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Preparing for your personal profile

By Crissy Campbell on November 2, 2023

Preparing for your personal profile

It’s fantastic that so many of you are currently working on your  online application to UBC . Starting early means you’ll have time to reflect on your answers for the personal profile section : an important part of UBC’s admissions decision.

The personal profile asks you six or 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 differ depending on the degree program you are applying for, and you’ll find out what you’ll be asked when you begin your application.

Does everyone have to submit a personal profile?

Not all applicants are required to submit a personal profile, and others will have additional requirements, such as portfolios or auditions. To find out if your degree requires a personal profile, start the online application process and follow the instructions.

How do we assess your profile?

When we evaluate your application, two trained UBC readers will  look for four qualities in your personal profile : engagement and accomplishment, leadership, substance, and voice. This is a chance for us to find out more about you and your experiences beyond academics. We want to hear about your life and achievements – what have you learned, and how have these moments allowed you to grow?

We are not looking for a particular experience, and there are no right or wrong answers. Be authentic, and focus on what you want to say about yourself and how you want to say it, rather than writing what you think we want to hear.

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 be asked to provide  video responses to interview questions in addition to your personal profile. You will be prompted to create your video responses within your application, including detailed instructions on how to include the video interview in the personal profile section of your application. Read our tips and watch a video  about creating your video interview.

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

Your personal profile and disruptions outside of your control

We know that disruptions can arise that may affect your access to extracurricular activities at school or in your community. We will be as flexible as possible to ensure that your personal profile is not disadvantaged by disruptions caused by things outside of your control.

Remember that when we assess your personal profile, we take into account all of the activities you’ve done across multiple years, not just the ones you hoped to complete in Grade 11 or 12. Your examples can come from any aspect of your life, including within your family or smaller community. There are no right or wrong answers – we’re not looking for certain activities or a long list of achievements, but rather your reflections on what you’ve experienced.

Good luck! We’re looking forward to learning more about you.

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How to Apply

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We invite you to apply to UBC to be part of an incredible community of problem-solvers and innovators. Even as undergraduates, our students are making a difference in the world – through their involvement in student engineering design teams , contributions as co-op students and innovative capstone projects . 

We'd love for you to join us. Here are the steps involved in applying to UBC to study engineering as an undergraduate student.

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Step 1: Admission Requirements

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Step 2: Application Process

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Step 3: Submit Your Application

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Step 4: Tuition and Scholarships 

Step 1: find out if you meet our admission requirements.

If you want to study engineering at UBC, you will be applying to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) degree. The admission criteria vary and depend on factors that include: 

  • If you attended high school in Canada or  internationally .
  • Whether you want to study at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan .
  • If you self-identify as an Aboriginal person .
  • If you are transferring from one of our Engineering Transfer Programs .
  • If you are transferring from another UBC Faculty or post-secondary institution .

Check if you meet our admission requirements:

  • Read What courses do you need to get into engineering ? to learn about some of the high school credits we’re looking for.
  • Head to UBC Admissions   for details on courses you need to have completed, general grade point averages, English language requirements and more.

What to do if you don’t meet our admissions requirements

If you don’t meet our admission requirements and you would still like to study engineering at UBC, you can pursue a few options. Depending on your circumstances, these could include:

  • Applying to our Engineering Transfer Program and completing first year at one of nine partner universities and colleges.
  • Upgrading your high school courses to get the credits you need in Physics, Chemistry, Math or English.
  • Applying to Vantage One Bachelor of Applied Science if you don’t meet the  English language competency requirement.

Next steps if you meet our admission requirements

If you think you meet our admission requirements, great! Check out the steps below to learn what’s involved in applying to UBC. 

Step 2: Familiarize yourself with the application process 

UBC has a centralized application process. That means that no matter what Faculty you are applying to, you will submit your application to UBC Admissions. 

You can find all the information you need to know about applying to UBC on the UBC Undergraduate Programs and Admissions application instructions page.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about the application process:

  • Applications will open in October of the fall before you wish to begin at UBC. 
  • You can start the application before the deadline . Simply save your application while it is in process and return to it later.
  • You will be asked to submit transcripts and other documents after you submit your application, so you do not need to have final grades for your current courses.

As part of your application, you will be asked to:

  • Answer a series of questions about yourself and list your top two choices for what degree you want to study and where you want to study (UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan). If you definitely want to pursue engineering, you should indicate Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) for both options and then either UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan as your first choice (with the other campus being your second choice).
  • Submit a  personal profile , which requires short essay responses. 
  • Share the names of two references .
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee
  • High school transcripts
  • International Baccalaureate results
  • Advanced Placement exam results
  • Proof of English language competency
  • Post-secondary transcripts      

These details are explained step by step on the UBC Undergraduate Programs and Admissions application instructions.  

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You likely have some questions about UBC Engineering. A great way to learn more is to sign up for our annual open houses   or one of our many events . These events cover a wide range of topics, from learning more about what engineering is all about to insider admissions tips!

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Learn more about our foundation year program , which sets you up to make an informed choice about which engineering specialization is best for you.

Explore the 14 programs on offer at UBC Vancouver and four programs at UBC Okanagan . You will apply to your specialization at the end of first year.

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Step 3: Keep track of deadlines and submit your application

The online application portal for UBC for the Winter Session (September to April) opens in early October. Remember that you can start your application and save it while it is still in process. Just make sure you submit before the deadline !

Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply for September entry is January 15 . However, you need to apply earlier if you want to be considered for scholarships and awards or for first-round offers of admission.

Early October: Online application open

November 15: Award application deadline for international applicants who want to be considered for the  UBC International Scholars Program awards .

December 1 application deadline for: 

  • International applicants up for a UBC International Scholars Program award 
  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents to be considered for the  Presidential Scholars Awards and  UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Awards .
  • High school students studying a Canadian curriculum who want to be considered for a  first-round offer of admission .
  • Canadian post-secondary applicants who want to be considered on the basis of interim transcripts.

January 15 : Application deadline.

You can find all the important dates on admissions deadlines at Dates and deadlines . 

Document deadlines

After you’ve submitted your application, UBC Admissions will email you to let you know which documents you are required to submit and when. The documents required will vary depending on your level of studies, location and program. 

  • Review the Dates and deadlines page for the important dates to keep in mind.
  • Select the category that best describes your education background to learn how to submit your documents .

Step 4: Learn about tuition and scholarships 

Your tuition fees will depend on whether you are a canadian student or international applicant, as well as how many courses you are taking:.

  • Find out more about tuition fees
  • Estimate your total fees with the cost calculator    

Want to learn about scholarship and funding opportunities? Learn more about: 

  • University-wide scholarships, bursaries and awards
  • Engineering-specific scholarships  

Remember that you will need to submit your application ahead of the December 1, deadline for admission to the upcoming    school year if you want to be considered for certain scholarships.

As a student, you can also earn while you learn by:

  • Participating in Applied Science Co-op , where you will benefit from paid, relevant work experiences with leading employers.
  • Pursuing other work experience opportunities, including Work Learn and undergraduate research .

A UBC Engineering degree is an investment in your future. Unlike other professional degrees, you can start working in your field immediately after you finish your undergraduate education without having to complete additional post-secondary studies. Find out why engineering might be the most versatile undergraduate degree and how UBC Engineering sets you up for success .

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UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Examples & Interview Questions 2023-2024

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If you are looking for guidance on the UBC Sauder Commerce (BCom) application , including Personal Profile examples and video interview questions prep, then you’ve come to the right place. 

This Application Prep guide is fully updated with the 2022/2023 application (i.e. for applicants planning on starting the program in Fall 2023 ).

Before you dive in, it’s important to understand that the admissions committee receives thousands of applications every year. To help set you apart from the crowd , you need to demonstrate a clear sense of self , strong life experience , and exemplary communication skills .

Our ‘full student’ coaching process does exactly that. If you’re not working with a coach, be sure to read the Self-Awareness , Goal-Setting , and Narrative Communication Skills Guides.

The Narrative Communication Approach™ is a particularly useful storytelling framework that helps you tell a clear and concise story, while creating an emotional connection with the reader. All UBC Sauder BCom essay examples and templates use this approach ( access your UBC Sauder Commerce Personal Profile template here ).

We’ve also created a comprehensive Interview Skills Guide that covers every step of the interview process so you can ace any question that comes your way. Check it out before getting started!

If you’re serious about getting into UBC Sauder School of Business and reaching your fullest post-secondary potential, read our UBC Commerce Program Guide and connect with a Youth Coach . It’s never too early to receive coaching.

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  • 2022/2023 UBC Sauder Application : Personal Profile overview; Question templates and examples; Interview prep and possible questions; and More.  
  • 2021/2022 UBC Sauder Application : Personal profile questions and overview; Essay templates and examples; Interview prep; and More.

