Minimum Academic Qualifications

Please note that this section of the UBC Calendar has been updated with information specific to undergraduate admissions in 2019. For information regarding undergraduate admissions in 2018, please see the archived version of the 2017/18 Academic Calendar.

The minimum academic qualification for admission is secondary school graduation, including the following Grade 12 courses:

Grade Required Courses1
Grade 12 English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
1 Or approved equivalent International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, or post-secondary courses. See Specific Program Requirements for Applicants Following the BC/Yukon Secondary School Curriculum; Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Courses Approved to Satisfy Prerequisites; and Post-Secondary Courses that Count Toward BC/Yukon Secondary School Graduation.

A minimum average of 67% is required for admission to all programs. However, due to limited enrolment, a higher average is required in most programs.

Approved courses offered in French will also be accepted. (Fran├žais 12 is not accepted in place of English 12.)

For BC/YT students graduating in 2018 and 2019: Applicants are required to write the final examinations offered by the BC Ministry of Education (BC Provincial Examinations) that are required for graduation. For admission decisions, BC Provincial Examination results will be used if the examination result increases the applicant's admission average. However, in cases where a significant discrepancy exists between the course grade and the examination grade, UBC reserves the right to use the examination grade only.

For BC/YT students graduating in 2020: Applicants are required to provide a completed Literacy Assessment (part of the Ministry of Education graduation program) before UBC can make an offer of admission.

Approved courses offered in French will also be accepted. (Fran├žais Langue 12 is not accepted in place of English 12.)

Canadian Aboriginal Language Post-Secondary Courses

UBC recognizes Canadian Aboriginal language post-secondary courses from a recognized institution for admission in place of one Grade 12 course. Please contact Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Page last updated: April 9, 2018

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