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Academic criteria are the primary basis for determining admissibility to UBC. For post-secondary transfer applicants, the academic assessment consists of a review of the applicant’s academic record from all previous post-secondary institutions attended.

The minimum academic standing to qualify for admission as a transfer student is a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or grade point average of 2.0 (calculated on a 4.0 scale), on the most recent 24 to 30 transferable credits completed, including failed and repeated courses.

Applicants presenting less than 24 transferable credits are eligible for admission as a transfer student, but will, in addition to presenting a minimum average of 2.0 on the credits completed, be required to present final secondary school records for consideration.

All applicants are required to be in good academic standing at their previous post-secondary institution(s) and present the necessary pre-requisite courses at the secondary and/or postsecondary level.

Admission to UBC is competitive and satisfying minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission. In determining admissibility, UBC may consider the extent to which an applicant has:

  • excelled, as evidenced by consistently strong grades, and/or the number of courses registered and then successfully completed in any given term;
  • selected courses that are relevant and/or complementary to the program to which admission is being sought;
  • selected a coherent sequence of progressively more challenging courses;
  • pursued studies having close comparability in learning outcomes with courses typically taken within the first two years of an undergraduate program at UBC.

UBC may ask applicants to provide a rationale for their course selections and will take into consideration the points noted above.

Depending on program, applicants may be required to present additional academic or non-academic criteria for admission. Applicants should consult the relevant Calendar entries and websites for the faculty or school to which they seek admission, for additional admission requirements specific to those programs.

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