2022/2023 UBC Sauder Commerce Application

The UBC Sauder Application has 2 components (keep reading for a full breakdown of each part): 

  • Personal Profile : A series of experience/interest questions as well as a ‘resume’ style list of activities/accomplishments and the contact info for two references. 
  • Timed Video Responses : 2 randomly generated video interview questions.  
REMEMBER : The application for UBC Sauder BCom must be submitted by January 15, 2023 at 11:59pm PST (the deadline to be considered for most entrance awards is December 1, 2022).  The entire application must be submitted through a platform called EducationPlannerBC . You will find the place to put your Personal Profile Answers in the “Additional Information” tab of your EducationPlannerBC application. Simply write your answers to the questions in a separate doc ( use our template here! ) and then copy and paste your answers for each question.where you will write your Personal Profile.  The video responses are completed through a third-party site. Once you have recorded your responses, you will copy and paste the confirmation URL from this third-part site into your EducationPlannerBC application. Questions? We got you! Connect with a coach for support now.

The admissions committee evaluates your entire online application as well as your academic performance , using this breakdown:

  • 30%: Personal Profile
  • 20%: Video Interview
  • 50%: Grades

Based on this evaluation, your Personal Profile and video interview account for 50% of your overall evaluation . That’s A LOT, making these app components the difference maker for your acceptance or rejection from the program. 

Since your grades can only get you so far, you need to spend extra time thinking about and preparing your Personal Profile and video interview responses, and finding unique and memorable ways to showcase your experiences , interests , l eadership potential , and suitability to the UBC Sauder BCom program. Think of these as your chance to make a great first impression.

This is exactly why we created this App Guide — to help you write the best essays and prepare you for your video interview so you can stand out from the crowd. 

Keep reading for UBC Sauder Personal Profile examples and templates, as well as a breakdown of possible questions and tips to prepare the for video interview questions. 

If you need help creating a unique and authentic application that will help you increase your chances of admission success, connect with a coach for 1-on-1 support.

UBC Commerce Application: Personal Profile – Overview

Your Personal Profile is made up of short written essays with 6 questions (including an optional essay and your references). The essays are focused on your experiences, leadership opportunities, interests, and more.

As mentioned above, your Personal Profile counts for 30% of your overall evaluation .

COACH’S TIP : Write your essay responses BEFORE you start your online application, so that you have time to rewrite, edit, and polish your answers. When you sign in, you will have to upload your answers immediately. Use this template to keep track of all your answers.

UBC Commerce Application: Personal Profile – Evaluation Rubric

We get a lot of questions about how the Personal Profile is evaluated. 

Reviewers evaluate each essay in your Profile according to these 4 criteria : 

  • ENGAGEMENT AND ACCOMPLISHMENT:

Using specific examples, your answers should outline the activities, initiatives, causes, accomplishments, etc. that you’re most proud of and care most about, and the accomplishments you’ve had in those areas. 

You should detail what you’ve learned because of these experiences, and how they’ve made you a better person both inside and outside the classroom. 

Here are some things to think about to help you get started:

  • What you care most about
  • The people who are most important in your life 
  • How you manage your time and responsibilities
  • Hobbies, volunteer work, or other interests you’re passionate about 
  • Community involvement and specific accomplishments you’ve achieved 
  • A goal or project you’ve set for yourself and achieved (and how you’ve done that) 
  • How you develop your passions and interests in various areas of your life
  • LEADERSHIP: 

Using specific examples, your answers should discuss experiences/accomplishments where you became a stronger leader and developed leadership skills , like responsibility, reliability, resourcefulness, time management, accountability, and initiative. 

Leadership can come in many forms , so don’t feel intimidated if you haven’t had much experience with it. It can be something as simple as a group project where you took the lead, or an extracurricular activity where you stepped up and went above and beyond the call of duty. 

Leadership can also be individual, like managing your own time or setting a specific challenge/goal for yourself and making a plan to achieve it.

  • A specific experience where you showed exceptional leadership (and how you managed it)
  • What being a leader means to you
  • How you handle responsibility and accountability
  • How you use diverse opinions, experiences, and backgrounds to the advantage of the group you’re leading 
  • Effective strategies you’ve learned that help address specific challenges you’ve faced while leading
  • How your activities and accomplishments have benefited your peers or community
  • How have your leadership experiences influenced how you interact with others 
  • What are the lessons you’ve learned (including effective leadership strategies) that you will use in the future 

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  • SUBSTANCE: 

The evaluators want to see that EVERY example, detail, and learning outcome you write about in your answers has a purpose and is meaningful . 

They want to see that you’ve really thought about your answers and taken the time to prepare them.  

Uniqueness is a HUGE factor here — you don’t want your answers to be basic and the same as everyone else’s. They need to dig beyond the surface and give relevant and interesting insights that other students might not have thought of. 

The evaluators also want to see that you’ve built self-awareness and have asked yourself big questions like who you are , what you value , where you want to go , and how you’ll apply the lessons you’ve learned to get there . 

If you have filled out our Student Identity Blueprint then pulling out substance and deep personal insight in your essays will be a lot easier (if you haven’t filled out your Blueprint yet, click here to get started or connect with a coach ). 

The evaluators want to see that you can communicate your ideas in an authentic and memorable way , using storytelling, emotional connection, and character development . 

They want to see your personality and voice jump off the page — NOT the same generic essay over and over.

This might seem obvious, but a lot of students don’t know how to articulate their ideas in a genuine way that showcases who they are and explains what makes them different . 

Once your Profile has been evaluated according to these criteria, it is compared with other students’ Personal Profiles . Then this score is applied to your overall admission average as well as other admission criteria (e.g. video interview), if applicable. 

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The UBC Commerce application has 6 questions total , along with the video interview (which we will discuss more below ).

Keep reading for a detailed breakdown of each, as well as examples and essay templates.

Don’t forget to check out our template for all these questions (just click File > Save a Copy).

2023 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 1

Explain how you responded to a problem and/or an unfamiliar situation. What did you do, what was the outcome, and what did you learn from the experience? (Maximum 1,500 characters)

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 1 – Breakdown

As the first question in your Personal Profile, this is where you have the opportunity to make a strong first impression .

This question prompts you to discuss a meaningful experience , where you were required to address a challenge or uncomfortable situation. The important thing here isn’t so much what the situation was, but how you handled adversity and what you learned from it . 

Maybe you learned a new strategy for being a leader, or you saw the benefits of getting outside of your comfort zone, or you learned something about yourself.

Go beyond the surface and try to think of a problem/unfamiliar situation that will allow you to provide deep insight and self-awareness. Be as unique as possible, drawing out a learning outcome that is unexpected and memorable. 

COACH’S TIP : Paint a vivid and detailed picture as much as possible, showing who you were before this problem and/or unfamiliar situation happened, and then what your initial reaction was, and how you resolved it. Let your personality shine through, while taking the reader on the journey with you. 

Choose only experiences where you have a clear learning outcome that has changed who you are and how you view the world . You want to make sure that your answer has substance. 

The reviewers want to see that you’ve really thought about why this learning outcome is important and how it can be applied to your life today (and in the future). If you can do this, we guarantee that your essay will stand out from other applicants. 

Not sure how to communicate your personal growth and learning in essays like these? Our Narrative Communication Guide is a great place to start, and you can also connect with a coach to take your essay response to the next level. 

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 1 – Template

Get started on your template here (click File > Make a copy and save it to your computer).

REMEMBER : There is a 1,500 character limit for this answer. 

Here’s a template that follows our Narrative Communication Approach :

  • Quickly capture the reader’s attention and set up the essay so they know what to expect.
  • Set the scene with who you were before this problem/unfamiliar situation happened using the 5Ws (Why, What, When, Where, Why). If you can, focus on explaining who you were before this problem/situation occurred, like what you believed in, valued, etc.  
  • Describe the problem/unfamiliar situation and exactly what happened. Paint the picture vividly with your words and try to give enough detail so the reader feels like they are there with you. Briefly describe your emotions when this problem/situation occurred. 
  • Discuss how you responded to this problem and/or unfamiliar situation, and what happened because the situation occurred (this is the ‘after’ scenario that you introduced in the Context section). 
  • Provide deep insight into some specific learning outcomes that occurred during this experience. Focus on 1-2 themes, while providing specific examples of the impact this experience had on your life today. Finally, write 1-2 sentences about how this experience will help you as a student in the UBC Sauder BCom program.

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 1 – Example

Here’s an example of how to answer this question.

REMEMBER : This is an EXAMPLE ONLY and is NOT meant for you to copy. Why? First and foremost, this is plagiarism and is a serious offense . Plagiarizing these essays will result in immediate disqualification from the admissions process . This can be easily detected using technology and application reviewers are usually trained and/or able to spot when an application isn’t original and does not align with an applicant’s background, personality, values, etc.

