Broad-Based Admissions Alumni Reader

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. The Personal Profile is required of all high school students applying to all UBC degrees on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. It is also required of all transfer applicants into the Bachelor of Commerce and Kinesiology degrees on the Vancouver campus, and the Nursing degree on the Okanagan campus.

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.


Thank you for your interest in becoming a Broad-Based Admissions reader. All available positions have been filled for the 2018 Admissions Cycle.

Alumni Reader Application – 2018 Admissions Cycle

Please be sure to thoroughly review the Broad-Based Admissions Alumni Reader Role Description (PDF) prior to completing your application. 

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 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. Alumni of all UBC faculties and schools are welcome to apply to be Broad-Based Admissions Alumni Readers.

Alumni volunteers must NOT be in any situation that is, or could be perceived as a conflict with the role of reading and scoring personal profiles including:

  • a current or potential future applicant to UBC (for undergraduate programs),
  • a parent or guardian of a current applicant to UBC,
  • a counsellor or advisor to applicants to UBC, or
  • an employee of another post-secondary institution.

Please note that this role requires confidentiality and a significant time commitment.

Thank you in advance for your interest in this exciting volunteer opportunity!

Once we have received and reviewed your application, we will be in touch with you regarding your acceptance as a BBA Alumni Reader.

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