What are the requirements for admission to UBC?

What are the requirements for admission to UBC?

Each year, UBC receives approximately 40,000 undergraduate applications like yours from across Canada and around the world. You may be applying directly from high school or transferring from another university or college, studying at a Canadian school or following any one of a number of international curricula. English may be your first language, or your second or third or fourth.

So when you ask, “What are the requirements for admission to UBC?” – UBC advisors are bound to reply with a few questions of their own.

Four questions we’ll ask

Do you meet UBC’s English language requirement?

English is the primary language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students are required to demonstrate English language competency before they’re admitted.

Do you meet UBC’s general admission requirements?

Your general admission requirements will vary depending on whether you’re a Canadian high school student, an international high school student, or a post-secondary transfer student from Canada or abroad.

Do you know what you’re interested in studying at UBC?

You don’t need to select a program or major just yet (e.g., English or Biology), but you’ll need to identify which degree you’re working toward (e.g., Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science). Choosing what to study will help you determine which degree-specific requirements you must meet when you apply to UBC and help you understand how your application will be reviewed.

When you complete your application, you can select a first and second choice of degree. You don’t have to indicate a second choice if you don’t have one or if you only meet the requirements for your first-choice degree, but it’s always a good idea to keep your options open. Some degrees are offered on both our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, so one approach is to apply for the same degree on both campuses as your first and second choices.

Does your chosen degree require a Personal Profile or supplemental application?

All high school applicants and some transfer applicants are required to submit a Personal Profile as part of their application to UBC. Depending on the degree you choose, a supplemental application, portfolio, or audition may be required too.

Find your admission requirements

No matter where you’re from, what you want to study, or which UBC campus you’re applying to, our Undergraduate Programs and Admissions website can help you find the admission requirements that apply to you. Still have questions? Contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Top five UBC online application tips

Top five UBC online application tips

Ready to apply to UBC? Before you get started, check out our short video for a step-by-step walk-through of our top five online application tips. You’ll find out why it’s important to:

  1. Start early.
  2. Double your chances.
  3. Let the application guide you.
  4. Take your time.
  5. Check your work.

Looking for more tips?

For even more helpful ideas, read through our detailed online application tips and watch our short video on writing a strong Personal Profile.

UBC’s online application is open

UBC’s online application is open

As summer fades to fall and the new school year begins, it’s time to shift your attention back to academics. If your sights are set on a future at UBC, now’s the time to start thinking about applying.

Deadline to apply

UBC’s online application for the 2019/20 academic year is open, and the deadline to apply is January 15, 2019. Admission to UBC is not granted on a first-come, first-served basis – but if you’d like to be considered for a Presidential Scholars Award or an International Major Entrance Scholarship, you must apply by December 1, 2018.

Before you begin

Review the key steps on how to apply to get a sense of the process. When you’re ready to get started, clear your web browser cache and make sure pop-ups are enabled.

When you click Apply to UBC, you’ll be prompted to log in to the UBC Future Student Portal. Depending on your situation, you’ll follow one of three paths:

  • If you’ve never logged in to the UBC Future Student Portal, follow the steps to create an account.
  • If you have a UBC Future Student Portal account and a Campus-Wide Login (CWL) – that will be the case if you’ve already started your online application, or if you attended a UBC event or campus tour before June 2018 – use your CWL to log in.
  • If you have a UBC Future Student Portal account, but you don’t have a Campus-Wide Login (CWL), use your Portal credentials (the email and password you used when you created your account) to log in and then follow the steps to create a CWL.

Where will you go?

Do you follow us?

Do you follow us?

At UBC, we’re pretty social. In fact, we have dedicated accounts on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for anyone who’s an aspiring UBC student, applying to UBC, or getting ready for their first day on campus. Sound like you? Click that “follow” button for answers to your questions, important reminders, and a peek at student life.


Get answers to your questions

Have a question about UBC? Head over to Facebook Messenger or Twitter. Our team of advisors is online Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), answering all of your questions about applications, admissions, awards, and more. If you’re in a different time zone, leave us a message and we’ll get back to you when we log in for the day.


Get important info and reminders

Looking for application tips? Worried about missing a deadline? We’ve got you covered. On our Instagram Stories and Snapchat, you’ll find information on how to apply to UBC, reminders about key dates and deadlines, and the inside scoop on events of all kinds – starting with info sessions before you apply, celebratory events, and even orientation


Get a peek at student life

If you’re curious what life is like on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campus, you’ll find what you’re looking for on Instagram and Snapchat. On Instagram, we share our own photos from around campus and re-post our favourite shots of yours from the #iamubc hashtag.

 

On Snapchat, we often hand the microphone (and camera) over to current students so you can see UBC life through a fresh set of eyes.

 


Find us on social media

@youbcsnaps on Snapchat

@youbcpic on Instagram

@youbc on Facebook

@youbc on Twitter

Programs spotlight: Media and fine arts

Programs spotlight: Media and fine arts

Whether you’re a budding storyteller, an aspiring actor, or a concert pianist in the making – someone who’s at ease in front of an easel, at a keyboard, or behind the scenes – there’s a program for you at UBC. Come here to discover and develop your skills in film, theatre, music, visual art, creative writing, media, and more.

Explore your program options

Media Studies

Explore new media and examine the impact of technological innovation on our interactions and society in the Media Studies program on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. You’ll develop a portfolio of skills and experiences that will enable you to pursue a career in a wide range of sectors across the knowledge economy.

