Major Entrance Scholarships

Major Entrance Scholarships

Awarding UBC’s Major Entrance Scholarships is a highly selective process in which the University aims to recognize students with outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements.

This year, on UBC’s Okanagan campus, approximately 1,300 eligible applicants were competing for 39 renewable awards. On UBC’s Vancouver campus, approximately 6,800 eligible applicants were competing for renewable awards ranging in value from $16,000 to $60,000 over four years, and one-time awards ranging in value from $5,000 to $10,000 for first year only.

All applicants who have been awarded a Major Entrance Scholarship will be notified by email by April 27, 2018. Only those applicants who have received an award will be contacted.

We appreciate the time and energy required to meet our deadlines and applaud your dedication to academic and extracurricular pursuits. Congratulations on your outstanding achievements!

Register now for Destination UBC

Register now for Destination UBC

May is just around the corner and that means Destination UBC is almost here. This is your chance to experience university life on UBC’s Okanagan campus, make new friends from across Canada before you start classes in September, and discover why UBC is the right place for you. If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, join us a day early for the Indigenous Welcome.

(Attending UBC’s Vancouver campus? Our UBC Welcomes You and Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome events are for you.)

What to expect


Meet your future classmates.


Learn about your degree and have your questions answered by current students.


Explore your campus before classes begin.


Get ready for university in a supportive and inclusive community.


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

What past participants have to say


“My first impression of UBC’s Okanagan campus was just the sheer beauty that surrounded it. All the mountains and greenery just brightened me up. The campus felt small enough where I wouldn’t be overwhelmed by its size. The smaller lecture halls and classrooms reassured me that I wouldn’t get lost in the numbers. It was a beautiful campus that just felt like a happy and energetic place.”

– Destinie Baker, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus


“The most valuable aspect of attending the event was being able to stay in the dorms and have the chance to explore almost every aspect of the campus and get the real experience of what ‘student life’ is all about. Destination UBC made me feel confident about my choice of school.”


– Genna Moyer, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus


“By the end of Destination UBC, I had not only gotten to know the campus and city, but also met tons of other potential student, current students, and faculty, and learned about the programs and services available to Aboriginal students on campus.”


– Taya Jardine, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus


“In the plane on my way home, I couldn’t stop thinking of what an amazing weekend I had. I toured multiple times on campus, biked in the surrounding trails, had conferences specially dedicated to my future faculty, had the opportunity to attend a Physics class and a Biology lecture, got shown Kelowna’s downtown and its amazing beach on the lake, met amazing people, and made more friends than I thought I would make in such a short time. I was home when I was at Destination UBC and this feeling has not left me since I started here.”


– Louis Fayolle, Bachelor of Science, Okanagan campus

Register now

Online registration is officially open, but space is limited. Find out if you’re eligible for a travel reimbursement and secure your spot. To register, log in to your account, click My Events, and follow the prompts. See you soon!

Course selection tips for Grade 11 or junior students

Course selection tips for Grade 11 or junior students

If you’re hoping to attend UBC in September 2019, it’s time to start planning which Grade 12 or senior-level courses to take. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

Know your requirements

Choose Grade 12 or senior-level courses that meet:

  • your high school graduation requirements;
  • UBC’s general admission requirements;
  • UBC’s degree-specific requirements.

Your general admission and degree-specific requirements will depend on the UBC campus and degree you choose, and the high school curriculum you’re studying as a Canadian student or an international student.

When you apply to UBC, you’ll have the chance to choose a first-choice and second-choice degree. Make sure the Grade 12 or senior-level courses you choose meet the requirements for both degrees.

If you haven’t chosen a degree yet, don’t worry! Just make sure that, at minimum, you meet UBC’s general admission requirements. Every UBC degree has specific requirements beyond the general admission requirements, but some degrees have fewer than others.

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

Make sure you meet UBC’s English language requirement

Since English is the primary language of instruction at UBC, you will be required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before you’re admitted. There are nine ways to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard for an undergraduate degree.

Start thinking about your Personal Profile

UBC will evaluate your application based on a combination of your academic achievements and personal experiences. The Personal Profile is your opportunity to tell UBC what you are most proud of, what is most important to you, and what you have learned from your experiences inside and outside the classroom. Start thinking about what you are learning – and want to learn – from those experiences in the coming year.

Do your best

A competitive university like UBC receives more applications than can be accommodated. We wish we could admit all qualified applicants, but we just don’t have the space. Beginning in 2019, UBC will be adopting a holistic approach to admissions that focuses primarily on your marks in academic courses, but also considers the breadth, rigour, and relevancy of your coursework. Find answers to your questions about the new admissions process.

Stay up-to-date

UBC’s admission requirements can change from year to year. Be sure to refer to the Applying to UBC page for the most up-to-date information.

