How can I maintain my offer of admission?

How can I maintain my offer of admission?

First of all, remember that your offer of admission to UBC was based on a combination of your academic profile and your Personal Profile. So when we receive your final grades, we’ll be looking at them alongside your Personal Profile.

Our process and timeline

In May, we’ll review grades for students who received first-round offers and students who self-reported and were admitted in the March-to-April timeframe. That’s when we’ll verify that the grade information submitted to UBC is accurate. If we have any concerns with your grades, we’ll reach out to you directly.

In July, we’ll review final grades. If you meet the conditions on your offer of admission, we’ll update your offer to reflect that.

What you can do

Most students are looking for a definitive answer: “Tell me exactly how much my grades can drop before I lose my offer.” But we can’t say: “Everyone whose grades drop more than X%, or drop below Y%, will lose their offers.”

Each student’s situation is unique and we review changes in academic standing on a case-by-case basis. We don’t like to withdraw offers, but we must ensure that they’re awarded consistently and fairly, and that you have a solid foundation for success.

Certain grade changes may cause us to look at your application more closely when your final grades are submitted. Our best advice is to keep working hard to present your best final grades so we can confirm your offer of admission to UBC.

Offers of admission via mail or courier

Offers of admission via mail or courier

If you’ve been admitted to UBC, you’ll receive (by mail or by courier, depending on your location) an admission package that contains your official letter of admission and a UBC Registration and Orientation Guide.

Check your application status on the Student Service Centre. If it has been longer than four weeks since you were admitted and you haven’t yet received your package, please contact us. We may need you to update your address.

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.

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.

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 (and one Enrolment Services Professional) reflect on the admission process and share their best tips for making the next several months simple and stress-free.

Meet the students

UBC Okanagan student An Goto

An Goto | Bali, Indonesia

Chemistry (Honours), Mathematics (Minor)

“I chose UBC because I thought that the learning environment offered at the Okanagan campus exactly met the criteria that I had for an ideal university.”

 

UBC student Abdullah Khair

Abdullah Khair | Amman, Jordan

Chemical Engineering

“The student-centred environment at the university stood out to me and made me realize that there are endless ways to grow and discover myself on this campus.”

 

UBC student Thao Atkinson

Thao Atkinson | Métis, Midway, Canada

Commerce

“I loved the values UBC had and the high level of support UBC has for Aboriginal students. I felt it was important for me to be in a community where I could exceed academically, but also have a sense of community.”

 

UBC student Moozhan Ahmadzadegan

Moozhan Ahmadzadegan | Lake Country, Canada

Visual Arts (Major), Art History (Minor)

“UBC is one of the best universities in the world, plus, I was born and raised in the Okanagan. It seemed only natural that I attend university in the place I call home.”

 

Enrolment Services Professional Claudia

Claudia | Enrolment Services Professional

As an Enrolment Service Professional (ESP), Claudia has many helpful tips for you: “As an ESP, I wear many hats. I specialize in financial advising, but I can also answer questions about undergraduate admissions, fees, tuition, registration, financial support, exams, graduation, transcripts, and so much more. If you have a question I can’t answer, I likely know the person or department who can.”

 

 

Accepting your offer

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“My Peer Mentor helped with the transition into university by letting me know about events and other opportunities for students on campus.” – Moozhan

“My ESP was extremely helpful to me, and especially at the beginning of my university career as I was still figuring out the very little details about being a student at UBC. This included things like how to pay my tuition, registering for courses, and transferring over some of my high school credits.” – Abdullah

 

 

Applying for a study permit

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UBC’s International Student Guide is your go-to online resource for information on immigration, health insurance, taxes, and more. There’s even a study permit tutorial.” – Claudia, ESP

 

 

Planning your finances

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“My ESP helped me make sure how I knew how to handle money and how to budget for the year. He’s awesome!” – Thao

“Look for external awards and opportunities through banks, companies, and Internet-based databases like Scholarships Canada and yconic.” – Claudia, ESP

 

 

Finding a place to live

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“If you live in residence, you have to vacate your room at the end of each academic year. Keep your belongings as compact as possible for smooth moving.” – An

