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How many students are accepted to UBC Engineering?
We accept approximately 1,000 first-year students into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) each year. It’s a competitive program and, unfortunately, we cannot offer spots to all students who apply. If you want to improve your chances of being accepted, we recommend completing the required courses, maintaining a high academic average and having a strong personal profile.
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Another pathway to UBC Engineering is to apply to an Engineering Transfer Program, at one of our nine partner institutions in BC. You will study the same first-year engineering curriculum at another institution and then transfer directly into Year 2 of UBC Engineering if you meet the minimum GPA requirements.
Can I be admitted if I am taking Advanced Placement (AP) or the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB)?
Students who have completed AP or IB Certificate courses can be assessed in conjunction with another high school curriculum.
Students who have completed the IB Diploma Programme with at least three higher-level courses can be admitted to UBC based on their IB results. You can review the requirements online.
Once your final AP or IB results are available, we will use them to confirm your admission decision and any first-year credit you may be eligible for.
If I change my mind about my first-choice degree, will UBC consider my second choice?
Generally, you will only be considered for the second-choice option you listed on your application if you are ineligible for your first choice program. However, if you do change your mind, you can ask to be evaluated for your second choice, but this will be based on the spaces available when you contact us.
How do you know if I engineering would be a good fit for me?
If you like solving problems and making the world a better place, engineering could be a great fit. Take a look at Stephanie’s video about why she choose engineering!
To increase the representation of girls in engineering, does UBC give any preference to girls applying for admission?
The admission process is gender blind, which means we do not give preference to girls.
However, along with engineering organizations across Canada, UBC does have several outreach opportunities to help introduce more girls to STEM fields. These include UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach’s All-Girls Events
We want more young women to consider applying for engineering as we know that diverse perspectives can contribute to better and more innovative solutions.
What required courses do I need to get accepted into Engineering?
No matter what engineering program you plan to study, the required courses for admissions to UBC Engineering from high school are the same. All first-year UBC Engineering students take our foundation year program, which combines engineering classes with core courses in math, chemistry, physics and communication.
Required courses Foundation year program
At the end of the year, you’ll apply for one of 14 specialized engineering programs offered at the Vancouver campus if you completed your first year in Vancouver, or be placed in one four programs at the Okanagan campus if you completed your first year in Kelowna.
Is the overall academic average calculated using non-academic electives?
UBC considers your grades in all academic Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) classes, paying special attention to courses that relate to the degree you’re applying to. Non-academic classes – like those in career education, physical and health education, faith-based courses, skills-based courses, or applied design and technology – are not included. Read more about what UBC’s admission team look for in your application.
How do I prove my competency in English?
All students must meet UBC’s English language admission requirement. About six weeks after you apply to UBC you will receive an email identifying any additional documentation you need to provide, which could include proof of English language competency, and the date you need to meet this requirement by.
What is the early admission deadline for a first-round offer? If I don't get in during the first round, what happens?
The deadline for first-round offers for direct-entry high school students who follow a Canadian curriculum is December 1 of the year before you will begin your studies at UBC. If you apply by December 1, you could receive a first-round admission offer in February. However, even if you are not offered a first-round offer of admission, you will still be considered in the spring based on your updated academic results. Check out the Admissions Blog for more info on First Round Offers. Please note that you must apply by December 1 to be automatically considered for many UBC scholarships.
If you are applying to UBC Engineering as a post-secondary transfer applicant, you must apply by December 1 if you want to be considered on your interim transcripts.
The final deadline for all applicants is January 15. You must apply on or before this deadline.
Is an offer of admission guaranteed?
Most offers of admission to UBC Engineering are conditional. This means that you must meet certain conditions, which could include keeping up your grades, completing all your required courses by the deadline indicated and submitting your final documents. If there are any significant changes in your academic standing, your offer may be reassessed.
This is true for both first-round offers of admission and regular offers of admission. Please check your Offer of Admission letter, available in the Student Service Centre, for more information on the conditions you are required to meet.
Can I still apply if I don’t have my final transcript yet?
Yes! Most students do not have their final transcript available until after our admissions assessment. First-round admissions offers for direct-entry high school students are based on final grades submitted by December 1. These offers are mainly assessed on your final Grade 11 scores and your personal profile.
If you weren’t offered a spot based in the first round of admissions, you’ll be considered again in our regular admissions assessment, which will use grades available in February and March. Required courses for direct-entry high school students entering UBC Engineering must be completed by June 30.
Post-secondary transfer applicants who wish to be admitted based on their interim results and have applied by December 1, must submit their transcript by January 31.
When applying to UBC from high school do I just choose engineering or do I have to select a specific stream?
