UBC’s Vancouver campus senate has adopted a motion that admissions officials say will help the University continue to deliver admissions decisions as soon as possible and in a way that is fair for all students.
The University typically aims to provide many of its offers of admission in April, based on the availability of spring report cards.
This year, given the possibility that some B.C. students might not have traditional spring report cards, UBC’s Vancouver campus senate has approved a proposal to allow the University to consider final confirmed grades to date, including final Grade 11 and completed Grade 12 courses.
UBC recognizes this is an anxious time for students and their families. Adopting this measure will allow the University to make offers of admission to B.C. students by mid-April – the same timeframe as in previous years.
Grade 12 marks will be available from the B.C. Ministry of Education in May, and additional offers will be made at that time, as has been the case in previous years.
“No one will be disadvantaged in the admission process with this approach, it is simply a way to get offers out earlier,” said Michael Bluhm, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions.
“We want to assure parents and students that no one will be penalized for Grade 11 marks. As in previous years, we will keep spaces open for B.C. students until Grade 12 marks can be considered in May. We expect no changes as a result of this approach in the number of students coming to UBC from B.C. public schools.”
UBC’s Okanagan campus senate approved this approach on February 29, 2012. UBC’s campus senates govern policies around admissions and academics.
This year UBC’s Vancouver campus also adopted a broad-based admissions approach for all applying to undergraduate programs. All applicants fill out a personal profile, and this information is considered in addition to academic grades.
For more information, visit: http://blog.students.ubc.ca/admissions/2012/03/08/grade-11-marks-for-bc-students/