The University of British Columbia is preparing to greet a class of 7,927 incoming first-year students it considers to be among the strongest it has enrolled, in academic achievement as well as in the school of life.
This includes an expected 6,094 first-year students to its Vancouver campus, and 1,833 first-year students to its Okanagan campus.
This is the second year incoming students to Vancouver have been enrolled using broad-based admissions (BBA), in which both grades and personal experiences are evaluated — and the first year incoming students at the Okanagan campus have used the system. Lessons learned from out-of-class experiences are now part of the evaluation process for all first-year UBC students.
“The UBC Class of 2017 has shown us they work hard at school, and they are engaged and curious about life,” said Maggie Hartley, associate vice president and registrar pro tem. “They are ready to embrace their learning and all the dynamic experiences that UBC has to offer them.”
The University continues to completely fill all of its provincially funded spaces for domestic students. Of the incoming class to both campuses, 4,406 come from high schools in every corner of the province.
The University’s global reputation has also helped attract 984 new first-year students from across Canada, and 2,082 new first-year students from more than 150 countries. International students do not displace domestic students, but pay for the full cost of their education to create additional spaces. They enable the University to provide new resources and vital global perspectives that greatly enhance a UBC degree.
Total enrolment on both campuses this fall is projected to be 57,495 (including 46,644 undergraduates and 10,851 graduate students), about the same level as last year.