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

Since visiting campus isn’t an option right now, take advantage of online events to get to know the schools you’re considering. At UBC, you can take a live virtual campus tour from home or check us out on Instagram. 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 calculator.



Complete your in-progress applications before March 15

Complete your in-progress applications before March 15

UBC’s online application closed on January 15 for most degrees, but there are still a few that are accepting applications.


Deadline to complete your application

If you’re currently working on an application to these degrees and have it saved in our system, we recommend finishing and submitting your application before March 15 at 11:59 pm PT.

Between March 16 and March 24, the university will be switching to a new online application system and will not be accepting any new applications from students. If you do not submit your application and pay the fee by March 15, you will lose any work you have saved in the current application system and you’ll be required to start over in the new system after March 24. There is also a chance that the degree you are interested in will stop accepting applications during this time.

So if you’re still interested in attending UBC, now is a good time to put the finishing touches on your application and submit it for review! We’re looking forward to learning more about you.


Need help?

Check our step-by-step guide and Applying to UBC video series for tips on choosing what to study, writing your personal profile, and understanding how UBC will evaluate your application.



Why we love the Okanagan campus

Why we love the Okanagan campus

With UBC’s application deadline coming up next month – January 15, at 11:59 pm (PST), to be exact – you’re probably excited to select the university experience that will be the best fit for you. So before you apply, make sure you check out UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.

UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world, and UBC Okanagan is a great place to be challenged, to thrive, and to develop into a global citizen. For 9,645 undergraduate students from 97 countries, the campus provides an unparalleled mix of academics, community, and recreation.


10 reasons why we love UBC Okanagan

  1. There are treadmills in the Swerwa reading room in the library so you can exercise while you study.
  2. The Okanagan is one of North America’s top grape-growing regions. You can study wine chemistry in a campus that is in the heart of 180+ wineries.
  3. Christine Schreyer, who teaches linguistic anthropology at UBC Okanagan, developed the Kryptonian language for the Superman: Man of Steel movie.
  4. You can take part in the BARK program, which brings cute, friendly dogs to campus to help you de-stress.
  5. The campus is heated and cooled by geothermal energy, helping with its carbon footprint and sustainability.
  6. There’s a beach volleyball court on campus.
  7. As well as more traditional courses, you could choose to take classes on the popular culture surrounding Harry Potter, vampires, and superheroes.
  8. There is an ice-cream club.
  9. After class, you can relax on the rooftop patio of the Purcell residence.
  10. There are several majors exclusive to UBC Okanagan, including data science, freshwater science, zoology, and health promotion.


Explore UBC Okanagan 

Start by checking out the list of programs offered at UBC Okanagan, and read up on what it’s like to live in the Okanagan Valley. Would you rather live in residence or live off campus? Take a look at this video about one student’s move-in day to get a sense of how it might be for you.

The best way to get a feel for the Okanagan campus is to join us for a campus tour. Because of COVID-19 we’ve suspended our in-person tours, but our student ambassadors would love to show you around and answer your questions as part of a live virtual tour.

Ready to apply? Coming to UBC’s Okanagan campus could be the best decision you’ve ever made. To learn more about Kelowna and the Okanagan campus, email, or call 1.888.807.8521.



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!