Don’t miss the Presidential Scholars Award deadline

Don’t miss the Presidential Scholars Award deadline

Don’t be late for this incredible opportunity!

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to be considered for a Presidential Scholars Award must complete their UBC application for admission by December 1, 2021 (11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time). That’s less than two weeks’ time.

Writing your online application and preparing your personal profile is not something you’ll want to rush, so make sure you’ve left enough time to complete both parts.


What are Presidential Scholars Awards?

Presidential Scholars Awards are one-time awards of approximately $5,000, or renewable awards of up to $80,000 which are paid over four years. The Awards are offered to Canadian high school students (including Quebec CEGEP students) who excel academically as well as demonstrate leadership achievements in the arts, community, athletics, or their school.


How do you apply?

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and you are applying to UBC from high school or CEGEP, you can select to be considered for a Presidential Scholars Award during the UBC online application. You must complete your application for admission by December 1, 2021 (11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time).

The awards will be judged based on the academic profile, personal profile, and “scholarship short answer” sections of your application.


Not interested in a Presidential Scholars Award?

If you don’t want to be considered for a Presidential Scholars Awards, you can opt to not be considered on the application, and you’ll have until January 15, 2022 to apply to UBC. Don’t let that deadline stop you from applying earlier, though – with your application out of the way, you can truly relax over the winter break.

Start now by checking out our online application tips.



Important dates for new students

Important dates for new students

Your high school career is coming to a close and summer’s just around the corner. Before you set your brain to vacation mode, mark these important dates and deadlines in your calendar. That way, you’ll be all set to start classes at UBC when September rolls around.


July 1

July 12

July 25

  • Recommended deadline to apply for student loans if you’re also planning to apply for the UBC bursary program

August 1

If you’re participating in the Jump Start on-campus stream, there’s no need to apply for early arrival.

Note:  In line with the current federal guidelines concerning COVID-19, if you are arriving from outside of Canada, the Canadian Government requires you to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days and to self-monitor for symptoms. If this applies to you, please refer to these websites for more information: UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan. The situation concerning COVID-19 continues to evolve, so please keep checking these links for the most up-to-date information.

August 15

August 27

August 29

September 4

September 5

  • Create orientation on the Okanagan campus

September 7

September 8

September 15



Your UBC orientations

Your UBC orientations

Last updated: May 21, 2021



Your first day at UBC is coming up fast! Once you’ve accepted your offer, you’re ready to start thinking about the orientation options available for you this summer. Together, they’re designed to help you meet your first friends, get familiar with your new campus, and hit the ground running as soon as classes begin in September.

Take a look through the four choices below to find out more about what to expect, and which ones you’re eligible to attend. The orientations are listed in the order that you should complete them.



UBC 101

UBC 101 is a self-guided, online course that takes around two hours to complete. You’ll discover the history and traditions of UBC Okanagan, learn about the academic transition to university, be introduced to on-campus support services, and take care of the essentials before classes start. Throughout the summer, you’ll connect with a current UBC Okanagan student – your peer mentor – who can answer your questions, and you can meet and chat with other new students on UBC 101’s discussion boards.

Who should take part

All students coming to UBC Okanagan

Timeline for completion

Any date between mid-April and September – but because you’ll learn important info about course registration, we recommend completing UBC 101 before June. You can register now.



Academic Essentials

Academic Essentials is an online program that will prepare you for academic success as you transition to university. You’ll refresh and build your academic skills in math, reading, and writing; feel confident about your academic readiness in all three areas; and have access to a library of learning and wellness resources to use in your first year. There are three courses you can choose: Reading and Writing at University, Readiness for University Mathematics, and Live Well to Learn Well. Each course is self-paced and self-directed with new content released weekly. You’ll be guided by course facilitators who are current UBC students from your campus, so you’ll learn from those who know your UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver curricula first-hand.

Who should take part

All incoming first-year students, from both campuses.

Timeline for completion

Academic Essentials runs from July 5 to August 12, 2021. Registration opens soon, so keep checking the webpage.



Jump Start at UBC Vancouver

The five-day program is the university’s academic orientation, and is designed to give you a first look at university life, let you meet your professors and academic community, and help you make your first friends at UBC Vancouver. UBC is working closely with public health authorities to determine what a safe return to campus will look like in the fall. This year, you’ll be able to participate in Jump Start virtually or in person.

Jump Start’s fully-virtual option will include both live and pre-recorded activities to accommodate for time zone differences and accessibility. Each day will include two to three hours of scheduled events, plus a number of sessions, socials, and other offerings that you can take part in at your own pace.

If you’re planning to be on or near campus in the fall, Jump Start is offering an in-person option for students living in residence or commuting to UBC. This stream will be delivered in a hybrid way, providing a mix of on-campus small-group sessions, and virtual programming.

Who should take part

All first-year students coming to UBC Vancouver from high school.

Timeline for completion

Jump Start at UBC Vancouver runs from August 29 to September 3, 2021. Register now for Jump Start.



