What the heck are rolling admissions?

What the heck are rolling admissions?

UBC evaluates your UBC application once it’s complete, which means we need to receive all your grades and other required information first. With 40,000 applications coming in from different school systems around the world, we receive all those grades and supporting documents at different times.

We can’t evaluate everyone’s application at the same time, so we send out admissions decisions as we receive and review information. That’s what we mean by rolling admissions.

If we received your grade information early in the year, we may have evaluated your application in January or February. But don’t worry: UBC uses the same admissions criteria for everyone. Students who receive offers by the end of February have to meet the same admissions criteria as those who receive offers in March or April.

 

 

Find your UBC admission decision on the Student Service Centre

Find your UBC admission decision on the Student Service Centre

Now you’ve applied to UBC, you might be wondering: “Did they get my documents?” and “When will I receive my admission decision?”

Tens of thousands of UBC applicants from across Canada and around the world have the same questions. The UBC Admissions Office is doing its best to read every applicant’s Personal Profile and transcript as carefully – and quickly – as possible. We’re swamped with applicant documents, but we’re working very hard to give you a decision as soon as we can.

Once we have evaluated your application, you will see our decision on the UBC Student Service Centre.

If you’ve sent your documents to us within the past five to six weeks, please be patient with us and we will update your status shortly.

In the meantime, consider coming out to one of our applicant information events, where you can get answers to all your questions about life at UBC. Registration for these events is easy – simply log in to the UBC Future Student Portal to see the events open to you.

 

 

UBC first-round offers of admission 2020/21

UBC first-round offers of admission 2020/21

We’re pleased to announce that first-round offers of admission are now complete. UBC had a limited number to extend, and all students who received a first-round offer of admission will now see that reflected in the UBC Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

What are my next steps if I did not receive a first-round offer of admission?

Students who did not receive a first-round offer of admission will now be considered based on grade information that UBC receives from IB counsellors, Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) download, the BC Ministry of Education, and document upload in February and March.

  • Ontario high school students: Your grades will arrive through the OUAC download. No further action is required unless we connect with you directly.
  • BC and Yukon: Your grades will arrive through the BC Ministry of Education. No further action is required unless we connect with you directly.
    • If you are attending a semester-based school (your courses run from September to January and February to June), we have started to receive your updated grade information. For linear-based schools (courses that run from run September to June), we will receive your updated grade information once your school reports your term two interim marks to the BC Ministry of Education.
  • IB students: Your grades are being submitted by counsellors. No further action is required unless we connect with you directly.
  • All other Canadian high school students: Upload your documents starting February 19. Check out our document upload blog post for more information.

For up-to-date and current information, please check your status in the Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

 

 

Destination UBC events for Aboriginal students

Destination UBC events for Aboriginal students

Update 3/24/20

All Destination UBC events at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan have been cancelled. We would have loved to meet you at these events, but we are aware that, because of the global concerns around COVID-19, there is some anxiety about attending group gatherings at this current time. We hope you will agree that cancelling these events is the right thing to do. 

 

When you’ve been admitted to UBC, why wait until the fall to visit campus? You’re invited to spend a weekend with your soon-to-be classmates at Destination UBC and experience UBC life first-hand. Don’t worry about the cost of coming – we’ll cover all of your travel expenses.

Join us on the campus you’ve been admitted to:

  • Okanagan: in Kelowna, on the traditional territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation
  • Vancouver: on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

You’ll participate in a weekend packed full of activities that will allow you to experience residence life, make new friends, meet current students, and connect with UBC’s Aboriginal community.

 

Why should I attend?

  • Tour the campus and get a feel for university life.
  • Live in UBC residence for the weekend.
  • Explore downtown Vancouver or downtown Kelowna
  • Meet advisors, staff, and current students.
  • Connect with the Aboriginal community and learn about resources and dedicated spaces on campus.

 

Okanagan campus: Indigenous Student Welcome

As part of the Indigenous Welcome, you’ll enjoy a special welcome lunch and dinner, and meet and mingle with current UBC students. Specialized programs and resources will also be provided throughout the weekend.

 

“Destination UBC was a lot of fun because we were able to get a glimpse of what university classes would be like, and were able to participate in fun activities. I was able to make friends at Destination that, for my second year, I’ve now decided to live with. I was also able to get a glimpse of all the things that the Aboriginal Centre does for its students, and quickly felt at home there.”

–Mackenzie Griffin, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies, UBC’s Okanagan campus

 

Vancouver campus: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome

As part of the Aboriginal Student Welcome, you’ll enjoy a special welcome feast in the First Nations Longhouse and meet and mingle with current UBC students. We’ve prepared community and campus programs for you to help you settle into residence and learn more about UBC life.

 

I always knew that Vancouver had a big Indigenous culture but I did not know how visible it was at the UBC campus until I attended Destination UBC. I really loved how welcomed I felt and after seeing the campus I felt better about accepting my offer. I started to look forward to leaving home to attend UBC.”

–Cecilia Raweater, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC’s Vancouver campus

 

Am I eligible to attend?

If you identified as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit on your UBC application, and you live and attended high school in Canada, you are eligible for the Indigenous Welcome and Aboriginal Student Welcome.

Eligible students can register now.

 

 

Programs spotlight: Business and economics

Programs spotlight: Business and economics

Maybe you started a lemonade stand as a kid, or you watched the world markets before you could even buy stock. Perhaps you’ve got a shrewd mind for business, or a curiosity for commerce. UBC’s business and economics programs can foster that budding interest and help you hone in on your niche, whether you have leadership ambitions and dreams of the C-suite, or you want to get in the weeds as a business analyst.

UBC’s range of programs and the opportunities for specialization within them can take you where you want to go after graduation.

