First round offers of admission to UBC

First round offers of admission to UBC

Have you heard the news yet? UBC will offer first round offers of admission to a limited number of highly competitive high school students who follow the Canadian curriculum. These students can expect to hear from UBC as early as late December. Here is what you need to know:

Which session do first round offers of admission apply to?

UBC will offer first round offers of admission for the 2017 Summer Session and 2017 Winter Session.

What must students do to be considered for first round offers of admission?

First round offers of admission will be offered to a small number of students. To be considered, students must:

  • Apply by December 1, 2016
  • Submit all completed final grades in the academic profile section of the UBC online application
  • Have very competitive grades and competitive personal profile scores
  • Meet all the admission requirements

Students will not be refused based on Grade 11-level grades presented in their application. Students who are not offered a first round offer of admission will automatically be evaluated again in March through the normal process of self-reporting grades or document upload.

Students who are not offered a first round offer of admission in late January/early February will not be disadvantaged in any way in terms of their chances of getting in to UBC.

When will first round offers of admission decisions be made?

First round offers of admission to UBC will commence in late December and continue until early February. Applicants who are not offered a first round offer of admission will be re-evaluated once February–March grades are available. 

What are students’ next steps after receiving a first round offer of admission?

Students who receive a first round offer of admission:

  • BC high school students do not have to self-report their grades in March.
  • All students have to maintain their academic standing in order to keep their offer of admission.
  • Spring 2017: UBC will verify interim grades.
  • July 2017: UBC will verify all final grades.

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57 Comments

  1. Hi, if I received early admission, but I could not maintain my grades, what would happen? If my grade 12 grades were lower than grade 11 grades, but they were higher than the average of the program, would I still be accepted? Thank you!

    1. Hi Cyn,

      All UBC offers are confirmed after we receive final grades in the summer. If a student’s grades drop significantly from the point of admission, UBC reserves the right to revoke that offer.

      You should not worry about this though. Stay focussed on your studies and do the best you can. If you have serious concerns about losing an offer please email us at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca and we would be happy to connect you with an advisor.

      Regards,

      Anthony

  2. Hi! I was excited to get my acceptance letter. By when do I have to confirm if I’m coming to UBC? (I confess that I’m still waiting to hear back from a couple of other schools.)

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Angela,

      Congratulations! That’s totally fine. Your offer should have an acceptance deadline listed on it. If you are worried about making this deadline or have trouble finding it, please give us a call or an email to discuss your situation: http://you.ubc.ca/contact-us/

      Regards,

      Daria

  3. Will you be informed if you DID NOT get in early admissions? Is early admission acceptance only for students awarded entrance scholarships?

    1. Hi Gabby,

      If you are not admitted through early admission, then we will still consider you during the regular admission cycle. So no, you will not be notified as we are still evaluating your file. Make sure you regularly check your email as we will be sending instructions on your further steps.

      Regards,

      Daria

  4. HI, I received my early admissions in late December through email, but I have not yet received an official letter in the mail like I said I would in January

    1. Hello Hye,

      It is most likely the letter is still in the mail, but if you would like us to look into your situation more closely, please email us at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca and we can look into your specific situation to make sure everything is in order.

      Thanks,

      Anthony

  5. I am a Canadian citizen studying in Los Angeles, CA. I submitted my application by Dec 1 and have excellent grades. I have also submitted my midterm grades. Am I even eligible for early admission? My application has been showing “ready for an evaluation” for two months and my second choice is under review by faculty. Thank you!

    1. Hello Aria,

      The bulk of admissions decisions will take place between January and April and many of the evaluations are currently taking place. Because I don’t want to write anything that may be viewed as confidential on this page, please email international.applicant@ubc.ca with your student number if you have a specific question about your application.

      I hope that you hear back from Admissions soon! Best of luck,
      Jonathan

      1. Thanks Jonathan! I just received notification of my acceptance! I am thrilled! I guess the answer to my question was yes.

