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!

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

Now that you’ve applied to UBC, you’re ready for the next steps in your journey to one of the world’s top 40 universities. You and your family are invited to attend UBC’s Applicant Information Events, which are being hosted in cities around the world and across the United States.

At these events, UBC representatives will discuss course planning, registration, housing, new student orientations, campus activities, and more. You will have a chance to meet other students from your area who have applied to UBC.

Registration for these events is easy – simply log in to your account and click on My Events.

Join us for an online information session

Can’t attend an event in person? Get your questions answered in one of our regularly scheduled online information sessions.

UBC first round offers of admission 2017/18

UBC first round offers of admission 2017/18

We’re pleased to announce that first round offers of admission are now complete. UBC had a limited number of first-round offers to extend, and all students who received a first round offer of admission will now see that in the UBC Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

What are my next steps if I did not receive a first round offer of admission?

Students who did not receive a first round offer of admission will now be considered based on grade information that UBC receives from IB counsellors, OUAC download, self-reporting, and document upload in the February – March timeframe.

  • BC and Yukon high school students: self-report your grades starting March 3. Check out our self-reporting blog post for more information.
  • Ontario high school students: your grades will arrive through the OUAC download. No further action is required unless we connect directly with you.
  • IB students: your grades are being submitted by counsellors. No further action is required unless we connect directly with you.
  • All other Canadian high school students: upload your documents starting February 20. Check out our document upload blog post for more information.

For up-to-date and current information, please check your status in the Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status

BC/Yukon applicants: self-reporting opens March 3

BC/Yukon applicants: self-reporting opens March 3

Every year we receive 10,000 to 12,000 applications for students following the BC high school curriculum. Most of you are attending high school here in BC, some of you are studying in the Yukon Territory, and some of you are studying in other countries, including China and South Korea.

As of March 3, you can all report your grades online through the UBC Student Service Centre.

Your grade information will round out your UBC application so that we can evaluate a combination of your academics and Personal Profile. Reporting your grades is mandatory, so we will send you a number of reminders by email so that you don’t forget to submit your grades online.

When will I report my grades?

If your courses are “semestered” courses (meaning you have final grades for courses you took from September to January), you can report your grades from March 3 to March 20 (remember to wait for any January Provincial Exam results before reporting). Report your final grades from first semester and list your second semester courses (without grades). Do not submit second semester grades.

If your courses are “year-long” courses (meaning you started taking them in September and you will complete them in June), please wait until you receive your spring report card and use this to report your grades. Do not report your grades before you have this report card handy. Many of you will have this report card by March 20 – so please go ahead and report when you receive it.  We know that some of you will not receive this report card until early April, which is why we will keep self-reporting open until April 14 for you. If you have questions, please contact us.

How can I prepare to report my grades?

Have your Personal Education Number (PEN) handy – it’s required to report your grades. Then familiarize yourself with our self-reporting instructions.

Facebook Live Q & A on self-reporting

Follow us on Facebook and get your self-reporting questions answered in real time:

  • Tuesday, March 7, 4:15 – 5:00 pm (PST)

Tips from UBC students for after you’ve been admitted

Tips from UBC students for after you’ve been admitted

All of your hard work has paid off, and you’ve been admitted to UBC! The road ahead is filled with crucial tasks to ensure that you’re ready for your first year of university – including planning your finances, registering for courses, and getting mentally prepared for life at UBC.

Four current UBC students reflect on the admission process and share their best tips for making the next several months simple and stress-free.

Meet the students


Kanchi Dave | Mumbai, India

Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

“It was crucial that the university I chose would celebrate diversity and have a strong support system for an international student like me. UBC fit those criteria brilliantly.”



Reed Eaglesham | St. Catharines, Canada

International Economics

“When I flew out to Vancouver, the campus sucked me in. That’s when I knew I would go to UBC.”



Radia Mbengue | Dakar, Senegal

Gender and Women’s Studies

“UBC’s reputation played a major role in my decision to attend, and the diversity on campus was definitely a plus. I saw that the university could easily become my second home.”



