When will you receive your UBC admission decision?

When will you receive your UBC admission decision?

We know that selecting universities to apply to is a huge decision – one that involves plenty of research and preparation. And although that part is done, you still have one big decision left: which admission offer will you accept?

The UBC Admissions Office is meticulously reviewing your applications so that we can give you our decision as soon as we can and you can make your big decision in a timely manner. At the same time, we’re not going to rush through our evaluation of your application – we want to make sure you get a carefully considered decision from us. As soon as we have evaluated your application, you will see our decision on the UBC Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

Why do some students receive their admission decision before others?

Simple answer: we receive grades at different times depending on your school system.

For some of you, we evaluated your application in January because you applied by December 3 to be considered for a first-round offer of admission. Right now, we are receiving International Baccalaureate anticipated grades for BC high school applicants and OUAC grade information from Ontario, and we continue to receive international documents.

As of February 19, applicants from Alberta began uploading their documents so that we can evaluate their applications.

Since December, our Admissions team has been reading Personal Profiles and evaluating applications as we receive grades and other information, and we will continue to do so until all applications have been carefully reviewed. We’re working as quickly and carefully as we can to give you an admission decision shortly after we receive all of your grade information.

Admission decisions are not first come, first served

Most important to you: we use the same evaluation criteria for everyone when their files are complete. If your files are complete in March, we will evaluate you exactly as we have done for an applicant whose files were complete in January. Our decisions are not made on a first-come, first-served basis, and we take great care to make sure you get the right decision shortly after your application is complete.

UBC first-round offers of admission 2019/20

UBC first-round offers of admission 2019/20

We’re pleased to announce that first-round offers of admission are now complete. UBC had a limited number of first-round offers to extend, and all students who received a first-round offer of admission will now see that in the UBC Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

What are my next steps if I did not receive a first-round offer of admission?

Students who did not receive a first-round offer of admission will now be considered based on grade information that UBC receives from IB counsellors, OUAC download, and document upload in February and March.

  • Ontario high school students: Your grades will arrive through the OUAC download. No further action is required unless we connect with you directly.
  • IB students: Your grades are being submitted by counsellors. No further action is required unless we connect with you directly.
  • All other Canadian high school students: Upload your documents starting February 19. Check out our document upload blog post for more information.

For up-to-date and current information, please check your status in the Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status

Destination UBC events for Aboriginal students

Destination UBC events for Aboriginal students

You’ve been admitted to UBC, but why wait until the fall to visit campus? If you want to get a jump start on university life, or you still need some help making up your mind, spend a weekend with fellow admitted students at Destination UBC. You may even be eligible to have your travel costs reimbursed.

Join us on the campus you’ve been admitted to – in Kelowna, on the traditional territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation, or in Vancouver, on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people. You’ll take part in a weekend packed full of activities that will let you experience residence life, make new friends, get to know people within your degree, and connect you with UBC’s Aboriginal community.

 

Why should I attend?

  • Get familiar with campus before you arrive this fall
  • Live in UBC residence for the weekend
  • Explore downtown Vancouver or downtown Kelowna
  • Meet professors, advisors, staff, and current students
  • Connect with the Aboriginal community and learn about programs, services, and dedicated spaces on campus

 

Okanagan campus: Indigenous Student Welcome

As part of the Indigenous Student Welcome, you’ll enjoy a special welcome dinner and have the chance to meet and mingle with current UBC students.

 

“Destination UBC was a lot of fun because we were able to get a glimpse of what university classes would be like, and were able to participate in fun activities. I was able to make friends at Destination that, for my second year, I’ve now decided to live with. I was also able to get a glimpse of all the things that the Aboriginal Centre does for its students, and quickly felt at home there.”

–Mackenzie Griffin, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies, UBC’s Okanagan campus

 

Vancouver campus: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome

As part of the Aboriginal Student Welcome, you’ll enjoy a special welcome feast in the First Nations Longhouse and have the chance to meet and mingle with current UBC students.

 

Am I eligible to attend?

UBC will notify you of your eligibility for Destination UBC with your offer of admission. Eligible students can register now – please see your email invitation for details. Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. Learn more about the travel reimbursement program to find out if UBC can cover some, or all, of your travel costs.

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2019

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2019

There’s something special about the first time you step on campus as an admitted university student. It’s the first time everything becomes real.

