Planning for UBC

Planning for UBC

Thinking about applying to UBC? UBC receives thousands of applications every year and, unfortunately, we don’t have room for everyone. So how can you improve your chances of getting accepted? Academic excellence is important, but we also look at more than just grades.

Here’s a quick guide on how you can best prepare for applying to UBC so that you can improve your chances of admission.

Admission requirements

For your application to be considered, you will need to meet the admission requirements. This includes the English Language Admission Standard, general admission requirements, and degree-specific requirements.

Course planning

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you’ll study at UBC. Knowing what degree(s) you’re interested in will help you choose your high school courses that meet the degree requirements. After selecting courses that fulfill the degree requirements, fill out your schedule with other courses that interest you, challenge you, and are relevant to the degree you’ll be applying to.

Find more information on planning your high school courses and use this worksheet to map out your plan.

Experiences beyond academics

In addition to making good course choices, be sure you follow your interests outside the classroom too. You’ll have the chance to tell us about your sports, leadership activities, community involvement and more in the personal profile section of your UBC application. This will tell us a lot about you and how you’ll do at university.


Ready to apply? It’s helpful to understand what we look for when evaluating your application.

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