Course-selection tips for Grade 11/junior students

Course-selection tips for Grade 11/junior students

It’s time to start planning which Grade 12/senior-level courses to take if you’re going to apply to attend UBC in September 2018. In today’s post, we’ve got some tips that you can start doing this September to help you prepare for next fall.

Choosing Grade 12/senior-level courses

Choose courses that meet:
• Your high school graduation requirements.
• UBC’s general admission requirements.
• UBC’s program-specific requirements (for Canadian students and international students). At UBC, you apply to a first-choice and a second-choice program, so make sure that your courses meet the requirements of both of these programs.

If you haven’t yet decided which UBC program you want to study, don’t worry! Just make sure that at minimum, you meet UBC’s general admission requirements. Every UBC program has specific requirements beyond the general admission requirements, but some programs have fewer than others.

Please note: Online/distributed-learning courses must be completed by February 1 in order for those grades to be used as part of your admissions average.

Make sure you will meet UBC’s English language requirement

Since English is the primary language of instruction at UBC, you will need to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard.

Start thinking about your Personal Profile

UBC will evaluate your application based on a combination of your academics and your Personal Profile. Your Personal Profile will highlight your experiences outside the classroom, your ambition, leadership, and preparedness for university. Learn more about the Personal Profile and start thinking about what you are learning – and want to learn – from your non-academic experiences in the coming year.

Do your best

More students apply to UBC than we can admit, so getting into UBC is – and will be – a competitive process. Depending on your high school, your UBC admissions average can be based on a combination of your last two years of high school, so work hard and aim for high grades. If you are a Canadian student, check out our grades required for admissions consideration.

Get the facts

No matter where you are from or which school system you are in, program-specific requirements change from year to year so be sure to refer to the Admissions web page for the most up-to-date information.

BC and Yukon applicants: reporting your English 12 results

BC and Yukon applicants: reporting your English 12 results

During the self-reporting period we receive a number of questions about English 12 and the English 12 Provincial Exam. Here are answers to two of the most common questions we receive.

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Campus tours available on UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses

Campus tours available on UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses

If you’re still in the process of figuring out whether UBC is the right place for you, we highly recommend visiting us in person for a campus tour.

Although we have lots of great candid info and photos on Instagram and Snapchat (youbcsnaps), there’s no substitute for setting foot on campus, talking with a current student face-to-face, and having them show you some of the key locations where you’ll spend time as a first-year student at UBC.

The campus tour experience

Your guided walking tour will include:

  • a brief introductory presentation
  • a visit to a residence, a library, as well as some of our recreational and social facilities
  • an introduction to the many services available to students

After the tour, a Student Recruiter-Advisor will be available to answer your questions about UBC’s undergraduate academic programs, admissions information, scholarship opportunities, and more.

Take a virtual tour

If you’re unable to visit UBC in person, you can get a feel for our two campuses by taking a virtual tour.

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You can search #UBCtour on Twitter and Instagram to get a glimpse of the locations you could see on a UBC campus tour. You can also use the #UBCtour hashtag to post your own thoughts or photos when you’re taking one of our campus tours.

We look forward to seeing you!

UBC Welcomes You events in Canada

UBC Welcomes You events in Canada

Whether you’ve been admitted or you’re waiting for an offer of admission from UBC, we invite you and your family to join us at a UBC Welcomes You event to learn more about becoming part of the UBC community.

At these events, you’ll discover more about living and learning at UBC while you:

  • connect with UBC advisors, faculty members, and current students who’ll help you prepare for your journey to UBC;
  • find out how to accept an offer of admission;
  • get expert advice on planning your academic program;
  • learn about the housing, financial assistance, and student supports that are available to you.

UBC Welcomes You in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec

UBC experts will be hitting the road next month! We will be visiting Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal in April to connect in person with students who’ve applied to UBC for September 2017. To find details on these and other ways to connect from your area, check out our Canadian School Visits and Events, then click on your province.

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2017

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2017

There is something special about the first time you step on campus as an admitted university student. It’s the first time everything becomes real.

There’s no need to wait until September for this experience. Destination UBC – a weekend-long event for admitted students held on our Okanagan campus – and UBC Welcomes You – a full-day event for admitted students held on our Vancouver campus – are the perfect way to get a feel for UBC. Whether you’re still considering your offer or are already mapping out your first-year classes, these fun and informational events will help you picture your life at UBC.


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What the heck is ‘rolling admissions’?

What the heck is ‘rolling admissions’?

We evaluate your UBC application when it becomes complete, which means when we have received your grades and other required information. And with 40,000 applications coming in from tons of different school systems around the world, we receive grades and supporting documents at different times.

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International applicants: supporting documents due by March 15

International applicants: supporting documents due by March 15

If you’re an international applicant, the deadline to submit your supporting documents is March 15.

As part of UBC’s admission process, you are required to submit your transcript and/or grade information. Although you have completed an online application, we may still require documents from you to assess your application.

Learn how to submit your supporting documents.

Deadline for submitting evidence of your English-language proficiency: March 15

All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted. Check the status of your application on your Student Service Centre to double check whether you need to submit evidence of your English language proficiency – the deadline for this is also March 15. Find out how to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard.

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: UBC document upload deadline is March 15

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: UBC document upload deadline is March 15

Have you uploaded your documents to the Student Service Centre yet? Document upload will be closing on Wednesday, March 15, so be sure to get your documents in as soon as you have them.

Check out our tips on uploading your documents.

If you are an International Baccalaureate student in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or the Maritimes, we will receive your anticipated IB results directly from your IB coordinators, so you do not need to upload documents to complete your application.

Have questions? Email us at and include your full name and UBC student number so we may best assist you.