You will apply to UBC’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) on the application. The foundational first-year curriculum will provide you with the skills you need to succeed as an engineer. At the end of first year you will apply for the specific engineering program you want to pursue, and you will begin these studies in year two.
I retook some high school classes. Will UBC consider my new grades?
If your new course grade is available at the time of assessment, UBC will use that grade when reviewing your application.
I’m from BC. How do I submit my high school transcripts?
If you applied directly from high school, you’ll need to authorize UBC to receive your grades from the BC Ministry of Education. To do so, you must create a BCeID account, and then follow the instructions at the student transcripts website.
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When you order your transcript, select the option to “send my transcript now and allow this post-secondary institution to request transcript updates.” Choose the default date (one year from the date of your order) so that UBC receives your grades throughout the year.
I’m from Ontario. When do I submit my OUAC number?
When you apply to UBC, you’ll be able to include your Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) reference number on the application. If you applied before you received your OUAC reference number, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your UBC Student ID (available in the SSC) and your OUAC number.
If I start at the Vancouver campus can I transfer to the Okanagan campus, or vice versa?
We highly recommend starting at the campus you plan to graduate from. While it is possible to transfer between the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, it can be complicated as the courses offered at the two locations are not identical and space is limited.
Do I need to submit a personal profile if I am applying to UBC as a transfer student?
Typically, transfer students to UBC Engineering do not need to complete a personal profile. The application will automatically ask you to include it if it is required for you.
If I apply to transfer to UBC for my second year, do you look at my high school grades?
For post-secondary transfer applicants, we typically look at the most recent 30 credits you have completed, as well as all chemistry, math and physics courses you have completed in post-secondary studies. UBC Admissions sometimes requests to review your high school grades. This could be if they want a more holistic understanding of your academic history or if you have completed less than 24 credits.
What scholarships are there for engineering students?
There are UBC scholarships available for Canadian students and international students, and there are also scholarships specific to those entering UBC Engineering.
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How do I apply for the Presidential Scholars Award?
High school and CEGEP students who are Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for the Presidential Scholars Award. Eligible students will need to indicate on their application to UBC that they want to be considered for this award. You must submit your application by December 1.
Will I still be considered for scholarships if I submit my application after December 1?
We recommend you apply by December 1 to be automatically considered for many UBC scholarships and to indicate that you want to be considered for specific awards, such as the Presidential Scholars Awards.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to be considered for the Presidential Scholars Awards, UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Awards or the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars award must apply to UBC by December 1.
International students who wish to be considered for the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award, Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award, International Impact Award or Vantage One Excellence Award, must apply to UBC by December 1, but the award nomination deadline may be earlier.
International students who apply by January 15, will be automatically considered for the International Major Entrance Scholarship or Outstanding International Student Award.
If you submit your application after December 1, we highly recommend that you look into external scholarships you may be eligible for.
During my studies
How many classes will I take as an engineering student in first year?
The foundational first year program includes 13 classes for a total of 37 credits. You can see the courses included in the first year program.
What will I study as an undergraduate engineering student?
Your Bachelor of Applied Science degree at UBC will be four or more years. The foundational first year includes two engineering courses as well as courses in math, chemistry, physics and communications that form the basis of engineering. In second year, you’ll choose a specific engineering discipline. Your classes will incorporate theory, hands-on projects, labs and tutorials. You can also choose to participate in programs like studying abroad, taking a minor or participating in co-op; however, pursuing some of these opportunities may extend your degree to five years.
How customizable is engineering at UBC? How many electives can I take?
Some programs have more flexibility than others, but there are also lots of ways to customize your degree by studying abroad, taking a minor, doing a dual degree, completing co-op, and more. You will take at least two humanities electives during your degree, and some engineering programs will require additional electives or technical electives.
Can I do a minor or a dual degree?
You can complete a minor in science, commerce, entrepreneurship, arts or honours math. You can also pursue a dual degree in arts and engineering. Students typically apply for this during their first year at UBC, and we recommend that you speak with your academic advisor if this is something you are interested in.
What types of engineering projects will I do in first year?
There are two major engineering projects in the first year: the cardboard chair project and the claw project. Check out the videos below to learn more about these complex and fun projects.
First Year Engineering Project: The Cardboard Chair!
Will I get the chance to learn about all the programs in my first year?
The foundational first-year curriculum will introduce you to the many different types of engineering. In the APSC 100 and 101 classes, you are given presentations on each of the disciplines available to help you make your decision. Over the year, we’ll also make sure you have other information to help you decide, including historical averages for each program.
What is it like to be a female engineering student?
