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?
Consider the impact of the course and take appropriate steps going forward.
Saturday Jan 7, 2017
Hear from inspiring speakers and attend interactive workshops.
On-campus student leader positions are available for the next academic year.
Wednesday Jan 18, 2017
Apply your research skills to find solutions to a pertinent global issue.
Jan 16 - 20, 2017
Attend festivities in a week-long celebration of Science.
Learn from Science Peer Academic Coaches on tips for a successful term.
Late February 2017
Attend info sessions to find out about how you will specialize (apply for a major) in your BSc.
Monday Mar 6, 2017
Departmental advisors and senior students answer your questions about specializations.
Late March 2017
Swim, bike, run, and get over a 12-foot wall. Take on this challenge with classmates or friends from Imagine Day!
Mar 22 - Apr 7, 2017
Create a quick, personal exam prep plan and pick up a free care package.
April 10 - 28, 2017
The final exam period runs from Apr 10 to Apr 28.
Wednesday June 1, 2016
Last day to accept an offer of admission to UBC.
June 21 - June 23, 2016
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 June 30, 2016
Last day to apply to UBC's small, integrated science experience.
New students receive a welcome email from the president.
August - September 2016
Visit the UBC bookstore website to get your personalized book list.
You'll receive important info about Orientation groups and Imagine Day.
Early September 2016
You'll receive a personal introduction from your Science Orientation Leader.
Tuesday Sept 6, 2016
Join 8,000 new students to explore campus, meet new friends, and attend the pep rally.
Sept 6 - 9, 2016
Kick-start life as a UBC Science student. Fun events organized by SUS.
Sept 6 - 13, 2016
Attend a fun social event and reconnect with your Orientation group.
Tuesday Sept 20, 2016
Last day to withdraw from Term 1 courses without a W standing on your transcript.
Sept 16 - 17, 2016
Meet new friends in Science and kick-off your first year.
Sept 20 - 21, 2016
Prepare for midterms by learning study advice from professors.
Mid - Late September 2016
One-on-one support from a Science Peer Academic Coach: 12 to 5 PM weekdays.
Early October 2016
Join 3,000 students in the world's largest voyageur canoe race. Sign up with your Orientation group, or friends from class!
Friday Oct 14, 2016
Last day to withdraw from a Term 1 course with a W standing on your transcript.
Late October 2016
Tips to help you improve your study skills for the next round of midterms.
Tuesday Oct 18, 2016
Work with a SPAC coach on study plans and strategies.
Wednesday Oct 26, 2016
Hear student speakers and meet local groups for volunteer opportunities.
Wednesday Nov 23, 2016
Learn from a UBC researcher about how to get into the field. Attend informative lab tours.
Nov 21 - Dec 2, 2016
Create a quick, personal study plan and pick up a free study kit.
Friday Dec 2, 2016
Last day of Term 1 classes for most faculties.
December 6 - 22, 2016
The final exam period runs from Tuesday Dec 6 to Wednesday Dec 21.
Support for Science Students
Have questions about course registration? Not sure about program or specialization requirements? Need overall help with your UBC Science degree planning? Science advisors are here to answer your questions at the Science Student Information Centre. Learn more.
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 per cent 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 Meet Your Profs and Get into Research, throughout the year. Learn more.
There are many on-campus resources and programs available to you. Make the most out of your Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.