Some UBC degrees still accepting applications

Some UBC degrees still accepting applications

Although the deadline to apply for the 2021/22 Winter Session (September to April) has passed, certain UBC degrees are still accepting applications. If you’re planning to apply, you need to submit your application soon – unless a specific deadline is indicated, degrees will close their application without notice.


A flood of applications

As of January 21, 2021, the UBC Admissions office received over 55,000 applications! If you’ve already applied, thank you for your submission. We’ve been busy answering your questions and making sure you’ll receive an email notifying you of which documents you need to submit. We’re eager to evaluate your application so we can send you a decision as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience as we work through all of the applications we’ve received.


What comes after applying?

Check the Admissions Blog routinely for timely posts about how to submit your documents, when we’ll send offers of admission, self-reporting, and other important admissions-related details.


Update on first-round offers of admission

Update on first-round offers of admission

This year, we’ve received more than 11,000 applications from students who follow the Canadian curriculum and will be considered for a first-round offer of admission. That’s a lot of Personal Profiles to read! We’re already sending out first-round offers of admission and will continue to send them through to February 28. If you don’t receive an offer by February 28, don’t worry – no one will be refused admission during first-round offers of admission.


If I am not admitted by February 28, what do I do?

UBC is reviewing student applications every week. Students who applied before the December 1 deadline will be admitted on different days as the weeks go by. All students who follow the Canadian curriculum and met the December 1 deadline will be considered for first-round offers of admission, and all of those offers will be finalized by February 28.

If you are not admitted by February 28, sit tight and follow the instructions we send you by email for additional grade information.


Can someone tell me if I’ll receive an offer?

If you contact our front-line team, they will not be able to tell you if you will be admitted. If you want to know what your current status is, have a look at your Student Service Centre (SSC). When you visit the SSC, you can learn about where your application is in the process by viewing your “Applicant Status.” The messaging on your Applicant Status will tell you if you have successfully submitted your application, list your dates and deadlines, and lay out your next steps.

If you have already been admitted, your applicant status will tell you that. If it does not say that you are admitted, check back after February 28. At that time, you’ll see new instructions that you must follow.



Tips for submitting your Visual Arts program portfolio

Tips for submitting your Visual Arts program portfolio

Visual Arts at UBC Okanagan is a hands-on program that will help you in your goal of becoming an artist. You’ll study a variety of traditional media such as painting, drawing, sculpture and more, as well as digital media projects.

As part of the application, you’ll have to submit a portfolio of your work, as well as a letter of intent. Don’t worry! You don’t have to come to the program with a particular skill level.


What UBC is looking for

Rather than a polished body of work, UBC wants to use the portfolio to learn about how you engage with the world. All you need to demonstrate is a genuine curiosity for your surroundings. When you come to UBC Okanagan, your instructors will teach you how to develop your art.


Portfolio checklist

Your portfolio should include:

  • An image description page
    • This lists the titles and medium you’ve used for each piece in your portfolio.
    • Number each title to correspond with the images and/or videos of your work.
    • You can include a link to your personal website if you have one.
  • Between 15 and 20 images of your work.
    • Resize your images to a maximum of 160 dpi, and a maximum of 1000 px on the long side of the image.
  • Up to three short video works, which are a maximum of three minutes each.
    • Let us know the URLs for these files in your image description list if they’re posted online (for example on YouTube or Vimeo). Remember to include any passwords.
    • You can send video documentation of your 3D work.
    • Please note that videos aren’t a required part of the portfolio if they are not part of your creative practice.
  • A letter of intent
    • In a maximum of 300 words, the letter should describe why you want to study Visual Arts.
    • An artist statement is welcome but not required.
  • Place all your material into one document
    • This can be a .doc or .docx, or a .pdf file. Please don’t send PowerPoint or other presentations.
    • Make sure this filename includes your name. Use the format Lastname_Firstname_Portfolio
    • Make sure that your total file is not larger than 5MB.


How to submit your portfolio

You should send your portfolio and letter of intent together, either online or by mail.

If you choose to mail your portfolio, you must send it to:

Portfolio Review Committee
Department of Creative Studies
The University of British Columbia
CCS building – 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

If you want us to return your submission, you should use a reusable mailer and include the return postage cost. Alternatively, you can enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.


Submission deadline

You must submit your completed portfolio by January 31, 2021.


 We’re looking forward to seeing your work!



Reminder: When to upload your documents

Reminder: When to upload your documents

If you don’t have your documents ready to upload at the time that you apply to UBC, don’t worry – you’re not required to yet.

