What grades do I need to maintain my UBC offer of admission?

What grades do I need to maintain my UBC offer of admission?

First of all, remember that your offer of admission was based on a combination of your academic profile and Personal Profile. So when we receive your final grades, we are looking at them in combination with your Personal Profile.

We review on a case-by-case basis

In May we will review grades for students who were admitted during first-round offers, as well as grades for students who self-reported and were admitted in the March-to-April timeframe. This is when we verify that the grade information submitted to UBC on your academic record is accurate. Should there be any concerns with your grades, we will reach out to you. In July we review final grades, and if you meet the conditions on your offer of admission, we will update your offer to reflect that.

Still, you may want a definitive answer: “Tell me exactly how much my grades can drop before I lose my offer.” But each student’s case is unique and we treat each student individually. It would not be fair to say, “Everyone who drops more than X% loses their offer,” or, “Everyone whose grades drop below Y% loses their offer.” Each student’s case is different. We do not like to withdraw offers of admission, but we have to ensure that offers are made consistently and fairly to all applicants, and that you have a solid foundation for success at UBC.

We review changes in applicants’ level of academic standing on a case-by-case basis. You can see some of the grade changes that may cause us to look at your application more closely when final grades are submitted.

Our best advice: keep working hard to present your best final grades so we can confirm your offer of admission to UBC.

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  1. Hello,

    If I am completing some IB certificate courses. Would I be able to choose to not submit its final IB marks if they are lower than my final class marks on the same subjects?
    What is the conditional offer for IB certificate students?

    1. Hi Bella,

      We will need to see your final IB results, even if they are for certificate courses and lower than your course marks. The conditions of your offer of admission should be listed on the letter you were sent and on the student service centre once you log in there (https://students.ubc.ca/ssc).



  2. Hi UBC,

    I was recently offered admission to the BASc program at the Okanagan campus, and I accepted! That being said, I was admitted on 3/4 completed prerequisites, a d Chemistry 11 in place of the remaining Chemistry 12. I did very well in Ch11, but I am really having a hard time balancing my new job and school in Semester 2. My Ch12 grade is expected to be about 15% lower than my Ch11 grade. This website mentions a 5% admissions average drop to have an offer reconsidered, but what if there is only one course remaining (where every 4% drop in the course is a 1% drop in admissions average)? Will this rule of thumb still apply or would UBC reconsider the offer with a smaller (~5%) grade drop for an individual course?

    Thank you for your help!

    1. Hi Teij,

      Congratulations on your admission to UBC! Don’t overthink this. We will calculate your final average on all four of the required courses for Engineering. As long as that average is comparable to the average you had at point of admission, all is well.

      If you need to have a more personalized discussion, please contact us directly at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca, and we will be happy to help.

      Take care,


  3. Regarding the conditions for an IB student to retain their offer of admission, do these conditions apply to Sauder too?

    1. Hi Arshan,

      Yes, IB students still need to meet minimum conditions to retain their offer. Those conditions are listed in your admission letter, but if you need assistance please email us at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca.



  4. Hi UBC,

    Is there a conditional offer of admission specific to students who are transferring from another college/university? I have just been offered admission to UBC and will choose to accept the offer. However, if my GPA drops from 3.95 to 3.8, then is it likely that my admission offer gets taken away?


    1. Hi Willy,

      Congrats on being admitted to UBC! UBC reserves the right to revoke an offer on final grades, but the truth is a revoke is very, very rare for transfer students. A drop of 0.1-0.2 GPA is not likely to warrant a revoke.

      Take care,


  5. Hi UBC!

    I got accepted into UBC Sciences (early admission) with an average of 94.25%, and my april-interim is 90.75%. I am so worried that my offer is going to get revoked with my new average. Is it ok since it hasn’t dropped the full 5% yet?

    Thank you!

    1. Dear Allie,

      I’m sorry you’re feeling so worried. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a definitive answer at this point. If you review the blog post, you’ll see that each application is reviewed on a case by case basis. We will look at your final grades and compare those with the grades that you submitted for admission. If you are a student in BC and your grades dropped by 5% or more, then we will have another look to see what happened there. It doesn’t mean the offer will be revoked, but it may mean an additional review. As you know, grades and your personal profile were reviewed when considering you for admission. That is also the case on reviews on final grades. Please just continue to do your best as you head towards the end of the school year.



  6. Do you guys accept resit exams for the ib?

    1. Hi there,

      it would probably be best to contact us directly to look at your specific case and guide you appropriately in regards to this question. Here are the contact details: http://you.ubc.ca/contact-us/


  7. Hi,
    I got accepted into forestry. I am thinking about starting to take calculus at VLN online now. Would the mark of calculus affect my admission at all? in addition, is there a deadline for finishing my grade?

    1. Hi Cindy,

      Congrats on your admission to UBC! No. If you are already admitted the grade will not affect our decision.



      1. Hi Anthony,

        Thank you for answering my question. Does UBC set a deadline for high school students to finish online courses?
        Thank you!

  8. Hello, my letter says conditional however I completed the A Levels and College education a year ago. Is this a mistake on their part or should I rectify that?

    1. Dear Al,

      Thanks for your question. Our admissions team is looking into this and will get back to you directly.



  9. Hi. I’ve been worried for the possibility that my offer will get revoked at the end. When you make the decision do you look at the final average of the required courses by each program or the overall average (from transcript)? Thanks for your help!

  10. Hi,

    As I know the AP exam results will not affect my final grades at school. Just wonder if the AP English exam result is not as good as the course mark , will the conditional offer of admission be reviewed or revoked?


  11. Hello,

    I have been wondering that if i did not get accepted for the first time, is there a chance for me get accepted later? More specifically, I have submitted my transcript, but because my chemistry 12 and english 12 marks were low, now I am retaking them. I will be receiving my final grades on July 28th. Is there a way that those people who utilize the applications will reconsider the updated marks of mine? I have heard something about supplemental applications but I don’t know how to do it. If you could help me with that, i would really appreciate.