Jeremiah Hyslop | Xaxli’p First Nation, West Kelowna, Canada


“Deciding to attend UBC was an easy choice for me. After visiting the Okanagan campus for science fairs and leadership conferences over the years, I knew I wanted this to be my university.


Accepting your offer


“My Peer Mentor answered my questions when I was confused, was there for me when I needed someone to talk to, and even took us to a Rockets game!” – Jeremiah

“My ESP is my go-to for financial matters, tuition payments, and official document requests.” – Kanchi

“I think everything was pretty straight forward – I got all the information I needed from the website and interactions with UBC staff.” – Radia


Applying for a study permit


“Find out in advance all the documents you need and start the application process as early as possible.” – Radia

“I got started on my study permit and visa application as soon as I received my official offer letter in the mail. The faster you get it done the better. It’s beneficial to have your parents apply for the visa with you. All the applications get reviewed together then.” – Kanchi


Planning your finances


“I went to an ESP workshop where they showed us how to make a budget and plan ahead – lessons that proved useful when I was budgeting for an exchange trip to South Korea.” – Reed

“My family and I budgeted for my time at UBC by planning out foreseen expenses, and not spending extra money until we knew we had some left over.” – Jeremiah

“I did a little math and decided to have a set amount of money that I could spend each month. To stay within my limit, I had to compromise on luxuries like new clothes, but never compromised on food!” – Kanchi

“The Cost Calculator on the UBC website determines your costs depending on your program. I’d advise to make a clear plan of what you expect to spend each month in food, housing, and personal spending.” – Radia


Finding a place to live


“Bring a travel bag for those unexpected weekend trips or camping.” – Radia

“Your Residence Advisor (RA) is there to help you adapt, make friends, and feel at home. One year, as an RA, I organized a ‘Floormal Dinner,’ where our floor made a meal, decorated a table in the lounge, and dressed up to eat together.” – Reed

“I decided to live off campus, at home, in first year because I found it was a much more cost-efficient option. I enjoy carpooling with others who live in the same area, because it adds social time to my day.” – Jeremiah

“Your res room is your home for a whole year, so make it like home. Get all your favourite room decorations (it really helps to reduce the homesickness!). Two other essentials are noise-cancelling headphones and a mini refrigerator.” – Kanchi


Exploring your academic options


“By attending Supplemental Learning sessions, which go over course materials in greater detail, I ended up meeting like-minded people with whom I became friends.” – Jeremiah

“In first year, an advisor told me to ask myself what skills and experiences I want to possess when I graduate. That question has steered most of my decisions at UBC.” – Kanchi

“I belong to the Political Science Student Association, the Debate Club, the African and Caribbean Student Club, the Model UN Club, and the Society of Scholars program. I like the fact that I am able to be in groups academically related, such as the political science association. But I really enjoy the fact that I can still have fun while learning new things – the Debate Club is a perfect example of that.” – Radia

“I took part in an exchange to Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. It was my first experience living abroad and opened my horizons to a new culture and to cross-cultural communication. Since I’m studying international economics, I felt like I hadn’t understood the importance of international relations and the nuance needed to navigate in a globalized world.” – Reed


Reviewing your program requirements


“My program had a standard timetable in first year, but I still had to choose electives. Check with your academic advisor to find out which non-major credits are mandatory for your degree.” – Reed

“Something I wish I had known was the long-term course requirements, such as the fact that I needed to take a certain number of Arts credits as a Science student – which I could have enrolled in in first year to balance the range of subjects that I studied at the time.” – Jeremiah

“I am very grateful for the dedication of my peer mentor to help me. He sent me multiple emails before I got to UBC to help me through the process and answer all the questions I had.” – Radia


Registering for courses


“Have a pen and paper in hand, the course registration page open in one tab, and your degree requirements list from open in another.” – Kanchi

“The toughest part was knowing what courses to take and when to take them. Talk to your Peer Mentor, consult an academic advisor, and ask as many questions as you can.” – Radia

“Start planning your courses and timetables early to leave time to think about your decisions and make sure they are the right ones. I also strongly recommend that new students don’t register in courses because their friends are – there are opportunities to make new friends everywhere!” – Jeremiah


Getting ready for life at UBC!