The deadline to complete UBC’s online application is January 15, 2021.

Your supporting documents do not need to be uploaded until after you’ve submitted your application. The deadline to upload those documents will differ depending on whether you’re a Canadian or international student, what province you’re studying in, whether you’re a transfer student, and the curriculum you’re learning.

Most of those deadlines will fall in March 2021, but you should find out your exact date and requirements well ahead of time. After you’ve applied, UBC will send you an email that outlines which documents you are required to submit, and when you’re required to submit them.

For more tips on when and how to upload your documents, keep checking the UBC Admissions Blog.



Don’t miss out on the Schulich Leader Scholarships



Have you demonstrated excellent leadership abilities and academic results during your time in high school? Are you a Canadian student who needs financial assistance to go to university? If so, you could be eligible for a Schulich Leader Scholarship.

What is a Schulich Leader Scholarship?

Schulich Leader Scholarships recognize students across Canada who plan to study a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subject on either of UBC’s campuses.

Award value

If you’ve chosen to study Engineering, your Schulich Leader Scholarship will be worth $100,000. You’ll receive annual payments of $25,000 over a period of four years.

For STEM faculties outside of Engineering, the awards are valued at $80,000. You can expect annual payments of $20,000 over a period of four years.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada who is graduating from a Canadian high school, secondary school, or CEGEP.
  • Be nominated by your high school, secondary school, or CEGEP.
  • Meet the following criteria:
    1. Academic excellence; and
    2. Leadership, charisma, and creativity.
  • Be entrepreneurial-minded and intend to pursue a career in one or more of the focus areas of technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and business enterprise, and applied scientific research.
  • Not be pursuing a career as a practicing physician and/or medical researcher (e.g., doctor, dentist, nurse, psychologist, pharmacist, optometrist, etc), and not intend to become a professor and conduct theoretical research.
  • Not be focusing on activism (i.e., environmental, political, or societal).

Strong consideration will be given to students with financial need.

Eligible degree programs

You are eligible for the award if you apply to one of the STEM faculties listed below:

UBC’s Okanagan campus

  • Faculty of Applied Science (includes Engineering)
  • Faculty of Science

UBC’s Vancouver campus

  • Faculty of Applied Science (includes Engineering)
  • Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Faculty of Science

How do you apply?

Your high school, secondary school, or CEGEP must nominate you for the award. High schools may nominate one student per year, and CEGEPs may nominate up to four students.

For more information on the application process, take a look at the Schulich Leader Scholarships website.

When is the deadline?

The Schulich Leaders nomination period closes on January 27, 2021 in Canada.

If you’re nominated by your school, you must submit a separate online Schulich Leader application by February 17, 2021. A link to this application will be emailed by representatives from the Schulich Leader Scholarships office.



The UBC online application closes on Friday

The UBC online application closes on Friday

This is the final stretch! You’ve got four more days until the UBC application closes, so put the finishing touches on your personal profile and make sure to submit before the deadline. As a final reminder, you must submit your application and pay the fee by January 15 at 11:59 pm (PST).


Need some tips?

If you’re still finishing things up, why not review our top online application tips or check out the video below.



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 evaluates your application – can be found in our Applying to UBC section. Please contact us using our online form or social media if you need to get in touch.



How UBC will keep in touch with you

How UBC will keep in touch with you

Do you wonder what happens after you submit your application?

After you submit your application, the Admissions Office reviews it and creates an electronic file for you. In a week or two, you’ll receive an email listing the additional information you need to submit in order to complete your application.


Check your email

Your email address is a crucial piece of information to submit with your online application. Please be sure to use an email address that you will be checking frequently. Also check your email provider’s spam filters so that UBC emails with important information are not being filtered out.

If your email provider mistakenly deleted something we sent you, you can always log in to the Student Service Centre and click on the Message Centre to see all the emails the Admissions Office has sent to you.

If you have any questions, contact us.


If you applied before December 1

We have started reading the Personal Profiles of everyone who submitted an application by December 1. Successful Presidential Scholars Award candidates will be contacted in mid-April.



Contact us with your application questions

Contact us with your application questions

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.

Our in-person and phone services are temporarily on hold in light of COVID-19. Instead, you can connect with us directly online.


Get in touch using our online form

No matter where you are or which campus you’re applying to, you can ask UBC a question using this form.


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).


Don’t forget: the deadline for applying to UBC is January 15 at 11:59 pm (PST).