Jump Start at UBC Okanagan

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan will help you discover campus life, learn about opportunities, and connect with other students. It’s a great way to make friends before classes start through fun social activities. Jump Start at UBC Okanagan will also let you choose from one of two streams: virtual-only, or a mix of in-person and online.

Whichever stream you opt for, you’ll enjoy academic success workshops designed to welcome you to your program, as well as the chance to connect with faculty members, staff, and other students who are available to help you throughout your time at UBC. You’ll find out what it’s like to learn in a university environment, and can take part in workshops hosted by UBC Okanagan instructors to show you the campus’s resources and services. By getting the fundamentals out of the way, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters on your first day.

Who should take part

All first-year students coming to UBC Okanagan from high school.

Timeline for completion

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan runs from August 30 to September 3, 2021. Registration will open soon, so keep an eye on the webpage or sign up for Jump Start email updates.



Submit your UBC housing application by May 1

Submit your UBC housing application by May 1

Living on campus is more than just a practical option for housing – it’s one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the UBC student experience. If you want to live in residence at UBC, you must apply by May 1, 2021.

If you are considering a degree on both campuses, you must complete a separate residence application for each campus.


Am I guaranteed a spot?

Your place in residence is guaranteed if:

  • You are a first-year student entering UBC directly from high school or CEGEP.
  • You submit your residence application for eight-month housing (Winter Session) by the May 1 deadline.
  • You accept UBC’s offer of admission by the date indicated in your offer letter, or June 1 (whichever comes first).

If you have questions about priority access, residence guarantees, or housing beyond first year, visit the UBC Student Housing website.


What’s residence like?

No matter which residence you’re assigned to, you’ll be part of a supportive environment that’s designed to help you adjust to university life, enjoy your time as a student, and make lifelong friends. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the new All You Care To Eat meal plan on our Okanagan campus, and the excellent first-year residence meal plan on our Vancouver campus.


Move-in day on UBC’s Okanagan campus

Move-in day on UBC’s Vancouver campus


What if residence isn’t for me?

If you’re not planning to live in residence, you can build your own home away from home at the UBC Collegia on our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. These welcoming on-campus spaces are great spots to relax between classes, heat up your lunch, and connect with new friends.


Residence and COVID-19

Along with UBC, Student Housing has implemented plans to provide the best possible accommodation for our residents given COVID-19 challenges. Health and safety remains our first priority and we continue to work closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and with other post-secondary institutions within BC to ensure our plans are aligned with health and safety guidelines. You can follow along with Student Housing’s most up-to-date information.



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, 2021, 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 with the subject line “document upload,” and remember to include your full name and UBC student number so we can assist you.



International applicants: Submit your supporting documents

International applicants: Submit your supporting documents

Transcript and/or grade information

As part of UBC’s admission process, you are required to submit your transcript and/or grade information. Although you have completed an online application, we may still require documents from you to assess your application. If you’re an international applicant, the deadline to submit your supporting documents is March 15, 2021.

Learn how to submit your supporting documents.


English language competency

All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted. Check the status of your application on the Student Service Centre to see whether you need to submit evidence of your English language proficiency. The deadline for meeting the English language requirements and submitting the related documents is February 15, 2021.

Find out how to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard.



Reminder: When to upload your documents

Reminder: When to upload your documents

If you don’t have your documents ready to upload at the time that you apply to UBC, don’t worry – you’re not required to yet.

The deadline to complete UBC’s online application is January 15, 2021.

Your supporting documents do not need to be uploaded until after you’ve submitted your application. The deadline to upload those documents will differ depending on whether you’re a Canadian or international student, what province you’re studying in, whether you’re a transfer student, and the curriculum you’re learning.

Most of those deadlines will fall in March 2021, but you should find out your exact date and requirements well ahead of time. After you’ve applied, UBC will send you an email that outlines which documents you are required to submit, and when you’re required to submit them.

For more tips on when and how to upload your documents, keep checking the UBC Admissions Blog.



The UBC online application closes on Friday

The UBC online application closes on Friday

This is the final stretch! You’ve got four more days until the UBC application closes, so put the finishing touches on your personal profile and make sure to submit before the deadline. As a final reminder, you must submit your application and pay the fee by January 15 at 11:59 pm (PST).


Need some tips?

If you’re still finishing things up, why not review our top online application tips or check out the video below.



If you have already applied

If you’ve already submitted your UBC application, then you’re ahead of the game and you should keep an eye on the Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status for any updates or to find out if UBC still needs any documents from you.

Please keep in mind that it may take two to three weeks for documents that you’ve submitted to be uploaded to your application, so don’t worry if you’ve sent in a transcript and you don’t see it in the Student Service Centre yet.


If you have questions

The answers to general questions – like Personal Profile inquiries or how UBC evaluates your application – can be found in our Applying to UBC section. Please contact us using our online form or social media if you need to get in touch.