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2023 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 2

We live in a global and diverse society. Explain how your community involvement prepares you for the future in this complex world. (Maximum 1500 characters)

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 2 – Breakdown

Our society is by no means uniform — and that’s what makes it so amazing. 

Whether you’re walking around downtown Toronto or taking a day trip to your favourite neighborhood in Vancouver, you’ll see people from all different backgrounds, cultures, religions, sexual orientations, economic standings, etc. 

This is exactly what a ‘diverse society’, as outlined in this question, means. A diverse society is a society that’s made up of all types of people with different ethnicities, races, genders, languages, religions, etc., as well as in thought processes, opinions and ideas, life experiences, values, and more. 

Diversity also extends far beyond your community or city . 

When you scroll through Instagram or Tik Tok, you’ll see posts and videos of people from all around the world showcasing their unique culture, experiences, and interests. In this way, social media has created a ‘global society’ that connects us all. More than ever before, we have access to other ways of life, and this can help us learn, grow, and contribute to this connected society.

A key part of diversity is also inclusion , or accepting everyone’s differences and making an effort to ensure that each person is valued and respected for who they are . 

Now that you have a good understanding of what this question means by a global and diverse society, try to think about some ways that you’ve seen diversity (and inclusion) in action.  

During your extracurricular involvement in your community, you’ve undoubtedly come across all types of people with difference backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, culture, ideas, language, sexual orientations, etc. And you’ve probably had the chance to share yours as well. 

When writing this essay, we recommend choosing one extracurricular experience you had in your community within the last couple of years, when you worked or interacted with a diverse group of people. Maybe it was a fundraiser where you had to work as part of a team or an initiative you joined to help a part of your community that was in need. 

You also want to choose one that was particularly meaningful — it should be one that initiated personal growth and changed your view of the world and the people living in it. 

Maybe you realized that diverse perspectives actually make a team stronger because they open up various avenues of interpretation when dealing with setbacks and conflict. Or, perhaps you were part of a community project that initiated meaningful dialogue about an important issue or equipped you with the tools you needed to become a responsible global citizen. 

Pick an experience where you challenged your views of yourself , and one that taught you something about the world you live in. 

The key here is to think about how your community involvement has opened your eyes to new perspectives and will inform your views on diversity going forward. Focus on 1-2 key takeaways (or themes) that you can use as tools in the future to help you become a better person, global citizen, and leader. 

Need some help figuring out which community involvement experience to choose? Connect with a coach for support.

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 2 – Template

Get started on your template here (Click File > Make a Copy within the doc). 

Here’s a template that follows our Narrative Communication Approach :  

  • Quickly capture the reader’s attention and set up the essay so the reader knows what to expect.
  • Describe how you are active in your community, and how this involvement has allowed you to work with a diverse group of people. Use the 5Ws (who, what, when, where, why) to provide the reader with enough information that they get a good sense of this activity and your involvement. 
  • Talk about a situation, conflict, or experience where diversity played a significant role, and discuss exactly what that role was. Be as specific as possible and describe your emotions as much as possible here to create a memorable connection with the reader. 
  • Discuss how the situation you described in the Catalyst section turned out. Describe how you (and/or your team) used diversity to your advantage to generate a positive outcome. Use qualitative data (e.g. money raised, hours volunteered, people helped, etc.) as proof for the big impact your efforts had.
  • Talk about 2-3 ways that your community involvement and the experience you discussed above have influenced you and changed your outlook on the world and your place in it. Describe how these learning outcomes have impacted you going forward and will help you navigate this complex world in the future and as a student at UBC Commerce.

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 2 – Example

Here’s an example for this UBC Sauder Personal Profile question.

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2023 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 3

“ List up to five activities or accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:

  • Creative and performing arts
  • Family and community
  • Service to others
  • Volunteering 
  • Work or employment
  • Other 

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 3 – Breakdown

UBC Sauder wants to see a broad range of activities in your Personal Profile, both inside and outside of school. 

Choose extracurricular activities , like volunteer work or being a President of your school’s debate club, hobbies , like learning a new language, interests , like competitive swimming at your local community center, and/or even general activities you enjoy doing with your family, friends, or members of your community, like playing tennis. 

COACH’S TIP : As mentioned above, the evaluators DON’T want you to simply list a bunch of activities you have done. Instead, they want you to talk about activities and experiences that have created learning outcomes that have profoundly shaped who you are as a person , while communicating these lessons in a unique, authentic, and memorable way (this will be especially important for the next question, which we will discuss more below). 

Choose up to 5 activities that will show the depth and breadth of your experiences. We call this the T Model (learn more about it here ).

Here, you have 1-2 big activities that you’ve put a lot of time and effort into (this is the depth, or the vertical part of the ‘T’). For example, this could be a non-profit you started in your community, a fundraising event you organized to help address homelessness in your community, or giving a TEDx talk on an issue you are passionate about. These are BIG accomplishments that you’re super proud of. These should be the first ones in your Personal Profile, so you can wow the committee from the beginning. 🙂 

Next, you’ll have 2-3 activities that take less time and effort, but are still super important for helping shape who you are (this is the breadth, or the horizontal part of the ‘T’). For example, these could be an online course you took that ignited your interest in finance management or a summer internship you did that helped you develop your communication and leadership skills. 

Structuring your activities in this way will show the evaluators that you have well-rounded experience in many areas.  

COACH’S TIP : UBC Sauder receives thousands of applications per year, so creating a unique Personal Profile can be tough. We recommend choosing activities that demonstrate your initiative, teamwork, commitment, and achievement. If you are having trouble, connect with a coach and they will help you out. 

We know that identifying (and participating in) activities like this can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to start. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Our unique approach will help you and your coach identify and execute audacious and authentic goals (we call these AYA goals) that are perfectly aligned with your interests and passions, so you can accomplish what you want (and have amazing experiences to talk about on your application). Connect with a coach to get started and check out our Goal-Setting Guide now.

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 3 – Template

REMEMBER : There is a maximum of 300 characters per activity.

For this question, you will be asked for the following information: 

  • Activity Type : State what this activity is, using the list above. If your activity isn’t mentioned in that list, write a 1-2 word description.
  • Start Date : State when you began this activity (month/day/year) 
  • End Date (optional): State when you completed this activity (month/day/year). If you are still doing it, leave this blank.
  • Ongoing (optional): If this is an ongoing activity, check this box.
  • Frequency: Select from the dropdown menu how often you participate in this activity (for example ‘Regular Weekly Activity (5-10 hours per week).
  • Short Description (max 300 characters): Briefly describe your role in this activity and what it was for (e.g. President of your school’s economics club). Then, describe what you did, as well as what quantifiable outcomes (i.e. money earned, hours dedicated, etc.) and what you learned as a result of taking part in this activity (if you have space).
COACH’S TIP : When you’re applying, you will have to add each activity individually (see the image below for what it looks like). Our template will ensure that you have all the correct information beforehand so you can have everything prepared and proofread.

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 3 – Example

Here’s an example of a list of activities for this question:

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2023 UBC Sauder Personal Profile Examples – Question 4 

Tell us more about ONE or TWO activities listed above that are most important to you. Please explain the role you played and what you learned in the process. You will be asked for a reference who can speak to your response. (Maximum 2100 characters)

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 4 – Breakdown

This question gives you the chance to discuss further insight into the impact your experiences have had on you and how they’ve shaped who you are . 

We recommend choosing 1 activity to write your essay on so that you can provide enough detail and create a memorable and unique story. 

However, if you have two activities that both helped you discover a similar learning outcome , then you can write about 2.

For example, if you volunteered to help organize a fundraising event for Alzeheimer’s research and awareness, you could talk about why you took on this role, and then the leadership skills, time management, team work, and problem solving skills you developed along the way. Talking about this one activity using the template below is perfectly fine. However, let’s say you with the help of your Youth Coach you took your goals to the next level and started your own non-profit to continue the journey to fund research for this disease. This would be a great opportunity to discuss two activities because it shows your dedication and your evolving leadership and interest in entrepreneurship and business.

It’s also important to choose an activity that you genuinely care about , so that you can convey your passion to the admissions committee. Your experiences make up what you value and what you care about. If you completed your Student Identity Blueprint™ , it will be really easy to choose activities that align to your Nurtured Values and communicate these values in your Personal Profile. If you haven’t filled out your Blueprint, connect with a coach to get started.

COACH’S TIP : Make sure you give your reference a heads up that UBC Sauder might contact them. Discuss the activity you were involved in, as well as your role, responsibilities, and what you learned as a result of that experience. You can even email some talking points for them to use when Sauder gets in touch with them. You don’t want your essay to give one learning outcome and then your reference to give another, so take the time to make sure the messaging is aligned.

Finally, when discussing what you learned in the process, make sure you really focus on the qualities that Sauder looks for in its students, like leadership, community involvement, team work, and a passion for business. 

