How to change the degree you applied to

How to change the degree you applied to

Have you had a change of heart? If you’ve applied to one degree, but decided you’d rather pursue a different one, here’s what you need to do.

 

How to change your degree

  1. Check the admissions requirements for your new degree choice and make sure you meet the criteria.
  2. Be certain of the order of your choices – think of them as two separate applications ranked in order of preference. We will evaluate your first choice first, and if we offer you admission to that choice, we will stop there. We will only evaluate your second-choice degree application if you were unsuccessful with your application to your first choice.
  3. Be absolutely sure you want to change your degree, because it could affect your award eligibility. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you apply by December 1, 2020, your first-choice application will be considered for a Presidential Scholars Award. If you are an international student and you apply by January 15, 2021, your first-choice application will be considered for an International Major Entrance Scholarship. For all students, your new first-choice application will not be considered for an award if you make a change after those dates.
  4. After you’ve thought through the above, you can submit the changes of your first-choice and second-choice applications until January 15, 2021. Be sure to include your full name and UBC reference number, and we will update your UBC application accordingly. Your application changes will not be updated if your request is made after January 15, 2021.

Please submit your program change request here. You can use the same link to ask any questions you might have about changing your degree.

 

Please note:

  • Some degrees (for example Nursing at UBC Okanagan) can only be considered first-choice degrees. This means that if you select that program as your second choice, it will not be evaluated.
  • We will notify you if we cannot accommodate a change to your application.

And remember, you use the same UBC application to apply for degrees on both UBC campuses. Your first choice and second choice can be on the same campus or on two different campuses. January 15, 2021 is the deadline for submitting your application, and the deadline for changing the program you’re applying to.

 

 

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 in light of COVID-19

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. If you applied by December 1, your application will be evaluated on the interim grades that you have already provided. If we ask you for a final transcript, we will evaluate your application based on the available grades from that document. In the event that we require any additional information from you in order to process your application, an advisor will be in touch.

Offers of admission

Admission decisions are posted in the Student Service Centre. Keep an eye on your Applicant Status for the most up-to-date information.

Transfer credit

Any transfer credits that you have been granted will be posted in the Student Service Centre under Grades & Records. If you are transferring from a BC institution, you can use the online BC Transfer Guide to determine what transfer credit you can receive. Please note that in some cases, your transfer credits may not appear until you’ve accepted your offer and paid your deposit.

If you have a prior degree, transfer credits are not assessed. Please connect with your faculty advising office to determine second-degree requirements. Remember that you can only satisfy up to 50% of your second degree with credits from your first degree, even if your first degree is from UBC.

If you have questions about your post-secondary transfer application or transfer credits, please contact us.

 

 

Your UBC application and COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Your UBC application and COVID-19 (coronavirus)

This blog post will be updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated: May 28, 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 will happen to your UBC application if your school is closed or your final exams are cancelled?

We know that many schools and exam providers have been affected by COVID-19, and that some of you may not be able to take your final exams or complete your courses. We understand how difficult this is for you, and we are here to support you. UBC still cares about how you’re doing in school, no matter what form that takes right now, and we want you to be as academically prepared as you can be for your first year at UBC.

Your UBC offer of admission will be confirmed when:

  1. You complete whatever form of coursework your school has made available to you; and
  2. You email us at final.grades@ubc.ca to confirm that you have completed your courses. You can submit the final documents your school or exam provider gives you when they are available. If UBC is able to receive your final documents electronically (e.g., directly from educational departments/ministries or International Baccalaureate Offices), you do not need to email us or send us your final documents.

How will UBC confirm your offer of admission if you cannot send us any final documents or grades?

If you are not able to complete your coursework at all – because, for example, your school did not provide an alternative to classroom learning – please send us documents that confirm this. For details, contact the Admissions Office directly using our online form.

What will happen if you cannot meet the conditions outlined in your UBC offer letter?

We recognize that many of you may not be able to meet all of the conditions outlined in your offer letter. Don’t worry! We will be as flexible as possible with our admissions practices to ensure that your offer isn’t disadvantaged by the disruptions caused by COVID-19. You can find out more about the conditions that you do currently need to meet to keep your offer of admission.

If your school has moved classes online, 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. If you applied by December 1, your admissions decision will be based on the interim grades that you have already provided. If you were asked for a final transcript, we will evaluate your application with the grades from that document. In the event that 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 welcoming many of you to UBC!

Will UBC be offering classes in September 2020?

In response to the global impact of COVID-19, UBC has made the decision to offer most Winter Session Term One courses online. The way you take your classes will not be the same for everyone. Depending on the program you’re in and the courses you’ve chosen, some experiences may be fully online, others may include some limited on-campus activities, and some may include a hybrid approach.

No matter what format your instruction will take – whether in-class or online – you can still look forward to:

  • Learning from world-renowned professors who are experts in their fields;
  • Making strong, lasting friendships with your classmates;
  • Collaborating with peers from all over the globe;
  • Engaging in research that solves real-world problems; and
  • Discovering new interests, skills, and strengths that prepare you for your future.

 

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).

 

What the heck are rolling admissions?

What the heck are rolling admissions?

UBC evaluates your UBC application once it’s complete, which means we need to receive all your grades and other required information first. With 40,000 applications coming in from different school systems around the world, we receive all those grades and supporting documents at 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 by the end of 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

Now you’ve applied to UBC, you might be 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’ve 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 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.

 

 

UBC first-round offers of admission 2020/21

UBC first-round offers of admission 2020/21

We’re pleased to announce that first-round offers of admission are now complete. UBC had a limited number to extend, and all students who received a first-round offer of admission will now see that reflected 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, Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) download, the BC Ministry of Education, 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.
  • BC and Yukon: Your grades will arrive through the BC Ministry of Education. No further action is required unless we connect with you directly.
    • If you are attending a semester-based school (your courses run from September to January and February to June), we have started to receive your updated grade information. For linear-based schools (courses that run from run September to June), we will receive your updated grade information once your school reports your term two interim marks to the BC Ministry of Education.
  • 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.

 

 

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 1

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 1

Have you uploaded your documents to the Student Service Centre yet? Document upload will be closing on Sunday, March 1, 2020, 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 Alberta, 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 with the subject line “document upload,” and remember to 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

UPDATE 3/13/20

UBC’s applicant information events are now cancelled. We would have loved to meet you, but we are aware that, because of the global concerns around COVID-19, there is some anxiety about attending group gatherings at this current time. We hope you will agree that cancelling these events is the right thing to do.

 

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 in North America and across the world.

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 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.