Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the School of Engineering must be made through Enrolment Services. Procedures, policies, and admission requirements of UBC and the School of Engineering are specified in Admissions.

Due to limited resources, the School has been authorized to restrict enrolment in Engineering One and within individual Engineering programs at the second-year level. Attainment of the minimum academic requirements listed below implies that the applicant is eligible for selection, but does not provide assurance of admission. The selection is based on academic standing. For most Engineering programs, the competition for places is such that standing above the minimum prescribed requirements is necessary to ensure admission.

Note: proficiency in mathematics is an important part of preparing for Engineering courses. Experience has shown that UBC students with grades below 65% in mathematics (below B at a college) are likely to have difficulty with many Engineering courses.

Admission from BC/Yukon Grade 12 (or equivalent)

In addition to satisfying University admission requirements, applicants must have completed mathematics, physics, and chemistry at the British Columbia Grade 12 level, or the equivalent. Students will be selected on the basis of their standing in Grade 12 courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and English. Applicants from schools where either Physics 12 or Chemistry 12 is not available may petition to be excused this deficiency.

Admission from a Post-Secondary Institution

Applicants from another faculty at UBC or another post-secondary institution may be considered for admission to the School of Engineering. An overall average of at least 65%, including any failed courses, is required. The overall average is calculated in accordance with the general admission requirement for undergraduate admission as specified in Applicants from a College or University.

Applicants must also have an average of at least 70% in all chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses that transfer to the first-year Engineering program. Courses to be considered in this average of mathematics, chemistry, and physics courses are not limited to the last 30 credits only. Where two courses, or one repeated course, have been taken which transfer to one of the courses of the first-year engineering program, only the grade of the latest course will be used in calculating this average.

Admission to the Engineering program is competitive. Applicants who meet all of these criteria are not guaranteed admission.

Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable credits from a post-secondary institution are evaluated against both secondary and post-secondary admission criteria.

Applicants with more than 24 credits that transfer to first-year Engineering may be eligible for second-year Engineering. Advice on transfer credit is available from the School of Engineering. Deficiencies from first year must be completed prior to graduation.

Students admitted to second year must complete a Second-Year Program Preference Form by June 15.

Admission from UBC Engineering Transfer Programs

Students who have completed first-year Engineering at a college offering a UBC transfer program are eligible to be considered for admission to second-year Engineering provided that they have obtained an overall grade average of at least 65%.

Transition from UBC Vantage College

The Faculty of Applied Science delivers engineering programs at both UBC campuses: Okanagan and Vancouver. The Faculty has reserved space for all UBC Vantage College Engineering Stream students to be able to transition to a second year program. Half of the reserved spaces are located on the Okanagan campus, and the other half are located at the Vancouver campus.

UBC Vantage College students who pass all courses in the Engineering stream with an average of at least 60% will be eligible for year two of the BASc degree program.

Program selection is competitive, and all students will be asked to rank both their preferred campus and their eligible program.1

Academic performance at the end of the winter session and a personal statement are considered in placing students into programs in second year.

Students who do not successfully complete the full UBC Vantage College Engineering Stream or who achieve an average lower than 60% in the full program can apply to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for evidence of academic promise for continued study in Engineering at UBC.

The UBC Vantage College Engineering Stream is not equivalent to the direct entry BASc first year program. Therefore, while successful completion of the Vantage College Engineering Stream will result in eligibility for second year standing, there are program requirements normally completed in first year that will not have been met and that must be completed prior to graduation. Please consult here for details on Vancouver Engineering programs and here for details on Okanagan Engineering programs.

1Eligible programs include: Okanagan Campus: Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering. Vancouver Campus: Chemical, Chemical and Biological, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Geological, Integrated, Materials, and Mining Engineering.

Admission from Okanagan College Bridge Programs to Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering

Students with a two-year diploma in Civil, Electronic, or Mechanical Engineering Technology from Okanagan College may be admitted to the second year of the B.A.Sc. program upon successful completion of the corresponding Okanagan College Engineering Bridge program.

Students must successfully complete an Engineering Technology program with a minimum graduating grade average of 80%. Students must also successfully complete the corresponding Engineering Bridge program with a minimum grade of 60% in each course, and a minimum average of 70% in all courses other than University Writing (ENGL 100).

Admitted students will be required to take UBC Okanagan courses from a list provided by the School of Engineering to fulfill B.A.Sc. degree requirements. Typically, students admitted from each Engineering Bridge program will require two and a half years of additional study at UBC Okanagan to complete B.A.Sc. degree requirements.

Admission from Camosun College Engineering Bridge Programs to Civil or Mechanical Engineering

Students with a two-year diploma in Civil or Mechanical Technology may be admitted to the third year of the B.A.Sc. program in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering upon successful completion of an Engineering Bridge program offered by Camosun College. Students must achieve a minimum of 60% in each course and a minimum average of 65% on all courses to be considered for admission to the B.A.Sc. program. Admitted students will be required to take additional UBC Okanagan campus courses from a list provided by the School of Engineering to fulfill B.A.Sc. degree requirements. Typically, students admitted from a Camosun College Engineering Bridge program will require two and a half years of additional study at the UBC Okanagan campus to complete the B.A.Sc. degree requirements.

Admission Following Two-Year Technology Diploma Programs Not Including Bridge Programs

Students are eligible to be considered for admission if they have completed an appropriate two-year technology diploma program with an overall average of at least 70%. Admission is normally into first-year Engineering, unless the student has completed an approved Engineering bridge program.

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