Never too early for a campus tour

Never too early for a campus tour

Are you heading into your final year of high school in September? Now’s a good time to start thinking about which universities you’d like to apply to for admission in 2020. Visiting campus is the best way to see if you can picture yourself at any university, including UBC.

How we do campus tours at UBC

All of our campus tours are led by our friendly (and knowledgeable!) student ambassadors – actual UBC students who are currently studying at the University and eager to show you around the Okanagan or Vancouver campus. They’ll take you to some of their favourite spots to learn, study, work up a sweat, and relax between classes. Best of all, you’ll get to see it all through the eyes of someone with firsthand experience of UBC life.

Three tips to make the most of your tour

  1. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Your walking tour will last approximately 90 minutes on the Okanagan campus or 2 hours on the Vancouver campus – and you’ll spend much of that time outside.
  2. Bring your family. Choosing a university is a big decision and significant financial commitment. If you fall in love with UBC, you’ll want your family on board too.
  3. Ask questions! During the tour, your student ambassador guide can tell you more about student life, and campus events and activities. After the tour ends, a UBC advisor will be available to answer questions about undergraduate programs, admissions, finances, and scholarships and awards.

Ready to come for a visit?

Sign up for a campus tour online

Important dates for new students

Important dates for new students

Your high school career is coming to a close and summer’s just around the corner. Before you set your brain to vacation mode, mark these important dates and deadlines in your calendar. That way, you’ll be all set to start classes at UBC when September rolls around.

July 7

July 8

 

July 15

  • Recommended deadline to apply for student loans if you’re also planning to apply for the UBC bursary program

July 31

August 1

Note: If you’re participating in Jump Start on either campus, there’s no need to apply for early arrival.

August 15

(or 30 days after you receive your offer, whichever is later)

August 24

August 24–25

August 31

September 1

September 2

September 3

September 4

September 15

  • Deadline to submit your general bursary application for Winter Session if you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Get ready for Destination UBC 2019

Get ready for Destination UBC 2019

We can’t wait to meet those of you who have registered for Destination UBC on the Okanagan campus and the Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome on the Vancouver campus. Hundreds of newly admitted students from all over Canada will be coming here to celebrate, explore UBC, and start preparing for life after high school.

What should I bring?

Your Destination UBC confirmation package includes a list of important personal items that you’ll want to bring. There will be lots of indoor and outdoor games, plus activities like yoga, running, and walking tours, so be sure to pack the clothing and footwear you’ll need. If you play an instrument, bring it along too. Above all else, come with a positive attitude ­– and we’ll take care of the rest.

What if I’m registered as part of the travel reimbursement program?

Your register for Destination UBC includes an electronic package that outlines the next steps for booking your travel. In the meantime, you can review the How will I be reimbursed? details for your campus (Okanagan or Vancouver) online. If you have any questions or concerns, just email us at destination.ubc@ubc.ca.

What next?

Follow along on Snapchat, and use the #destinationubc hashtag to share the beginning of your UBC story and find other students on Twitter and Instagram. If you’re on the Okanagan campus, we have a Facebook group too. Who knows – you might make a few friends before you even arrive!

Register now for Destination UBC

Register now for Destination UBC

Update 5/14/20

As a result of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel our in-person Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You events. We’re still looking forward to meeting you, so if you’ve received an offer of admission from UBC Okanagan, or if you are an Indigenous student who has received an offer from either campus, we invite you to experience Destination UBC online. 

 

Spring is here, and that means that Destination UBC, at the Okanagan campus, and the Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome, at the Vancouver campus, are right around the corner. This is your chance to experience university life on campus, make new friends from across Canada before you start classes in September, and discover why UBC is the right place for you. If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, join us a day early on the Okanagan campus for the Indigenous Welcome.

(Attending UBC’s Vancouver campus? Our UBC Welcomes You event is for you.)

What to expect

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Meet your future classmates.


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Learn about your degree and have your questions answered by current students.

 

Attend a lecture – and maybe even witness something cool.

 

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Explore your campus before classes begin.

 

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Get ready for university in a supportive and inclusive community.

 

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Hang out in residence and get a feel for life as a first-year student.

 

What past participants have to say

 

“My first impression of UBC’s Okanagan campus was just the sheer beauty that surrounded it. All the mountains and greenery just brightened me up. The campus felt small enough where I wouldn’t be overwhelmed by its size. The smaller lecture halls and classrooms reassured me that I wouldn’t get lost in the numbers. It was a beautiful campus that just felt like a happy and energetic place.”

– Destinie Baker, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus

 

“The most valuable aspect of attending the event was being able to stay in the dorms and have the chance to explore almost every aspect of the campus and get the real experience of what ‘student life’ is all about. Destination UBC made me feel confident about my choice of school.”

