Preparing for your Personal Profile

Preparing for your Personal Profile

Many of you have started working on your online application to UBC – fantastic! It’s good to start early so you have time to reflect on your answers to the Personal Profile section of the application.

The Personal Profile asks you six or seven questions about challenges you have overcome, significant achievements in your life, your academic pursuits, and what you have learned from these experiences. The questions differ based on the degree program you are applying for, so starting your application will give you access to your specific questions.


Does everyone have to submit a Personal Profile?

Not all applicants are required to submit a Personal Profile, and others will have separate supplemental applications, portfolios, and auditions. To find out if your degree requires a Personal Profile, start the online application process and follow the instructions.

How do we assess your profile?

When we evaluate your application, two trained UBC readers will assess your Personal Profile against four criteria: engagement and accomplishment, leadership, substance, and voice. This is a chance for us to learn more about you and your experiences, beyond academics. We want to hear about your life and accomplishments – what have you learned, and how have these experiences allowed you to grow? We are not looking for a particular experience, and there are no right or wrong answers. Focus on what you want to say about yourself and how you want to say it – not on what you think we want to hear.

Do you need to record a video interview?

If you are applying to the UBC Sauder School of Business’s Bachelor of Commerce degree, you will be asked to provide video responses to interview questions in addition to a Personal Profile. You will be prompted to create your video responses within your application, including detailed instructions on how to include the video interview in the Personal Profile section of your application. Read our detailed tips and watch a video about creating your video interview.

If you have not started working on your application, we encourage you to begin as soon as possible to make sure you have everything you need to submit your application on time.

Good luck! We’re looking forward to learning more about you.


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