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By Paola Baca on January 29, 2016
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:
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
Friday 9:30 am – 3:00 pm PST
Monday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm PST
Toll-free (Canada and the U.S.) 1.877.272.1422
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
Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST
Monday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST
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!
By Anthony Dodds on January 18, 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1.888.807.8521.
By Kristen Hilderman on January 13, 2016
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:
January 19, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST
January 14, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST
January 20, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST
Contact us any time
By Erica Triggs on January 11, 2016
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
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.
By Paola Baca on January 4, 2016
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.
By Paola Baca on November 20, 2015
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 email@example.com. Please include your full name and UBC student number.
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By Craig Kingsep on November 6, 2015
If you’re applying to the Sauder School of Business’s Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) program, your Personal Profile will include a video interview section. You’ll provide on-camera responses to two pre-recorded questions.
Why is the video interview important?
In the BCom program, collaboration, in-class discussion, and public speaking are daily activities. Your ability to communicate clearly by verbally articulating your thoughts and ideas is essential to your success, and in many cases, the success of your team during group work.
If you’re intimidated by the thought of speaking on-camera, don’t worry. The questions will relate to your personal experiences and opinions, and there are no incorrect answers. The video interview is a great opportunity for you to showcase how you can think critically, perform under pressure, and stand out from other applicants.
How to create your video interview
Within your Personal Profile, you’ll be directed to a separate online video-interview platform through which you’ll test your recording equipment and try a practice question before recording responses to two pre-recorded interview questions. You’ll only have one attempt to respond to each question. Once you’ve started to view a question, you won’t be able to pause or replay it. You’ll be given 30 seconds to think about your answer, and then up to 90 seconds to record it.
Tips for creating your video interview
- Create the best recording space possible. Make sure there’s good lighting in front of you; silence all audible alarms and alerts; eliminate loud background noises; and stay free from other distractions.
- Take time to reflect. To prepare, think about your past challenges, achievements, strengths, and beliefs.
- Be confident. Maintain good posture, smile, and present yourself professionally. You’ll find these simple actions will put you in the right mindset to more easily and naturally deliver your responses.
- Don’t dwell on mistakes. Natural speech isn’t always perfect – the occasional “umm” or mispronounced word is to be expected. If you misspeak during your response, take a moment, breathe, and keep going. Remember, you have only one attempt to answer each question – there are no do-overs.
- Be authentic. One of the reasons we’ve incorporated the video interview into your application is to be able to get to know you better. Don’t tell us what you think we want to hear; tell us what you want us to know about you.
We look forward to getting to know you better. Good luck!
By Paola Baca on November 6, 2015
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 challenges you have overcome, significant achievements in your life, your academic pursuits, 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.
Do you need to record a video interview?
If you are applying to the Sauder School of Business’s Bachelor of Commerce program, you will also be asked to provide video responses to pre-recorded interview questions. Read our detailed tips on creating your video interview.
How do we assess your profile?
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 below for tips on putting forth a strong profile, 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. 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 and click on a Personal Profile Information Session under You are a Canadian student or Permanent Resident student in Canada. Recordings of these sessions will also be posted here for your reference.