“My residence room must-haves are a comfy pillow, snacks, and an alarm clock.” – Thao

“If I’m not at home I’m in the Critical and Creative Studies building. Most of my classes and my friends reside there, there’s tons of good places to chill and study. It’s my dwelling when on campus.” – Moozhan

“I always kept some late night study snacks as you don’t really get access to a kitchen or hot food past a certain hour in university residence.” – Abdullah

 

 

Exploring your academic options

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“The best part of being a Chemistry major is about the opportunity to be able to meet with professors who not only shaped me towards being a well-rounded chemist, but also a more independent individual.” – An

“When I picked my program, I was intrigued by the programs that the Sauder School of Business offered. This included Co-op opportunities, global exchanges and the various clubs offered at UBC.” – Thao

“I picked the engineering program as I was interested in different sciences and mathematics. The best part about my program at UBC is that they provide a general engineering program during first year and then you get to choose which specialty you’d like to be enrolled in.” – Abdullah

“My Visual Arts Course Union offers different opportunities to plan, volunteer at or attend events. It really creates a community within a program and is a great way to make connections and gain valuable experiences. It’s also a great chance to be involved and learn new things outside the classroom.” – Moozhan

 

 

Registering for courses

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“Throughout my journey at UBC, I planned my courses by referencing the degree requirements for my Chemistry and Mathematics degrees, which were located in UBC academic calendar.” – An

“I had to register for some extra electives, and found that the Degree Navigator tool in the Student Services Centre was extremely useful in laying out what courses satisfy the elective requirements I had.” – Abdullah

“There is a lot to choose from, and it can be a challenge to narrow down your interests. Most of my courses were required, so that helped. My advice for first-timers: pick something you think will sustain your interest over the semester.” – Moozhan

“If your faculty does not have a standard time table, reach out to older students who can help you with the process! Destination UBC was a great way to meet upper year students who love to support and help incoming students.” – Thao

 

 

Getting ready for life at UBC!

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“UBC offers a variety of support, courses and clubs that will undoubtedly peak your interest. If you’re thinking about coming to UBC, go to the orientations they provide, ask other students your questions, and research the things that you value!” – Thao

“If you’re an international student staying in Kelowna during the winter break, you can meet other international students from different cultures through winter programming offered by International Programs and Services.” – An

“Make sure university is what you want, it’s a commitment and can be a really great experience. UBC is an exceptional university and having the opportunity to attend a place of inclusion and acceptance is definitely a good incentive.” – Moozhan

“Finding community may seem a little overwhelming. However, with time and as you settle in, you will slowly find yourself immersed in many smaller groups at UBC. Whether that’s through your residence, faculty, classes, or sports clubs, the smaller communities will make UBC feel like a bigger home to you.“ – Abdullah

Okanagan students: find your faculty on social media

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Image: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences | Students in the Go Global program in New Zealand.

By now you’re probably burnt out on university research and you’re enjoying the relief and joy that came with your UBC acceptance letter. But before you melt into a summer daze, we have one last task for you.

Stalk your UBC faculty on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter so that you arrive informed this fall.

You’ll be privy to exciting new research, like the investigation by Cultural Studies students who showed the positive impact of “parklets” in the city. You could learn more about student experiences in your program – such as the Chemistry alumna who shared her story of joining and becoming president of the Chemistry Course Union. Or you could check out your future professors, such as the School of Engineering’s Jonathan Holzman, who was recently awarded the the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education.

Find your faculty below and follow along!

Faculty Social channels
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies UBC Creative and Critical Studies Facebook
UBC Creative and Critical Studies Twitter
Faculty of Health and Social Development UBC Health and Social Development Facebook
UBC Health and Social Development Twitter
Faculty of Management UBC Management Facebook
UBC Management Twitter
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences UBC School of Arts and Sciences Facebook
UBC School of Arts and Sciences Twitter
UBC School of Arts and Sciences Instagram
School of Engineering UBC School of Engineering Facebook

Vancouver students: Find your faculty on social media

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Image: Faculty of Forestry | Students use a mobile scavenger hunt game to find specific types of soil in the forest floor at UBC Farm.

