Tips from UBC students for after you’ve been admitted

Tips from UBC students for after you’ve been admitted

All of your hard work has paid off, and you’ve been admitted to UBC! The road ahead is filled with crucial tasks to ensure that you’re ready for your first year of university – including planning your finances, registering for courses, and getting mentally prepared for life at UBC.

Four current UBC students (and one Enrolment Services Advisor) reflect on the admission process and share their best tips for making the next several months simple and stress-free.

Meet the students

UBC Okanagan student An Goto

An Goto | Bali, Indonesia

Chemistry (Honours), Mathematics (Minor)

“I chose UBC because I thought that the learning environment offered at the Okanagan campus exactly met the criteria that I had for an ideal university.”


UBC student Abdullah Khair

Abdullah Khair | Amman, Jordan

Chemical Engineering

“The student-centred environment at the university stood out to me and made me realize that there are endless ways to grow and discover myself on this campus.”


UBC student Thao Atkinson

Thao Atkinson | Métis, Midway, Canada


“I loved the values UBC had and the high level of support UBC has for Aboriginal students. I felt it was important for me to be in a community where I could exceed academically, but also have a sense of community.”


UBC student Moozhan Ahmadzadegan

Moozhan Ahmadzadegan | Lake Country, Canada

Visual Arts (Major), Art History (Minor)

“UBC is one of the best universities in the world, plus, I was born and raised in the Okanagan. It seemed only natural that I attend university in the place I call home.”


Enrolment Services Professional Claudia

Claudia | Enrolment Services Advisor

As an Enrolment Services Advisor, Claudia has many helpful tips for you: “As an Enrolment Services Advisor, I wear many hats. I specialize in financial advising, but I can also answer questions about undergraduate admissions, fees, tuition, registration, financial support, exams, graduation, transcripts, and so much more. If you have a question I can’t answer, I likely know the person or department who can.”



Accepting your offer


“My Peer Mentor helped with the transition into university by letting me know about events and other opportunities for students on campus.” – Moozhan

“My Enrolment Services Advisor was extremely helpful to me, and especially at the beginning of my university career as I was still figuring out the very little details about being a student at UBC. This included things like how to pay my tuition, registering for courses, and transferring over some of my high school credits.” – Abdullah



Applying for a study permit


UBC’s International Student Guide is your go-to online resource for information on immigration, health insurance, taxes, and more. There’s even a study permit tutorial.” – Claudia, Enrolment Services Advisor



Planning your finances


“My Enrolment Services Advisor helped me make sure how I knew how to handle money and how to budget for the year. He’s awesome!” – Thao

“Look for external awards and opportunities through banks, companies, and Internet-based databases like Scholarships Canada and yconic.” – Claudia, Enrolment Services Advisor



Finding a place to live


“If you live in residence, you have to vacate your room at the end of each academic year. Keep your belongings as compact as possible for smooth moving.” – An

“My residence room must-haves are a comfy pillow, snacks, and an alarm clock.” – Thao

“If I’m not at home I’m in the Critical and Creative Studies building. Most of my classes and my friends reside there, there’s tons of good places to chill and study. It’s my dwelling when on campus.” – Moozhan

“I always kept some late night study snacks as you don’t really get access to a kitchen or hot food past a certain hour in university residence.” – Abdullah



Exploring your academic options


“The best part of being a Chemistry major is about the opportunity to be able to meet with professors who not only shaped me towards being a well-rounded chemist, but also a more independent individual.” – An

“When I picked my program, I was intrigued by the programs that the Sauder School of Business offered. This included Co-op opportunities, global exchanges and the various clubs offered at UBC.” – Thao

“I picked the engineering program as I was interested in different sciences and mathematics. The best part about my program at UBC is that they provide a general engineering program during first year and then you get to choose which specialty you’d like to be enrolled in.” – Abdullah

“My Visual Arts Course Union offers different opportunities to plan, volunteer at or attend events. It really creates a community within a program and is a great way to make connections and gain valuable experiences. It’s also a great chance to be involved and learn new things outside the classroom.” – Moozhan



Registering for courses


“Throughout my journey at UBC, I planned my courses by referencing the degree requirements for my Chemistry and Mathematics degrees, which were located in UBC academic calendar.” – An

“I had to register for some extra electives, and found that the Degree Navigator tool in the Student Services Centre was extremely useful in laying out what courses satisfy the elective requirements I had.” – Abdullah

“There is a lot to choose from, and it can be a challenge to narrow down your interests. Most of my courses were required, so that helped. My advice for first-timers: pick something you think will sustain your interest over the semester.” – Moozhan

“If your faculty does not have a standard time table, reach out to older students who can help you with the process! Destination UBC was a great way to meet upper year students who love to support and help incoming students.” – Thao



Getting ready for life at UBC!