If you need help deciding which activity to choose, connect with a coach for support. They can help you write an authentic and memorable response that will help you stand out from other applicants and increase your chances of admission success.

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 4 – Template

Your essay should have these five components: 

  • State the activity that you are discussing from the list you gave in the previous question. Describe what you did in that activity (i.e. your role, responsibilities, etc.). Try to answer the 5Ws (who, what, when, where, and why). 
  • Describe who you were before you started this activity and how your interests, values, etc. evolved while you were doing it. This can be a specific event that occurred while you took part in this activity or change over time.
  • Describe how this experience allowed you to learn and grow as a leader and student (this is the ‘after’ picture that you started in the Catalyst section). Provide deep insight and a unique learning outcome. Focus on 1-2 themes, while providing specific examples of the impact this activity had on your life today. Finally, briefly state how you will use this learning at Sauder.

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 4 – Example

Here’s an example from the list of activities in Question 3, from a student who was the President of their school’s economics club.

REMEMBER : Please note that all of the examples in this guide are EXAMPLES ONLY and are NOT meant for you to copy.  

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2023 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 5

Additional Information (Optional): You may wish to use the space below to provide UBC with more information on your academic history to date and/or your future academic plans. For example: How did you choose your courses in secondary school? Are there life circumstances that have affected your academic decisions to date? What have you done to prepare yourself specifically for your intended area of study at UBC? (maximum 600 characters)

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 5 – Breakdown

So far in your Personal Profile, you’ve given the admissions committee some insight into your experiences and achievements inside and outside of the classroom with volunteer opportunities, extracurriculars, and various other activities.

All of these questions show how you undertake responsibilities, deal with setbacks when they arise, and have grown as a person along the way. Think of this as the development of your interests and passions through the activities you are involved in.

Question 7, on the other hand, focuses less on extracurriculars and other activities, and looks inside the classroom . Here, the reviewers want to know how your academic journey has developed your interest in business and led to you applying to UBC Sauder. 

This question is very open-ended so that you can focus on any area that has impacted your academic choices and performance. This is a great place for you to provide more context about any irregularities in your transcripts , like a course you didn’t do the best in or explaining a gap year you took.

If you aren’t sure what to write here (if anything at all), have a look at your Student Identity Blueprint™ to help you identify why your interest in business began, your achievements thus far, and the skills/values that helped shape this interest (and who you are more generally). If you haven’t already completed your Blueprint, connect with a coach to get started on one.

The most important thing to focus on for this question is how your courses in high school helped you develop your interest in business , which you are then continuing to explore at UBC Sauder. 

You can discuss a gradual development over time or a specific event that changed academic choices/plans.  

Focus on business courses as much as you can here, like Business Studies, Accounting, or Entrepreneurship. Think about such questions as:

  • What made you want to take this course?
  • What challenges did you face when you did?
  • How did this evolve your interest in business more generally?
  • What skills, like leadership, communication, team work, and problem solving, did you develop along the way, and how? 
  • How will these skills and experiences you developed help you at Sauder, and how?
COACH’S TIP : Use specific details and talk about the emotions you experienced as much as you can. This will help create an emotional connection with the reader and transport them into exactly what you felt during the situation/experience you are talking about. 

If you are unsure how to approach this question, connect with a coach to find an authentic angle that will connect with the reviewers while communicating your unique journey. 

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 5 – Template

REMEMBER : There is a 600 character limit for this answer. 

If you choose to answer this question, your response should have these components that are in line with our Narrative Communication Approach™:

  • Provide a brief description of your academic experience, including courses you’ve taken, skills you’ve built, and your experiences in high school. Briefly mention how these contribute to your interests and plans for the future (e.g. future studies, career, etc.). 
  • Describe any experiences, challenges, or setbacks (academic or personal) and discuss how these affected your academic decisions in high school and while applying to university. Emphasize the uniqueness of your experiences and the emotions you felt so that you can be as authentic as possible. 
  • Talk about what you learned as a result of this experience. How did it help you evolve as a person and student? Provide specific examples that show how what you’ve learned will help you excel at UBC Sauder. 

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 5 – Example

Here’s an example of an answer to this question:

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2023 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 6

Please submit the names of two referees who know you well and can comment on your preparedness for study at UBC. Examples of referees include an employer, a community member, a coach, a teacher/instructor, or anyone who knows you well. One of the referees you select MUST be able to speak to one of the activities / experiences described in one of your long-answer responses above. For applicants who are currently attending a high school, one of your referees MUST be a school official (e.g. grade 12 or senior year counsellor, teacher, or IB Coordinator). Neither referee should be a friend, family member, or paid agent.

UBC Sauder Personal Profile Question 6 – Breakdown

The purpose of this question is so that UBC Sauder can verify the activities, experiences, and learning outcomes you discussed in the previous questions. 

Before listing the names and contact information for your references, make sure that you ask them for permission first, so that if they get a call or email from UBC Sauder then they’re not surprised. 

UBC Sauder Personal Profile Question 6 – Template

Get started on your template here (click File > Make a copy)

You will need the following information:

  • Relationship
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

UBC Sauder Personal Profile Question 6 – Example

Here an example of the information for this section:

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2023 UBC Sauder Video Interview Questions

The video interview is the second major component of your UBC Commerce application . 

Here’s a quick snapshot of what to expect:

  • You will have a set amount of time to complete your answers.
  • You will get 1 mock question to practice, with two attempts to answer it.
  • You will be given 2 formal video questions , and you will not know the question until the time you record your answer.
  • For each formal video question, you will get 30 seconds to think about your answer, followed by 1.5 minutes to answer the question.

As mentioned above, the video interview is worth 20% of your overall admission evaluation . That’s a lot, so you want to make sure you’re hitting this component out of the park. 🙂

UBC Commerce is looking for students who are articulate , passionate , and dedicated . They learned a bit about you in your Personal Profile, but now they can get even more insight into who you are, what you’ve experienced, what your interests are, and why you want to be a UBC Sauder student.

The admissions committee also wants to see that you can work well under pressure , have the drive to succeed in the program, and can think critically and solve problems. 

We know video interviews are super scary, but trust us — feeling prepared will give you a TON of confidence so you can do a great job on the interview. 

That’s why we created this guide to give you possible questions, tips to prepare, and more, so you can let your personality and confident self shine! 

We know that interviews are super scary! We’ve analyzed thousands of questions and come up with a unique way to prepare for the most common types of interview questions, so you can ace any questions that comes your way. To learn more, check out our Interview Prep Skills Guide here . It’s full of useful templates and prep tips to help you feel more confident going into the interview. If you want to take your interview prep to the next level, connect with a coach for 1-on-1 support. 🙂

UBC Sauder Interview Questions – Possible Questions

Here are some examples of the types of questions you can expect for your video interview:

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You’ll notice that most of these questions are personal questions , meaning they’re all about you — like who you are, what you value, what you would do in a certain situation, your interests, and the experiences you have had working on your own and with others. 

These questions are meant to gauge how you react to situations and how you apply key skills like leadership, problem solving, organization, and time management, in all areas of your life. 

COACH’S TIP : Don’t waste your valuable time coming up with different answers to every single practice question. We’ve identified 10 common themes that personal questions fall into and broken each theme down, and provided templates and examples of each type so you’ll be prepared to answer any question that comes your way. Check out the themes and much more in our Interview Skills Guide .

The admissions committee also wants to see that you have self-awareness . This means that they want to make sure you know what your skills are (and what you need to improve on), what you value, and how you plan to make a difference in the world.

It may seem obvious and you’re probably thinking, “Duh.. of course I know what I’m good at and what I care about.” 

This might surprise you, but very few students actually focus on self-awareness. You might think you have it all figured out, but it’s probably more surface-level than you think. 

That’s why we have a whole phase in our coaching methodology (the Discovery phase) where we use a Student Identity Blueprint™ to help you figure out who you are and what makes you tick. Then, when questions like these are asked during the interview, you’ll know EXACTLY how to respond. 

If you haven’t already, connect with a coach to get started on your Student Identity Blueprint™.

UBC Commerce Interview Questions – Examples

When preparing for this section of the UBC Sauder BCom application, practice is key.

Open up your camera and choose a few questions from the section above. Record yourself and practice answering the questions as best you can. Trust us, after a little while you’ll get better and then you’ll have the confidence to do a great interview. You can also work 1-on-1 with your coach and do mock interviews (if you haven’t already,  connect with a coach )!

To help get you started, one of our Youth Coaches has recorded two video question examples. 

Here’s an example for the video question: “Is it better to submit average quality work, on time; or high quality work, but late? Explain.”

Here’s another example for the question: “Who has been a role model for you? What have they taught you about responsibility and respect?”.

How to Prepare for the UBC Sauder Commerce Interview – Question Tips 

Many students ask us for tips for preparing for the UBC Sauder video interview component of their application. 