UBC’s admissions process is changing in 2019

UBC’s admissions process is changing in 2019

UBC is changing how we decide who receives an offer of admission to study here. You’ll still need to meet UBC’s general and degree-specific admission requirements for Canadian high schools or international high schools – those haven’t changed. And you should still focus on your achievements beyond academics. What’s changing is how UBC will evaluate your courses and grades.

We know you have questions. Here are some answers.

Who’s affected, and how?

How exactly is the admissions process changing?

In the past, UBC looked at your grades in a limited number of academic Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses. Starting in 2019, we’ll consider all Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) classes in the admissions decision and look at academic factors beyond grades too.

Who will be affected by these changes?

If you are a Grade 11 (junior level) student, or any student hoping to enter UBC directly from secondary school in September 2019 or beyond, these changes will apply to you. If you are transferring to UBC from another post-secondary institution, such as a university or college, these changes do not apply to you.

Why is UBC making these changes?

The goal of the changes to UBC’s admissions process is to take a more holistic approach to evaluating your academic profile and to foster greater equity in admissions decisions among all applicants.

Will these changes make it more difficult to gain admission to UBC?

No. These changes will not impact how many students UBC admits.

Will I still have to complete a Personal Profile?


Course selection

If I’m starting Grade 12 (senior year) in 2018, do I need to change which courses I’m taking?

No. The general and degree-specific requirements for admission to UBC’s undergraduate degrees have not changed. You are not required to take more courses or different courses than before.

Will I have to take more courses under UBC’s new admissions process?

No. We’re recommending that you take at least six academic or non-academic Grade 12 (senior level) courses. There is no longer an approved course list – any Grade 12 (senior level) course you take can count towards your six. Note: If you’re graduating from a secondary school outside of Canada, the recommended minimum number of senior-level courses will vary. 

Does it matter which six Grade 12 (senior level) courses I choose?

Yes. Choosing courses that are academic in nature and/or are related to what you want to study at UBC may increase your chances of gaining admission to UBC.

What does UBC consider an academic course?

Academic courses fall within one of six subject categories: Language Arts, Mathematics and Computation, Sciences, Second Languages (including immersion programs), Social Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts. Applied design, skills, and technologies courses; career education courses; physical and health education courses; and faith-based courses are not considered academic courses. Regardless of where you go to school, you can refer to the BC Ministry of Education website for examples of courses in each category.

If I don’t have at least six Grade 12 (senior level) courses, can I still be admitted to UBC?

Yes. Be sure to explain why you took a reduced course load in your application. We’ll review each situation on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a minimum number of courses required for the core academic assessment?

No. You are not required to take a certain number of courses, or to take courses from every degree-specific subject category related to the degree that you applied to at UBC, but you are encouraged to challenge yourself.

Admissions decisions

How will UBC be evaluating my courses and grades?

UBC will evaluate your courses and grades in several ways. For the overall academic assessment, we’ll look at your overall performance as a student. For the core academic assessment, we’ll look at your potential for the particular degree you’ve applied to. For the individual course assessment, we’ll look at your grades in individual courses that are particularly relevant to what you intend to study at UBC.

Will UBC look at my grades in all of my Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses?

No. All courses can play a role in our admissions decision, but we’ll only look at your grades in academic Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses. If you’ve taken a course at the Grade 11 (junior) and Grade 12 (senior) levels, emphasis will be placed on your mark in the Grade 12 (senior level) course.

Will UBC look at more than my grades?

Yes. In addition to grades, UBC will also consider the breadth, rigour, and relevancy of your Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) coursework. If you challenge yourself in school by taking more courses – academic or not – it shows that you’re able to handle a large course load. Similarly, it can also be worthwhile to take a non-academic course if it’s related to what you want to study at UBC (e.g., taking Physical Education when applying to Kinesiology).

I’d like to take more and/or more rigorous courses, but I can’t. Will I be penalized?

No. We understand that it isn’t always possible. Maybe you have family or work commitments, like caring for a younger sibling or working a part-time job to fund your education. Or maybe you live in a small community and your high school doesn’t offer Calculus, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Be sure to explain your circumstances in your application. We’ll review each situation on a case-by-case basis.

Will UBC be publishing the average marks required for each degree?

No. A holistic admissions process means that many different factors – not just grades – will be considered when making an admissions decision.

So what’s better: getting high grades, taking more courses, taking more challenging courses, or taking more courses related to what I want to study at UBC?

All of the above – in addition to a strong Personal Profile – can be useful. Many students will still gain admission to UBC based primarily on their marks in academic courses, but getting the highest grades in the fewest number of required classes is no longer the only way to show that you’re ready to study here. Demonstrating breadth, rigour, and relevancy in your coursework is not a requirement for admission, but it certainly can help.

I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

If you didn’t find the answer to your question here or on the Planning for 2019 admission to UBC page, talk to your high school counsellor or contact UBC.