 

– Genna Moyer, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus

 

“By the end of Destination UBC, I had not only gotten to know the campus and city, but also met tons of other potential student, current students, and faculty, and learned about the programs and services available to Aboriginal students on campus.”

 

– Taya Jardine, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus

 

“In the plane on my way home, I couldn’t stop thinking of what an amazing weekend I had. I toured multiple times on campus, biked in the surrounding trails, had conferences specially dedicated to my future faculty, had the opportunity to attend a Physics class and a Biology lecture, got shown Kelowna’s downtown and its amazing beach on the lake, met amazing people, and made more friends than I thought I would make in such a short time. I was home when I was at Destination UBC and this feeling has not left me since I started here.”

 

– Louis Fayolle, Bachelor of Science, Okanagan campus

Register now

Please see your email invitation for registration details. Space is limited and registration closes on April 26 – so register soon to avoid disappointment. Find out if you’re eligible for a travel reimbursement and secure your spot.

Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

If you’re still in the process of figuring out whether UBC is the right place for you, we highly recommend visiting us in person for a campus tour.

You can find lots of great info and photos on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat, but there’s really no substitute for setting foot on campus, talking with current students face-to-face, and having them show you some of the places where you’ll spend time as a first-year student at UBC.

What to expect

Your guided walking tour will include:

  • visits to a residence, a library, and some of the recreational and social facilities on campus;
  • an overview of the kinds of services available to UBC students.

After the tour, an advisor will be available to answer your questions about academic programs, admissions, scholarship opportunities, and more for undergraduate students at UBC.

Can’t visit in person?

No problem! Get a feel for our two campuses with our virtual tours, then explore #UBCtour on social for a taste of what you’d see on an in-person campus tour.

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Major Entrance Scholarships

Major Entrance Scholarships

Awarding UBC’s Major Entrance Scholarships is a highly selective process in which the University aims to recognize students with outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements.

This year, on UBC’s Okanagan campus, approximately 1,300 eligible applicants were competing for 39 renewable awards. On UBC’s Vancouver campus, approximately 6,800 eligible applicants were competing for renewable awards ranging in value from $16,000 to $60,000 over four years, and one-time awards ranging in value from $5,000 to $10,000 for first year only.

All applicants who have been awarded a Major Entrance Scholarship will be notified by email by April 27, 2018. Only those applicants who have received an award will be contacted.

We appreciate the time and energy required to meet our deadlines and applaud your dedication to academic and extracurricular pursuits. Congratulations on your outstanding achievements!

What to do before you arrive on campus

What to do before you arrive on campus

It’s only a matter of weeks until you’ll step foot on campus as a first-year UBC student. You’ll be greeted with tons of new experiences and you’ll meet loads of new people, which can be both exciting and overwhelming. To ensure a smooth arrival and a stress-free first week, you’ll want to take care of some important things before you get here.

Here are eight easy tasks that you can complete now to make your arrival a breeze.

  1. Get ready for your orientation

On your first day, you’ll forgo normal class for a fun-filled, day-long series of welcome-to-UBC events. On the Vancouver campus, at the Imagine UBC orientation, you will be joined by the entire class of 2021 for a formal welcome, pep rally, lunch, and more. On the Okanagan campus, register for the Create orientation to join all new-to-UBC students for a day of events, including food, prizes, and more.

  1. Find back-to-school events and programs

The UBC student societies – the AMS on the Vancouver campus and the UBCSUO on the Okanagan campus – host events and programs for first-year students like you.

  1. Read the UBCfyi blog

Now that you’re an official UBC student, read the UBCfyi blog for campus updates and resources, plus info on events, health and well-being, money management, and more.

  1. Update your email address

Make sure your email address is correct in the Student Service Centre and remember to check your messages regularly.

  1. Learn about your student health plan

Visit the student health insurance website to learn more about your plan and coverage, or to opt out if you already have a health insurance plan.

  1. Sort out your financials

Ensure that you have a financial plan in place for the upcoming academic year, and learn about the financial resources available to you on UBC’s Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus.

  1. Pay your tuition online

Avoid lineups by paying your tuition online now.

  1. Get access to public transit

UBC students on the Okanagan campus can get a U-PASS sticker that provides unlimited access to BC Transit in Kelowna and the surrounding area. Just bring your student ID card to the Student Union Office (UNC133) to get your sticker.

UBC students on the Vancouver campus can load their U-Pass onto a Compass Card for unlimited transit services within Metro Vancouver. Obtain your Compass Card from the UBC Bookstore – or any SkyTrain Station or TransLink Fare Dealer – and then link it to your U-Pass online at upassbc.translink.ca. Apply online at least 48 hours before you intend to travel, and visit planning.ubc.ca for more information.