  6. Hello,
    Does the Nursing department send out early admissions or is it only certain faculties? If I have submitted all of my final high school grades back in September will I receive a decision earlier?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Emma,

      All faculties are eligible for early admission offers. Those are still being sent out for another week or two, but if you don’t receive one, there is no cause for concern. We will make a decision after we receive further grade info from you in the coming months.

      Regards,

      Anthony

  7. Do admitted applicants need to accept the offer and pay the deposit fee first in order to receive the official letter of admission by mail? Or will it be mailed on the day of acceptance?

    1. Hi Tori,

      The letter and admit guide are mailed to you at the point of admission. If you are admitted, it’s already in the mail.

      Best,

      Anthony

  8. Hi, are international transfer student applicants also considered in the early admissions pool if they have submitted their application before Dec. 1?

    1. Hi Anne,
      First round offers were only being considered for students attending a Canadian curriculum high school, so transfer students were not included. We are typically able to begin evaluating transfer admission once we receive a transcript from your fall term, so if you have already submitted all the documents requested in your application status on the Student Service Centre (www.students.ubc.ca/ssc), we’ll be beginning an evaluation for you soon.

      Thanks,
      Ella

  9. Hi! When is the date I should expect to receive an offer If I applied during the early admissions period?

    1. Hello,

      Take a look at your application status. Early offers are now over. If you were not offered admission by this point you will likely now need to submit further grade information. Your application status will clarify your next steps, so take a look. If your status is unclear, email us at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca and we can clarify for you.

      Best,

      Anthony

  10. How many students are usually admitted through the first round offer of admissions?

    1. Hi Eric,

      I can’t give you a clear answer, because there isn’t one. This is the first year UBC has formally had an early admission process, so there is no precedent. Plus, we do not have preset numbers. We look at the applicants to each program and offer early admission where possible. This year approximately 20% of our early applicants were offered early admission.

      Take care,

      Anthony

  11. Hello,

    I am an international student and I had submitted an application in January for the M.Eng Degree in Civil Engineering in January. How long does it usually take to get a response from the university? I got intimation mails saying my referees had submitted there LOR,s, but there has not been any communication since.

    Regards,
    Reuben

    1. Hi Reuben, Unfortunately this blog is geared towards students who are applying into their undergraduate degree; I do not have information on applications for Masters degrees. Here are the contact emails for the UBC Graduate School: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/contacts/contact-us

      I hope this helps!
      Sincerely,
      Jonathan

  12. Hello,
    I am an Indian Student and have applied for MEngg in Electrical and Computer Engineering for Sept 2017. Can I know the tentative dates I might expect a reply because UBC is my only consideration and application.

    Thanks,
    Faizan

    1. Hello Faizan, Unfortunately this blog is geared towards students who are applying into their undergraduate degree; I do not have information on applications for Masters degrees. Here are the contact emails for the UBC Graduate School: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/contacts/contact-us

      I hope this helps!
      Sincerely,
      Jonathan

  13. Hi! I was wondering for next year: if I got accepted for the early admission, how long would I approximately have to accept the offer? Would I be able to wait and see how much scholarships I would receive from UBC first and then decide?
    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Carmen,

      You will have until June 1 to accept or decline your offer of admission, and most scholarship offers are sent in April-May. Therefore, you could wait to see about the scholarship if you like, up to June 1.

      Thanks,

      Anthony

  14. Hi, I am just wondering what the requirements for acceptance are in terms of English 12? Are you more concerned about the Provincial Exam mark or the class mark?

    Thanks,
    Josh

    1. Hi Josh,

      There are several English requirements at UBC, and they differ slightly by program and campus. That said, when calculating your admission average we will use the higher of the course mark or the final blended mark. The exception to that is if there is a 20% or greater discrepancy between your course mark and exam mark, we will use the exam mark only in the calculation.

      Email us at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca if you have further questions.

      Best,

      Anthony

  15. Hi, I am apply for Dual Degree (Master of Management + Bachelor). I have excellent grades and have been admitted by numerous top programs in Canada, however I have to confess that I am still waiting for UBC decision. I wonder if the dual degree program takes a longer time to process applicants’ profiles, and will I be hearing anything from UBC this month even if the first round of admission has ended?

