How can I maintain my offer of admission?

How can I maintain my offer of admission?

First of all, remember that your offer of admission to UBC was based on a combination of your academic profile and your Personal Profile. So when we receive your final grades, we’ll be looking at them alongside your Personal Profile.

Our process and timeline

In May, we’ll review grades for students who received first-round offers and students who self-reported and were admitted in the March-to-April timeframe. That’s when we’ll verify that the grade information submitted to UBC is accurate. If we have any concerns with your grades, we’ll reach out to you directly.

In July, we’ll review final grades. If you meet the conditions on your offer of admission, we’ll update your offer to reflect that.

What you can do

Most students are looking for a definitive answer: “Tell me exactly how much my grades can drop before I lose my offer.” But we can’t say: “Everyone whose grades drop more than X%, or drop below Y%, will lose their offers.”

Each student’s situation is unique and we review changes in academic standing on a case-by-case basis. We don’t like to withdraw offers, but we must ensure that they’re awarded consistently and fairly, and that you have a solid foundation for success.

Certain grade changes may cause us to look at your application more closely when your final grades are submitted. Our best advice is to keep working hard to present your best final grades so we can confirm your offer of admission to UBC.

Offers of admission via mail or courier

Offers of admission via mail or courier

If you’ve been admitted to UBC, you’ll receive (by mail or by courier, depending on your location) an admission package that contains your official letter of admission and a UBC Registration and Orientation Guide.

Check your application status on the Student Service Centre. If it has been longer than four weeks since you were admitted and you haven’t yet received your package, please contact us. We may need you to update your address.

BC and Yukon applicants: Self-reporting closes on April 13

BC and Yukon applicants: Self-reporting closes on April 13

While you were away for spring break, we’ve been reading as many Personal Profiles as possible so that you can have your admission decision by mid-April. In the meantime, we need you to self-report your grades (it’s mandatory!) by the April 13 deadline.

Full-year systems

If your courses run from September to June, please wait until you receive your Term 2 report card to self-report your grades. If you’ve already received your Term 2 report card, you can self-report your grades now. If you’re still waiting for your Term 2 report card, don’t worry. You won’t be disadvantaged in any way.

Semestered systems

If your school runs on a semestered system, please report your grades right away. For Semester 2, list the courses you’re currently taking and leave the grade section blank.

For detailed instructions on reporting your grades, visit our BC and Yukon self-reporting page. We look forward to evaluating your application very soon!

BC and Yukon applicants: Reporting your English 12 results

BC and Yukon applicants: Reporting your English 12 results

During the self-reporting period, we receive lots of questions about English 12 and the English 12 Provincial Exam. Here are answers to two of the most common questions we hear.

How do I report my final English 12 grade if I have not yet written my provincial exam?


  1. Under Course Type, indicate whether you took English 12 at a physical high school or via distributed learning/online.
  2. Under Grade Type, indicate that your English 12 grade is a Final Grade.
  3. Enter your final English 12 grade in the GR12 School % box.
  4. Enter 0 (zero) in the GR12 Exam % box.
  5. Enter 0 (zero) the GR12 Final % box.

I’m retaking English 12. Can I report my new interim grade?

If you are retaking the course from September to June at your home school, you can report your new interim English 12 grade as it appears on the high school report card that you receive between March 5 and April 14.

If you are retaking the course in Semester 2 (from February to June), you can only report your old English 12 grade and not your new interim grade from Semester 2.

For detailed instructions on reporting your grades, visit our BC and Yukon self-reporting page.

Major Entrance Scholarships

Major Entrance Scholarships

Awarding UBC’s Major Entrance Scholarships is a highly selective process in which the University aims to recognize students with outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements.

This year, on UBC’s Okanagan campus, approximately 1,300 eligible applicants were competing for 39 renewable awards. On UBC’s Vancouver campus, approximately 6,800 eligible applicants were competing for renewable awards ranging in value from $16,000 to $60,000 over four years, and one-time awards ranging in value from $5,000 to $10,000 for first year only.

All applicants who have been awarded a Major Entrance Scholarship will be notified by email by April 27, 2018. Only those applicants who have received an award will be contacted.

We appreciate the time and energy required to meet our deadlines and applaud your dedication to academic and extracurricular pursuits. Congratulations on your outstanding achievements!

Register now for Destination UBC

Register now for Destination UBC

May is just around the corner and that means Destination UBC is almost here. This is your chance to experience university life on UBC’s Okanagan campus, make new friends from across Canada before you start classes in September, and discover why UBC is the right place for you. If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, join us a day early for the Indigenous Welcome.

(Attending UBC’s Vancouver campus? Our UBC Welcomes You and Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome events are for you.)

What to expect


Meet your future classmates.


Learn about your degree and have your questions answered by current students.


Explore your campus before classes begin.


Get ready for university in a supportive and inclusive community.


Hang out in residence and get a feel for life as a first-year student.

What past participants have to say


“My first impression of UBC’s Okanagan campus was just the sheer beauty that surrounded it. All the mountains and greenery just brightened me up. The campus felt small enough where I wouldn’t be overwhelmed by its size. The smaller lecture halls and classrooms reassured me that I wouldn’t get lost in the numbers. It was a beautiful campus that just felt like a happy and energetic place.”

– Destinie Baker, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus


“The most valuable aspect of attending the event was being able to stay in the dorms and have the chance to explore almost every aspect of the campus and get the real experience of what ‘student life’ is all about. Destination UBC made me feel confident about my choice of school.”


– Genna Moyer, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus


“By the end of Destination UBC, I had not only gotten to know the campus and city, but also met tons of other potential student, current students, and faculty, and learned about the programs and services available to Aboriginal students on campus.”