Here are the ones we think will help you the most for your video interview:

TIP #1: ALWAYS ANSWER THE ENTIRE QUESTION  

It seems silly, but it is common to get off track and later realize you didn’t answer the question. Break down each part of the question into smaller components, and address each one as you move through your answer. 

TIP #2: TAKE YOUR TIME

Sometimes when you know you have a limited amount of time you might speed through everything like a mad race against the clock. As you answer the question, remember to take a breath and pause between your sentences to allow the reviewer time to process what you said. Focus on speaking clearly and slowly. 

TIP # 3: TELL IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT YOU

Remember that every answer you give should tell the interviewer something about you that boosts your application, even if the question isn’t about you. 

Highlight your skills and experiences, show that you have thought about goals, and use the questions to help the admissions committee learn more about you (and want to have you as a part of the program).

TIP #4: BE CONCISE: 

Your answers should be clear and to the point, leaving out unnecessary information. During the interview, don’t ramble — get to the point and be clear. It is better to have a short, concise answer than a convoluted answer that is redundant and possibly unfocused. 

TIP #5: BE PROFESSIONAL (BUT ALSO HAVE FUN!)

When preparing for your video questions make sure that you come across as a young professional with something special to offer the program.  How can you do this? 

  • Dress professionally
  • Make sure the background behind your camera is empty
  • Go somewhere that is quiet and free from distractions
  • Maintain eye contact with the camera as you give your answers
  • Be aware of your posture and where your hands are (you don’t want to appear like you’re slouching or fidgeting on the screen)

While it’s important to be professional, it’s also important to have fun with these questions. The admissions committee wants to admit unique people who have a shining personality and the experiences to match.  Show them who you are and be yourself.

TIP #6: DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF

The admissions committee reviews thousands of applications. You’ll never stand out if your answers are the same as everyone else’s, so come up with answers that are unique. 

For example, if there’s a question that asks “Describe a time when you had to adapt” don’t simply talk about how COVID made everything more difficult. Instead, you can talk about a leadership experience where you took on a challenge and tried something that hadn’t been done before. Then, shift the question into talking about your successes and what you learned from the experience.  

Trying to come up with a different approach is important and you should only resort to these easy answers if you get stuck. Using storytelling to create an emotional connection with the reviewers can also make a huge difference in creating a unique, authentic, and memorable application. Check out this blog about our Narrative Communication Approach™ to learn more. 

If you would like more tips to help you prepare, as well as the chance to up your game and do some mock interviews, connect with a coach today. Our coaches have helped hundreds of students do great interviews and achieve admissions success! 

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UBC Sauder Interview – Questions Themes

Even though you might not know exactly what questions you’re going to be asked, it will help to think generally about a few themes and ideas that you can use across various types of questions. 

Here are some themes you can draw upon as you’re thinking about your answers.

It is very likely that there may be a question around leadership. To prepare for this, make sure you know a few examples of how you have shown leadership in the past. It is important to not just explain what the leadership role you had, but actually how you demonstrated that leadership (being the President of a club doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good leader).

UBC Sauder wants students who are actively involved in the community (you’ll also notice a question about it on your Personal Profile). Community involvement shows commitment, selflessness, and passion, but also because it highlights time management. Make sure you have 1 or 2 examples of how you have been involved in your community. As much as possible, quantify the impact you had. 

There is often a question about how you have dealt with conflict. This is mainly around how you have dealt with conflict in a team setting or a potential inflammatory situation. Remember to not just focus on the problem, but more so the resolution or lessons learned. 

In addition to conflict in team settings, a lot of the time there are questions about how you have worked in a team effectively. Once again, make sure you can clearly define how you succeed in the team, and not just the team’s success.

TIME MANAGEMENT

There are questions that are really just structured around seeing how you handle pressure and manage your time. Be sure to really explain why the example you are giving is a good example of how you can manage your time and operate under stressful situations. 

ACHIEVEMENT

This is an opportunity for you to discuss something you have achieved. For this, try to think of something that is differentiated and you can really explain how you achieved it, and why that achievement will help you at UBC Sauder.

In short, you need to know why you want to study business, and how it will lead to a future career. Be specific and think ambitiously. 

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Similarly, you need to be able to concisely communicate why you want to attend UBC Sauder. Make sure to do lots of research and use it in your answer. The more depth to your research, the more differentiated your answer will be. In all of your answers, make sure you have a statement (or a ‘pitch’) at the end of each answer that shows exactly why you are the perfect fit for the program and how you would add value to their program as a student. 

If you want to learn how you can align these themes to your unique interests and experiences, check out our Interview Skills Guide and connect with a coach now.

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2021/2022 UBC Sauder Application

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The UBC Sauder Application is made up of two parts (see below for how each is evaluated): 

REMEMBER : The Online Application for UBC Sauder BCom (including the Personal Profile, Interview, and all required documents) must be submitted by   January 15, 2023  at  11:59pm PST . The entire application must be submitted through a platform called  EducationPlannerBC , where you will write your Personal Profile. The video responses are completed through a third-party site called Vidcruiter. Once you have recorded your responses, you will copy and paste the confirmation URL from Vidcruiter into your EducationPlannerBC application. 

The 2021/2022 UBC Commerce Personal Profile has short written essays with 6 questions that are focused on your experiences, leadership opportunities, interests, and more. This part of the application counts for 30% of the overall evaluation.

As mentioned above, your Personal Profile counts for 30% of your overall evaluation.

REMEMBER : Check out this template we created to help you write unique and memorable essays (keep reading for breakdowns and examples for each question).

2021/2022 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 1

“ Explain how you responded to a problem and/or an unfamiliar situation. What did you do, what was the outcome, and what did you learn from the experience?” (Maximum 1,500 characters)

Not sure how to communicate your personal growth and learning in essay questions like these? Our Narrative Communication Guide is a great place to start, and you can also connect with a coach to take your essay response to the next level. 

REMEMBER : These examples are examples ONLY and are not meant for you to copy.

2021/2022 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 2

“Give us an example of how the pandemic has changed your involvement in the community or group most important to you. What have you learned from this experience? (Maximum 1500 characters)”

This question is similar to Question 1 because it again asks you to discuss your ability to adapt and learn during difficult situations. Think of the pandemic here as similar to the problem/unfamiliar situation you talked about in Question 1. 

Then, take it one step further and give insight into who you are by describing the causes , activities , and community initiatives you care most about.

Even though we know that COVID was super stressful for everyone, don’t be overly negative in your answer. Instead, draw out 1-2 positive opportunities and experiences it has provided to you as a leader, like pivoting your perspective or driving personal growth and change, teaching you something you didn’t know about yourself, evolving your skills, etc. 

Similar to Question 1, you should provide deep personal insight and learning outcomes , while using your chosen experience to highlight your passion, dedication, and commitment. Be as unique as possible. Go beyond simply saying “The pandemic was hard because everything closed.” Instead, paint the picture of your involvement in your community/group before COVID (‘before’) and then talk about how you faced this challenge and came out better in the end (‘after’). Take the reader on a journey with you , while describing your emotions and showcasing your personality.

For example, if you volunteer as Vice President Events and Fundraising at your local Salvation Army, you could use this experience as an example to talk about your how your interest in helping the underprivileged population of your community started because your parents immigrated to Canada when you were young and you saw how hard it was for them to make ends meet. This valuable context will help you establish a strong emotional connection with the reader (and it will make your answer more memorable). Then, you could move into the COVID-19 portion of the question, where you discuss how your involvement shifted and what you learned from that. 

The most important thing here is to write an authentic and memorable story that articulates who you are as well as your growth, learning, and change over time. To make this process easier for you, we’ve developed the Narrative Communication Approach™ so you can create memorable essays using storytelling. Read more about it here or connect with a coach to learn how to use it in your Personal Profile responses.

  • Discuss how you were involved in the community and/or a group that was particularly important to you before the pandemic. Paint a ‘before’ picture here, so that the real impact can be felt later on in the paragraph.  
  • Describe in detail how COVID-19 changed everything about this community activity/group for you. Answer the questions: When COVID hit, what happened? Did it impact your involvement in the community/the group that was most important to you? What was the most difficult part and how did you respond? Describe your emotions as much as possible here.
  • Discuss how you responded to these challenges. Give 1-2 examples of the shift/changes you had to make and any effects this had on your community involvement/group. Finally, state what happened after all your efforts, listing quantifiable outcomes (i.e. money raised, hours worked, members added, etc.) as much as possible. 
  • Describe how this experience allowed you to learn and grow as a leader and student. Provide deep insight and a unique learning outcome. Focus on 1-2 themes, while providing specific examples of the impact this experience had on your life today. Finally, briefly state how you will use this learning at UBC Sauder.

