Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

If you’re still in the process of figuring out whether UBC is the right place for you, we highly recommend visiting us in person for a campus tour.

You can find lots of great info and photos on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat, but there’s really no substitute for setting foot on campus, talking with current students face-to-face, and having them show you some of the places where you’ll spend time as a first-year student at UBC.

What to expect

Your guided walking tour will include:

  • visits to a residence, a library, and some of the recreational and social facilities on campus;
  • an overview of the kinds of services available to UBC students.

After the tour, an advisor will be available to answer your questions about academic programs, admissions, scholarship opportunities, and more for undergraduate students at UBC.

Can’t visit in person?

No problem! Get a feel for our two campuses with our virtual tours, then explore #UBCtour on social for a taste of what you’d see on an in-person campus tour.

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UBC Welcomes You events across Canada

UBC Welcomes You events across Canada

If you’ve received an offer of admission from UBC, we invite you and your family to join us at a UBC Welcomes You event to learn more about becoming part of our campus communities.

At these events, you’ll discover more about living and learning at UBC. Specifically, you’ll have the chance to:

  • connect with UBC advisors, faculty members, and current students who can help you prepare for your journey to UBC;
  • find out how to accept an offer of admission;
  • get expert advice on academic planning;
  • learn about the housing, financial assistance, and student supports that are available to you.

UBC Welcomes You in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario

Our UBC experts are hitting the road next month! They’ll be visiting Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto in April to connect in person with students who have received an offer of admission to UBC for September 2019.

For details on UBC Welcomes You events in your area and other ways to connect, check out our Visits in Canada page and click on your province.

What the heck are rolling admissions?

What the heck are rolling admissions?

UBC evaluates your UBC application once it’s complete – so after we’ve received your grades and other required information. With 40,000 applications coming in from different school systems around the world, we receive tons of grades and supporting documents at all different times.

We can’t evaluate everyone’s application at the same time, so we send out admissions decisions as we receive and review information. That’s what we mean by rolling admissions.

If we received your grade information early in the year, we may have evaluated your application in January or February. But don’t worry: UBC uses the same admissions criteria for everyone. Students who receive offers in February have to meet the same admissions criteria as those who receive offers in March or April.

Course selection tips for high school students

Course selection tips for high school students

If you’re hoping to attend UBC in September 2020 or 2021, it’s already time to start planning the rest of your high school courses. Here are a few tips to help you prepare and choose the Grade 11 and 12, or junior- and senior-level courses you’ll need for admission.

 

Know your requirements

Choose Grade 12 or senior-level courses that meet:

  • your high school graduation requirements;
  • UBC’s general admission requirements;
  • UBC’s degree-specific requirements.

Your general admission and degree-specific requirements will depend on the UBC campus and degree you choose, and the high school curriculum you’re studying as a Canadian student or an international student.

When you apply to UBC, you’ll have the chance to choose a first-choice and second-choice degree. Make sure the Grade 12 or senior-level courses you choose meet the requirements for both degrees.

If you haven’t chosen a degree yet, don’t worry! Just make sure that, at minimum, you meet UBC’s general admission requirements. Every UBC degree has specific requirements beyond the general admission requirements, but some degrees have fewer than others.

Please note: Online and distributed learning courses must be completed by February 1 for those grades to be used as part of your admissions average that year.

BC high school students

BC high school students applying to UBC for September 2020 and onward will be able to use grades from all English Language Arts 11 courses and English First Peoples 11 courses for initial academic admissions assessments, especially when an interim grade for the required English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 course is unavailable.

This amendment is based on new information provided by the Ministry of Education regarding the academic demand and central emphasis on critical reading and writing in these courses.

 

Make sure you meet UBC’s English language requirement

Since English is the primary language of instruction at UBC, you will be required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before you’re admitted. There are nine ways to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard for an undergraduate degree.

 

Start thinking about your Personal Profile

UBC will evaluate your application based on a combination of your academic achievements and personal experiences. The Personal Profile is your opportunity to tell UBC what you are most proud of, what is most important to you, and what you have learned from your experiences inside and outside the classroom. Start thinking about what you are learning – and want to learn – from those experiences in the coming year.

 

Do your best

A competitive university like UBC receives more applications than can be accommodated. We wish we could admit all qualified applicants, but we just don’t have the space. Beginning in 2019, UBC will be adopting a comprehensive approach to admissions that focuses primarily on your marks in academic courses, but also considers the breadth, rigour, and relevancy of your coursework. Find answers to your questions about the new admissions process.

 

Stay up to date

UBC’s admission requirements can change from year to year. Be sure to refer to the Applying to UBC page for the most up-to-date information.