– Taya Jardine, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus


“In the plane on my way home, I couldn’t stop thinking of what an amazing weekend I had. I toured multiple times on campus, biked in the surrounding trails, had conferences specially dedicated to my future faculty, had the opportunity to attend a Physics class and a Biology lecture, got shown Kelowna’s downtown and its amazing beach on the lake, met amazing people, and made more friends than I thought I would make in such a short time. I was home when I was at Destination UBC and this feeling has not left me since I started here.”


– Louis Fayolle, Bachelor of Science, Okanagan campus

Register now

Online registration is officially open, but space is limited. Find out if you’re eligible for a travel reimbursement and secure your spot. To register, log in to your account, click My Events, and follow the prompts. See you soon!

Course selection tips for Grade 11 or junior students

Course selection tips for Grade 11 or junior students

If you’re hoping to attend UBC in September 2019, it’s time to start planning which Grade 12 or senior-level courses to take. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

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.

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 holistic 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.

UBC’s admissions process is changing in 2019

UBC’s admissions process is changing in 2019

UBC is changing how we decide who receives an offer of admission to study here. You’ll still need to meet UBC’s general and degree-specific admission requirements for Canadian high schools or international high schools – those haven’t changed. And you should still focus on your achievements beyond academics. What’s changing is how UBC will evaluate your courses and grades.

We know you have questions. Here are some answers.

Who’s affected, and how?

How exactly is the admissions process changing?

In the past, UBC looked at your grades in a limited number of academic Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses. Starting in 2019, we’ll consider all Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) classes in the admissions decision and look at academic factors beyond grades too.

Who will be affected by these changes?

If you are a Grade 11 (junior level) student, or any student hoping to enter UBC directly from secondary school in September 2019 or beyond, these changes will apply to you. If you are transferring to UBC from another post-secondary institution, such as a university or college, these changes do not apply to you.

Why is UBC making these changes?

The goal of the changes to UBC’s admissions process is to take a more holistic approach to evaluating your academic profile and to foster greater equity in admissions decisions among all applicants.

Will these changes make it more difficult to gain admission to UBC?

No. These changes will not impact how many students UBC admits.

Will I still have to complete a Personal Profile?


Course selection

If I’m starting Grade 12 (senior year) in 2018, do I need to change which courses I’m taking?

No. The general and degree-specific requirements for admission to UBC’s undergraduate degrees have not changed. You are not required to take more courses or different courses than before.

Will I have to take more courses under UBC’s new admissions process?

No. We’re recommending that you take at least six academic or non-academic Grade 12 (senior level) courses. There is no longer an approved course list – any Grade 12 (senior level) course you take can count towards your six. Note: If you’re graduating from a secondary school outside of Canada, the recommended minimum number of senior-level courses will vary. 

Does it matter which six Grade 12 (senior level) courses I choose?

Yes. Choosing courses that are academic in nature and/or are related to what you want to study at UBC may increase your chances of gaining admission to UBC.

What does UBC consider an academic course?

Academic courses fall within one of six subject categories: Language Arts, Mathematics and Computation, Sciences, Second Languages (including immersion programs), Social Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts. Applied design, skills, and technologies courses; career education courses; physical and health education courses; and faith-based courses are not considered academic courses. Regardless of where you go to school, you can refer to the BC Ministry of Education website for examples of courses in each category.

If I don’t have at least six Grade 12 (senior level) courses, can I still be admitted to UBC?

Yes. Be sure to explain why you took a reduced course load in your application. We’ll review each situation on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a minimum number of courses required for the core academic assessment?

No. You are not required to take a certain number of courses, or to take courses from every degree-specific subject category related to the degree that you applied to at UBC, but you are encouraged to challenge yourself.

Admissions decisions

How will UBC be evaluating my courses and grades?

UBC will evaluate your courses and grades in several ways. For the overall academic assessment, we’ll look at your overall performance as a student. For the core academic assessment, we’ll look at your potential for the particular degree you’ve applied to. For the individual course assessment, we’ll look at your grades in individual courses that are particularly relevant to what you intend to study at UBC.

Will UBC look at my grades in all of my Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses?

No. All courses can play a role in our admissions decision, but we’ll only look at your grades in academic Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses. If you’ve taken a course at the Grade 11 (junior) and Grade 12 (senior) levels, emphasis will be placed on your mark in the Grade 12 (senior level) course.

Will UBC look at more than my grades?

Yes. In addition to grades, UBC will also consider the breadth, rigour, and relevancy of your Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) coursework. If you challenge yourself in school by taking more courses – academic or not – it shows that you’re able to handle a large course load. Similarly, it can also be worthwhile to take a non-academic course if it’s related to what you want to study at UBC (e.g., taking Physical Education when applying to Kinesiology).

I’d like to take more and/or more rigorous courses, but I can’t. Will I be penalized?

No. We understand that it isn’t always possible. Maybe you have family or work commitments, like caring for a younger sibling or working a part-time job to fund your education. Or maybe you live in a small community and your high school doesn’t offer Calculus, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Be sure to explain your circumstances in your application. We’ll review each situation on a case-by-case basis.

Will UBC be publishing the average marks required for each degree?

No. A holistic admissions process means that many different factors – not just grades – will be considered when making an admissions decision.

So what’s better: getting high grades, taking more courses, taking more challenging courses, or taking more courses related to what I want to study at UBC?

All of the above – in addition to a strong Personal Profile – can be useful. Many students will still gain admission to UBC based primarily on their marks in academic courses, but getting the highest grades in the fewest number of required classes is no longer the only way to show that you’re ready to study here. Demonstrating breadth, rigour, and relevancy in your coursework is not a requirement for admission, but it certainly can help.

I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

If you didn’t find the answer to your question here or on the Planning for 2019 admission to UBC page, talk to your high school counsellor or contact UBC.