Top five tips for choosing your university

Top five tips for choosing your university

Choosing which universities to apply to isn’t easy. Your friends might be set on one school, your parents might be insisting on another, but something about a different university really caught your eye. How do you know which one is right for you? Here are a few tips to help you get started.


Consider how the school stacks up

A university education is a big investment, and the school you choose sends a signal to the world. At a top-ranked school, you’ll enjoy one of the best educations in the world and join the workforce with a wealth of options. Graduating with a degree from a top 40 research university like UBC says something about you, and can open doors around the globe when you’re looking to begin your career.


Check out your academic options

If you have a program in mind, check out what and where you’ll learn. If you’re still not sure what to study, look for a school and degree that will give you lots of options down the road. Some universities provide the opportunity for combined programs, or let you select from a range of different electives across multiple subjects while still fulfilling the requirements for your degree. At UBC, you can choose from among 42 undergraduate degrees and hundreds of opportunities for specialization.


Choose a place you want to live

It’s important that the campus you choose has the right vibe for you. Universities can be rural or urban, in a major metropolis, or form a mini-city of its own. Some schools place more of an emphasis on academics, while others have a tradition of excellence in sports or the arts. UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses both have inclusive, well-rounded communities that will welcome and support you in whatever you’re passionate about, and each one offers a distinctive experience and unique path to a UBC degree.


Picture yourself on campus

Most schools offer campus tours, and many also offer online events for you to get to know the campuses you’re considering. At UBC, we have in-person campus tours, where you’re invited to check out the facilities in person. If you’re unable to make it to Vancouver or the Okanagan, you can take advantage of a live virtual campus tour from home or a self-guided virtual tour that you can take at any time. You’ll get a sense of where you could be going to lectures and studying for exams, eating lunch, and hanging out with friends between classes.


Crunch the numbers

Going to university is an investment in your future, and the costs can add up. Tuition varies across schools, as do the living costs, financial assistance, and awards available to you. You can usually find out all you need to know about planning your finances from a university’s website. For UBC, you can easily do the math with our cost estimator.



Applying to UBC as a mature student

Applying to UBC as a mature student

Not all of our students start their undergraduate degrees straight out of high school. If you’re a mature student, you’re also able to apply to UBC.

UBC welcomes mature student applications from those who want to complete a degree program, and can demonstrate their academic potential through a range of achievements and life experiences beyond academics.

If you’d rather take UBC credit-based courses without pursuing a UBC degree, diploma, or certificate program, take a look at our Non-Degree Studies options.


Am I eligible?

In order to apply as a mature student, you must be out of full-time education for at least four years, including high school and post-secondary institutions.

You’ll also still need to meet all the English language requirements and degree-specific requirements for the program you choose. These will vary according to where you attended high school or post-secondary. If you’re missing any general admissions or degree-specific requirements, you’ll need to complete them at another institution.


Is it better to apply as a transfer student?

Because UBC accepts only a small number of mature students, it’s recommended that you apply to UBC as a transfer student.

Mature students can apply to most – but not all – UBC degrees. If your chosen degree isn’t on the list, you’ll need to enroll at a different institution and transfer to UBC.

If you have a previous post-secondary degree and want to complete another at UBC, you’ll also need to apply as a transfer student.


We’re looking forward to receiving your application!