Aboriginal students of Canada

UBC has a long history of supporting Aboriginal student academic and personal success. Most Aboriginal students are admitted based on their competitive average. However, UBC offers a number of pathways to a post-secondary degree.

It is important to self-identify as an Aboriginal person of Canada on your UBC application in order to receive information about admissions policies for Aboriginal students; Aboriginal-specific awards; and culturally unique programs and services for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.

Aboriginal applicants who apply to UBC’s Okanagan campus may be admitted through the standard admission process, the Aboriginal Admission Policy, or Aboriginal Access Studies.

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UBC Aboriginal Admission Policy

All applicants to UBC, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, are required to meet university general admission and degree-specific admission requirements. As with all applicants, we will review your academic history and, depending on your degree and year level, your Personal Profile to make an admission decision. Most Aboriginal students are admitted based on meeting the requirements set out by their degree of choice.

If you are not initially admitted, we will take a second look at your application using the Aboriginal Admission Policy. Your application will be sent to your degree of choice and to the First Nations House of Learning, who may consider your history, cultural knowledge, work experience, educational goals, and other achievements in determining your admissibility. They will review your academic history and Personal Profile to ensure that you are ready for university study. They will submit their recommendations back to the Undergraduate Admissions Office, who will notify you of their decision.

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

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.

If you do not meet UBC’s general admission requirements, you can also start your studies at another college or university, and transfer to UBC later to complete your degree. Plan carefully to ensure the courses you take are recognized by UBC and applied to your degree requirements. The BC Transfer Guide is a great resource for this.

Self-identifying on your UBC application

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.

Connect with an advisor

If you are thinking about applying to UBC, we would be pleased to meet you in person or by telephone to discuss your options and how to plan for the application process. Already started an application? We’re here to answer your questions about the application, documents required, or the admission process. We’re here to help. Please contact:

Teneille Shea
Community Liaison Manager, Aboriginal Students

Chett Monague
Recruiter Advisor, Aboriginal Students

Get more info: aboriginal.recruitment@ubc.ca
Book a campus tour: aboriginal.tours@ubc.ca

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