    1. Hello,

      Yes, your dual degree application has a few extra steps for us to process, but it will not significantly delay your decision. Please note,the biggest wave of offers has just started and will continue until mid-April. Take a look at your application status, and if it says your application is ready for evaluation you could receive a decision any day now.

      Best,

      Anthony

  16. I am a US student who applied for admission for Fall 2017. When should i expect to hear regarding acceptance or refusal? Thank you

    1. Hi Joseph,

      Take a look at your application status. Once you have sent us all required documents your status will show that your file is ready for evaluation. Once you reach that point a decision typically comes in 2-4 weeks.

      Best,

      Anhtony

  17. Hi There,

    Above it mentions that if someone doesn’t get accepted for the first round offers that you will re-evaluate once February–March grades are available since I’m a transfer student and I’m currently taking courses in progress which are required towards my UBC application and those final marks don’t come out until April. What will happen in this case ? and I did indicate on my application that I’m transferring.

    1. Hi Ali,

      The post above is referring to high school applicants. Transfer students are on a different timeline. Simply check your application status to see where your application is at. Most transfer students are not admitted until May, after we receive your final grades from the current semester. Any questions, just email us at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca, and we will be happy to help.

      Best,

      Anthony

    2. Hi, I was recently admitted to UBC okanagan, but I am unable to see my official admission letter on the ssc?
      Thank you
      -abi

      1. Dear Abi,

        Congratulations on your offer of admission to UBC’s Okanagan campus. Well done! The official offer of admission will arrive by mail or courier, depending on your location in the world. Please make sure your address on the SSC is correct so there is no delay in sending this to you.

        Sincerely,

        Damara

  18. Hi there,
    I applied as a visiting student back in January and I still have not received an answer through the student service centre. Is this something I should be worrying about?

    1. Hi Hanna,
      As long as you have been checking your status on the Student Service Centre, and checking your email for messages from UBC, you will be up to date. If you’re worried that you may have missed an email, you can see them listed under Message Centre on the SSC.

      Thanks,
      Ella

  19. I received my offer and I was excited to get my acceptance letter. On my applications status, I have been offered admission to my second choice, and I am still waiting for the school’s decision on my application for my first choice. Since I need to make selection on the “accept or declined my offer” page, I wonder that if I hold a space for my second choice, can I still be considered for my first choice ? Or will there better a chance If I let UBC to consider for my second choice, and wait to fill out the accept/not accept selection until I know the result? Thank you!

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Congrats on your admission to UBC! Your first choice will still be considered if you do nothing, but there is no down side to accepting your second choice offer. To secure your current offer, accept the offer and indicate that you still want to be considered for your first choice. You will still be given every opportunity for admission for your first choice.

      Best,

      Anthony

  20. Hi! I’m a Chinese applicant who writes on the SAT instead of Gaokao. I received the letter of admission this month. There’s no condition outlined in the letter except that I was asked to submit the official copy of Huikao results. At the time I applied to UBC, the results of two subjects were not yet available, but now I get the official copy of my Huikao results and I know I get a C for both of them. Will this situation cause a revoke of my offer if I can maintain my average score in the last semester? I’m really concerned T^T

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Ivy,
      You can see details about the academic requirements to retain your offer of admission at http://you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc/applied/admissions-decisions#keep-offer. We review each student on a case-by-case basis, so how your final grades affect your offer of admission will likely depend on the subjects and the program you are admitted to. Please submit them as soon as possible, and then we’ll be able to let you know what happens next.

      Thanks,
      Ella

  21. I am an international student who applied for Fall 2017 admissions .(M.Eng Biomedical Engineering ) When should I expect to hear regarding acceptance. May I know How many spots available for this master program. How UBC evaluate international students from different countries when it comes to different grading system

    1. Hi Priya,
      Our office works with UBC’s undergraduate programs only. For information about graduate programs, please visit http://www.grad.ubc.ca.

