Mature students are those who can demonstrate high academic potential through a range of exceptional achievements and life experiences beyond academics. Mature applicants must be out of full-time formal education (three or more courses per term/semester, or nine or more transferable credits per term/semester) for at least four years and satisfy the English language requirements and program-specific requirements in order to be considered. Before applying for admission as a mature student, please carefully review the information below.
Am I eligible to apply?
1. You must be outside of full-time education for at least four years.
This includes high school and post-secondary institutions. If you have a prior undergraduate degree, you can apply as an unclassified student, or as a transfer student if you wish to complete a second degree. Students with a previous degree are not considered mature applicants.
Full-time study is three or more courses per term/semester, or nine or more transferable credits per term/semester. For example, if you are applying to start in September 2017, your last full-time attendance in school should have been in August 2013.
2. Mature students can apply to the following programs only:
- Applied Biology
- Fine Arts: Creative Writing, Film Production, Theatre Design and Production, and Visual Art
- Food, Nutrition, and Health
- Forest Resources Management
- Forest Operations
- Forest Sciences
- Science: the Faculty of Science strongly encourages applicants who have not taken Math or Science courses in the last four years to take refresher courses before applying.
- Natural Resources Conservation
- Wood Products Processing
If you are seeking admission to a program not listed above, we recommend that you enrol at another institution and then transfer to your program of interest.
3. Do I satisfy the program’s requirements?
Mature applicants must meet the University’s English language requirement.
In addition, you must meet certain faculty- or program-specific requirements that vary according to where you attended high school or post-secondary. This includes, but is not limited to, prerequisites, supplemental applications, portfolio, and audition requirements. For most programs, if you do not have the requirements at the high school level, you can present them at the post-secondary level.
If you are missing general admissions or program-specific requirements, you will have to attend another institution to complete the prerequisites for admission.
How do I apply?
1. Apply online
The application deadline is January 15.
2. Contact Admissions
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Mature applicant” and the program and campus you wish to apply to in the subject line. An advisor will get back to you to discuss whether you are eligible to apply as a mature applicant. Applicants with a prior degree should apply as a transfer student. It’s important to keep communication lines open with UBC. Ensure your contact information is up to date on the Student Service Centre (SSC) and log on regularly, as this is how UBC communicates with students.
3. Submit your required documents
After you submit your application, you will receive an email to let you know what documents you will need to submit, and instructions on when and how to send them to our office. The following is the minimum you will be required to submit for your mature application:
- Official transcripts of any post-secondary coursework you have completed
- Official secondary school transcript
4. Submit additional documents
After an initial review of your application and academic transcripts you may be required to submit additional documentation. Please do not submit these documents unless requested to do so:
- A statement of academic intent outlining the area(s) of study that interests you and your readiness for successful university study
- Your resumé with a full record of your employment and relevant personal history
- Two written references from people who will be able to assess and describe your work habits, drive, and potential for academic success. Reference letters should not be from family or friends.
Please send all academic documents to UBC’s Undergraduate Admissions office. If requested, the additional mature documents should be sent by upload or email. The sooner your application and documents have been submitted, the sooner your application can be reviewed and a decision made.
As a reminder of which documents you will need to submit, please check the Student Service Centre regularly.
Since the mature applicant category is very competitive, we recommend that you also apply to your local college for their university transfer program.
Please note: the University reserves the right to determine whether or not an applicant can be classified as eligible for the mature applicant category.