Jumpstart gave me the chance to discover the campus and city, and learn about university resources. Through Create, I met people in different faculties and programs.” – Radia

“I’ve been friends with people I met at Imagine UBC for my entire degree. In fact, I’m spending Thanksgiving with them in Whistler.” – Reed

“In first year, I signed up for a bunch of clubs and organizations. Some I liked and some I didn’t. Each year, I discovered more about what I love and which community I really felt like I belonged to.” – Kanchi

“Working in the Aboriginal Centre connects me to my heritage and UBC’s Aboriginal community. It’s a chance to give back to one of the places on campus that felt like home in first year.” – Jeremiah

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: upload your documents to UBC

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: upload your documents to UBC

If you are a student in Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, or Saskatchewan, here are a few tips on uploading your documents to UBC. If you attend a school outside these regions, read these document upload tips.

When do I upload my documents?

If you attend a school in Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, or Saskatchewan, you can upload your documents between February 20 and March 15.

If you are completing an IB diploma at a school in these regions, you do not need to upload your documents. We will receive your anticipated IB grades directly from your IB Coordinator.

Which documents do I upload?

If you attend a semester school…

If you attend a semester school (courses are taken from September to January, and February to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript including final grades for your Grade 11 courses and final grades for your first-semester courses (if you are in Alberta, please include your final course grades and Provincial Exam results)
  • a list of in-progress courses as a separate document (this list can be written by hand as long as it is legible)

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

If you attend a linear school…

If you attend a linear school (courses are taken from September to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript including final grades for Grade 11 courses and in-progress (interim) grades for all Grade 12 courses you are currently taking
  • a list of in-progress courses as a separate document (this list can be written by hand as long as it is legible)

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

Document format and size

  • Your documents must be uploaded in PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format, and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Multiple pages need to be collapsed into a single document. For example: If your transcript exceeds one page, you need to collapse the pages into a single PDF, TIFF, or JPEG and upload it through the Student Service Centre (SSC).

Please do not mail in a paper copy of your transcripts/report card. Doing so can slow down the review of your application. If you have any questions, please email Please include your full name and UBC student number.

I’ve applied to UBC. Now what?

I’ve applied to UBC. Now what?

Congratulations on completing your UBC application – you’re one giant step closer to joining our bustling community of students and faculty from around the globe.

Depending on the program you applied to, the quality of your application, and when your grades become available, you can expect an admission decision any time between now and May. Be sure to check your application status often in the Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

If you’re itching to know what comes next in the admissions process, check out the video below:



Until you hear back from us, take this time to learn more about the program that you applied to. This is also a great opportunity to envision your future at UBC and have your questions answered by joining a campus tour, attending an event for applicants, or taking part in an online info session.


Update your mailing address with UBC

Update your mailing address with UBC

Some people say the art of snail mail is dead, but we disagree. There is no substitute for the tingly feeling you get from tearing open a crisp envelope, removing its contents, and getting the good news that you’ve been waiting for – like your offer of admission from UBC.

UBC has been sending out offers since December, and yours could arrive by mail or courier any time between now and May. To make sure there are no delays or errors, please log into the Student Service Centre (SSC) and make sure the address under Personal Info > Contact Summary is accurate. You can update your address information at any time in the SSC.

When updating your address

  • Use your home mailing address where you live and will be applying for a study permit (if required). Using an address in a different location can cause problems in the study-permit process.
  • Include a phone number at the same location as your home mailing address.

Check the status of your application

While you’re logged into the SSC, you can also check your application status, which is the most up-to-date information on your application. Keep in mind that we’re currently receiving a lot of documents from students, so if you’ve recently sent in a transcript or another required document, it will take some time for it to be updated in your profile.

Stay in touch

If you have any questions or concerns about your application or updating your address, get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter, or leave a comment here and we’ll be happy to help.