“UBC offers a variety of support, courses and clubs that will undoubtedly peak your interest. If you’re thinking about coming to UBC, go to the orientations they provide, ask other students your questions, and research the things that you value!” – Thao

“If you’re an international student staying in Kelowna during the winter break, you can meet other international students from different cultures through winter programming offered by International Programs and Services.” – An

“Make sure university is what you want, it’s a commitment and can be a really great experience. UBC is an exceptional university and having the opportunity to attend a place of inclusion and acceptance is definitely a good incentive.” – Moozhan

“Finding community may seem a little overwhelming. However, with time and as you settle in, you will slowly find yourself immersed in many smaller groups at UBC. Whether that’s through your residence, faculty, classes, or sports clubs, the smaller communities will make UBC feel like a bigger home to you.” – Abdullah

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: Upload your documents to UBC

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: Upload your documents to UBC

If you are a student in Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, or Saskatchewan, here are a few tips on uploading your documents to UBC. If you attend a school outside these regions, read these document upload tips.

When do I upload my documents?

If you attend a school in Alberta, you can upload your documents between February 19 and March 1.

If you attend a school in Manitoba, the Maritimes, or Saskatchewan, your document upload will take place between February 19 and March 8.

If you are completing an IB diploma at a school in these regions, you do not need to upload your documents. We will receive your anticipated IB grades directly from your IB Coordinator.

Which documents do I upload?

If you attend a semester school…

If you attend a semester school (courses are taken from September to January, and February to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript/report card including final grades for your Grade 11 courses and final grades for your first-semester Grade 12 courses. If you are studying in Alberta, please include provincial exam results if available.
  • a list of in-progress courses as a separate document (this list can be written by hand as long as it is legible)

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

If you attend a linear school…

If you attend a linear school (courses are taken from September to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript/report card including final grades for Grade 11 courses and in-progress (interim) grades for all Grade 12 courses you are currently taking
  • a list of in-progress courses as a separate document (this list can be written by hand as long as it is legible)

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

Document format and size

  • Your documents must be uploaded in PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format, and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Multiple pages need to be collapsed into a single document. For example: If your transcript exceeds one page, you need to collapse the pages into a single PDF, TIFF, or JPEG and upload it through the Student Service Centre (SSC).

Please do not mail in a paper copy of your transcripts/report card. Doing so can slow down the review of your application. If you have any questions, please email Please include your full name and UBC student number.


AB, MB, SK, and Maritime Provinces: Tips on uploading your documents to UBC

AB, MB, SK, and Maritime Provinces: Tips on uploading your documents to UBC

If you’re a high school applicant from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or the Maritime provinces, you’ll be asked to upload a transcript of your grades and courses to the Student Services Centre (SSC) after you submit your online application. In this post, we’ll give you a few tips on how to prepare your documents before uploading them.

You can find detailed information on how to submit your documents on our website, and you will receive an email from us when it’s time for you to upload your documents, as well as instructions for how to do this.

You will need:

  • Your most recent high school report card.
  • All grades for completed Grade 11 and 12 courses.
  • A list of courses in progress (with or without interim grades).

Document format and size

  • Your transcript or report card must be uploaded in PDFTIFF, or JPEG format, and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Your list of courses in progress does not have to be an official document (this can be a list that you have typed up yourself).

Please do not also mail in a paper copy of your transcript/report card at this time. Doing so can slow down the review of your application.

If you have any questions, please email Please include your full name and UBC student number.

BC and Yukon Applicants: Important admissions dates

BC and Yukon Applicants: Important admissions dates

If you’re a Grade 12 student in BC or the Yukon, here are some important dates and deadlines to mark on your calendar.

February 15

If you entered the BC/Yukon school system after Grade 9, February 15 is the deadline for your counsellor or principal to submit a request for you to be waived UBC Vancouver’s language 11 requirementPlease instruct your counsellor to submit this request — and be sure to give them plenty of advance notice. To apply for exemption, UBC needs a written statement from your principal or counsellor indicating your date of entry and grade of entry into the BC school system and your UBC reference number. Statements must be emailed to

March 5 – April 13

The self-reporting link on your UBC Student Service Centre will be live. You need to input your courses and grades so that our office can calculate your UBC admissions average. Students should self-report by March 16.

