* Registration is required only for the testing day – everyone is welcome to attend information meetings without pre-registration. Applications open in September.


Information for New Applicants (2021/2022) and Parents

Information Meetings:
DATES: September 18th | October 23rd
TIME: 6 PM – 8 PM

Assessment Dates:  
DATES: October 9th and November 6th, 2020
ADDRESS: 1924 West Mall – Auditorium Annex B
BUILDING: University Transition Program
ROOM: 240 D
TIME: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
PARKING: 6440 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2, UBC (Fraser River Parkade) OR 2140 Lower Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2, UBC (West Parkade)

UBC, the Vancouver School Board, and the BC Ministry of Education run a joint university preparation program – the University Transition Program – for academically exceptional students. Students enrolled in this program are eligible for admission to the University of British Columbia after their second year of UTP upon the recommendation of the UTP Program Coordinator, the approval of the dean of their faculty of choice, and the completion of required Grade 12 courses (or their equivalent) necessary for entry to that faculty.

Each year, the program accepts a maximum of 20 new students between the ages 13 to 15 out of over 200 applicants. Selection encourages gender balance and support for diversity, which is furthered as half of the accepted students must be from outside the Vancouver School District. The identification of potential students is comprehensive, rigorous, and unbiased using a variety of data. 

*Note: The program will not accept current grade nine students.

How to Apply: The Most Important Steps

This page is intended as an overview and checklist for applicants. For more information about any of the steps, please visit FAQ. 

  1. Attend a mandatory information session. The location will be determined shortly. After attending the first information meeting, you can attend any of the assessment days available.


  2. Fill out and submit the application form here to the following email UTP.Apply.2021@gmail.com. Be sure to attach a photo of the applicant to the application. In the subject, only include the full name of the applicant with the last name, followed by the first name. (i.e. Subject line: Smith, John). You will receive an automated reply; if it doesn’t appear, try sending it again in a few minutes.


  3. Fill out an electronic form online here. Follow instructions listed there; this form is also mandatory


  4. Attend the Large Group Assessment. It will be held on the two dates above from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Applicants can only attend ONE of the assessments. The student dropoff and pickup point is at Room 240D, Auditorium Annex B, University Transition Program, 1924 West Mall.

  5. Based on the results of the Large Group Assessment,  students will receive further information regarding their application.


Students are required to submit application forms no later than three days prior to the test date in order to be registered for the test. They will be available at the Information Meetings.
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