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Policy on Admissions

Notice Regarding Admissions

Admission requirements, including academic standards, grades, course requirements, and due dates, are subject to the approval of the Vancouver Senate and may change throughout the year.

Admission information herein reflects information current to the most recent Calendar release and pertains mainly to applicants to begin studies during the 2018/19 academic year. Admission requirements for future years will be published online as they become available.

NOTE: Please refer to the Calendar regularly for updated information.

Policy on Admissions

The University of British Columbia seeks applications from students who can benefit from and contribute to the varied and stimulating academic life at this university. The University's admission regulations and procedures are intended to identify such students and to ensure that they enter programs at a level that will allow them to get the maximum benefit from their university studies.

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of a broad range of criteria indicative of their preparedness for study at UBC, including English language abilities, academic performance in specific courses, the strength of their overall program of studies, and other indicators of personal preparedness including demonstrated learning or aptitudes, achievement in standardized tests, and activities both in and out of school.

Excellent students who do not meet minimum published admission requirements may be considered for admission in exceptional cases by the dean of the faculty or the dean's designate.

The number of new students that can be admitted to each program is dependent on a number of factors and is usually not known when the first offers of admission are made. The chances of receiving an offer of admission may be increased by the early submission of an application and supporting documentation. Application and document deadlines are the latest dates on which an application or document will be accepted. Processing of applications does begin before these dates and in some cases programs may be filled by well qualified students before the document deadline.

The University reserves the right, the published regulations notwithstanding, to deny admission on the basis of overall academic record and to limit enrolment by selecting from among qualified applicants those who will be admitted.

Except in special circumstances, no student under the age of 16 is admitted.

The admission requirements in this section refer to the minimum educational level necessary for admission to undergraduate programs. Because of enrolment limitations the academic standing required for admission to most programs is higher than the published minimum. Reference may also be made to the faculty and school entries for specific requirements for admission to the various programs of study in the faculties and schools.

In calculating an admission average, grades reported for secondary schools not following the BC/Yukon Secondary School Curriculum may be adjusted to accurately assess the grades in terms of their ability to predict future performance at the University.

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