Here’s an example of how to answer this question:

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2021/2022 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 3

The point is here to choose activities and experiences that have created learning outcomes that have profoundly shaped who you are as a person . This will be especially important for Question 4 (which we’ll discuss more below). 

COACH’S TIP : On the EducationPlannerBC site, you will have to add each activity individually to your profile. Our template will ensure that you have all the correct information beforehand so you can have everything prepared and proofread.

2021/2022 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 4

“ Tell us more about ONE or TWO activities listed above that are most important to you. Please explain the role you played and what you learned in the process. You will be asked for a reference who can speak to your response. (Maximum 2100 characters) “

If you need help deciding which activity from Question 3 to choose, connect with a coach for support. They can help you write an authentic and memorable response that will help you stand out from other applicants and increase your chances of admission success.

  • State the activity that you are discussing from the list you gave in Question 3. Describe what you did in that activity (i.e. your role, responsibilities, etc.). Try to answer the 5Ws (who, what, when, where, and why). 

REMEMBER : This is an EXAMPLE ONLY and is NOT meant for you to copy.

2021/2022 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 5

“Additional Information (Optional): You may wish to use the space below to provide UBC with more information on your academic history to date and/or your future academic plans. For example: How did you choose your courses in secondary school? Are there life circumstances that have affected your academic decisions to date? What have you done to prepare yourself specifically for your intended area of study at UBC? (maximum 600 characters) “

Question 5, on the other hand, focuses less on extracurriculars and other activities, and looks inside the classroom . Here, the reviewers want to know how your academic journey has developed your interest in business and led to you applying to UBC Sauder. 

If you choose to answer this question, your response should have these 3 components that are in line with our Narrative Communication Approach™:

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2021/2022 UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile – Question 6

“ Please submit the names of two referees who know you well and can comment on your preparedness for study at UBC. Examples of referees include an employer, a community member, a coach, a teacher/instructor, or anyone who knows you well. One of the referees you select MUST be able to speak to one of the activities / experiences described in one of your long-answer responses above. For applicants who are currently attending a high school, one of your referees MUST be a school official (e.g. grade 12 or senior year counsellor, teacher, or IB Coordinator). Neither referee should be a friend, family member, or paid agent. “

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 6 – Breakdown

Before listing the names and contact information for your references, make sure that you ask your references for permission first , so that if they get a call or email from UBC Sauder then they’re not surprised. 

UBC Sauder Application: Personal Profile Question 6 – Template

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Now that you’ve created an extraordinary application, we want to show you what your future at UBC Sauder School of Business looks like! 

Check out this Day in the Life of a UBC Sauder Student by Jerry, one of Youthfully’s student Insiders. He’ll give you a sneak peek at life as a first year, the UBC campus, application tips, and much more!

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Ultimate Guide To Writing UBC Supplemental Essays | Essay Samples _ It’s cool that so many students are currently working on their online application process to applying into UBC . Beginning an early application implies that you’ll have enough time to reflect on your UBC application requirements starting from the personal profile section down to the UBC supplemental essays which is a crucial part of UBC’s admissions decision.

With the right information and guide on how to go about the UBC essays , you have no cause to worry as you automatically gets an upper Chance of getting into UBC.

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The UBC’s supplemental essays gives you the avenue to share your story and the opportunity to tell the admission committee what your passion is. They will use your supplemental essays to get more details and a full insight about your capabilities and to know how you would be of benefit to complement the UBC community.

Does UBC have supplemental application?

Yes! All high school candidates and some transfer applicants are expected to submit a personal profile while submitting their application to UBC. Depending on the degree you are going for, a supplemental essay application, student portfolio, or audition may be also be required.

Do I need to write an essay to apply to UBC?

Absolutely!

Each of these essays and personal profile questions Needs you to submit short essay responses (which ranges from 50 to 200 words) , so you’ll have to think about your answers before you begin your online application, this article will also provide an ultimate guide to your UBC supplemental essay writing.

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How many essays do I need to write for UBC? university of british columbia supplemental essays?

The UBC personal profile essays are some kind of unique essays that are written by Candidates who are applying to the University of British Columbia. The essay kinds will depend on the faculty you apply to, you will be asked to write up to SIX to EIGHT short essays in your personal profile.

UBC Supplemental Essay Examples By Categories and How to Answer Them [PART 1]- UBC application example

Ubc supplemental essays for the bachelor of education personal profile only:.

  • Why do you want to become a teacher?

They expect you to Describe the kind of teacher you dream to become. Give instances. Give an example from the experiences you have gained which illustrates your eligibility for the teaching profession. For example, you could tell them a story of how you were able to solve a challenging situation, or how you overcame a problem in a professional related manner, or stories on how you learned from your past mistakes etc. Make sure to use simple English and try to be straight to point, no long stories please!

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UBC Supplemental Essays For the Bachelor of Commerce personal profile only:

  • Explain how you reacted to a challenge and/or how you have reacted to an unfamiliar situation. You have to tell them What you did, what the outcome was, and what you learned from the experience? This is a global and wide society. So it will have to explain how your community involvement gets you ready for the future in this multiplex world.

How Does UBC Assess your Profile and Essays?

When your applications are evaluated, two trained UBC readers will search out for the four core qualities in your personal profile which are your #engagement and accomplishment, #leadership, # substance, as well as your voice. This is an opportunity for UBC to find out more details about you and your experiences outside of the academic world. They want to get more details about your life and achievements. All have you learned, and how your moments have allowed you to grow? Please Be authentic enough, and focus on what you wish to say about yourself and how you wish to say it, rather than to pen down what you think UBC want to hear.

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UBC Supplemental Essay Guide | Ultimate Guide to UBC Short Essays [ PART TWO]

Ubc essay prompts with ubc application example.

The first part of your application or Personal Profile is writing a few short essays! Which depends on which program(s) you are applying into, you are expected to answer two to four of the application prompts. Once you kick off the application process you’ll find more details;

Here are the 4 UBC essay question examples and their guide (including tell us who you are UBC)

  • Explain how you responded to a challenge/problem and/or a how you have responded to unfamiliar situation. What did you do about them, what outcome , and tell them what you learned from the experience? ( It should be 200 words maximum)
  • Explain Briefly the culture of your school community and your individual involvement within it. What positive/negative impacts has the school culture had on you? And How would you enhance it or possibly change it? (It should be 200 words maximum)
  • Tell UBC about who you are. How would your family, your friends, and/or the members of your community describe your personality? If possible, please make sure to tell them something about yourself that you are so much proud and give them your reasons. (It should be 250 words maximum)
  • What is important to you? And tell us why? ( It should be 250 words maximum.) To let them know how you can approach these UBC supplemental essays, we’ll have to go into depth on these difficult questions:

Steps to Answering “tell us about who you are” Supplemental Essay Prompt

Step one: hook.

You have to make sure you stand out the right away with a hook. What is A hook? It is one to two sentences at the beginning of your essay that gets the reader’s attention and tells him or her to keep reading. This could be your personal story or any kind of powerful statement. Give the UBC team a snapshot of your character and tell them that specific event, person or experience that has kept you motivated to be who you are presently.

STEP TWO: Give examples

Try not to answer these questions directly from the directive with your hook. Instead, you are to Give the answer with a very tangible example while writing your essay. Don’t just tell the UBC evaluation committee about your qualities, go a long way to demonstrate and embody how you acquired the traits. You have to check for a volunteer or leadership example of yours that shows key elements of your character.

STEP Three: Conclusion

As you recount the experiences of yours, be sure to recall and connect back to the best qualities that well describes you to round-up your response. This strategy can be used to answer all of these short essay questions in your UBC supplemental essay Personal Profile ; A powerful one to two sentence hook, A leadership/volunteer example described , one to two sentences clearly connecting back to the prompt

Does UBC require letters of recommendation?

A minimum of 3 references are needed for application into the graduate programs at the UBC admission . References are to be requested from the academics who are prepared to write a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Frequently Asked Question

The essay kinds will depend on the faculty you apply to, you will be asked to write up to SIX to EIGHT short essays in your personal profile.

How would your family, your friends, and/or the members of your community describe your personality? If possible, please make sure to tell them something about yourself that you are so much proud and give them your reasons. (It should be 250 words maximum)

Essay Prompts are opportunities for UBC to find out more details about you and your experiences outside of the academic world. They want to get more details about your life and achievements. All have you learned, and how your moments have allowed you to grow? Beginning an early application means that you’ll have enough time to reflect on your UBC application requirements starting from the personal profile section down to the UBC supplemental essays which is a crucial part of UBC’s admissions decision.

The UBC’s supplemental essays also gives you the avenue to share your story and the opportunity to tell the admission committee what your passion is. They will use your submitted supplemental essays to get full insight about your capabilities and to know how you would be of benefit to complement the UBC community.

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If you're ready for an interdisciplinary, community-based first-year science experience at the University of British Columbia, you're ready to apply to Science One.

