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.

We can’t evaluate everyone’s application at the same time, so we send out admissions decisions based on when we receive your information. That’s what we mean by “rolling admissions.”

For some of you, we evaluated your application in January or February as your grade information arrived. We have been receiving grade information from our BC/Yukon applicants since late February and decisions will roll out throughout March and April.

We use the same admissions criteria for everyone when files are complete. If you meet our admissions criteria in April, we will send you an offer of admission just as we would for those who met the same admissions criteria on information we received in January or February.

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  1. Hello! Question:
    I recently self-reported a few days ago and uploaded my Transcript documents onto the SSC. I was wondering if the “document Upload” under the Admissions Tab on the SSC is supposed to display the documents you uploaded during self reporting. Because when I log into the Student Service Centre, and click “Document Upload” under the Admissions tab, my documents (transcript + report card), which I uploaded while self-reporting, aren’t there! Is this something to be concerned about, or have my files just not been processed yet?

    1. Hi Hannah,

      All of this is normal. Once you’ve completed your upload, the “document upload” section will be empty. If anything further info is required of you, we would let you know via email or your application status.



  2. Dear Sir,

    The SSC status said that Ubc cannot offer me this time for my first choice (B. of Commerce from Sauder) due to the competitive pool of candidates & will notify me by May 15. Also, said that I do not need to supply additional document.

    Does it mean that I am on wait list ?

    My other universities’ offers (both US and Canada) require me to accept offer by May 1. Hopefully, the admission office will be able to notify me the result before end of April.

    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Vienna,
      Yes, in your case, it appears that you are in our wait pool. It is very unlikely that we will be making decisions more than a few days ahead of the May 15 deadline, so I would highly recommend that you strongly consider your other offers of admission as if you may not be admitted to UBC. We also have many students with a May 1 deadline, so once we see how many of them accept or decline our offer of admission, we’ll then be able to let you know if we can also admit you.


  3. Hi!
    I live in Quebec, and because we might need to arrange time for our moving , I was wondering what would be the approximate latest time or date to get an offer? Thank you!


    1. Hi Luyu,

      CEGEP students are often admitted in March/April, but transfer students are typically admitted in May. We’d be happy to look into your application though and give you any further information possible. Just email recruitment.ok@ubc.ca for a prompt reply.



  4. Hello, will UBC offer transfer credit for courses taken during the summer semester? Will the courses I take in the Summer be used to calculate my admission GPA? My questions are specific for admission to Engineering.

    Thank you kindly.

    1. Hi Amy,

      Typically a transfer student is admitted in May, before any summer courses, so summer courses will not be used in the admission GPA calculation. If you do still take summer courses at your current institution, that is OK, and we will give you the credit for those summer courses once you send a final transcript later in the summer when those courses are complete.



  5. Hello,
    I have self reported my grade few weeks before. But I completed majority of my academic course on semester2. I knew that admission will take my grade11 course into ave calculation. However, will ubc allow me to upload the newest transcript which include my semester2 course in some situation?

    1. Hi Yonna,

      Once self-reporting is closed, we cannot update your grades as we had specifically asked semester-based students to only self-report their semester 1 results as we have to work with certain deadlines and we have a lot of applicants. We are currently working hard to make decisions as fast as we can, and you will get your decision by April 15th.

      Kind regards,


  6. Hey, I am bit worried about my admission to UBC. I took chem 12, physics 12, pre- cal 12 and English 12 (yearlong) in first semester. I did
    not get good marks in chemistry 12 but I still self reported my chemistry marks (as it was required). I believe that due to my chem marks, I haven’t gotten letter of acceptance from UBC. However, I still took Bio 12 in this sem and I am sure that I will get a good mark in this course. So will you guys use my Bio 12 marks instead of my chem marks? Since I have Bio 12 in this semester are you guys going to use my interm marks (for second sem) to access my application? And when will I
    receive my letter of acceptance in this situation? Also i took calculus 12 this semester, and can I use both pre- cal and calculus marks to calculate my gpa? Thank you so much

    1. Hi Srijan,

      The timing of admission decisions depends on many factors. Start by checking your admission status. If you still have questions, email us at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca and we would be happy to discuss your personal situation and outline your options.

      Take care,


  7. Hi, I am a domestic student in Canada. I and my classmates self-reported mid term transcripts on Feb 28th. My first choice is Science, second is Arts. Most of my classmates got their offer last week, even someone has a lower average than me ( my 12 average is 93+%). Information on my SSC is something like:
    Your file is ready for an evaluation!
    The following is a list of items which we recommend that you submit and/or is information that may be of interest to you:
    · An offical Advanced Placement Result
    · An final transcript from xxx High School
    I think the above information looks everything is fine. But people around me is getting their offers which makes me feel worried.
    Can I ask the admission officer to look at my application and tell me what’s going on?
    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Vivian,

      If you are worried and would like us to look over your file, please contact us by phone or email so we can discuss this information confidentially: http://you.ubc.ca/contact-us/

      Kind regards,


  8. So how will I get my admission letter if I’m accepted and when?

    1. Dear Mary,

      you can check your application status online at https://ssc.adm.ubc.ca/sscportal/. That is where you’ll first see when an admission decision is made. If you are admitted, then you should receive the offer of admission in the mail within several weeks of admission, depending on where in the world you are located.



  9. Hello,
    I am an international student but I am a current high school student in Vancouver High school. So I wonder that I am in the waitlist of my first choice, and for my second choice my applicant status display your file is ready for an evaluation. It’s been a week or more and the status never change. I am worried because the April 15 is coming soon. How long do I still have to wait for a decision?

    1. Dear Margaret,

      Thanks for your question. I’m sorry the application process is causing you some anxiety and worry. Please reach out to us directly so we can look into your specific situation and answer your question. Contact details here – http://you.ubc.ca/contact-us/



  10. Hi ubc ssc portal says due to program applied highly competitive (basc)could not give admission at this time but if any chg will be notified by may 15.no need for addtnl document.this means iam waitlisted?being international from india chances of admittance there?thanks.

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for your good question. Yes, in a sense it means you are being waitlisted. I should say though that admission to the Bachelor of Applied Science program is very competitive and I would definitely recommend having an alternative plan. I can’t tell you exactly what your chances are of admission post May 15th, but I can strongly recommend that you have a plan B in place.



  11. Is UBC still sending out acceptance letter? I haven’t received any news

    1. Hi Baljot,

      Yes, while we are nearing the later stages of the admissions cycle, we are indeed still evaluating applications and sending out some offers. Best to check the Student Service Centre (https://students.ubc.ca/ssc for most up-to-date info on your application.



  12. Hi,
    The SSC status says that they cannot offer me admission for my first choice (B. of Science) due to the competitive pool of candidates & will notify me by June 15. I have received offers from other institutes but I have to accept / decline before June 1. Can I get a decision before then? Also what do I do IF I get an offer from UBC but I already accepted another institute’s offer?

    1. Hi Joanna,

      The reason we take up to June 15 is because we need to see who accepts and declines their UBC offers before we can go to the waitlist to fill available space. Our deadline is also June 1. Once June 1 passes we will have an idea of available space and send offers out to waitlist students by June 15. Sorry, there is no way to make a decision on your application before our deadline passes.

      There is no magically solution to your situation. You are in a tricky spot for sure. I’d recommend you can ask for an extension from the other institutions.

      Take care, and my fingers are crossed you end up at UBC!