A professor’s perspective

UBC Music Bob Pritchard Laptop Orchestra

Meet Professor Pritchard, a music professor who’s using technologies that capture physical movement to transform the human body into a musical instrument.

Music: Advanced Performance

Imagine having a world-class concert hall like The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in your backyard! In the Music: Advanced Performance program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll study music theory, technology, and musicianship while completing four years of private instruction in voice, opera, piano, organ, guitar, harpsichord, or an orchestral instrument of your choice.

Art History and Visual Culture

Develop critical thinking and writing skills as you analyze diverse forms of art and visual culture, including “high art,” performance art, pop culture, architecture, and everyday objects in their cultural and historical contexts. The cross-disciplinary Art History and Visual Culture program on UBC’s Okanagan campus delves into the heart of human experience and identity.

The student scoop

UBC alumnus Nadine Bradshaw

Meet Nadine, a Visual Arts alumna who has fond memories of painting on mountain tops and staying up all night to install her fourth-year exhibition.

Theatre: Design and Production

Learn more about set, costume, lighting, and sound design, including set and costume construction, stage and production management, and other production technologies. As a graduate of the Theatre: Design and Production program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll be ready to work in professional theatre or film, or pursue advanced training in grad school.


See a full list of media and fine arts programs at UBC


 

Programs spotlight: Languages and linguistics

Programs spotlight: Languages and linguistics

Are you interested in learning a new language, helping to revitalize an endangered language, or understanding the roots of a language you already know? Have you ever wondered how language shapes culture and society, and how pop culture and social media influence language? One of UBC’s languages and linguistics programs could be for you.

Explore your program options

English

Study literature written in English from around the world, from the earliest medieval riddles to contemporary slam poetry in the English program on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. You’ll also learn more about the English language itself, including its roots, its patterns, and its uses in politics and social media.

The student scoop

Meet Stephanie, a UBC alumna who majored in English and volunteered as a literacy mentor with UBC’s Trek program.

French and Spanish

Explore French and Spanish cultures in and outside the classroom, and learn how they’ve impacted Canada and other countries across the globe – all while refining your speaking and written skills in both languages – in the French and Spanish program on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

First Nations and Endangered Languages

Explore the processes and protocols for the documentation, conservation, revitalization, and reclamation of endangered languages, cultures, and Indigenous knowledge systems locally, regionally, and internationally in the First Nations and Endangered Languages program on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

A professor’s perspective

Christine Schreyer

Meet Professor Schreyer, a linguist and anthropologist who helped develop Superman’s mother tongue.

Speech Sciences

Study language structure, child development and language acquisition, anatomy and physiology, and more in Speech Sciences on UBC’s Vancouver campus. This interdisciplinary program includes courses from the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Psychology, and the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences.


See a full list of languages and linguistics programs at UBC


 

Four healthy habits for first year

Four healthy habits for first year

University is demanding and the transition to university life can be challenging. As you prepare for – and adjust to – life at UBC, make sure to take care of yourself academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. The good habits you establish in first year will serve you well throughout your degree.

Be smart about your studies

Get clear on your academic goals, learn how to manage your time effectively, and strengthen your study skills. If you need a hand getting started, Learning Supports on the Okanagan campus and the Learning Commons on the Vancouver campus are great on-campus resources.

Take care of your body

Choose your food wisely and make time for exercise. To get a better sense of the recreational facilities, fitness classes, intramural teams, and events available, check out Campus Recreation on the Okanagan campus and UBC Recreation on the Vancouver campus.

If you have health concerns at any time, be sure to seek medical attention. Remember, the Health and Wellness Centre on the Okanagan campus and Student Health Service on the Vancouver campus offer on-campus medical clinics that are free for all UBC students.

Connect with others

The best way to meet people at UBC is to find something you’re interested in – a club, a sport, an activity, or an event – and get involved. There’s no shortage of opportunities on the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. Not only will you get to do something you love, but you’ll make new friends in the process. Don’t forget to stay in touch with friends and family at home too – they’ll be curious what you’re up to!

Keep your stress in check

If you find yourself feeling worried, anxious, or stressed, talk to someone. As a UBC student, you have access to one-on-one counselling services and a variety of mental health resources on the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

On the first day of classes, join more than 9,000 new-to-UBC students and hundreds of volunteers on the Vancouver campus for Imagine UBC, a day-long orientation event that celebrates the start of the academic year.

What to expect

Imagine UBC is one of the largest orientation events of its kind in Canada. It’s an incredible opportunity to:

  • Make new friends.
  • Meet with student leaders and professors.
  • Get to know your faculty.
  • Find out about on-campus services and resources.
  • Learn all the ways to get involved during your time at UBC.

Over the course of the day, you’ll have the chance to take part in campus tours, workshops, a pep rally, and a showcase of nearly 400 on-campus resources, clubs, and organizations. But your orientation doesn’t end there – faculty orientations, AMS Firstweek, and homecoming are just a few of the ways you can keep learning about your UBC community.

Who can attend

All UBC students – including new, returning, and transfer students – are welcome to attend. Look for an email in late August with your personalized Imagine UBC schedule.


Heading to UBC’s Okanagan campus? Check out Tuesday’s post for details about Create orientation on the Okanagan campus.