Admission for Canadian Aboriginal students

UBC has long been recognized as a leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education. UBC’s Okanagan campus has developed culturally unique programs and services for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, including the Aboriginal Access Studies ProgramAboriginal Admission Policy, priority placement in campus housing, and dedicated financial awards.

Aboriginal applicants who apply to UBC’s Okanagan campus will be admitted through one of the following:

Standard admission process

If you meet the general admission and program-specific requirements, and the competitive average required for your program of choice, you will be directly admissible to that degree program at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Aboriginal Admission Policy

This policy allows UBC to consider you for admission to a degree program if you have satisfied the general admission and program-specific requirements, but you have not met your program’s competitive average. UBC may consider your history, cultural knowledge, work experience, educational goals, and other achievements in determining your admissibility.

To be considered through the Aboriginal Admission Policy, you must be a Canadian Aboriginal applicant and self-identify as an Aboriginal person in the online application to UBC.

Aboriginal Access Studies Program

Aboriginal Access Studies is an entrance program that prepares and transitions Aboriginal learners into degree programs at UBC. The program combines both academic and non-academic activities to form a rich, full-time schedule in a supportive university setting. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit the Aboriginal Access Studies Program website.

How to apply

When you apply, be sure to self-identify as an Aboriginal person of Canada. UBC will provide you with important information on Aboriginal programs, scholarships and bursaries, and student services specifically for Aboriginal students.

An application fee is required to submit your application. If financial difficulty keeps you from submitting your application, please contact Celia Reimer to discuss your options (contact information below).

UBC provides newly admitted Aboriginal students a priority assignment in the University’s single-student and year-round housing. If you are interested in residence living, apply for housing when you complete UBC’s online application.


Chett Monague
Recruiter Advisor, Aboriginal students

Chloe Erlendson
Associate Recruiter Advisor, Aboriginal students

Halyna Petryshyn
Administrator, Admissions and Awards

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