Happy holidays from the Admissions bloggers!

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‘Twas the last week of finals …

T’was the last week of finals and all across campus,

Students were packing to catch the last cramped bus

That’d whisk them away to their holiday plans,

Whether flying cross-country or staying in Van.


But those who have questions and simply can’t wait,

Fear not, we have answers, and we’ll stay open late.

Application-based queries won’t stop with the snow,

So we’re here, pick our brains, and we’ll share what we know.


Holiday hours

If you still have questions about your application, Enrolment Services will be working the following seasonal hours:

Vancouver campus

Please see the Enrolment Services Professionals website.


Okanagan campus

December 18: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

December 25 to January 1: closed

January 2: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tel 250.807.9100 or toll-free 1.866.596.0767


Otherwise, have a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a wonderful New Year!


Tips on uploading your documents to UBC

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As part of the admission process, you will need to upload a transcript of your grades and courses to the Student Services Center (SSC). In this post, I want to give you a few tips on how to prepare your documents before uploading them. You’ll find detailed information on when to submit your documents and how to submit your documents on our website.

You will need:

  • Your most recent high school report card
  • All grades for completed grade 11 and 12 courses
  • A list of courses in progress (with or without interim grades)

Document format and size

  • Your transcript or report card 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 Grade 11 final marks, Grade 12 final marks, and second semester course schedule are four pages in total, you need to collapse them into a single PDF, TIFF or JPEG and upload through the Student Services Centre (SSC).

Please do not also 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 admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca. Please include your full name and UBC student number.


Two great apps for exploring your possibilities at UBC

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UBC Undergraduate Viewbook 2015 (for iPad and Android)

We’re excited to announce the 2015 UBC Undergraduate Viewbook — for the iPad and Android! If you’re thinking about applying to UBC, you’ll definitely want to download this app.

Use this free magazine-style app to explore UBC campus life, academics, admissions requirements, undergraduate programs, and more. Packed with stunning images, videos, student and alumni profiles, and loads of interactivity, this app is a great way to explore your possibilities at UBC.
Download from iTunes.     Download from Google Play.

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UBC Prospective Undergraduate Students App (for iOS and Android)

A fun and informative app for UBC’s prospective undergraduates.

Features include:

  • Campus photos, videos, and UBC facts at a glance.
  • Undergraduate programs listed by campus, degree, faculty, and A-Z.
  • Gallery of the latest Instagram photos hashtagged #UBC.
  • How to apply to UBC in 4 steps.
  • Video tips on applying to UBC.

Download from iTunes     Download from Google Play

Get your questions answered in an online info session


Summer is over and it’s officially autumn. Temperatures cool down, the leaves start turning, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see fog roll in off the water. It’s a wonderful time to visit our campuses since the rain and grey weather haven’t had a chance to settle in yet. If you’re in Vancouver or Kelowna and have questions you’d like to ask us about applying to UBC, feel free to stop by the Welcome Centre in Brock Hall (on our Vancouver campus) during our regular hours, or drop by University Centre Room 222 (on our Okanagan campus) on Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm or Thursdays from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm.   Continue reading “Get your questions answered in an online info session”

Preparing for your Personal Profile

Many of you have started working on your online application to UBC — fantastic! It’s good to start early so that you have time to reflect on your answers to the Personal Profile section of the application.The Personal Profile asks you four to seven questions about a significant challenge you have overcome, significant achievements in your life, and what you have learned from these experiences. The questions are based on the program to which you have applied, so starting your application will allow you access to your specific questions.

When we evaluate your application, two different UBC readers will assess your Personal Profile. We use your academic average and Personal Profile assessments to make an admissions decision. Watch the video above or read more about the Personal Profile.

Not all applicants are required to submit a Personal Profile, and others will have separate supplemental applications, portfolios, and auditions. To find out if your program requires a Personal Profile, start the online application and follow the instructions. So if you have not started working on your application, we encourage you to start as soon as possible to make sure you have everything you need to submit your application on time.

Learn more about the Personal Profile in an online info session

We will be hosting online information sessions on the Personal Profile portion of the UBC application. To register, go to our Online Info Sessions page then select You are Canadian and permanent resident student living in Canada. Recordings of these sessions will also be posted here for your reference.

How will the BC teachers’ strike affect my application?

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If you’re a Grade 12 student affected by the BC teachers’ strike, you’re likely concerned how the strike — and the delay of the start of your school year — will impact your admission to UBC.

You don’t need to worry: at this point, UBC doesn’t anticipate the teachers’ strike having a negative effect on the admission process for 2015.

What is UBC doing to help? 

UBC and other members of the British Columbia Registrar’s Association will work with impacted secondary school students to ensure that their admission to our programs is not negatively affected. This may include extending deadlines for receipt of final grades, or possibly accepting self-declared or interim grades on a temporary basis until official final grades are available.

UBC makes admission decisions for BC Grade 12 students based on grades information supplied in March 2015. As long as you have (at least some) senior-year grades by March, then it will be business as usual for us.

We realize this is a stressful time for Grade 12 students in BC. Rest assured we are doing everything we can to make your UBC application as worry-free as possible.

UBC’s online application is now open

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The trees are beginning to change colour across our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses and there’s that special fall feeling in the air: it’s a time for new beginnings, new plans, and it’s a great time to start your UBC application. Before you begin, get the full details on how to apply and review our helpful online application tips.

In general, this is what you have to do to apply to UBC:

Looking forward to reviewing your application!

Learn more about UBC

Still deciding if UBC is right for you? Explore our Undergraduate Programs and Admissions site and watch our new video: This Is Our World.