Frequently asked questions from Canadian high school applicants

Frequently asked questions from Canadian high school applicants

We’re close to finalizing all 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 you do if you’ve been placed on a waitlist? When will you 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 May 1 (or June 1, depending on your campus), but you should check the date specified to you in your offer letter to find out when your deadline is. Once those dates pass, 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 May and 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 your second choice?

Our goal is to have all second-choice decisions to students as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience as we continue to review the second-choice applications.

If you received an offer of admission for your first choice, we’ll stop there unless you contact us to request otherwise.

 

If you accept your second choice but you’re waitlisted for your first choice, will UBC still evaluate your 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 by the end of June.

 

You’ve been admitted to your first choice, but now you would prefer your second choice. Will UBC still evaluate your 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 you find your 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.

 

 

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.

 

Your application assessment

We are in the process of evaluating applications. Please rest assured that you will not be disadvantaged by any disruptions you’ve experiencing during the course of 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.

Due to COVID-19-related disruptions, we are experiencing delays. We appreciate your patience as we evaluate applications in the coming months. Application decisions will continue to be made throughout June and July.

 

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.

 

 

Special admissions consideration for applicants with disabilities

Special admissions consideration for applicants with disabilities

UBC seeks to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. If you have a disability or ongoing medical condition, you may be eligible for special consideration when meeting the competitive admissions requirements for your chosen degree.

 

Who can apply?

Admission to UBC is competitive, and requires that you meet both general admission requirements, as well as degree-specific requirements. Many applicants with disabilities meet UBC’s competitive admission requirements and are admitted directly to their degree of choice. However, if an unsupported or recently-diagnosed disability has impacted your ability to meet the competitive admission requirements of your degree of choice, you can apply for special consideration for admission.

 

Are you eligible?

The presence of a disability alone does not qualify you for special admission consideration. Special consideration may be granted if, for example, your academic performance has been affected because:

  • You have been recently diagnosed with a disability.
  • Your disability was not accommodated completely or appropriately.

If you have received appropriate accommodations for your disability throughout your studies, you may not be eligible for UBC’s special consideration for admission.

 

How to apply for special consideration

Detailed criteria for special admission consideration and the application form and instructions are available on our website. If you are eligible, please submit your request as soon as possible.

Remember: You are under no obligation to disclose your disability in your application to UBC unless you believe your disability will impact your ability to meet the academic standards of your degree of study.

 

 

You’re invited to You at UBC

You’re invited to You at UBC

If you’re an international student or Canadian living abroad and you’ve applied to either of UBC’s campuses, you’re invited to You at UBC!

 

What is You at UBC?

You at UBC is a series of events and on-demand content that will help prepare you for your next steps in your journey to one of the world’s top 40 universities.

You’ll enjoy comprehensive suite of video presentation sessions, live chat, zoom advising, and resources to help you learn more about UBC. We’ll review all the essential to-dos after you apply, such as submitting documents, finding housing, preparing for your degree program, getting involved with student life, and planning your finances. You’ll also learn about getting your health insurance and study permit, and how to apply to work opportunities.

Over the course of the events, you’ll get the insider perspective as you hear directly from your advisors and current UBC students, and start building your community early by connecting with your new classmates.

We’re also giving away more swag than ever before!

 

Dates and schedules

From March 2 until late May, we’ll be going live and unveiling new ways to engage and connect with your UBC community. Take a look at the agenda and save the dates to ensure you don’t miss out on asking your questions and meeting your first friends.

We’ll also be uploading on-demand videos every month to stream at your convenience. Keep checking back regularly for new content and to climb the leaderboard.

 

How to register

Visit the You at UBC webpage to sign up.

Remember: if you register with your UBC applicant email, you’ll be in the running to win prizes!

 

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 15

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 15

Have you uploaded your documents to the Student Service Centre yet? Document upload will be closing on Monday, March 15, 2022, 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.

 

 

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 more than 45,000 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 considered and fair decision as soon as we can.

Once we have evaluated your application, you’ll 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, you might want to take part in one of our information events or campus tours, where you can get answers to all your questions about life at UBC.

 

 

UBC first-round offers of admission

UBC first-round offers of admission

We’re pleased to announce that first-round offers of admission are now complete! All students who have received a first-round offer of admission will now see that reflected in the UBC Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

 

What happens if I didn’t 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 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, and no further action is required from you.
  • 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 before March 15. Check out our document uploadblog post for more information.

For up-to-date and current information, please check your status in the Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.