Accepting an offer of admission to UBC

Accepting an offer of admission to UBC

By now, many of you will have received an offer of admission to UBC. Congratulations on all of your hard work to reach this tremendous accomplishment! Now you must formally accept your offer before the deadline and pay the acceptance deposit to confirm your spot at UBC.

The deadline for you to accept depends on when your offer was made and to which program you’ve been accepted. For example, if you were offered admission to the Bachelor of Commerce degree in April, your accept date was May 1. For the majority of programs where decisions were made in April/May, your accept date is June 1.

Where do I find my accept date?

• On your offer of admission letter (page 2).
• On the UBC Student Service Centre following the Accept or Decline My Offer link.

How do I formally accept my offer?

To accept your offer, visit the Student Service Centre and follow Accept My Offer. It’s also essential to pay the acceptance deposit at the same time: CAD $500 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and CAD $1,000 for international students. This deposit will be credited to your first term’s tuition.

Do not miss your acceptance deadline!

Be sure to accept your offer on or before the stipulated deadline. Because of the extremely high demand for spaces at UBC, if you miss the deadline, your offer is likely to be withdrawn and made to another student.

Choosing your first-year courses

Choosing your first-year courses

As soon as you’ve been admitted to UBC, you can begin exploring the courses you’ll be taking in your first year. Most students are able to take one or two courses outside program requirements, with a wide range to choose from.

Familiarize yourself with all the possibilities and you’ll have a head start in preparing a course timetable. Registration for first-year programs on the Vancouver campus and registration for first-year programs on the Okanagan campus both take place in June.

Exploring courses

A good first step is learning how to read course descriptions. This explains how program requirements are listed, which is necessary in order to understand your requirements and options.

Required courses

It’s important to be aware of your program’s specific course requirements – that is, the courses that must be completed in order to graduate with a chosen degree.

Important additional requirements

In addition to core courses for your specific program of study, first-year undergraduate programs at UBC include an English, Writing, or Communications requirement as an important element of academic instruction. This applies to all students, regardless of first language or citizenship, so make sure to note what your program requirements are.

First-year English

In particular, if you’re required (or choose) to take a first-year English course (i.e., ENGL 100-level) on the Vancouver campus, you will have to pass the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test before you can begin the course, unless you fall into one of the categories for exemption from LPI. There are important LPI deadlines in July, so if you have to take an ENGL 100-level course, be sure to check the LPI deadline information to see what applies to you. You can also check First-year English frequently asked questions.

Entry requirements for first-year English in Okanagan programs are slightly different, with several pre-requisite options.

Elective courses

In addition to required courses, students in most faculties are able to take elective courses in which to pursue themes of personal interest. Taking courses outside your own faculty is greatly encouraged – so open up the Academic Calendar and let your imagination soar!

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