Science One has a separate application process from UBC undergraduate admission. Start by creating an account and application on the UBC undergraduate admissions site . You can then simultaneously work on that application and the separate Science One application. To start your Science One application, click on the link on the right. To log in you can use your EPBC credentials or your CWL if available, or you can request a one time link using your email address and student number. Admission to the Faculty of Science at UBC (Vancouver Campus only) is a prerequisite for admission to the Science One Program.

Enrolment in Science One is limited. Admission is based on your demonstrated interest in science, our assessment of your essay, as well as your academic record. The Science One online application system will open December 1 .  Students are encouraged to submit their Science One application early as applications are reviewed by the Science One Committee in the order that they are received.  Early admission may be offered to outstanding applicants before April 30, provided their applications was received no later than April 15. Applications received after April 30 may be considered but will not be evaluated on the same basis or with the same priority as those received before April 30. Students accepted into the program will be contacted by Science One via email. Students receiving an offer of admission should confirm acceptance via their Science One application.  

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AP and IB programs are globally recognized. If you attended an AP or IB program please enter your grades with your application. If you attended school (Grades 11 and/or 12) outside of Canada and outside of an AP or IB systems, you are not required to record any grades on the Science One application. You may submit your Science One application with an approximate 600-word essay along with any other information. We will refer to the UBC system for your courses and grades once they have been evaluated by the UBC Admissions office for BC equivalency with your Application for Admission to UBC. 

As part of completing the online application for Science One, all applicants must provide an approximately 600 word essay (575 - 625 words) addressing one of the following questions:

  • Does knowing science make you a better person?
  • Which scientist - past or present - would be most helpful if both of you were stranded on a deserted island?
  • Can mathematics be more beautiful than art?
  • Does the value of science depend on its practical applications?

Your essay will be judged on content, imagination and creativity, style, and clarity of exposition. This is where your curiosity, maturity, personal views and interest in science can shine! Your text should be original. Please do NOT send us additional materials, references or research papers.

Admission Requirements

At least 75% in English 12 or English Literature 12 (or equivalent) is required.  Students who have not achieved this minimum English requirement may still apply for the program. They may be asked, however, to provide writing samples that will be evaluated by Science One professors. 

Completion of Physics 11 and Chemistry 11 (or equivalent). Completion of Biology 11 or 12, Physics 12 and/or Chemistry 12 (both are highly recommended for success in Science One, but those in AP or IB programs may only have to take one), Pre-Calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12, and Calculus 12, each with a minimum of 80%. If you are missing either Chemistry 12 or Physics 12, please contact us.

IB-HL or AP studies in the subject areas above also satisfy the requirements to Science One. IB-HL Mathematics or AP Calculus (AB or BC) provides the necessary calculus background. IB-SL Mathematics with a grade of 5 or better is also suitable. It is to your advantage to have taken one or more of the core subjects (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Calculus) at the AP or IB level. However, transfer credits (including those based on AP or IB studies) will not exempt you from participating in any part of Science One.

Attaining a grade of at least 80% on the Cambridge O-levels satisfies the English 12 requirement for Science One. 

Applications from students studying outside of Canada who will have completed the prerequisites are also welcomed. The preparation of these students for Science One will be judged on a case-by-case basis. International students entering Science One are expected to complete UBC Jump Start in August. JUMP START is a first-year transition program for new international and Aboriginal students.

Your admission to Science One is based on preliminary information provided by you and your school. A drop in high school marks after application may indicate a weakness in your background. If any of your marks dropped by more than 2-3%, or if you have not met all of our requirements after marks are finalized, we should be contacted immediately to discuss strategies for academic success.

Missing Requirements

Are you missing calculus 12 (or bc equivalent).

  • Are you going to miss the minimum 75% in English 12 or English Literature 12?

Are you missing Biology 11 or 12 (or BC Equivalent)?

Are you missing physics 12 chemistry 12 (or bc equivalent).

Historically the majority of incoming Science One students have had an introductory course in calculus (Calculus 12 or a locally developed equivalent course). This subject is now a requirement for admission to Science One. The syllabus for Science One has been prepared assuming that the students will be completely at ease with the fundamental ideas of Calculus and will have master key computational skills. Self-study will not be sufficient in this case. Therefore, if you are not currently taking this course, you must complete it through summer school or distance education before classes start in September.

Are you possibly going to miss the minimum 75% in English 12 or English Literature 12 (or BC Equivalent)?

Since writing skills are an important aspect of Science One, you must have at least 75% in English 12 or English Literature 12 (or equivalent) for admission to Science One. This Science One requirement is the higher of the school or provincial examination mark in BC and other provinces with similar government examinations. If there is any doubt that your mark will not be 75% or higher, please contact us and we will arrange you to submit writing samples to the admissions team.

Students in the Cambridge system who do not achieve at least 80% on their O-level English must contact Science One.  If there is any doubt that your mark will not be greater than 80%, please contact us and we will arrange you to submit writing samples to the admissions team.

The Faculty of Science has a Communication Requirement. Students admitted directly from secondary school are required to take at least one of the ENGL courses or WRDS 150B in their first year if eligible to do so. For more information on the Faculty’s requirement, click here .

Biology 11 or Biology 12 (or BC Equivalent of either) is acceptable to meet the Biology Requirement for Science One. If you lack both, you must complete either Biology 11 or Biology 12 (or BC Equivalent) through summer school or distance education before classes start in September. The syllabus for Science One has been prepared assuming that the students will be completely at ease with the material usually covered in these courses and self-study will not be sufficient in this case. Acceptance to Science One is on the condition that a grade of at least 80% is achieved. 

To be properly prepared for Science One students are expected to have Physics 11, Chemistry 11, and both Physics 12 and Chemistry 12 (or equivalent courses). Science One has been designed assuming that the students will have exposure to the material usually covered in these subjects. However, with the prevalence of IB and AP course, and the increased number of course offerings in high school, we are aware that some students might not be able to take all of Biology 12, Calculus 12, Physics 12 and Chemistry 12. In some cases we will consider waiving either Chemistry 12 or Physics 12 and recommend self-study. More commonly, we will recommend to meet this requirement by completing these courses through summer school or distance education before classes start in September. If you are missing one of the courses, please contact Science One. 

Step One: Apply to UBC

Start by making sure you've applied to UBC  in the Faculty of Science. UBC Application for Admissions opens in early September and closes on January 15.

Step Two: Apply to Science One

Science One online application opens  December 1 . Students are encouraged to submit an application early. Applications received after  April 30  may be considered but not with the same priority as those received before  April 30 .

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How UBC grades your broad-based admissions essays

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UBC is looking for leaders and with a strong sense of self and community who take initiative, according to its marking rubric for admission essays.

The university has refused to comply with the BC Supreme Court and Information and Privacy orders to release the rubric, which The Ubyssey requested via the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act four years ago. It was provided to the paper by a person who wishes to remain anonymous due to the confidential nature of the document.

Read the rubric in its entirety here.

The rubric asks graders to mark essays based on how well they display certain attributes. In approximately 1,000 words, the ideal applicant would have a sense of self and community, problem solving and resilience, intellectual readiness and expression, leadership and initiative, and achieving goals.

Each attribute gets its own page to let graders know exactly what to look for in applicants’ essays. For example, the leadership page lists complimentary adjectives that could describe a leader — e.g., “focused,” “confident,” “influential” — and some examples of situations that could demonstrate leadership ability — e.g., “ability to motivate and inspire others.”

To grade the application, each of the listed attributes are ranked on a scale from 0 to 5. Detailed descriptions of how answers might exemplify each rating can be found on each attribute’s page of the document.

Among other considerations, markers are told to take into account each applicant’s age and potential access to opportunities, and to flag areas of concern, such as mental health or other circumstances which may require additional support. Flagging an application, according to the rubric, has no effect on the chances a student will get in.

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Markers are instructed not to take grammar, punctuation and spelling into account when grading an applicant’s submission.

“You should be focused on the thoughts and intentions of the applicant’s responses. For instance, you should not penalize applicants for using an incorrect verb or tense,” the rubric says, noting that English dialects vary between Canadian and worldwide communities.

According to UBC Director of Undergraduate Admissions Andrew Arida, the rubric is updated on a yearly basis “as the university seeks to enhance the process.”

Arida said that an average of 75 to 80 per cent of the decision to admit someone to UBC is still solely reliant on grades. Somewhere between one in five and one in ten students would not be admitted without the broad-based admissions process.

“It depends on the faculty and how competitive the program is and the introduction of other admission policies,” he wrote in an emailed statement.

UBC’s opinion vs. the BC Supreme Court’s

The Ubyssey has pursued UBC’s rubrics for how broad-based admissions (BBA) are graded for the past four years .

One of the initial reasons the university rejected our freedom of information (FOI) request cited the section of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act that deals with “disclosure harmful to the financial or economic interests of a public body.”

