University Of British Columbia Vancouver Admissions Essay

Many of you have started working on your online application to UBC – fantastic! It’s good to start early so that you have time to reflect on your answers to the Personal Profile section of the application.

The Personal Profile asks you four to seven questions about challenges you have overcome, significant achievements in your life, your academic pursuits, and what you have learned from these experiences. The questions are based on the degree to which you have applied, so starting your application will allow you access to your specific questions.

How do we assess your profile?

When we evaluate your application, two different UBC readers will assess your Personal Profile against four criteria: engagement and accomplishment; leadership; substance; and voice. Read more about how UBC evaluates your profile.

Not all applicants are required to submit a Personal Profile, and others will have separate supplemental applications, portfolios, and auditions. To find out if your degree requires a Personal Profile, start the online application and follow the instructions.

If you have not started working on your application, we encourage you to start as soon as possible to make sure you have everything you need to submit your application on time.

Do you need to record a video interview?

If you are applying to the UBC Sauder School of Business’s Bachelor of Commerce degree, you will also be asked to provide video responses to pre-recorded interview questions. Read our detailed tips and watch a video about creating your video interview.

UBC receives more than 30,000 undergraduate applications from across Canada and from around the world. We receive applications from students applying directly from high school, transferring from post-secondary studies, and following diverse educational curricula. For some applicants, English may be your first language, and for others, English may be your second, third, or fourth language.

So, when you ask, “What are the requirements for admission to UBC?” UBC advisors will always answer your question with questions of their own:

  1. Do you meet UBC’s English language requirement?
  2. Do you meet UBC’s general admission requirements (for Canadian students and for international students) based on the high school or post-secondary institution at which you are studying (or have studied)?
  3. Do you know what you’re interested in studying at UBC? You don’t yet need to know what you want to “major” in or have chosen a program, but knowing the degree you’d like to earn (Bachelor of Arts? Bachelor of Media Studies?) will guide you through the degree-specific requirements that vary according to your academic background.
  4. Does your program require you to prepare a Personal Profile or submit a supplemental application? UBC uses broad-based admissions for all high school applicants and for some transfer applicants. Broad-based admissions means that we evaluate your academic profile and Personal Profile to make an admission decision. Some programs will require a supplemental application, portfolio, or audition.

If you are selecting a first-choice and a second-choice program on your UBC application, you will need to meet the program-/campus-specific requirements for each of your choices. You don’t have to indicate a second choice if you don’t have one or if you don’t meet the requirements for a choice other than your first choice, but it is a good idea to keep your options open. And remember, some degrees and programs are offered on both our Okanagan campus and Vancouver campus, so you can indicate one degree on one campus as your first choice, and the same degree on the other campus as your second choice.

Which UBC admission requirements apply to you?

No matter where you’re from, which degree you want to study, or your proficiency in English, find out which UBC admission requirements apply to you.

If you have questions, contact us (and we’ll have some questions of our own for you!).

 

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