When will you receive your UBC admission decision?

When will you receive your UBC admission decision?

We know that selecting universities to apply to is a huge decision – one that involves plenty of research and preparation. And although that part is done, you still have one big decision left: which admission offer will you accept?

The UBC Admissions Office is meticulously reviewing your applications so that we can give you our decision as soon as we can and you can make your big decision in a timely manner. At the same time, we’re not going to rush through our evaluation of your application – we want to make sure you get a carefully considered decision from us. As soon as we have evaluated your application, you will see our decision on the UBC Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

Why do some students receive their admission decision before others?

Simple answer: we receive grades at different times depending on your school system.

For some of you, we evaluated your application in January because you applied by December 3 to be considered for a first-round offer of admission. Right now, we are receiving International Baccalaureate anticipated grades for BC high school applicants and OUAC grade information from Ontario, and we continue to receive international documents.

As of February 19, applicants from Alberta began uploading their documents so that we can evaluate their applications.

Since December, our Admissions team has been reading Personal Profiles and evaluating applications as we receive grades and other information, and we will continue to do so until all applications have been carefully reviewed. We’re working as quickly and carefully as we can to give you an admission decision shortly after we receive all of your grade information.

Admission decisions are not first come, first served

Most important to you: we use the same evaluation criteria for everyone when their files are complete. If your files are complete in March, we will evaluate you exactly as we have done for an applicant whose files were complete in January. Our decisions are not made on a first-come, first-served basis, and we take great care to make sure you get the right decision shortly after your application is complete.

UBC first-round offers of admission 2019/20

UBC first-round offers of admission 2019/20

We’re pleased to announce that first-round offers of admission are now complete. UBC had a limited number of first-round offers to extend, and all students who received a first-round offer of admission will now see that 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, OUAC download, 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.
  • 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

BC and Yukon applicants: Important admissions deadlines

BC and Yukon applicants: Important admissions deadlines

If you’re a Grade 12 student in BC or the Yukon, mark these important dates and deadlines in your calendar.

January 31

  • Deadline to provide UBC with your BC Personal Education Number (PEN).
  • Deadline to order a transcript for UBC via StudentTranscripts.gov.bc.ca.

When ordering your transcript, be sure to select “Send my transcript now and allow this Post-Secondary Institution to request transcript updates,” and choose the default date (one year from the date of your order) so that UBC can receive your interim and final grades continuously. This will allow UBC to receive your transcripts electronically from the BC Ministry of Education.

 

February 15

If you entered the BC/Yukon school system after Grade 9:

  • Deadline for your counsellor or principal to submit a request for you to be waived UBC Vancouver’s language 11 requirement. Please instruct your counsellor to submit this request — and be sure to give them plenty of advance notice before the February 15 deadline.

To apply for exemption from the language 11 requirements, 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 language11.waiver@ubc.ca.

 

If you have completed less than three consecutive years of study within Canada:

 

If you are completing your IB diploma in Canada:

  • Deadline for IB Coordinators to submit your anticipated score results to UBC. This information is sent electronically and directly from your school to UBC.

 

Mid-March – end of April

As all grade information will be sent to UBC from the BC Ministry of Education on a continuous and ongoing basis, you do not need to submit any paper transcripts.

After your application is reviewed, you will receive an admissions decision from UBC (unless you have already heard from UBC with a First Round Offer of Admission) by email, or you can check your applicant status in the Student Service Centre from mid-March to the end of April.

 

May 1

  • Deadline to submit housing application to be eligible for priority access.
  • Deadline to accept UBC’s offer of admission and pay the acceptance deposit.

Some students’ deadline will be June 1 instead of May 1. Please refer to your letter of admission or the Student Service Centre to find your assigned date.

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 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 and will be considered for a first-round offer of admission. That’s a lot of Personal Profiles to read! We’re already sending out first-round offers of admission and will continue to send them 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 is reviewing student applications every week. Students who applied before the December 3 deadline will be admitted on different days as the weeks go by. All students who follow the Canadian curriculum and met the December 3 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.

