Are you eligible to transfer?
To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have 24 transferable credits completed by May – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the BC Transfer Guide to see how previously evaluated courses from many institutions transfer to UBC. Having more than 24 credits applicable to your intended program may increase your likelihood of admission.
While requirements and limitations vary by program and campus, please note that:
- Applicants should be in good academic standing at the last institution they attended.
- Second-year applicants should ideally present 30 credits and satisfy all promotion requirements for advancement to that year.
- Third-year applicants should ideally present 54–60 credits and satisfy all promotion requirements for advancement to that year. Some programs do not admit students at this year level.
- Most programs have high school and/or post-secondary prerequisites. UBC requires prerequisites to be completed no later than April 30 (earlier completion is advised to avoid delays).
- Admission to UBC is competitive, and satisfying the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission. UBC may review your entire record to ensure that your courses align with the requirements and expectations of your intended UBC degree program. Consistent academic performance and perseverance, progressive course sequencing with increasing rigour, and comparability with studies at UBC are among the factors that help demonstrate your suitability and readiness.
- For some programs, a personal profile or other criteria (such as a supplemental application, portfolio, or audition) will also be considered.
Applicants who apply with fewer than 24 credits will be evaluated on the basis of final secondary school grades and the partial post-secondary studies completed. If this applies to you, you should meet all your high school’s curriculum requirements in addition to meeting the GPA for admission with the post-secondary courses you completed. High school requirements differ depending on where you’re coming from.
The chart below will help you understand how UBC calculates your admission average based on post-secondary credits completed, including failed or repeated courses.
|Credits taken||How an admission average is calculated|
|0 to 6 credits||Admission average is based on your high school average only|
|7 to 23 credits||Admission is generally based on your high school average and post-secondary grade point average (GPA) calculated using all transferable credits taken|
|24 to 30 credits||Admission average is based on your post-secondary GPA calculated using all transferable credits taken|
|More than 30 credits||Admission average is based on your post-secondary GPA calculated with an emphasis on the most recent 30 transferable credits taken|
For more information, you can refer to the Admissions sections of the UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver Academic Calendars.