Check out Stephanie’s video about being a part of the Women in Engineering club at UBC and hear her perspective on what it is like to be a woman in engineering.
You can also chat with our Engineering Ambassadors to learn about their experiences.
Does the Women in Engineering group also welcome non-binary and femme-aligned students?
Yes! Women in Engineering promotes gender diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering. Students of any gender are welcome to join and support these initiatives. UBC Gears and Queers also strives to build and support a community for queer engineering students and provide a positive safe space on the UBC campus through social and professional events and a visible presence in engineering student life.
Is it possible to switch programs?
The benefit of UBC’s foundational first year is that you are exposed to all the engineering disciplines so that you can make a more informed choice for your program of study. We also encourage students to consider the field they want to work in as many engineering disciplines can lead to the same field of work.
If you are in a discipline that you have decided is not right for you, you might be eligible for an interdepartmental transfer. Please be aware that this will be based on space available in the program and you will need to meet the competitive average. This will likely also extend the length of your degree.
How do I get involved in research when I’m an undergrad?
You can get involved in research in a variety of ways, including paid work experience through co-op or participating in the Undergraduate Student Research Awards. There are also clubs like the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Club to ensure all undergraduate students can access multidisciplinary research opportunities. For more information about getting involved in research, check out the Engineering Stories video How do I get into research in first year at UBC?
How does Co-op work?
Co-op is an optional work experience opportunity. It is a great way to get industry experience while getting paid and exploring your career opportunities. You will need to apply in September of your second or third year. Students must complete four to five work terms. Each work term is four months in length and will alternate with school terms. You can see what the work term schedule looks like for all disciplines on the website.
If I do co-op, will it take longer for me to complete my degree?
Co-op provides you with up to 20 months of paid work experience, and extends your degree from four years to five years. Your co-op work experience can also count for up to one year of work credit towards your Engineer-in-Training status.
How do I apply for the co-op program and is it competitive?
Co-op is an optional program that you apply for in your second or third year of study. Find out about the requirements you will have to meet to be accepted into the co-op program.
Student Experience and Extracurricular Activities
When can I join a UBC Club
You can join a UBC club as early as your first year! Check out the full list of UBC clubs and UBC Engineering design teams.
What is CIE?
CIE is the Coordinated International Experience, which allows students to complete a semester of their education at an international engineering institution abroad. Most students that participate in CIE study abroad in a semester during their third year.
Second-Year Placement/Engineering Disciplines
How hard will it be to get into my first choice discipline?
At the end of first year, you will complete the 2nd Year Placement process to rank your top choices. Some programs are more competitive than others, and this can change year to year based on the number of students interested in a specific program and the number of seats available. Even if you don’t get into your top choice, it is important to remember that many engineering disciplines are related to each other and can lead to the same field of work
Is there any difference between having a BEng from another Canadian university compared to a BASc from UBC?
There is no standard naming system for engineering degrees in Canada, so you’ll find that degree names differ from province to province and even from school to school. The Bachelor of Applied Science is equivalent to other engineering degrees like a Bachelor of Engineering or a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. UBC offers accredited engineering programs, which means that your degree will be recognized across Canada and internationally.
How do I get into residence at UBC Vancouver?
The deadline to apply for the First Year Guarantee in residence is May 1 if you are entering your first year of university. Most first-year students apply for “Winter Session Residence” for September through April.
You can apply to residence at the same time you apply to UBC, or you can follow the instructions on the Vancouver Housing website to apply before May 1.
First Year Guarantee Vancouver Housing website
For more information on residence and meal plans, check out Engineering Stories’ YouTube playlist.
How does the meal plan work?
The Residence Meal Plan is required for students living in first-year residence. The meal plan gives you access to residence dining rooms, restaurants, cafes, food trucks, quick service eateries and more.
What is a typical work day for an engineer?
Engineering is the foundation of the products, processes and technologies that improve our quality of life and are building a better future. Just as there’s great diversity in the type of work engineers do, there’s also diversity in engineering careers and what makes for a typical work day. You might work in an office setting, industrial facility or remote site. For more information about what you can do with your degree, have a look at any of our 14 programs or check out our Behind the Careers YouTube playlist for insight into what working as an engineer might look like for you.
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Is engineering a high-earning career for both men and women?
A recent report of earning statistics for undergraduate degrees shows that regardless of gender, the top-paying careers are in engineering. However, there is still a gender wage gap in some STEM fields due to the underrepresentation of women in STEM. You can find more details about the gender wage gap in STEM from Stats Canada. UBC is working to increase the number of women in engineering through our outreach efforts. A more diverse student population will to address the gender wage gap as more women enter STEM careers.
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