Student Life at Guelph: Your Outside of the Classroom Curriculum

During your academic career, the knowledge that you gain as a result of formal learning helps to equip you for the next steps in your journey – whether that is graduate studies, a professional program, a career or democratic engagement. What you learn outside the classroom through co-curricular pursuits has become increasingly important too. In fact, employers and industry professionals are reporting that discipline-specific knowledge is no longer sufficient to thrive in today’s workplace.

The experiences you gain and the skills that you develop while involved in clubs, student government, campaigns, student organizations, fundraising initiatives and volunteer activities sets you apart from other candidates in today’s global marketplace. Employers are seeking graduates who have developed the right mix of skills, such as teamwork and collaboration; possess strong written and oral communication skills; have been involved in campus activities and leadership roles; and demonstrate a positive attitude, intercultural competence, adaptability and accountability. These competencies can be well-developed and practiced outside the formal classroom environment. But where to start?

Start with Student Life at Guelph: your co-curricular roadmap that helps you intentionally plan your out-of-classroom involvement with eight key learning domains in mind.

All you need to do is choose the depth and breadth of your involvement, develop your personalized co-curricular roadmap, monitor your progress on GryphLife, modify and adjust your plan as you advance through your studies at Guelph, and once a domain is complete, receive a GryphLife report and formal notation on your Co-Curricular Transcript for completion of the Core Curriculum.

Ultimately, this combination of knowledge, skills and habits of mind contributes significantly to success in your chosen field and in life. We want to help you prepare to be actively engaged citizens; to contribute to the communities in which you live now and in the future; and to help you support individuals and groups by working with them collaboratively to address some of the most challenging problems they face.

Student Life at Guelph

Launched in Fall 2014, this an out-of-classroom curriculum supports you in intentionally planning your co-curricular involvement with key skills and competencies in mind. Events, actitivies and roles from departments across campus have been mapped to a set of learning outcomes.As you participate in those events and activities or assume various roles (e.g. Orientation Volunteer, LINK volunteer, Peer Helper), your progress will be tracked and you’ll receive badges of completion. If you complete the Student Life at Guelph Core Curriculum, a notation will also be included on your very own personalized co-curricular transcript.

You can also receive credit for what you have already done. For example, if you were an Orientation Volunteer before you register for the program, that experience still counts toward completion of the Core Curriculum!

To begin getting credit for your co-curricular engagement here is what you need to do:

Join the organization STUDENT LIFE AT GUELPH on GryphLife

  • Once registered, complete the curriculum sign-up form. (Look under "Forms" to the left on the organization home page.)
  • From there an Engagement Team Peer Helper will get in touch to help you take the next step.
  • Option 1: Go it alone. Search feature for events and roles on Gryphlife that are connected to the program and attend. Your progress gets tracked as you go.
  • Option 2: meet with Peer Helper who has been trained to help you in choosing your co-curricular pathway based on your areas of interest and future aspirations.

If you complete the Core Curriculum, you’ll get a notation on your Co-Curricular Transcript. This print-out provides you with a breakdown of your outside of the classroom journey, and language to help you articulate the skills the you have developed.

Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes

To gain the most well-rounded experience we recommend that you complete the Core Curriculum with STUDENT LIFE AT GUELPH. You will develop skills and learning within each learning domain. Once done, you can pursue a badge in another area.

Sense of Self

Life Skills


Intercultural Maturity

Diversity & Inclusion

Engagement in Learning


Civic Engagement

*** Included in capstone reflection piece. Not attained through an experience.

  • (I) LO1. Students understand multiple aspects of their personal identity and values.
  • (I) LO4. Students apply reflective practices to engage in on-going personal development.
  • (I) LO1. Students practice self-care.
  • (I) LO3. Students demonstrate an openness and confidence to navigate new environments and challenging experiences.
  • (A) LO5. Students articulate a sense of purpose and are able to define goals.
  • (B) LO2. Students use content, language, and non-verbal cues that meet the needs of their audience and setting.
  • (I) LO4. Students display an awareness of how non-verbal cues, attitudes and feelings can affect a message.
  • (A) LO6. Students effectively employ active listening techniques.
  • 2 x (B) LO1. Students critically reflect upon their own cultural traditions, values and biases.
  • ***(I) LO2. Students critically reflect on social issues as members of a global community.
  • (B) LO3. Students demonstrate an understanding of different cultural traditions and values.
  • (I) LO1. Students seek out, engage with and welcome the involvement of diverse perspectives.
  • (B) LO4. Students are able to work effectively in diverse settings.
  • (I) LO1. Students integrate academic learning with personal and experiential learning.
  • ***(A) LO2. Students take an active role in their learning through critical reflection.
  • (B) LO3. Students demonstrate the ability to use and synthesize multiple sources of information.
  • ***(A) LO4. Students articulate a commitment to lifelong learning.
  • (I) LO4. Students demonstrate skill in guiding and supporting teams or groups.
  • (A) LO7. Students accept personal accountability.
  • (B) LO1. Students exhibit a sense of belonging and kinship within diverse community contexts.
  • ***(A) LO2. Students can articulate their civic identity and a continued commitment to public action.