Admission requirements for post-secondary students in Canada

UBC invites you to continue your college or university studies on our Vancouver campus. Here, you’ll earn a UBC degree respected in Canada and around the world. You’ll learn in an environment where innovation, ideas, and research rule. You’ll meet students from across the globe who share your passion for learning. You’ll work hard, but you’ll also have time to play.

College students in BC and Yukon

Courses successfully completed at recognized colleges in British Columbia and Yukon are granted transfer credit in accordance with agreed-upon equivalents published in the BC Transfer Guide.

Canadian university students (including BC)

Courses successfully completed at Canadian universities will be assessed on a course-by-course basis at the time of evaluation as UBC does not publish pre-approved transfer credit for these institutions. If a course has not yet been approved, you may be asked to submit a copy of the course description from your previous institution’s academic calendar.

Canadian colleges, institutes of technology, and colleges of applied arts and technology

UBC will consider applicants who have successfully completed an academically appropriate diploma program and achieved competitive standing from institutes of technology and colleges of applied arts and technology. Admission is determined on an individual basis and courses are generally not transferable.

Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP)

Admission decisions are based on CEGEP percentage grades. In addition, program prerequisites must be met. The cote de rendement (R-score) may also be used in the admission decision, so students are encouraged to submit their R-scores to UBC for consideration. Students who have completed a two-year academic diploma program require a minimum average of 68% for admission and are considered for up to one full year of transfer credit.

If you are applying to UBC after one year of CEGEP, visit our Quebec page for information.

Calculation of UBC admission averages

It is best to complete or be in the process of completing the equivalent of 30 UBC credits before applying.

The minimum academic standing to qualify for admission to UBC is an admission average of C (60% where 50% is a passing grade) or a 2.0 on a 4.0 point scale. Meeting this minimum entrance requirement does not guarantee admission, as entry into many programs is competitive.

Admission to UBC is based on transferable university-level coursework taken prior to attending UBC. The amount of transferable course credit taken determines how the admissions average is calculated.

Credits taken How admission is calculated
0 to 6 credits Admission is based on high school average only
7 to 23 credits Admission is based on high school average and college grade point average (GPA) calculated using all transferable credits taken
24 to 30 credits Admission is based on college GPA calculated using all transferable credits taken
More than 30 credits Admission is based on college GPA calculated using the most recent 30 transferable credits taken

Documents required for college/university transfer

Once you’ve applied, UBC will send additional information by email regarding the documents we require to complete your application. Required documents commonly include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Official transcripts from your current post-secondary institution sent directly to UBC in a sealed envelope showing courses all completed as well as a list of courses in progress
  • Official transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions you’ve attended sent directly to UBC in sealed envelopes
  • Final secondary school transcripts

GPAs Required for Admissions Consideration

The number of applicants to UBC exceeds the number of spaces available. Admission criteria are carefully designed to ensure fairness and equity in this competitive selection process. UBC assesses post-secondary applicants based on their grade point average and for some programs, prerequisite courses, a Personal Profile or other criteria (e.g., Supplemental Application, portfolio, or audition.) While the minimum post-secondary GPA for eligibility for admission to UBC is 2.0, the ranges below are recommended for consideration for admission to individual programs based on previous admissions. Due to enrolment limitations, applicants meeting these ranges are not guaranteed admission.

Some programs may require higher averages than the ranges stated below. Admission offers processed by the UBC Undergraduate Admission Office are for admission to the degree programs only. Some programs may administer an internal application process for specific majors.

Program Post-secondary GPA (4-point scale) Letter Grade Other Criteria
Applied Biology (BSAB) 2.6 B- Prerequisites
Applied Science – regular college or university transfer 3.3 B+ Core average 2.8 and prerequisites
Applied Science – BC Engineering Transfer Programs 2.8 B- Prerequisites
Arts (BA) 2.9 B
Commerce (BCom) 2.5 B Last-30 credit and core average of 2.5 for consideration; prerequisites and
Personal Profile
Computer Science (BCS)
(not BSc in CPSC)
2.65 B- Prerequisites and prior degree
Environmental Design (BEND) 3.2 ~B+ Prerequisites and Portfolio
Dental Hygiene (BDSc) 2.0 C Prerequisites, assessment forms, and
Fine Arts (BFA)
Creative Writing,
Film Production,
Theatre – Acting, Theatre – Design & Production,
Visual Arts
2.0 C Prerequisites and Portfolio or Audition
Food Nutrition (BSFN) 2.6 B- Prerequisites
Forestry (BSF, BSFS, BSCN, BSCW) 2.0 C Prerequisites
Global Resource (BSGR) 3.0 B Prerequisites and letter of intent
Kinesiology (BKIN) 2.7 B- Prerequisites and Personal Profile
Midwifery (BMW) 2.0 C Prerequisites and supplemental
Music (BMUS) 2.0 C Audition
Nursing (BSN) 2.8 B Min. 2.8; prerequisites and supplemental
Pharmacy (E2P PharmD) 2.5 C+ Last-30 credit and core average of 2.5 for consideration; prerequisites and Personal Profile
Science (BSc) 3.1 B+ Prerequisites
Social Work (BSW) 2.7 B- Prerequisites and supplemental