Top 5 UBC online application tips

Before you delve into your UBC application, remove any stress from the equation by watching our quick video brimming with useful tips. For more helpful information, read through our detailed online application tips.

The UBC online application is now open

The UBC online application is now open

The summer days are dwindling into fall, and it’s time to shift your attention back to academics. If your sights are set on a future at UBC, you’ll want to begin preparing your online application.

The UBC online application for 2017/18 is now open, and the deadline is January 15, 2017. Admission to UBC is not evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis; however, if you’d like to be considered for a Major Entrance Scholarship, you must submit your online application by December 1, 2016.

Before you begin, take some time to read our online application tips and review our four easy steps on how to apply. Plus, read our pointers and watch our video on how to put forth a strong Personal Profile.

There’s lots for you to discover while you decide whether UBC is the right place for you – programs, campus tours, student stories, and much more. Check out the below video to get a peek at what you could be a part of as a student at UBC.

UBC application deadline extended: February 1, 11:59 pm PST

UBC application deadline extended: February 1, 11:59 pm PST

If your weekend plans include finishing up your UBC application, we have some good news. We’re extending the deadline until 11:59 pm PST on Monday, February 1, 2016. We know that questions may arise over the weekend, and we want to be available for you, so we’re keeping the app open until Monday.

If you need help, here’s where you can contact us:

Vancouver campus

Enrolment Services
Brock Hall, Welcome Centre
1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Visit us in person

Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm PST
Saturday 9:30 am – 2:30 pm PST
Monday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm PST

Phone us

Friday 9:30 am – 3:00 pm PST
Monday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm PST
Tel 604.822.9836
Toll-free (Canada and the U.S.) 1.877.272.1422

Okanagan campus

Student Recruitment & Advising
University Centre, Room 222
3272 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

Visit us in person

Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Phone us

Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST
Monday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST
Tel 250.807.8521
Toll-free 1.877.807.8521

If you don’t hear back from us by the end of the weekend, we will return your calls and emails as soon as we can on Monday. We want to help you put your best foot forward and finish your application on time!

Why we love the Okanagan campus

Why we love the Okanagan campus

One of my favourite things about UBC is that its two campuses – in the Okanagan and Vancouver – offer opportunities for learning and involvement to all types of students, from anywhere in the world. In fact, UBC was recently named one of the world’s most international universities, and Canada’s most international university.

With UBC’s application deadline approaching on January 31, you’re probably excited to find the university experience that is going to be a great fit for you. So before you apply, make sure you check out UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.

UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world and the Okanagan campus is a great place to be challenged, thrive, and develop into a global citizen. For over 7,500 current undergraduate students, the Okanagan campus provides an unparalleled mix of academics, community, and recreation.

Explore UBC’s Okanagan campus

Start by exploring the list of programs offered at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and then read up on what it’s like to live in the Okanagan Valley. Would you rather live in residence or live off-campus? Watch this great video about one student’s move-in day.

The best way to get a feel for the Okanagan campus is to join us for a guided campus tour – our student ambassadors would love to show you around and answer your questions. If you can’t join us in person, be sure to take a virtual tour.

Ready to apply? Coming to UBC’s Okanagan campus could be the best decision you’ve ever made.

Learn more about the Okanagan

To learn more, leave a question below, email, or call 1.888.807.8521.

Ask us anything in our live Q&A

Ask us anything in our live Q&A

Join us on Facebook and Twitter for our annual live Q&A with UBC Admissions advisors. Joseph and Camilla will give you their undivided attention to address your questions about applying to UBC. No question is too small and you can never have too many.

Post your queries to our Facebook page or tweet them using the hashtag #askUBC, and we’ll get back to you in real time with real, stress-reducing answers. Not sure how to pay your application fee? We can’t pay it for you, but we can tell you how! Unsure about your Personal Profile? Let us give you some tips.

Don’t miss your chance to connect with us live online:

BC students

January 19, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST

Out-of-province students

January 14, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST
January 20, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST

Contact us any time

If you miss your Q&A window, you can always contacts us by phone, email, in person, or connect with us any time on Facebook and Twitter.

UBC application deadline is near

UBC application deadline is near

Deadlines: post-secondary life is going to be full of them, so it’s a good idea to not miss the first – and arguably the most important – one. If you’re planning on applying to UBC for the 2016-17 academic year, this is a friendly reminder that you have less than three weeks to complete your online application.

If you’re still working on your application

If you’re still finishing things up, please remember that you need to submit your application and pay your application fee by January 31 at 11:59 pm (PST).

If you have already applied

If you’ve already submitted your UBC application, then you’re ahead of the game and you should keep an eye on the Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status for any updates or to find out if UBC still needs any documents from you.

Please keep in mind that it may take two to three weeks for documents that you’ve submitted to be uploaded to your application, so don’t worry if you’ve sent in a transcript and you don’t see it in the Student Service Centre yet.

If you have questions

The answers to general questions – like personal profile inquiries or how UBC makes admissions decisions – can be found at

If there are specific things you want to discuss about your application, we’re happy to provide timely answers before the application deadline. Please contact us by phone, by email, visit us in person, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

If you have any questions about your application, contact us

If you have any questions about your application, contact us

If you have a question about your application or the application process, don’t put it off until the last minute: the sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can help. Here are some ways to connect with us directly.

Get in touch in person or on the phone

No matter where you are or which campus you’re applying to, a UBC representative can answer your questions.

Connect with us on social media

You can also get answers to your admissions-related questions on Facebook and Twitter. We have UBC advisors and current students answering questions in real time Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PST.

Just a reminder: the deadline for applying to UBC is January 31 at 11:59 pm PST.


AB, MB, SK, and Maritime Provinces: Tips on uploading your documents to UBC

AB, MB, SK, and Maritime Provinces: Tips on uploading your documents to UBC

If you are a high school applicant from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or the Maritime provinces, you will be asked to upload a transcript of your grades and courses to the Student Services Centre (SSC) after you submit your online application. In this post, I will 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, and you will receive an email from us when we are ready for you to upload your documents.

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.
  • Your list of courses in progress does not have to be an official document (this can be a list that you have typed up yourself).

Please do not also mail in a paper copy of your transcript/report card at this time. 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.

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