 

Explore your program options

Management

Are you looking to use your leadership skills to make a difference in the world? In the Bachelor of Management at UBC Okanagan, you’ll learn how to incorporate social, financial, and environmental sustainability into the way organizations are run. You’ll finish the degree with hands-on experience creating real-life management solutions for one of UBC’s partner organizations. After graduating, you’ll be ready to work within your community, launch your own business, or empower organizational change.

 

The student scoop

Zachary Bingley UBC Student Story

Meet Zachary, a UBC Okanagan Management program grad who is now employed by one of his teachers on a project that helps reduce food insecurity in the Okanagan area.

 

Manufacturing Engineering

As a manufacturing engineer, you’ll be tasked with turning raw material into new products in the most effective, efficient, and economical way you can. It’s your job to research and develop tools, processes, machines, and equipment, and to combine them all to meet your goals. At UBC, you’ll get the chance to master the entire manufacturing process, from designing concepts and creating mechanical parts all the way through to product delivery. Studying Manufacturing Engineering at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver – or both – you’ll gain the technical skills to set you up for a broad range of jobs in the industry.

 

Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce at UBC Vancouver will provide you with a solid foundation of business basics and management skills you’ll need to thrive in your chosen career. Sharpen your critical thinking, problem solving, communication, organization, and leadership while you study a diverse range of course offerings that allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and career aspirations. Specialization options include accounting; business technology management; entrepreneurship; finance; general business management; global supply chain and logistics management; marketing; operations and logistics; organizational behaviour and human resources; and real estate.

 

The student scoop

Arielle Lynn, UBC Commerce

Meet Arielle, a Commerce student who was thrilled by the range of learning opportunities and experiences that UBC has to offer.

 

Food and Resource Economics

As climate change continues to threaten species and cultures, a booming industry has emerged around foodstuffs and natural resources. In the Bachelor of Science in Food and Resource Economics at UBC Vancouver, you’ll learn what the limitations and solutions are for optimizing the global food supply, and find out how best to deal with the world’s diminishing natural resources. In addition to gaining deep subject knowledge, you’ll discover how to work with large data sets and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills. During your studies, you’ll be able to take a number of business management electives, allowing you to finish the program ready to work in the food, agricultural, and natural resource sectors.

 


See a full list of business and economics programs at UBC


Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 1

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 1

Have you uploaded your documents to the Student Service Centre yet? Document upload will be closing on Sunday, March 1, 2020, so be sure to get your documents in as soon as you have them.

Check out our tips on uploading your documents.

If you are an International Baccalaureate student in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or the Maritimes, we will receive your anticipated IB results directly from your IB coordinators, so you do not need to upload documents to complete your application.

Have questions? Email us at admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca with the subject line “document upload,” and remember to include your full name and UBC student number so we can assist you.

Should you join the Land One study option in first year?

Should you join the Land One study option in first year?

Transitioning from high school to university can seem daunting at first. To make the move as easy as possible, UBC offers a selection of first-year study options designed to help you build a community and take the stress out of registering for classes.

If you have been accepted into the Forestry or Land and Food Systems faculties, you are eligible to apply for the Land One study option.

 

What is Land One?

Land One includes a selection of core courses in Biology, Economics, Math, and English, as well as an integrative seminar. You’ll take all of these key classes with the 50 to 60 students who are admitted to the study option. You will also take part in a seminar, where you’ll enjoy hands-on experiences, build relationships with your instructors, and learn how to solve the problems that are facing our land.

 

Why should you choose a first-year study option?

If you’re looking to make new friends from your first day, Land One could be the right path for you. You’ll benefit from smaller class sizes during select courses and your seminar group, a dedicated study space, and low student-to-instructor ratios.

 

Is Land One right for you?

To take part in Land One, you’ll need to take all of the classes set out in the prearranged timetable, which will provide you with 15 credits. On top of that, you’ll have time to choose additional courses in your first year and build your own educational path.

Land One’s seminar course covers a range of issues related to land use, climate change, food security, and sustainability. Much of your time will be spent discussing and addressing how to solve these problems, and you’ll also take part in some hands-on activities. You’ll visit the UBC Farm to learn more about sustainable food systems, and enjoy a two-day field trip to UBC’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, where you’ll experience the coastal old-growth rainforest first-hand.

If you’re in Forestry, Land One is particularly useful if you plan to major in Forest Resources Management or if you’re taking your Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation.

If you’re in Land and Food Systems, you’re eligible for enrolment in Land One if you’re taking a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology, or a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health. Land One will prepare you for all majors across those two programs.

 

How to apply

Applications to Land One open in January 2020, and the deadline is May 31, 2020. Once you have been accepted onto your Forestry or Land and Food Systems degree program, you will need to submit an online application through Land One’s website. As part of the process, you’ll be asked to write a letter of intent (500 words maximum) explaining why you want to join the Land One cohort.

Enrolment in the study option may require additional high school courses not required for admission, so it’s important to check the requirements online.

 

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

UPDATE 3/13/20

UBC’s applicant information events are now cancelled. We would have loved to meet you, but we are aware that, because of the global concerns around COVID-19, there is some anxiety about attending group gatherings at this current time. We hope you will agree that cancelling these events is the right thing to do.

 

Now that you’ve applied to UBC, you’re ready for the next steps in your journey to one of the world’s top 40 universities. You and your family are invited to attend one of the applicant information events we are hosting in cities in North America and across the world.

At these events, UBC representatives will discuss course planning, registration, housing, new student orientations, campus activities, and more. You will also have a chance to meet other students from your area who have applied to UBC.

Registration is easy – simply log in to the UBC Future Student Portal to see the events open to you.

Join us for an online information session

Can’t attend an event in person? Get your questions answered in one of our regularly scheduled online information sessions.