Commerce opens door to first-years
More than 1,000 applied; 150 first-year students enter in pilot
by Don Wells staff writer
The biz whiz kids have arrived at UBC. Not another hipster teen
band, but a cohort of outstanding high school students looking for
a top-ranked business school.
The Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration has turned
out to be the destination of choice for 150 first-year students
whose average high school grade point average is 90 per cent. Previously,
the faculty only accepted students in their second year or later.
"We felt that we should congratulate exceptional high school achievements
by allowing those students who named Commerce as their first-choice
program to enter in their first year," says Patricia Shanahan, assistant
dean and director, Undergraduate Programs.
"Students now have a choice to join a top-rated business school
from day one, located right in their own back yard."
More than 1,400 applications were received in the first year of
a pilot project designed to attract top students from Canada and
Like many Canadian universities, UBC has traditionally required
students to complete first-year prerequisites in Math, Economics
and English and other electives, and then apply to Commerce as second-year
The first-year students admitted gained entrance on the basis
of their high school grades, with the majority of entrants having
some form of scholarship.
The change will enable the faculty to more successfully compete
for outstanding students among a growing number of major business
schools, including Queen's, Western and Toronto, which already accept
first-year students or guarantee them admission upon completion
Students accepted into first-year Commerce will take the required
Math, Economics and English courses, as well as Organizational Behaviour
and Accounting courses normally taken in second year.
The students will also be able to become involved with Commerce
activities, such as the Commerce Undergraduate Society, various
clubs and social events, a year earlier than normal, in order to
help foster a stronger connection to the faculty.