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
UBC’s immersive, multi-day orientation is designed to introduce you to the University, your faculty, and new friends.
You’ll be paired with a Science Imagine Orientation Leader and connect with the Science community at UBC.
Kick-start life as a UBC Science student. Fun events organized by SUS.
Tuesday Sept 18, 2018
Last day to withdraw from Term 1 courses without a W standing on your transcript.
Meet new friends in Science and kick-off your first year.
Prepare for midterms by learning study advice from professors.
Mid - Late September 2018
Get one-on-one support from a Science Peer Academic Coach.
Late September 2018
Join 3,000 students in the world's largest voyageur canoe race.
Friday Oct 12, 2018
Last day to withdraw from a Term 1 course with a W standing on your transcript.
Late October 2018
Tips to help you improve your study skills for the next round of midterms.
Learn tips to resolve your anxiety during midterm season.
November 7, 2018
Hear student speakers and meet local groups for volunteer opportunities.
November 21, 2018
Attend informative lab tours and learn about getting into the field.
November 19-30, 2018
Create a quick, personal study plan and get exam prep tips.
Friday Nov 30, 2018
Last day of Term 1 classes for most faculties.
December 4 - 19, 2018
The final exam period runs from Dec 4 to Dec 19.
Consider the impact of the course and take appropriate steps going forward.
Saturday Jan 12, 2019
Hear from inspiring speakers and attend interactive workshops while meeting fellow student leaders.
Monday Jan 14, 2019
Last day to withdraw from Term 2 courses without a W standing on your transcript.
On-campus student leader positions are available for the next academic year.
Jan 23, 2019
Form teams and find solutions to a global issue.
Mar 4 2019
Departmental advisors and senior students answer your questions about specializations.
Late March 2019
Swim, bike, run, and get over a 12-foot wall in a team or individually.
Mar 25- Apr 4 2019
Create a quick exam study plan and get a free care package.
Thursday Apr 4, 2019
Last day of Term 2 classes for most faculties.
April 8 - 26, 2019
The final exam period runs from Apr 8 to Apr 26.
Tuesday May 1, 2018
Deadline for most students to accept UBC's offer of admission.
Thursday May 31, 2018
Last day to apply to UBC's small, integrated science experience.
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 Jul 5, 2018
Last day to apply to register for the Jump Start Orientation Program.
New students receive a welcome email from the president.
August - September 2018
Visit the UBC bookstore website to get your personalized book list.
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.