How UBC will keep in touch with you

How UBC will keep in touch with you

Do you wonder what happens after you submit your application?

After you submit your application, the Admissions Office reviews it and creates an electronic file for you. Within one week, you will receive an email listing the additional information you need to submit in order to complete your application.

Check your email

Your email address is a crucial piece of information to submit with your online application. Please be sure to use an email address that you will be checking frequently. Also check your email provider’s spam filters so that UBC emails with important information are not being filtered out.

If your email provider mistakenly deleted something we sent you, you can always log in to the Student Service Centre and click on the Message Centre to see all the emails the Admissions Office has sent to you.

If you have any questions, contact us.

If you applied before December 3

We have started reading the Personal Profiles of everyone who submitted an application by December 3. Successful Presidential Scholars Award candidates will be contacted in mid-April.

Post-secondary transfer applications

Post-secondary transfer applications

Did you know that you can apply to study at UBC even if you’ve already begun your studies at another post-secondary institution? Every year, the University receives and reviews more than 9,000 post-secondary transfer applications from students in Canada and elsewhere around the world.

Application assessments

If you’re a transfer applicant, the first thing we review is your interim transcript, which we typically receive in February or March. The majority of transfer applications are reviewed again when we receive final college/university transcripts in May.

Offers of admission

Admission decisions are posted on the Student Service Centre throughout May and June. Keep an eye on your Applicant Status for the most up-to-date information. If you received an early offer of admission, you’ll still need to send us your final transcript so we can confirm your offer and assign transfer credit (if you’re eligible).

Transfer credit

Once we’ve reviewed your final transcript, we’ll determine if you’re eligible to receive any transfer credit. Any transfer credits granted will be posted on the Student Service Centre under Grades & Records. If you have questions about your post-secondary transfer application or transfer credits, contact us.

Frequently asked questions from Canadian high school applicants

Frequently asked questions from Canadian high school applicants

This year, approximately 18,000 students in Canada submitted applications for 7,000 first-year places at UBC. When you consider that every applicant gets to indicate a first and second choice of degree, that’s almost 36,000 applications.

We’ve now posted first-choice decisions for all Canadian applicants on the Student Service Centre. If you were offered admission, congratulations! If you were not offered admission, thank you for submitting an application and giving us the opportunity to get to know you better through your academic successes and Personal Profiles. We wish we could admit all qualified applicants, but with more applications than spaces, it’s just not possible. If you’re curious, here’s how UBC evaluates your application.

At this point, you might have a few questions:

What should I do if I’ve been placed on a waitlist? When will I receive a final decision?

If your application has been waitlisted, your application status will indicate when you can expect to receive a final – yes or no – decision. For the majority of programs at UBC, the deadline to accept offers of admission is June 1. At that point, we’ll know how many students have accepted their offers. If fewer students accepted their offers than expected, we’ll make a few more offers to waitlisted applicants. If enough students accepted their offers, we’ll notify students on the waitlist that no additional offers will be made.

Our best advice is to move forward with other post-secondary plans in case we don’t make additional offers in June. If we do make more offers, we hope they’ll be considered, but we understand if students have made plans to study elsewhere.

What about my second choice?

Our goal is to have all second-choice decisions to students by June 1. If you received an offer of admission for your first choice, we’ll stop there unless you contact us to request otherwise. If you’re waitlisted for your first choice, we’ll evaluate your second choice too and notify you in mid-June about your first choice.

If I accept my second choice but I’m waitlisted for my first choice, will you still evaluate my first choice?

Yes, we always evaluate first choices, whether you accept or decline your second-choice offer. All waitlisted applicants will receive a final decision in mid-June.

I’ve been admitted to my first choice, but now I would prefer my second choice. Will you still evaluate my second choice?

We always assume that your first choice is what you prefer. If you’ve received an offer of admission for your first choice, we’ll only evaluate your second choice if you contact us and if there is still space available in your second-choice degree.

Where can I find my application status?

The best source of information on your application is always the Student Service Centre. When you log in to your account, you’ll find an up-to-date status for each of your degree choices.