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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What the heck are rolling admissions?

What the heck are rolling admissions?

UBC evaluates your UBC application once it’s complete – so after we’ve received your grades and other required information. With 40,000 applications coming in from different school systems around the world, we receive tons of grades and supporting documents at all 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 in 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

So you’ve applied to UBC, and now you’re 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 have 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 burning 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. Please join us!

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 7

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 7

Have you uploaded your documents to the Student Service Centre yet? Document upload will be closing on Thursday, March 7, 2019, 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 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 and include your full name and UBC student number so we can assist you.

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

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 around the world and across the United States.

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 for these events 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.

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.