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Applicants Following American Secondary School Curriculum

Please note that this section of the UBC Calendar has been updated with information specific to undergraduate admissions in 2021. For information regarding undergraduate admissions in 2020, please see the archived version of the 2020/21 Academic Calendar.

Applicants following the American secondary school curriculum must present the following minimum criteria to be considered for admission:

  • graduation from an academic or college preparation program at a US regionally-accredited school;
  • English to the senior level (not ESL);
  • three years of mathematics to the junior level;
  • a minimum final grade of 70% (or equivalent) in either junior or senior year English; and
  • either (a) SAT 1, or ACT, plus Writing (in countries where the SAT and ACT are unavailable, exemptions may be granted).

Certain programs may require a competitive minimum grade in individual prerequisite courses.

Students applying with a US High school diploma are recommended to present at least six senior-level courses as part of their diploma. Applicants with a strong academic record who do not present the minimum number of courses as per above will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Academic courses are generally taken in the junior or senior year of secondary school but some appropriate courses may be taken earlier than this. Inclusion of those courses in the overall or core assessment will be determined by the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the time of review. For example, it is possible for students to take AP courses, and some science courses, earlier than junior year. Courses such as these are appropriate for admission, and will be in overall and core assessments.

Program requirements listed in Program Requirements for Canadian Secondary School Applicants will be applied to applicants, as appropriate, for the US secondary school curriculum presented for admission.

The University reserves the right to determine whether or not a student is eligible for admission and to determine what transfer credit, if any, may be granted.

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