Find your UBC admission decision on the Student Service Centre

Find your UBC admission decision on the Student Service Centre

So you’ve applied to UBC, and now you’re wondering: “Did they get my documents?” and “When will I receive my admission decision?”

Tens of thousands of UBC applicants from across Canada and around the world have the same questions. The UBC Admissions Office is doing its best to read every applicant’s Personal Profile and transcript as carefully – and quickly – as possible. We’re swamped with applicant documents, but we’re working very hard to give you a decision as soon as we can.

Once we have evaluated your application, you will see our decision on the UBC Student Service Centre.

If you have sent your documents to us within the past five to six weeks, please be patient with us and we will update your status shortly.

In the meantime, consider coming out to one of our applicant information events, where you can get answers to all your burning questions about life at UBC. Registration for these events is easy – simply log in to the UBC Future Student Portal to see the events open to you. Please join us!

Programs spotlight: Business and economics

Programs spotlight: Business and economics

Maybe you started a lemonade stand as a kid. Or you watched the world markets before you could even buy stock. You’ve got a shrewd mind for business and a curiosity for commerce. UBC’s business and economics programs can foster that budding interest and help you hone in on your niche, whether you have leadership ambitions and dreams of the C-suite, or you want to get in the weeds as a business analyst.

UBC’s range of programs and the opportunities for specialization within them can take you where you want to go after graduation.

Explore your program options

Management

In the Management program at UBC’s Okanagan campus you’ll learn how to navigate today’s rapidly changing world through intensive collaboration and team work, critical thinking, and an appreciation for shared solutions. Its four-year format prepares students for graduate school, professional programs, and employment in any context or organization – large or small. In your last two years, you’ll have the opportunity to focus your studies in a management area of interest, for example: accounting; entrepreneurial technology; finance; human resources; marketing; or supply-chain/operations management.

 

The student scoop

Felipe Chueiri, UBC Management

Meet Felipe, a Management student who created a support network of friends and peers that bolstered his academic success and led to a rewarding life outside of the classroom.

Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce degree at UBC’s Vancouver campus will provide you with a solid foundation of business basics and management skills you’ll need to thrive in your chosen career. Sharpen your skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, organization, and leadership while you study a diverse range of course offerings that allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and career aspirations. Specialization options include accounting; business technology management; entrepreneurship; finance; general business management; global supply chain and logistics management; marketing; operations and logistics; organizational behaviour and human resources; and real estate.

 

The student scoop

Arielle Lynn, UBC Commerce

Meet Arielle, a Commerce student who was thrilled by the range of learning opportunities and experiences that UBC has to offer.

Bachelor + Master of Management Dual Degree

UBC’s innovative Bachelor and Master of Management Dual Degree program makes it possible to earn a bachelor’s degree from select non-business faculties and a Master of Management from the UBC Sauder School of Business in as little as four-and-a-half years. As a Bachelor and Master of Management student, you’ll take business and commerce modules during each of the four years of your undergraduate degree. In the summer immediately after graduation, you’ll enter the Master of Management program full-time for six months of intensive study.

 

The student scoop

Angela Sunario, UBC Bachelor + Master of Management

Meet Angela, a dual-degree student who learned how to get involved, push her limits, and find meaningful work to complement her studies.

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at UBC’s Okanagan campus draws together three of the most important fields in understanding our society and our world. Philosophy teaches logic, ethics, and critical thinking; politics examines the institutions that form policies and determine the rules by which we are governed; and economics studies how we make decisions as individuals and groups in our increasingly global world market. Placed into context with each other, these fields allow you to form a critical and informed basis to understand and interpret the world.

 


See a full list of business and economics programs at UBC


Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 7

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 7

Have you uploaded your documents to the Student Service Centre yet? Document upload will be closing on Thursday, March 7, 2019, so be sure to get your documents in as soon as you have them.

Check out our tips on uploading your documents.

If you are an International Baccalaureate student in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or the Maritimes, we will receive your anticipated IB results directly from your IB coordinators, so you do not need to upload documents to complete your application.

Have questions? Email us at admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca and include your full name and UBC student number so we can assist you.

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

Now that you’ve applied to UBC, you’re ready for the next steps in your journey to one of the world’s top 40 universities. You and your family are invited to attend one of the applicant information events we are hosting in cities around the world and across the United States.

At these events, UBC representatives will discuss course planning, registration, housing, new student orientations, campus activities, and more. You will also have a chance to meet other students from your area who have applied to UBC.

Registration for these events is easy – simply log in to the UBC Future Student Portal to see the events open to you.

Join us for an online information session

Can’t attend an event in person? Get your questions answered in one of our regularly scheduled online information sessions.