Things to Think About in Your First Year
How do I define success in my courses?
Who can help me with my academics?
What do I want to accomplish during my undergrad?
Where can I find people with similar interests to me?
How is university preparing me for the career I want?
What do I want to be responsible for knowing about?
Your First Year Bucket List
- Where can I get my textbooks?
- What are some recommendations for electives?
- Where are the best places to eat/study on campus?
- Are there any free resources to help me prepare for exams?
- How is university different from high school?
- Where can I find involvement or research opportunities?
- How do I get involved in research?
Tuesday Sept 5, 2017
Join 8,000 new students to explore campus, meet new friends, and attend the pep rally.
Sept 5-8, 2017
Kick-start life as a UBC Science student. Fun events organized by SUS.
Attend a fun social event and reconnect with your Orientations group.
Tuesday Sept 19, 2017
Last day to withdraw from Term 1 courses without a W standing on your transcript.
Sept 15-16 2017
Meet new friends in Science and kick-off your first year.
Sept 26-27, 2017
Prepare for midterms by learning study advice from professors.
Mid - Late September 2017
Get one-on-one support from a Science Peer Academic Coach.
SEPT 30 - OCT 1, 2017
Join 3,000 students in the world's largest voyageur canoe race.
Friday Oct 13, 2017
Last day to withdraw from a Term 1 course with a W standing on your transcript.
Late October 2017
Tips to help you improve your study skills for the next round of midterms.
Learn tips to resolve your anxiety during midterm season.
Nov 8, 2017
Hear student speakers and meet local groups for volunteer opportunities.
Nov 23, 2017
Attend informative lab tours and learn about getting into the field.
Nov 20 - Dec 1, 2017
Create a quick, personal study plan and get exam prep tips.
Friday Dec 1, 2017
Last day of Term 1 classes for most faculties.
December 5 - 20, 2017
The final exam period runs from Dec 5 to Dec 20.
Consider the impact of the course and take appropriate steps going forward.
SAT Jan 13, 2018
Hear from inspiring speakers and attend interactive workshops while meeting fellow student leaders.
On-campus student leader positions are available for the next academic year.
Jan 17, 2018
Form teams and find solutions to a global issue.
Jan 15-19, 2018
Attend festivities in a week-long celebration of Science.
Jan 24, 2018
Learn how to take care of your physical and mental health.
Late Feb - march 2018
Learn how to specialize (apply for a major) at the end of first year.
Mar 5 2018
Departmental advisors and senior students answer your questions about specializations.
Late March 2018
Swim, bike, run, and get over a 12-foot wall in a team or individually.
Mar 26- Apr 6 2018
Create a quick exam study plan and get a free care package.
April 10 - 25, 2018
The final exam period runs from Apr 10 to Apr 28.
Tuesday May 1, 2018
Deadline for most students to accept UBC's offer of admission.
June 19 - June 21, 2018
Register for your courses in Term 1 and 2 Winter Session.
Learn tips on how to secure a spot in a lecture or lab.
Thursday May 31, 2018
Last day to apply to UBC's small, integrated science experience.
New students receive a welcome email from the president.
August - September 2018
Visit the UBC bookstore website to get your personalized book list.
Important info about Orientation groups and Imagine Day sent.
Early September 2018
Your Science Orientations Leader will send a personal introduction email.
Support for Science Students
Questions about course selection? Not sure about program or specialization requirements? Need help with your Science degree planning? Visit Science Advising.
Connect with a Science Peer Academic coach at the Irving K Barber Learning Centre. Get personalized advice on study techniques, time management and exam prep. Did you know students who work with a coach see up to a 10% increase in their grades? Learn more.
Build Knowledge and Skills to Complement Your Coursework
Attend SCI Team events to gain experience and get ahead with your academics, extra-curriculars, professional skill development, and career plans. SCI Team hosts a variety of events, such as Get into Research, throughout the year. Learn more.
There are many free on-campus resources available to you. Make the most out of your Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.