There’s no need to wait until September for that experience. Destination UBC, a weekend-long event for admitted students held on our Okanagan campus, and UBC Welcomes You, a full-day event for admitted students held on both campuses, are the perfect way to get a feel for UBC. Whether you’re still considering your offer or are already mapping out your first-year classes, these fun and informational events will help you picture life at UBC.

Destination UBC (Okanagan campus)

May 10–12: Destination UBC on UBC’s Okanagan campus

At Destination UBC you’ll join students from across Canada, spend the weekend in UBC residence, and get a taste of student life with a full day of programming. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know your campus and faculty, and meet other students who will be starting at the same time as you.

 

“The people that I met, the lifestyle that I saw, the opportunities that are offered, the prettiness of the Okanagan Valley, and the community spirit that Destination UBC showed me were enough for me to make the right, in my belief, decision.” 

 

– Louis Fayolle, Bachelor of Science ’20, Okanagan campus

 

Indigenous Welcome (Okanagan campus)

May 9: Indigenous Welcome on UBC’s Okanagan campus (Aboriginal students)

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, join us on Thursday for the Indigenous Welcome. In addition to all of the exciting Destination UBC events, you’re invited to take part in a special day of programming designed to share relevant information and connect you with other Aboriginal students, staff, and advisors on the traditional territory of the Okanagan Nation (UBC’s Okanagan campus).

 

“The most valuable part of the event was being able to meet so many other Indigenous students, both current and prospective, many of whom I am still friends with today!” 

 

– Taya Jardine, Bachelor of Arts ’20, Okanagan campus

UBC Welcomes You (Okanagan campus)

May 11: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Okanagan campus

Excited about attending UBC? UBC Welcomes You is a half-day informational event at UBC’s Okanagan campus where you’ll get your questions answered, connect with the UBC community, and start preparing for life as a UBC student before you arrive in the fall. All admitted students to UBC’s Okanagan campus are welcome to attend!

Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome (Vancouver campus)

April 26–28: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome on UBC’s Vancouver campus (Aboriginal students)

If you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, the weekend-long Destination UBC event is your chance to visit UBC’s Vancouver campus in advance and get to know the Aboriginal community. We’ll give you advice on transitioning to university life and connect you with current students in your faculty or degree who can share helpful insider tips.

UBC Welcomes You (Vancouver campus)

April 27: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Vancouver campus

At UBC Welcomes You, you’ll spend a half day on UBC’s Vancouver campus getting your questions answered, connecting with the UBC community, and preparing for life as a UBC student.

 

“Everything just became real – it wasn’t a viewbook or pictures online, but an actual place where students live and study.”

 

– Reed Eaglesham, Bachelor of International Economics ’18, Vancouver campus

 

Am I eligible to attend?

UBC will notify you of your eligibility for Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You with your offer of admission. Eligible students can register now – please see your email invitation for details. Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

If you were admitted to UBC’s Okanagan campus, or you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, learn more about the travel reimbursement program to find out if UBC can cover some, or all, of your travel costs.

Tips from UBC students for after you’ve been admitted

Tips from UBC students for after you’ve been admitted

All of your hard work has paid off, and you’ve been admitted to UBC! The road ahead is filled with crucial tasks to ensure that you’re ready for your first year of university – including planning your finances, registering for courses, and getting mentally prepared for life at UBC.

Four current UBC students (and one Enrolment Services Advisor) reflect on the admission process and share their best tips for making the next several months simple and stress-free.

Meet the students

UBC Okanagan student An Goto

An Goto | Bali, Indonesia

Chemistry (Honours), Mathematics (Minor)

“I chose UBC because I thought that the learning environment offered at the Okanagan campus exactly met the criteria that I had for an ideal university.”

 

UBC student Abdullah Khair

Abdullah Khair | Amman, Jordan

Chemical Engineering

“The student-centred environment at the university stood out to me and made me realize that there are endless ways to grow and discover myself on this campus.”

 

UBC student Thao Atkinson

Thao Atkinson | Métis, Midway, Canada

Commerce

“I loved the values UBC had and the high level of support UBC has for Aboriginal students. I felt it was important for me to be in a community where I could exceed academically, but also have a sense of community.”

