Destination UBC registration is now open

Destination UBC registration is now open

Want to spend a weekend in UBC residence, meeting your future classmates and learning more about your program? Registration is now open for Destination UBC, a full-day event held in May for admitted students, held on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

If you’re an Aboriginal student, your Destination UBC experience begins a day earlier, with the Indigenous Welcome.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Destination UBC, where you’ll get help with your transition to university, make new friends, and discover why UBC is the right place for you.

See what past participants have to say:

“I had no idea what UBC would be like, but had such an amazing experience at Destination UBC that I accepted my offer as soon as I got home. I enjoyed the opportunity to make new friends and find connections with people with similar interests from many different places and backgrounds.

Destination UBC was a highlight in my Grade 12 year because it helped me to ignore the nostalgia and drama of graduating high school and helped me to look forward to my near future as a UBC student.”

–Jeremiah Hyslop, Biology | Okanagan campus


“The second I stepped off the bus and saw the view from the common field, I knew I would be going to UBC’s Okanagan campus. Destination UBC just helped reinforce my decision. I felt like I was a part of the UBC community within minutes of being on campus through the programs that were held and because of all the friendly people around me.

Destination UBC was ultimately the driving force behind my decision to come to this university and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to go.”

–Ben Dunn, Psychology | Okanagan campus


“My lasting memory of this event was being able to have a security associated with being away from home. It’s an opportunity for growth. It helped me make friends that I still have to this day.

Before Destination UBC I had a pros and cons list of the three schools I planned on attending. Because of Destination I was finally able to make my decision.”

–Violet Ignace, Science | Okanagan campus

What will you do at Destination UBC?

Get to know your future classmates.

Get information about your program and have your questions answered by current students.

Explore the campus before classes begin.

Get ready for life at university in a supportive and inclusive community.

Hang out in residence and get a feel for real life as a first-year student.

Register for Destination UBC 2017

To register for Destination UBC, log in to your account and click My Events. Space is limited for the weekend program and travel reimbursement, so mark your calendars and register on time!

Self-reporting for BC/Yukon applicants closes April 14

Self-reporting for BC/Yukon applicants closes April 14

We hope you enjoyed a lovely spring break. While you were away, we have been reading as many personal profiles as possible so you should have your admission decision by mid-April.

This is a reminder that self-reporting is mandatory and will close on April 14.

BC and Yukon applicants in a full-year system

If your school’s courses run from September to June, please wait until you receive your Term 2 report card to self-report your grades. If you self-report before you receive this report card, you will be doing so incorrectly.

If you have already received your Term 2 report card, please self-report your grades.

BC and Yukon applicants in a semestered system

If you are taking semestered courses, you can report your grades right away — and please do. Please do not report Semester 2 grades, only list the courses you are currently taking and leave the grade section blank. For more detailed instructions, please visit the BC & Yukon self-reporting instructions.

We look forward to evaluating your application very soon. You will not be disadvantaged if you are waiting for your Term 2 report card (full-year system) to self-report.

UBC housing application closes on May 1 – Apply now!

UBC housing application closes on May 1 – Apply now!

Living on campus is more than just a practical option for housing – it’s a great way to immerse yourself in the UBC student experience. All first-year undergraduates who enter UBC from high school are guaranteed a place in residence, but you must apply by May 1, 2017 (if you didn’t already do so as part of your UBC online application). The UBC housing application will close on May 1, 2017.

If you’re not planning to live on campus, you can build your own home away from home at the Collegia on UBC’s Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus. These are on-campus spaces where you can relax, store food, and connect with new friends.

Feeling at home on campus

No matter where you live, you will be part of a supportive environment that’s designed to help you adjust to university and enjoy your time as a student, meet new people, and make lifelong friends.

You’ll also have a range of meal options (Vancouver campus | Okanagan campus) to choose from.

Move-in day on the Vancouver campus

Move-in day on the Okanagan campus

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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