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, 2019, your first-choice application will be considered for a Presidential Scholars Award. If you are an international student and you apply by December 1, 2019, 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 December 1.
  4. After you’ve thought through the above, you can submit the changes of your first-choice and second-choice applications by January 15, 2019. 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, 2020.

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

 

Please note:

  • Some degrees (for example, Nursing on UBC’s Okanagan campus) 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, 2020 is the deadline for submitting your application, and the deadline for changing the program you’re applying to.

 

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 May 1 (or June 1, depending on your campus). 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 my 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 that we had hoped to have finalized by April 30.

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 May or June (depending on your campus) 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 May or June (depending on your campus).

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.

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

The majority of transfer applications are reviewed when we receive final college/university transcripts in May.

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. If you received an early offer of admission, you’ll still need to send us your final transcript so we can confirm your offer.

Transfer credit

Once you’ve been given an offer of admission, the transfer credits 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. If you have a prior degree, transfer credits are not posted.

Please connect with your faculty advising office to determine second-degree requirements. If you have questions about your post-secondary transfer application or transfer credits, please contact us.

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 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

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.