UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 2 | Feb.
Double Cohort Presents Opportunity for UBC
A chance to attract the best and the brightest
By Michelle Cook
A record number of Ontario students will finish high school
this spring, and UBC officials say thats a good thing.
We see the double cohort as an opportunity to attract
some of Ontarios best and brightest high school graduates
to contribute to our campus, in keeping with the Trek 2000
goal of diversifying our student body, says Rosalie
Phillips, assistant registrar, undergraduate admissions.
British Columbia traditionally exports more students
than it receives, and our out-of-province numbers have been
down over the last few years, so wed like to see a small
increase in students from other provinces.
Ontario students from both Grades 12 and 13 will graduate
this year, as the provincial government phases out Grade 13.
The double cohort means about 75,000 students -- 34,000 more
than last year -- are looking for spots at post-secondary
UBC has been actively recruiting in Ontario this year to
make that provinces top students aware of the opportunities
here, and recruiters efforts appear to be paying off.
As of Jan. 15, UBCs admissions office had received
2,244 applications from Canadian high school students applying
from outside of B.C. Of those, approximately 750 were from
Ontario. In the previous year, the total number of out-of-province
applications received by the end of March was 2,248.
Phillips says its difficult to compare the Ontario
numbers with statistics from previous years because UBC hasnt
tracked students from that province separately before. But
she is quick to point out that the out-of-province application
spike doesnt mean B.C. high school students applying
to UBC will be displaced.
Theres no question that applications from Ontario
and other provinces are increasing, Phillips explains.
But I think theres a lot of undue anxiety being
created by the media coverage of the Ontario situation.
Even with Ontarios double cohort, Phillips says out-of-province
students still account for only a small proportion of UBCs
undergraduate applications. She adds that many students may
only be looking at schools outside their province as a back-up
Ontario applicants who are good enough to get into
UBC dont need a back-up plan, theyll likely get
into the institution of their choice. Applicants with marginal
grades wont be offered admission to UBC because we are
a highly competitive institution, Phillips says.
As for the public concern that more applicants will blow
admissions averages through the roof, Phillips says that its
too early to tell what this years final cut-off grades
Admission averages are driven by the number of spaces
available, and number and quality of applicants we receive.
We fill our seats with top applicants. Its too early
to guess what the final admission cut-offs will be because
we havent yet received or evaluated all the applications,
For a look at past UBC admission averages by program, visit