Personal Profile

In order to assess your preparedness for university, UBC will evaluate you on a broad range of criteria including your academic achievements and personal experiences. That’s where the Personal Profile section of UBC’s online application comes in.

Knowing more about you through your Personal Profile helps UBC determine whether you will flourish here – not just because of your grades, but also because of the experiences and ambition you bring with you.

The Personal Profile is required of all high school students applying to all UBC programs on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The Personal Profile is also required of all transfer applicants into the Bachelor of Commerce and Kinesiology programs on the Vancouver campus, and the Nursing program on the Okanagan campus.

Check out the Personal Profile video for tips and advice.

If you cannot play the Personal Profile video, try watching it here.

Tell us about yourself

The Personal Profile gives you the opportunity to tell UBC about the things that are important to you, your significant achievements, what you’ve learned from your experiences, and the challenges that you’ve overcome.

This information — along with your academic achievements — will be used to determine your admissibility to UBC and your eligibility for entrance scholarships and awards.

There is no separate application for entrance scholarships and awards so the Personal Profile is the only opportunity for you to tell UBC about yourself.

Preparing for the Personal Profile

  • Because each of the questions in the Personal Profile requires short essay answers (anywhere from 50 to 200 words), you’ll want to brainstorm some ideas before you start your online application.
  • Don’t just provide a list of accomplishments without taking the time to reflect on what you have learned from them, and what you want to continue learning at UBC.
  • When writing your responses, be specific. Use details to substantiate and elaborate on your answers.
  • Focus on what you want to say and be true to who you are. Don’t provide the answers you think UBC wants to hear. We are interested in your unique voice.

Questions to ask yourself before you begin writing

The following questions can help you reflect on your experiences and accomplishments, and may help you shape your Personal Profile answers.

  • What are the qualities you think make for a successful university student? How have you demonstrated such qualities in the past?
  • Think about your first-choice UBC program. What kinds of activities, accomplishments, and insights – learned in or outside of the classroom – do you think would be relevant to this program?
  • Think about your accomplishments and activities. What you have learned from these experiences? When have you taken on a leadership role? What do you excel in at school or outside of school? What do you enjoy learning in school? Or what do you enjoy doing outside of school that has influenced what you want to learn?
  • Think about the role others have played in your accomplishments and experiences.
  • Think about how your favourite teacher would describe you. Why would your teacher describe you this way? Be specific. Try to incorporate this information into your responses.
  • Think about two or three adjectives that best describe you. For each, provide some evidence of why they describe. Be specific. Try to incorporate this information into your responses.