UBC Admission FAQ

How UBC Calculates your average

UBC uses a weighted average. To calculate your average:

1) Take the percentage grade you get in a course and multiply it by the number of credits in that course.

2) Do this for each course, add them together and then divide this number by the total number of credits taken.

For example:  If you received a 78% mark in a 3 credit course and you received a 58% mark in a 6 credit course, your weighted GPA would be 64.67.  (78 x 3) + (58 x 6) / 9 = 64.67.

Every year, UBC sets new admission cut-offs for its undergraduate programs that are based on the following:

  • number of spaces available
  • number of applicants
  • quality of the applicant pool for that particular year

Applicants to UBC are encouraged to do their best in their current program of studies in order to present as competitive grades as possible

What does “Approved Grade 12 courses” mean?

Other than the exams needed to graduate from high school, applicants to UBC are not required to write the BC Provincial Exams. BC Provincial Exam grades, including exams for English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, will be included in the admission decision only if they increase your admission average.

The following courses are approved Grade 12 courses. They can be used to calculate your admissions average.

  • All Advanced Placement courses (AP Calculus cannot be used instead of Principles of Mathematics 12 for programs that require Principles of Mathematics 12)
  • All International Baccalaureate courses
  • BC First Nations Studies 12
  • Biology 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • English Literature 12
  • English 12
  • Français Langue 12 or French 12 (but not both)
  • Geography 12
  • Geology 12
  • German 12
  • History 12
  • Japanese 12
  • Mandarin 12
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
  • Physics 12
  • Punjabi 12
  • Spanish 12

These courses taught in French can be used for admission, but Français 12 cannot be used in place of English 12. All courses must be completed by June.