What grades do I need to maintain my UBC offer of admission?

What grades do I need to maintain my UBC offer of admission?

First of all, remember that your offer of admission was based on a combination of your academic profile and Personal Profile. So when we receive your final grades, we are looking at them in combination with your Personal Profile.

We review on a case-by-case basis

In May we will review grades for students who were admitted during first-round offers, as well as grades for students who self-reported and were admitted in the March-to-April timeframe. This is when we verify that the grade information submitted to UBC on your academic record is accurate. Should there be any concerns with your grades, we will reach out to you. In July we review final grades, and if you meet the conditions on your offer of admission, we will update your offer to reflect that.

Still, you may want a definitive answer: “Tell me exactly how much my grades can drop before I lose my offer.” But each student’s case is unique and we treat each student individually. It would not be fair to say, “Everyone who drops more than X% loses their offer,” or, “Everyone whose grades drop below Y% loses their offer.” Each student’s case is different. We do not like to withdraw offers of admission, but we have to ensure that offers are made consistently and fairly to all applicants, and that you have a solid foundation for success at UBC.

We review changes in applicants’ level of academic standing on a case-by-case basis. You can see some of the grade changes that may cause us to look at your application more closely when final grades are submitted.

Our best advice: keep working hard to present your best final grades so we can confirm your offer of admission to UBC.

Offers of admission sent via mail or courier

Offers of admission sent via mail or courier

If you’ve been admitted to UBC, we will send you (by mail or by courier, depending on your location) an admission package containing your official offer of admission letter and a UBC Registration and Orientation Guide.

Check your application status on the Student Service Centre – if it’s 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 information with us.

UBC housing application closes on May 1 – Apply now!

UBC housing application closes on May 1 – Apply now!

Living on campus is more than just a practical option for housing – it’s a great way to immerse yourself in the UBC student experience. All first-year undergraduates who enter UBC from high school are guaranteed a place in residence, but you must apply by May 1, 2017 (if you didn’t already do so as part of your UBC online application). The UBC housing application will close on May 1, 2017.

If you’re not planning to live on campus, you can build your own home away from home at the Collegia on UBC’s Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus. These are on-campus spaces where you can relax, store food, and connect with new friends.

Feeling at home on campus

No matter where you live, you will be part of a supportive environment that’s designed to help you adjust to university and enjoy your time as a student, meet new people, and make lifelong friends.

You’ll also have a range of meal options (Vancouver campus | Okanagan campus) to choose from.

Move-in day on the Vancouver campus

Move-in day on the Okanagan campus

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

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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

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

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

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

Biology

“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“Have a pen and paper in hand, the course registration page open in one tab, and your degree requirements list from calendar.ubc.ca 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!

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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

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. Peering inside the mind of meditating monks? Saw the video on the Faculty of Health and Social Development’s Twitter. The Okanagan professor spearheading a program to save the bees? Read about it on the Creative and Critical Studies’ Facebook.

Find your faculty below and follow along this summer.

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 Engineering SailBot that prepared to sail across the Atlantic Ocean? Watched the video on Facebook. The new orb sculpture on campus that was originally designed for Burning Man? Saw it on the Arts Insta. Another UBC Sauder alum crushing it in the business world? Read about it in Sauder’s tweet.

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 seven simple 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 orientation, you will be joined by the entire class of 2020 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.

UBC Collegia: find your community on campus

UBC Collegia: find your community on campus

Whether you’re facing a long commute or a taking a quick bus ride to UBC, feeling like part of the university community can be challenging if you don’t have a dedicated space on campus. To help you build your home away from home, the UBC Collegia program – on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses – provides residence-like spaces where you can fully experience UBC student life. 

UBC Collegia on the Vancouver campus

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UBC Collegia on the Vancouver campus offer plenty of space for you to kick back and relax.

As a UBC Collegia member on the Vancouver campus, you’ll have access to either the Oak Collegium or the Arbutus Collegium, which both feature large study and socializing spaces and a full kitchen. In addition to being the go-to place to make friends, eat, study, or nap, each collegium also connects you with:

  • Knowledgeable student advisors
  • UBC Faculty Fellows, who are professors who provide you with the unique opportunity to learn about the expectations of your new academic environment
  • Workshops and programs to ease your transition to university

 

“UBC Collegia really grounded me from the loneliness and isolation that comes from being on such a large campus. The commute is tiring, but UBC Collegia is comforting.”
– Ava Maleki, Land and Food Systems, Vancouver campus Collegia member

 

Membership is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis, at a cost of $150 (plus GST) for the September-to-April academic year. Learn more and apply for a UBC Collegia membership.

UBC Collegia on the Okanagan campus

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The Global Collegium on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The three distinct Collegia on UBC’s Okanagan campus offer students a relaxing and welcoming place to hang out, eat lunch, spend time with classmates, and do school work. Each collegium is outfitted with comfortable furniture, workspaces, and kitchen facilities.

First- and Second-Year Collegium

This space, also know as the “junior” collegium, is for new-to-UBC students to socialize while meeting new people and making connections on campus.

Upper-Level Collegium

The “senior” collegium is traditionally a quieter space where students can study or unwind. Come here to enjoy a peaceful coffee break or catch up on your latest Netflix series.

Global Collegium

This collegium is not just for international students – the motto here is “No passport required.” The goal of the Global Collegium is to create connections among students and offer opportunities to share culture, usually via food.

All of the Okanagan collegia are staffed by senior students who welcome you, answer your questions, and plan programs and events. No registration or membership is required – all students can access any and all of the Okanagan campus collegia.