 

UBC student Moozhan Ahmadzadegan

Moozhan Ahmadzadegan | Lake Country, Canada

Visual Arts (Major), Art History (Minor)

“UBC is one of the best universities in the world, plus, I was born and raised in the Okanagan. It seemed only natural that I attend university in the place I call home.”

 

Enrolment Services Professional Claudia

Claudia | Enrolment Services Advisor

As an Enrolment Services Advisor, Claudia has many helpful tips for you: “As an Enrolment Services Advisor, I wear many hats. I specialize in financial advising, but I can also answer questions about undergraduate admissions, fees, tuition, registration, financial support, exams, graduation, transcripts, and so much more. If you have a question I can’t answer, I likely know the person or department who can.”

 

 

Accepting your offer

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“My Peer Mentor helped with the transition into university by letting me know about events and other opportunities for students on campus.” – Moozhan

“My Enrolment Services Advisor was extremely helpful to me, and especially at the beginning of my university career as I was still figuring out the very little details about being a student at UBC. This included things like how to pay my tuition, registering for courses, and transferring over some of my high school credits.” – Abdullah

 

 

Applying for a study permit

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UBC’s International Student Guide is your go-to online resource for information on immigration, health insurance, taxes, and more. There’s even a study permit tutorial.” – Claudia, Enrolment Services Advisor

 

 

Planning your finances

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“My Enrolment Services Advisor helped me make sure how I knew how to handle money and how to budget for the year. He’s awesome!” – Thao

“Look for external awards and opportunities through banks, companies, and Internet-based databases like Scholarships Canada and yconic.” – Claudia, Enrolment Services Advisor

 

 

Finding a place to live

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“If you live in residence, you have to vacate your room at the end of each academic year. Keep your belongings as compact as possible for smooth moving.” – An

“My residence room must-haves are a comfy pillow, snacks, and an alarm clock.” – Thao

“If I’m not at home I’m in the Critical and Creative Studies building. Most of my classes and my friends reside there, there’s tons of good places to chill and study. It’s my dwelling when on campus.” – Moozhan

“I always kept some late night study snacks as you don’t really get access to a kitchen or hot food past a certain hour in university residence.” – Abdullah

 

 

Exploring your academic options

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“The best part of being a Chemistry major is about the opportunity to be able to meet with professors who not only shaped me towards being a well-rounded chemist, but also a more independent individual.” – An

“When I picked my program, I was intrigued by the programs that the Sauder School of Business offered. This included co-op opportunities, global exchanges and the various clubs offered at UBC.” – Thao

“I picked the engineering program as I was interested in different sciences and mathematics. The best part about my program at UBC is that they provide a general engineering program during first year and then you get to choose which specialty you’d like to be enrolled in.” – Abdullah

“My Visual Arts Course Union offers different opportunities to plan, volunteer at or attend events. It really creates a community within a program and is a great way to make connections and gain valuable experiences. It’s also a great chance to be involved and learn new things outside the classroom.” – Moozhan

 

 

Registering for courses

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“Throughout my journey at UBC, I planned my courses by referencing the degree requirements for my Chemistry and Mathematics degrees, which were located in UBC academic calendar.” – An

“I had to register for some extra electives, and found that the Degree Navigator tool in the Student Services Centre was extremely useful in laying out what courses satisfy the elective requirements I had.” – Abdullah

“There is a lot to choose from, and it can be a challenge to narrow down your interests. Most of my courses were required, so that helped. My advice for first-timers: pick something you think will sustain your interest over the semester.” – Moozhan

“If your faculty does not have a standard time table, reach out to older students who can help you with the process! Destination UBC was a great way to meet upper year students who love to support and help incoming students.” – Thao

 

 

Getting ready for life at UBC!

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“UBC offers a variety of support, courses and clubs that will undoubtedly peak your interest. If you’re thinking about coming to UBC, go to the orientations they provide, ask other students your questions, and research the things that you value!” – Thao

“If you’re an international student staying in Kelowna during the winter break, you can meet other international students from different cultures through winter programming offered by International Programs and Services.” – An

“Make sure university is what you want, it’s a commitment and can be a really great experience. UBC is an exceptional university and having the opportunity to attend a place of inclusion and acceptance is definitely a good incentive.” – Moozhan

“Finding community may seem a little overwhelming. However, with time and as you settle in, you will slowly find yourself immersed in many smaller groups at UBC. Whether that’s through your residence, faculty, classes, or sports clubs, the smaller communities will make UBC feel like a bigger home to you.” – Abdullah

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: Upload your documents to UBC

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: Upload your documents to UBC

If you are a student in Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, or Saskatchewan, here are a few tips on uploading your documents to UBC. If you attend a school outside these regions, read these document upload tips.

