University or college student requirements

If you are a well-qualified student attending a post-secondary institution, we welcome your application to transfer to UBC. Read more about transfer eligibility, and find requirements if you are a post-secondary student in Canada or a post-secondary student outside of Canada, a mature student, or if you are applying after one or two years of CEGEP.

Are you eligible to transfer?

To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0.

  • Second-year applicants must normally have successfully completed 30 credits and satisfied all promotion requirements for advancement to that year
  • Third-year applicants must have normally have successfully completed 48–60 credits and satisfied all promotion requirements for advancement to that year.

Applicants who apply with fewer than 24 credits will be evaluated on the basis of final secondary school grades and the partial post-secondary studies completed. If this applies to you, you’ll need to meet all your high school’s curriculum requirements in addition to meeting the GPA for admission with the post-secondary courses you completed. High school requirements differ depending on what province you’re coming from. Unless otherwise indicated by the program you are applying to, academic standing is based on the average of all courses attempted, including failed or repeated courses. The chart below will help you understand how UBC calculates your admission average based on post-secondary credits completed:

 

Credits taken How admission is calculated
0 to 6 credits Admission is based on high school average only
7 to 23 credits Admission is based on high school average and college grade point average (GPA) calculated using all transferable credits taken
24 to 30 credits Admission is based on college GPA calculated using all transferable credits taken
More than 30 credits Admission is based on college GPA calculated using the most recent 30 transferable credits taken

Faculty-specific requirements

Because of enrolment limitations, many degrees require a higher average for admission than stated above. For more information about degree-specific requirements, please visit the Vancouver Academic Calendar and the Okanagan Academic Calendar. Applicants should contact their faculty or school for a statement of admission requirements for the degree that they are applying to. At the time of your application, an admissions advisor will review your previous coursework and place you in the appropriate year level. Use the tables below to get an idea of what you’ll need to be admitted to each faculty on each campus.

Admission requirements for post-secondary students in Canada

UBC invites you to continue your college or university studies on our Okanagan campus or Vancouver campus. You’ll meet students from across the globe who share your passion for learning, and earn a degree respected in Canada and the world over.

Admission requirements for the Okanagan campus >>
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Admission requirements for post-secondary students outside Canada

UBC invites you to continue your college or university studies on our Okanagan campus or Vancouver campus. Here, you’ll earn a UBC degree respected in Canada and around the world.

Admission requirements for the Okanagan campus >>
Admission requirements for the Vancouver campus >>

Mature students

Mature students are those who have been out of full-time formal education for at least four years but can demonstrate high academic potential through a range of achievements and life experiences beyond academics. Learn more about your requirements on UBC’s Okanagan campus and Vancouver campus.

CEGEP

If you are applying after one or two years of CEGEP, you must satisfy UBC’s general admission requirements, plus your degree-specific requirements. Learn more about your requirements on UBC’s Okanagan campus and Vancouver campus.