By now – with your UBC acceptance letter in hand and your course plans for September taking shape – you’ve no doubt done your fair share of research on your program and faculty. Come September you’ll be diving into the deep end of university life, so now is a great time to test the waters by seeing what students and professors in your faculty are up to.

By stalking your new UBC community on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you’ll arrive this fall already in the know. The cool new ATV that the UBC Baja engineering design team is building? Saw it on the UBC Engineering Facebook page. The UBC avian forensic morphologist solving bird mysteries? Saw the Faculty of Science’s tweet (no pun intended). The annual open house at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre? Saw the Instagram post by the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Find your faculty below and follow along this summer so that you arrive informed in the fall.

Faculty Social channels
Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering) UBC Engineering Facebook
UBC Engineering Twitter
UBC Engineering Instagram
Faculty of Arts UBC Arts Facebook
UBC Arts Twitter
UBC Arts Instagram
Faculty of Forestry UBC Forestry Facebook
UBC Forestry Twitter
UBC Forestry Instagram
Snapchat: ubcforestry
Faculty of Land and Food Systems UBC Land and Food Systems Facebook
UBC Land and Food Systems Twitter
UBC Land and Food Systems Instagram
Faculty of Science UBC Science Facebook
UBC Science Twitter
UBC Sauder School of Business UBC Sauder School of Business Facebook
UBC Sauder School of Business Twitter
UBC Sauder School of Business Instagram
Snapchat: ubcsauderschool
School of Kinesiology UBC School of Kinesiology Facebook
UBC School of Kinesiology Twitter
UBC School of Kinesiology Instagram
School of Music UBC School of Music Facebook
UBC School of Music Twitter
UBC Vantage College UBC Vantage College Facebook
UBC Vantage College Twitter
UBC Vantage College Instagram
Vancouver School of Economics at UBC Vancouver School of Economics Facebook
Vancouver School of Economics Twitter

 

What to do before you arrive on campus

What to do before you arrive on campus

It’s only a matter of weeks until you’ll step foot on campus as a first-year UBC student. You’ll be greeted with tons of new experiences and you’ll meet loads of new people, which can be both exciting and overwhelming. To ensure a smooth arrival and a stress-free first week, you’ll want to take care of some important things before you get here.

Here are eight easy tasks that you can complete now to make your arrival a breeze.

  1. Get ready for your orientation

On your first day, you’ll forgo normal class for a fun-filled, day-long series of welcome-to-UBC events. On the Vancouver campus, at the Imagine UBC orientation, you will be joined by the entire class of 2021 for a formal welcome, pep rally, lunch, and more. On the Okanagan campus, register for the Create orientation to join all new-to-UBC students for a day of events, including food, prizes, and more.

  1. Find back-to-school events and programs

The UBC student societies – the AMS on the Vancouver campus and the UBCSUO on the Okanagan campus – host events and programs for first-year students like you.

  1. Read the UBCfyi blog

Now that you’re an official UBC student, read the UBCfyi blog for campus updates and resources, plus info on events, health and well-being, money management, and more.

  1. Update your email address

Make sure your email address is correct in the Student Service Centre and remember to check your messages regularly.

  1. Learn about your student health plan

Visit the student health insurance website to learn more about your plan and coverage, or to opt out if you already have a health insurance plan.

  1. Sort out your financials

Ensure that you have a financial plan in place for the upcoming academic year, and learn about the financial resources available to you on UBC’s Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus.

  1. Pay your tuition online

Avoid lineups by paying your tuition online now.

  1. Get access to public transit

UBC students on the Okanagan campus can get a U-PASS sticker that provides unlimited access to BC Transit in Kelowna and the surrounding area. Just bring your student ID card to the Student Union Office (UNC133) to get your sticker.

UBC students on the Vancouver campus can load their U-Pass onto a Compass Card for unlimited transit services within Metro Vancouver. Obtain your Compass Card from the UBC Bookstore – or any SkyTrain Station or TransLink Fare Dealer – and then link it to your U-Pass online at upassbc.translink.ca. Apply online at least 48 hours before you intend to travel, and visit planning.ubc.ca for more information.