If you’re hoping to attend UBC in September 2020 or 2021, it’s already time to start planning the rest of your high school courses. Here are a few tips to help you prepare and choose the Grade 11 and 12, or junior- and senior-level courses you’ll need for admission.
Know your requirements
Choose Grade 12 or senior-level courses that meet:
- your high school graduation requirements;
- UBC’s general admission requirements;
- UBC’s degree-specific requirements.
Your general admission and degree-specific requirements will depend on the UBC campus and degree you choose, and the high school curriculum you’re studying as a Canadian student or an international student.
When you apply to UBC, you’ll have the chance to choose a first-choice and second-choice degree. Make sure the Grade 12 or senior-level courses you choose meet the requirements for both degrees.
If you haven’t chosen a degree yet, don’t worry! Just make sure that, at minimum, you meet UBC’s general admission requirements. Every UBC degree has specific requirements beyond the general admission requirements, but some degrees have fewer than others.
Please note: Online and distributed learning courses must be completed by February 1 for those grades to be used as part of your admissions average that year.
BC high school students
BC high school students applying to UBC for September 2020 and onward will be able to use grades from all English Language Arts 11 courses and English First Peoples 11 courses for initial academic admissions assessments, especially when an interim grade for the required English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 course is unavailable.
This amendment is based on new information provided by the Ministry of Education regarding the academic demand and central emphasis on critical reading and writing in these courses.
Make sure you meet UBC’s English language requirement
Since English is the primary language of instruction at UBC, you will be required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before you’re admitted. There are nine ways to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard for an undergraduate degree.
Start thinking about your Personal Profile
UBC will evaluate your application based on a combination of your academic achievements and personal experiences. The Personal Profile is your opportunity to tell UBC what you are most proud of, what is most important to you, and what you have learned from your experiences inside and outside the classroom. Start thinking about what you are learning – and want to learn – from those experiences in the coming year.
Do your best
A competitive university like UBC receives more applications than can be accommodated. We wish we could admit all qualified applicants, but we just don’t have the space. Beginning in 2019, UBC will be adopting a comprehensive approach to admissions that focuses primarily on your marks in academic courses, but also considers the breadth, rigour, and relevancy of your coursework. Find answers to your questions about the new admissions process.
Stay up to date
UBC’s admission requirements can change from year to year. Be sure to refer to the Applying to UBC page for the most up-to-date information.