Admission Requirements

Academic averages for the purpose of admission to the UBC Okanagan campus are primarily based on Grade 12 final or in-progress course grades available in the spring; however, an applicant’s full academic history (including grades for completed Grade 11 courses) may be considered, particularly where sufficient Grade 12 grade information is not yet available.

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

Grade Required Courses1,2
Grade 12 English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Three additional UBC Okanagan campus-approved Grade 12 courses1
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.
2 See Specific Program Requirements for Applicants Following the BC/Yukon Secondary School Curriculum for programs requiring courses at the Grade 11 level.

The admission average will be calculated on English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and the three additional UBC Okanagan campus-approved Grade 12 courses from the table below, or the equivalents. Certain programs may require a competitive minimum grade in individual prerequisite courses used in the calculation of the admission average. Should final or in-progress Grade 12 grades not be available at the time of evaluation, final Grade 11 grades may be used as appropriate.

As a general rule, grades received as a result of challenging a course may not be used in the calculation of an admission average. However, students may use challenged courses to satisfy degree requirements such as the Bachelor of Arts Language other than English Requirement.

If there are circumstances where an applicant must present a challenge-based mark for a required Grade 12 Mathematics, Science, or English course, or where a strong academic student wishes to challenge a UBC Okanagan campus-required Grade 12 course in order to take a more advanced course load in high school, please contact Admissions for consideration on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Applicants who - because of administrative difficulties in their school or because they have a physical, sensory, or specific learning disability - cannot present the courses as required may be excused from a specific admissions course requirement. Supporting documentation is required and must be sent to Admissions by the principal or counsellor of the school concerned.

All courses must be completed by June. Summer school courses or grades obtained in supplemental examinations will not be considered.

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.

UBC Okanagan campus-approved Grade 12 Courses1,2
American Sign Language 12
Arabic 12
BC First Nations Studies 12
Biology 12
Calculus 12
Chemistry 12
Computer Information Systems 12
Computer Programming 12
Croatian 12
Economics 12
English Literature 12
English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Français Langue 12 or French 12
Geography 12
Geology 12
German 12
Halq'eméylem 122
Heiltsuk 122
History 12
Hul'q'umi'num' 122
Italian 12
Japanese 12
Korean 12
Kwak’wala 122
Law 12
Liqwala/Kwakwala 122
Mandarin 12
nsíylxcən (Okanagan Language) 121
Nte?kepmxcin 122
Nuu-chah-nulth 122
Physics 12
Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
Punjabi 12
Russian 12
Secwepemctsin (Shuswap Language) 122
Shashishalhem (Sechelt Language) 122
Sim'algaxhl Nisga'a 122
Sm'algyax 122
Social Justice 12
Spanish 12
Sustainable Resources 12
Tsek'ene 122
Upper St’at’imcets 122
1 All Grade 12 Canadian Aboriginal Language courses in BC are eligible for consideration as approved Grade 12 courses. Please contact Undergraduate Admissions for more information.
2 Technological limitations prevent UBC from appropriately reflecting some languages in the Academic Calendar.

Approved courses offered in French will also be accepted. (Français 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.

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