When do I upload my documents?

If you attend a school in Alberta, you can upload your documents between February 19 and March 1.

If you attend a school in Manitoba, the Maritimes, or Saskatchewan, your document upload will take place between February 19 and March 7.

If you are completing an IB diploma at a school in these regions,we will receive your anticipated IB grades directly from your IB Coordinator. You will be required to upload a copy of your transcript/report card or detailed academic report (see instructions below).

Which documents do I upload?

If you attend a semester school…

If you attend a semester school (courses are taken from September to January, and February to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript/report card including final grades for your Grade 11 courses and final grades for your first-semester Grade 12 courses. If you are studying in Alberta, please upload a detailed academic report, showing provincial exam marks.
  • a list of in-progress courses as a separate document (this list can be written by hand as long as it is legible)

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

If you attend a linear school…

If you attend a linear school (courses are taken from September to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript/report card including final grades for Grade 11 courses and in-progress (interim) grades for all Grade 12 courses you are currently taking

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

Document format and size

  • Your documents must be uploaded in PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format, and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Multiple pages need to be collapsed into a single document. For example: If your transcript exceeds one page, you need to collapse the pages into a single PDF, TIFF, or JPEG and upload it through the Student Service Centre (SSC).

Please do not mail in a paper copy of your transcripts/report card. Doing so can slow down the review of your application. If you have any questions, please email admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca. Please include your full name and UBC student number.

 

International applicants: Submit your supporting documents

International applicants: Submit your supporting documents

Transcript and/or grade information

As part of UBC’s admission process, you are required to submit your transcript and/or grade information. Although you have completed an online application, we may still require documents from you to assess your application. If you’re an international applicant, the deadline to submit your supporting documents is March 15, 2019.

Learn how to submit your supporting documents.

English language competency

All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted. Check the status of your application on the Student Service Centre to see whether you need to submit evidence of your English language proficiency. The deadline for submitting evidence is also February 15, 2019.

Find out how to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard.

Get a head start in this first-year science program

Get a head start in this first-year science program

Ease your transition into university life by beginning your studies in Science One, a cohort-based program of 75 hardworking, enthusiastic students and nine dedicated professors at UBC’s Vancouver campus.

What makes Science One different

As part of the Science One cohort, you’ll attend all of your classes in the same classroom with the same group of students. Rather than racing across campus from class to class, you can spend more downtime getting to know your peers and getting acquainted with the campus on your own terms.

You’ll get off to a strong start by satisfying all of your first-year science requirements while participating in field trips, research projects, teamwork, and building your UBC community.

 

Science One was founded on the idea of giving first-year students an advantage by giving them access to the best teachers and researchers.

 

In addition to building strong peer connections in the UBC science community, you’ll get to know your professors better than in mainstream science classes – and they’ll know who you are too. Science One students receive strong reference letters from their professors for future studies, co-ops, and job placements.

What you’ll study in Science One

Science One integrates first-year mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology into one class taught at the honours level. By studying these concepts as an integrated whole, you’ll develop a strong foundation as an interdisciplinary scientist with skills that extend beyond any one subject.

 

“Everything was awesome! I thought that the integration of the sciences really gave a more rich experience. I learned more of what it would be like to be a scientist, rather than dragging my way through medicine’s prerequisites.” – Science One alumni

 

Field trips will round out your studies with real world experiences, and term research projects will give you genuine research experience – all before completing your first year of university.

Your Science One perks

  • Take all of your courses in the same classroom – no racing around campus!
  • Go on a field trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.
  • Enjoy a dedicated Science One learning and social space in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
  • Benefit from the 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
  • Network with a variety of scientists and innovators through the Science One lecture series.

What do Science One alumni do?

With a 25-year history, the Science One program has a far-reaching network of alumni. Students have used the program as a launchpad to propel themselves into illustrious careers with big brands such as Apple and Amazon, and into further studies at Cambridge Law, UBC Medicine, MIT, and more.

 

Does this sound like an incredible first year of university? Apply now to Science One