Students in linear schools with a Term 2 report card date after March 20 will have until April 13 to self-report. Read the BC & Yukon self-reporting instructions early so you are ready to report your grades when you receive the relevant report card.

Mid-March – end of April

You will receive an admissions decision from UBC.

May 1

Deadline for most students to submit housing application to be eligible for priority access, and to accept UBC’s offer of admission and pay the acceptance deposit. (Some students’ deadline will be June 1. Please refer to your letter of admission or the Student Service Centre to find your assigned date.)


UBC receives your official grade information from the BC Ministry of Education. We will verify your self-reported grades against the information we receive from the Ministry, and will email you if anything is amiss.

I’ve applied to UBC. Now what?

I’ve applied to UBC. Now what?

Congratulations on completing your UBC application! You’re one giant step closer to joining our bustling community of students and faculty from around the globe.

Depending on the degree you applied to, the quality of your application, and when your grades become available, you can expect an admission decision any time between the end of January and May. Be sure to check your application status often in the Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

If you’re itching to know what comes next in the admissions process, check out the video below:


Until you hear back from us, take this time to learn more about the degree that you applied to. This is also a great opportunity to envision your future at UBC and have your questions answered by joining a campus tour, attending an event for applicants, or taking part in an online info session.


Update your mailing address with UBC

Update your mailing address with UBC

Some people say the art of snail mail is dead, but we disagree. There is no substitute for the tingly feeling you get from tearing open a crisp envelope, removing its contents, and getting the good news that you’ve been waiting for – like your offer of admission from UBC.

UBC will be sending out offers soon, and yours could arrive by mail or courier any time between the end of January and May. To make sure there are no delays or errors, please log into the Student Service Centre (SSC) and make sure the address under Personal Info > Contact Summary is accurate. You can update your address information at any time in the SSC.

When updating your address

  • Use your home mailing address where you live and will be applying for a study permit (if required). Using an address in a different location can cause problems in the study-permit process.
  • Include a phone number at the same location as your home mailing address.

Check the status of your application

While you’re logged into the SSC, you can also check your application status, which is the most up-to-date information on your application. Keep in mind that we’re currently receiving a lot of documents from students, so if you’ve recently sent in a transcript or another required document, it will take some time for it to be updated in your profile.

Stay in touch

If you have any questions or concerns about your application or updating your address, get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter, or leave a comment here and we’ll be happy to help.

Some UBC programs still accepting applications

Some UBC programs still accepting applications

Although the deadline to apply for the 2017/18 Winter Session (September to April) has passed, certain UBC programs are still accepting applications. If you are planning to apply, get your application in soon – unless a specific deadline is indicated, programs will close their application without notice.

A flood of applications

As of January 16 2018, the UBC Admissions office received just over 45,000 applications! If you’ve already applied, thanks for your submission. We’ve been busy answering applicants’ questions and making sure you’ll receive an email notifying you of which documents you need to submit. We’re eager to evaluate your application so that we can send you a decision as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the 45,000 applications that we received.

What comes after applying?

Check the Admissions Blog routinely for timely posts about how to submit your documents, when we’ll send offers of admission, self-reporting, and other important admissions-related details.

Update on first round offers of admission

Update on first round offers of admission

We received more than 6,000 applications from students who follow the Canadian curriculum to be considered for a first round offer of admission. That’s a lot of Personal Profiles to read! We will begin sending out first round offers of admission at the end of January and continue through to February 15. If you don’t receive an offer by February 15, don’t worry – no one will be refused admission during first round offers of admission.

If I am not admitted by February 15, what do I do?

UBC will review student applications every week. Students who applied before the December 1st deadline will be admitted on different days as the weeks go by. All students who met the December 1st deadline will be considered for first round offers of admission, and all first round offers of admission will be finalized by February 15.

If you are not admitted by February 15, sit tight and follow the instructions we send you by email for additional grade information.

Can someone tell me if I’ll receive an offer?

If you call our front-line team, they are not able to tell you if you will be admitted. If you want to know what your current status is, refer to the Student Service Centre (SSC). When you visit the SSC, you can learn about where your application is in the process by viewing your “Applicant Status.” The messaging on your Applicant Status tells you if you have successfully submitted your application, lists your dates and deadlines, and lays out all of your next steps.

If you have already been admitted, your applicant status will tell you that. If it does not say that you are admitted, check back after February 15. At that time you’ll see new instructions that you must follow.