Submit your UBC housing application by May 1

Submit your UBC housing application by May 1

Living on campus is more than just a practical option for housing – it’s one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the UBC student experience. If you want to live in residence at UBC, you must apply by May 1, 2018.

Please note: If you are considering a degree on both campuses, you must complete a separate residence application for each campus.

Am I guaranteed a spot?

Your place in residence is guaranteed if:

  • you are a first-year student who is graduating from high school in the current academic year;
  • you submit your residence application for eight-month housing by the May 1 deadline;
  • you accept UBC’s offer of admission by the date indicated in your letter of admission or June 1 (whichever comes first).

If you have questions about priority access, residence guarantees, or early arrival, visit the UBC Student Housing website.

What’s residence like?

No matter which residence you’re assigned, you’ll be part of a supportive environment that’s designed to help you adjust to university life, enjoy your time as a student, and make lifelong friends. Plus, you’ll be able to choose from a range of meal plan options on both our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

Move-in day on UBC’s Okanagan campus

Move-in day on UBC’s Vancouver campus

What if residence isn’t for me?

If you’re not planning to live in residence, you can build your own home away from home at the UBC Collegia on our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. These welcoming on-campus spaces are great spots to relax between classes, heat up your lunch, and connect with new friends.

Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver 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.

You can find lots of great info and photos on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat, but there’s really no substitute for setting foot on campus, talking with current students face-to-face, and having them show you some of the places where you’ll spend time as a first-year student at UBC.

What to expect

Your guided walking tour will include:

  • visits to a residence, a library, and some of the recreational and social facilities on campus;
  • an overview of the kinds of services available to UBC students.

After the tour, an advisor will be available to answer your questions about academic programs, admissions, scholarship opportunities, and more for undergraduate students at UBC.

Can’t visit in person?

No problem! Get a feel for our two campuses with our virtual tours, then explore #UBCtour on social for a taste of what you’d see on an in-person campus tour.

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UBC Welcomes You events across Canada

UBC Welcomes You events across 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. Specifically, you’ll have the chance to:

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

UBC Welcomes You in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario

Our UBC experts are hitting the road next month! They’ll be visiting Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto in April to connect in person with students who have applied to attend UBC in September 2018.

For details on UBC Welcomes You events in your area and other ways to connect, check out our Visits in Canada page and click on your province.

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2018

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2018

There’s 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 that experience. Destination UBC, a weekend-long event for admitted students held on our Okanagan campus, and UBC Welcomes You, a half-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 life at UBC.

Destination UBC (Okanagan campus)

May 11–13: Destination UBC on UBC’s Okanagan campus

At Destination UBC you’ll join students from across Canada, spend the weekend in UBC residence, and get a taste of student life with a full day of programming. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know your campus and faculty, and meet other students who will be starting at the same time as you.


“The people that I met, the lifestyle that I saw, the opportunities that are offered, the prettiness of the Okanagan Valley, and the community spirit that Destination UBC showed me were enough for me to make the right, in my belief, decision.” 


– Louis Fayolle, Bachelor of Science ’20, Okanagan campus


Indigenous Welcome (Okanagan campus)

May 10: Indigenous Welcome on UBC’s Okanagan campus (Aboriginal students)

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, join us on Thursday for the Indigenous Welcome. In addition to all of the exciting Destination UBC events, you’re invited to take part in a special day of programming designed to share relevant information and connect you with other Aboriginal students, staff, and advisors on the traditional territory of the Okanagan Nation (UBC’s Okanagan campus).


“The most valuable part of the event was being able to meet so many other Indigenous students, both current and prospective, many of whom I am still friends with today!” 


– Taya Jardine, Bachelor of Arts ’20, Okanagan campus


UBC Welcomes You (Vancouver campus)

April 28: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Vancouver campus

At UBC Welcomes You, you’ll spend a half-day on UBC’s Vancouver campus getting your questions answered, connecting with the UBC community, and preparing for life as a UBC student.


“Everything just became real – it wasn’t a viewbook or pictures online, but an actual place where students live and study.”


– Reed Eaglesham, Bachelor of International Economics ’18, Vancouver campus


Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome (Vancouver campus)

April 27–29: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome on UBC’s Vancouver campus (Aboriginal students)

If you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, the weekend-long Destination UBC event is your chance to visit UBC’s Vancouver campus in advance and get to know the Aboriginal community. We’ll give you advice on transitioning to university life and connect you with current students in your faculty or degree who can share helpful insider tips.

Am I eligible to attend?

UBC will notify you of your eligibility for Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You with our offer of admission. Eligible students can register between April 4 and May 2. Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

If you were admitted to UBC’s Okanagan campus, or you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, learn more about the travel reimbursement program to find out if UBC can cover some, or all, of your travel costs.