This blog post will be updated as new information becomes available.
Last updated: March 26, 2020
If your region has been affected by COVID-19, we understand that you might be worried about your application to UBC.
We are aware that many applicants have had their schooling interrupted in recent weeks. We understand that you may now face difficulties like having to take online classes, being unable to complete all the activities you listed in your Personal Profile, or experiencing the cancellation of your final exams. We appreciate that these circumstances are beyond your control, and we are sympathetic to your concerns.
UBC has been working hard to make sure your application will still be evaluated fairly, even if you have suffered disruptions due to COVID-19. Find out the answers to your admissions questions from our Associate Registrar of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Recruitment & Advising, Sam Saini – the head of UBC’s admissions team.
Frequently asked questions
Is UBC’s admissions process going ahead as planned?
Yes – the admissions process is proceeding as normal. We also understand that some students are in need of additional flexibility in meeting deadlines as a result of disruptions to schooling or exams due to COVID-19. UBC is committed to working with any students who may need extra time in order to complete their application.
Is UBC changing the grade requirements in light of disruptions related to COVID-19?
The grade requirements for UBC remain unchanged, but we understand why you may be concerned. Remember that UBC considers your grades from multiple school years, as well as your Personal Profile, when we make our offers of admission. We know there’s more to your application – and to you as a person – than the grades you achieve on your final exams.
What if the situation around COVID-19 has stopped you from completing activities you wrote on your Personal Profile?
Don’t panic. When we assess your Personal Profile, we take into account all of the activities you’ve written about across multiple years, not just the ones you are completing now. We may reach out to you to confirm some of the details on your Personal Profile, and if we do, we will consider how COVID-19 may have affected your extra-curriculars at that time.
What happens if you can’t take your final exams?
Some students have let us know that they might not be able to take their final exams to graduate from high school. We appreciate that this is a very real concern for some of you. Please don’t worry! If your school or exam provider cancels final exams or adjusts its usual grading practices, we will consider the results reported by your school or exam provider in our review of your UBC offer of admission.
If your school has been closed, will UBC consider your grades from online courses?
Online classes are perfectly acceptable for admission to UBC. We recognize that in light of disruptions due to COVID-19, some students have switched to online courses to keep up with their education. As long as your courses have grades on transcripts, we will consider them when we evaluate your application.
If you are a post-secondary transfer student, how will UBC make a decision on your application?
We are in the process of evaluating applications and are in close contact with your post-secondary institution and local decision-makers to determine next steps. Please rest assured that you will not be disadvantaged by any disruptions you’re experiencing due to COVID-19. Admission decisions will be made based on your interim grades. If we require any additional information from you in order to process your application, an advisor will be in touch.
When can I expect a decision on my application?
We are currently reviewing the thousands of applications that we’ve received, and we hope to have our evaluation process wrapped up by the end of April. Once we’ve reached a decision about your application, it will be posted online in the Student Service Centre. Good luck, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you here in September!
To stay up to date on any new information about UBC’s admissions process and COVID-19, we recommend that you check the you.ubc.ca website regularly. You should also keep an eye on your emails in case we need to contact you directly.
For information about UBC’s evolving response to the global situation, including event changes and how best to contact UBC, please keep checking the blog post Our response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).