Maclean抯 Magazine consistently ranks the University of Guelph at or near the top of the list of all comprehensive universities, which are defined as those institutions who engage in 'significant' research along with providing a broad spectrum of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in Canada. The University is dedicated to maintaining this reputation through its intensive research-based programs, and it houses Ontario抯 only veterinary training facility, the Ontario Veterinary College. As part of the 'TriUniversity Group of Libraries,' the University of Guelph pools its library resources with those of the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University to offer its students access to over 6 million printed items. Furthermore, the University of Guelph is involved in $16.4 million worth of international development projects in Africa, China, Central and South America, Russia, and South Asia through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
The University of Guelph offers over 94 undergraduate degrees, plus options for minors, and 48 graduate programs, including interdepartmental options, from the Faculties of Agriculture, Arts, Biological Science, Physical and Engineering Science, Social and Applied Human Sciences, and the Ontario Veterinary College. Study abroad opportunities are provided by the University including a unique program in which students, along with University of Guelph faculty, spend a semester in another country learning within a group, rather than a classroom, environment. Additionally, the University of Guelph and Humber College in Toronto offer students the chance to earn a a post-secondary degree and diploma in 4 years through jointly managed programs in Academic Philosophy, Business, Computing Co-op, Early Childhood Education and Services, Family and Community Social Services, Justice Studies, and Media Studies. Associate diploma degrees of 2 years in length are also available at the University of Guelph in Agriculture, Environmental Management, Food, Nutrition, and Risk Management, Horticulture, Turf-grass Management, and Veterinary Technology. Students who earn an associate degree can transfer to an undergraduate degree program with advanced standing of up to 1 year's worth of credits. Certificate and diploma programs are also offered for Food, Horticulture, and Landscaping through distance education.