Implementing broad-based admissions cost UBC about $1.76 million, according to Arida.

“There would be cost associated with amending the system to ensure it remains viable if the rubric is released. The cost of returning to grades-only would be substantial. However, the cost to the student body, to its diversity and to those who might not otherwise have a chance to pursue their studies has an impact that cannot be measured in dollars. There is a huge lost opportunity cost because it would reduce access to UBC,” he said.

Judge Loryl Russell, in the section of her BC Supreme Court decision that dealt specifically with that claim, wrote that “it is clear that the BBA process is not like an exam where a student must demonstrate their knowledge of the concepts taught by an educational institution, and where maintaining the secrecy of the questions and answers is essential to the fairness and integrity of the testing.” UBC appealed this decision.

“Even if it were reasonable to conclude that disclosure of the rubrics necessitates abandoning the BBA process ... UBC did not provide information that satisfies me that this could reasonably be expected to harm its financial or economic interests,” wrote Russell.

UBC Director of Public Affairs Susan Danard wrote in an emailed statement that “releasing the BBA application scoring guides would allow prospective students to tailor their answers and exaggerate or misrepresent their experiences to meet UBC’s requirements, which would seriously harm the ability of the university to evaluate applicants fairly.”

The email also noted that The Ubyssey is publishing these documents “at [our] own risk.”

Russell wrote: “Given the nature of the information in these rubrics, I am not convinced that disclosure would make exaggeration, misrepresentation or false information any more prevalent or harder to detect than they currently are. Therefore, I do not accept that it is reasonable to believe, as UBC does, that disclosure of the rubrics would significantly diminish the predictive value of the BBA process, and that the only alternative is to abandon the BBA process.”

This article has been updated to clarify the fact that flagging an application, according to the rubric, has no effect on the chances a student will get in.

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Post-secondary Transfer Applicants

Who is a transfer applicant.

Anyone seeking admission after studying in a different post-secondary program at UBC or elsewhere. That includes:

  • Students currently (or previously) enrolled at a different post-secondary institution and who have not completed their degree.
  • Current UBC students enrolled on a different campus of UBC (i.e. Okanagan) or in a different program on the Vancouver campus.
  • Students who left the UBC Vancouver BSc program in good academic standing, went elsewhere to study, and now seek re-admission.

UBC Vancouver BSc students on academic leave have a different mechanism for regaining eligibility. Check your Student Service Centre account for instructions. Students who were previously registered in the BSc degree at UBC Vancouver and were required to discontinue due to academic performance must refer to the re-admission instructions found in the email that provided their sessional evaluation decision.

What are the minimum requirements?

Application for undergraduate admission to the Faculty of Science must follow the general process and requirements, which are established and handled by the UBC Undergraduate Admissions office. Please see you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc/requirements/ to check the University’s general admission requirements; as a transfer student, you'll need to meet the high school admission requirements in addition to the requirements for transfer students.Connect directly with Undergraduate Admissions if you have any questions about these general admission requirements.

Be sure to also fulfill the minimum academic pre-requisites specific to the Faculty of Science , as well as the promotion requirements for second year standing . 

Please note, admission to UBC is competitive, and satisfying the minimum academic requirements above does not guarantee admission. UBC may review your entire academic record to ensure that your courses align with the requirements and expectations of the Faculty of Science. Consistent academic performance and perseverance, progressive course sequencing with increasing rigour, and comparability with studies at UBC are among the factors that help demonstrate your suitability and readiness. 

All courses must be completed by the end of April to be part of the admission evaluation. Summer courses don’t enter into consideration. If you do continue to study elsewhere after being admitted to UBC (typically the summer prior), you will need to provide an updated official transcript once those grades are available. You will follow the instructions provided in your application and subsequent correspondence to submit this to Enrolment Services at UBC in order to seek added credit.

What's the Process? Step by Step

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First, apply at you.ubc.ca to the Bachelor of Science – BSc degree. The application deadline is in January each year to start your studies in September. There is only one application intake period each year. 

If you’re currently enrolled on the Okanagan campus or in a different degree program on Vancouver campus, apply to change your degree program or campus via the Applicant Service Centre (ASC).

The application process is managed by UBC Undergraduate Admissions , not directly by the Faculty of Science.

Will my high school transcript(s) be required? : The UBC Undergraduate Admissions office will contact you for any outstanding documents. In most cases, if you will be presenting less than 24 credits transferable to UBC, or if your post-secondary transferable coursework does not present all of the minimum academic pre-requisites specific to the Faculty of Science, your high school transcript will be required.

Apply for a specialization in Science at UBC Vancouver

The Faculty of Science at UBC Vancouver offers an abundance of specializations (e.g. majors, honours). You must first have applied to the Bachelor of Science – BSc degree, then in June, apply for your top three specializations through a separate process operated by the Faculty of Science. More details about the application are included further down this page.

Although no students are directly admitted to any specializations in Science, you can plan to take transferable courses that are specifically required for your intended specialization.  

If you have more than 48 transferable credits, you MUST be eligible for 2nd year class standing. To gain 2nd year class standing, you need at least 24 credits which includes a minimum of 15 first-year (100 level) science credits, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements and pre-requisites outlined in the section above. 

Determine how many transfer credits you have

Transfer credits are limited to courses at the 100- and 200- level, and at least 50% of the credits required for a BSc degree must be completed while you are a student in Science at UBC. For more information, please visit the “ Transfer Credit ” section of the Academic Calendar and the Transfer Credit Search Tool .

Studying in BC?

It's pretty simple. If you're studying at another post-secondary institution in British Columbia use the BC Transfer Guide to determine how many credits you'll receive. ( www.bctransferguide.ca ).

Transferring from another UBC program?

  • Most, but not all, UBC courses, may be applied to your BSc degree. Some courses may not get credit in Science (e.g., STAT 203, EOSC 310). The online Course Schedule has a description of each course and any restrictions that apply.
  • Transferring from Applied Science at UBC Vancouver : The first-year MATH and PHYS courses you took will apply to most specializations in the BSc. If you want to specialize in physics, consult an advisor in the Physics department. First-year engineering CHEM will satisfy half of the Physical Sciences Lower-level Requirement for the BSc. However, to enter any specialization that requires CHEM 123 or 113, you will have to start with CHEM 121 or 111. Similarly, APSC 160 isn't sufficient to advance to second-year CPSC courses in a BSc specialization.
  • Note: Applicants with coursework in EOSC or GEOG/GEOS should consult an advisor in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. Transfer credit and exemptions are possible, depending on coursework and combinations.

First-year credits through enriched high school courses

Applicants with enriched high school courses (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, British-patterned) you may be eligible for additional first-year credit(s). Please refer to you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc/applied/first-year-credit/ for more information and transcript requirements.

Studying outside of British Columbia

If you’re studying outside of British Columbia your courses may or may not transfer easily into the UBC Science program. To transfer smoothly, your science courses must match ours.  

For example, the first year of CHEM at UBC consists of two courses, the second of which addresses organic chemistry in more depth than at most universities. You may be given credit for the first term (CHEM 121) but generic credit (CHEM 1st) for a second course. That combination usually will allow you to move into second-year CHEM courses at UBC but you may need to do additional preparation for your second-year courses. Speak to the department advisor (see Chemistry regarding CHEM courses). Do this well in advance of your July registration date so you can plan your course selection effectively.

More Details: How to Apply to a Specialization  

Most successful transfer applicants are admitted into 2nd year class standing or higher of the BSc. Your class standing is visible in Workday in your profile under "Summary". Once you accept your offer of admission, you will automatically be included in the specialization application process and will need to apply for your top three specialization choices. You will have several options, depending on which first-year courses you have completed. There are specific first-year courses that are  required for entry into specific specializations .

UBC Science runs a coordinated admission process for applying to specializations in June. All Majors and some Combined Majors, Honours and Combined Honours specializations are included in the application. Any transfer student admitted to 2nd year class standing of the BSc program for the upcoming winter session will apply for a specialization through this same process – please note, specializations can be competitive and you may not be admitted to your first choice. Ensure you are eligible for your top three choices before applying.

Are You Eligible for Third Year?

If you have 48 or more transferable credits and there is a possibility that you qualify for 3rd year class standing. You will still participate in the specialization application in June. Students with far more than 48 credit should review Promotion Requirements and Degree Progression in the Academic Calendar. If you have further questions, contact Science Advising .

In the Calendar each specialization is described year by year, course by course. In most cases, only some of the courses listed in the first two years of a specialization must be completed in order to meet our Degree Progression requirements . Check the Calendar to determine which courses are required for Sufficient Progress.

Looking for more resources about life as a transfer student at UBC? Your next steps is to check out our guide on course selection, academic assistance, events to look forward to, and orientation.

Find out what’s next for you: science.ubc.ca/students/transfer

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