competitions, intramurals, and other activities offered by departments and student groups across UofGH and Humber College
- Volunteer or work with IGNITE, the student union that represents both UofGH and Humber College
- Become a University of Guelph Student Senator
A non-refundable $200 registration deposit is due on Friday, August 11, 2023. The balance of your Fall semester tuition and fees is due on Friday, September 15, 2023.
View other critical financial dates.
You can view your semester bill and a breakdown of the charges for Fall 2023 online by logging into WebAdvisor and clicking Account View under Academic Profile. To pay the tuition bill, click Make a Payment under Academic Profile and enter in the exact amount you wish to pay. From there, it will guide you to choose a payment method to complete the process.
View the approved methods of payment.
Eligible full-time and part-time students can now apply for OSAP. Read about eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and more here.
Student Financial Services encourages all students to submit their OSAP application in a timely manner to ensure funding is released on time before the September 17 deadline. If you expect your funding to be delayed or are experiencing difficulties making payments, please contact Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss payment arrangements.
All full-time UofGH students are automatically enrolled in a Flexible Health & Dental Insurance Plan provided by IGNITE. To view a full breakdown of the different insurance plans and what they cover, visit We Speak Student.
Review the Flexible Health & Dental Insurance Plan information from IGNITE. There are prescription opt-out and entire plan opt-out options. Check IGNITE’s Health and Wellness website for the deadline for opting out of your insurance plan.
A new student ID card system is coming soon! Check the ID Card website in late summer for more information.