      Thanks,
      Ella

  22. I applied to UBC business at Sauder as my first choice but I had some trouble at school and I’m worried that I won’t get accepted due to my term 2 english grade falling. Both my first and second choice were at Sauder because my second choice was the new dual degree management program at Sauder. If I don’t get accepted into both, will UBC put me in any other program that still has space (assuming I’ve met the requirements for those programs)?

    1. Hello,

      In most cases if an applicant is refused for both their choices, they are not automatically considered for a third program. However, if this happens to you, please email us at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca for advising on options an alternate paths to your UBC goals.

      Take care,

      Anthony

  23. Hi, I was accepted into Faculty of Arts in February. As I remembered, I was suggested to choose one interest major to be studied when submit the application form.
    1)May I know if we can choose any major in Arts faculty in second year?
    2)If I would like to take the dual degree(Master of Management and Bachelor), can I apply at this moment?
    Your reply is highly appreciated. Thanks!!!

    1. Hello Toffee,

      Good questions. Not all degrees within the Faculty of Arts are open programs – some will require supplemental applications. I would recommend that you review your choices within Arts on our Programs page, scroll to the bottom where it says “Requirements” and view if there are any “Degree-Specific Requirements” for the majors you are considering. Here is the Programs page link: http://you.ubc.ca/programs/

      In response to your second question, the application for the dual degree that includes Master of Management is now closed for incoming students. Your alternative option is that you can apply into this program in your third year of study at UBC and complete the same requirements.

      I hope this helps!
      Sincerely,
      Jonathan

  24. Hi, I checked my SSC today and I was admitted into my second choice, and I’m wait listed for my first one. Except I still have not received an email confirming my conditional acceptance. Should I be contacting someone or will it come eventually? If I accept that offer will I still be considered for my first? And if so, do I have to pay the acceptance fee twice or just once?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Mariam,

      Congrats on your admission to UBC! Your online application status is official. Also, a letter and admission package will be mailed to you and you should receive that within a couple weeks. Yes, you will still be considered for your first choice if you accept your second choice, and no, you would not pay the acceptance deposit twice.

      Take care and hope to see you on campus in September!

      Anthony

  25. Dear Jonathan,
    Thank you for your prompt reply dated April 3.

    1) If I selected “Speech Science ” as my favorite major when submitted application form online, can I now select other major(within Arts Faculty) after admitted?

    2)When do I need to declare my major if I choose Psychology?

    Thank you for your reply.

    1. Dear Toffee,
      thank you for your follow-up questions. I’d recommend you have a look at the New to UBC Arts Checklist here: http://students.arts.ubc.ca/prospective-new-students/new-student-checklist/. You will find a lot of helpful information there that should answer your questions. Additionally, as an admitted student, please feel free to reach out to the Arts Academic Advising office. You’ll find contact details on the Arts website as well as on page 23 in the UBC Registration and Orientation Guide which was sent to you with your offer of admission.

      Sincerely,

      Damara

  26. Hi !!!
    I live in Brazil and I take an undergraduate degree in administration, and in the future I intend to start a second degree in Mathematics in Brazil, with future interest in applying for a university through transfer.

    My question is: can I apply for a Mathematics Honors program (B.Sc) in this way (second degree, via transfer)?

    Thanks.

    1. Dear Luccas,
      thank you for your inquiry. Information on applying as a transfer student to UBC can be found here – http://you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc/university-college-transfer/post-sec-outside-canada/
      Specific requirements for a transfer into the Faculty of Science can be found here – https://science.ubc.ca/students/degree/transferapplicants

      Sincerely,

      Damara

  27. Hello,
    I applied in January for regular admission and the SSC has said “Your file is ready for an evaluation” for much longer than 2-4 weeks, closer to 10 weeks… is there any reason to be concerned or can all I do is wait?
    Thank you!

    1. HI Hannah,

      The delay could be for a number of reasons. Email us at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca, please include your student number, and we will get back to you promptly.

      Best,

      Anthony