Broad-Based Admissions Overview
The University of British Columbia expanded its use of broad-based admissions – an application process based both on grades and personal experiences – to all applicants of direct-entry undergraduate programs at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses in 2012, making UBC the largest Canadian university to include non-academic criteria in its application process on this scale. For the 2017 admissions cycle, personal profiles will be read for applications to the faculties (or schools) of Arts, Applied Science, Forestry, Kinesiology, Land and Food Systems and Science.
Broad-based admissions requires applicants to answer five to seven “personal profile” questions in addition to providing secondary school marks. The questions give applicants the opportunity to demonstrate self-reflection through their learning, challenges, experiences, and goals in relation, but not limited to:
- Leadership/group contributions – e.g., student government experience, community involvement, family responsibility, etc.
- Academic achievements – e.g., research projects, success in contests, prizes won for high standing, etc.
- Sports involvement – e.g., membership on teams, participation in competitions, etc.
- Creative and performing arts experience
- Work experience
- Volunteer experience and service to others
Knowing more about prospective students through the use of a personal profile in the application process helps identify those who will flourish at UBC, not only because of high grades but because of the experiences and ambition they bring with them. The personal profile is not only used to determine admissibility to UBC undergraduate programs, but also serves as the application for Entrance Scholarships and Awards.
Alumni Reader Opportunities – 2017 Admissions Cycle
Broad-Based Admissions Alumni Readers play a vital role in helping to shape the community of students and future alumni of the University of British Columbia. For this volunteer role we are seeking alumni volunteers who are passionate about UBC, interested to learn more about prospective students, and committed to thoroughly reviewing applications with accuracy, consistency and free from bias based on a standardized scoring guide.
The Broad-Based Admissions Alumni Reader volunteer opportunity is now closed.