New Student Resources

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan campus! 

Whether you are a newly-admitted first-year student or a transfer student just starting at UBC's Okanagan campus, this page has everything you'll need to know about beginning your studies at UBC Okanagan.

Entrance Advisors

Our Entrance Advisors are here from May to October specifically to help new-to-UBC students with their academic transition from high school to university. The Entrance Advisors are seasoned, upper-year UBC students who are happy to:
•    Help you with typical new student problems - course registration, using the Academic Calendar, and Degree Navigator
•    Provide information, answer your questions, and respond to your concerns about starting life as a student at UBC’s Okanagan campus
•    Connect you to resources, both on and off campus
•    Connect you with Academic Advisors
•    Share their experiences and insights with you as a fellow UBC student

First-year planning guides

We have created planning guides for the first year of all degree programs that are offered at UBC's Okanagan campus to help you plan out your first-year courses.

Course Selection Check

We encourage all first-year students to have their first-year course schedule reviewed before registration opens. To have your courses reviewed by Academic Advising, submit the Course Selection Check (not available until Spring 2019) with the courses you plan to register in.
A good tip is to create a worklist on the Student Service Centre (SSC) first and then enter the courses from your worklist to the Course Selection Check. An Entrance Advisor will review your course selections and email you directly with a response. Be sure to submit your Course Selection Check for review well before your registration date/time opens so you can be well prepared!


UBC has created a bunch of helpful videos for every step of the registration process. Check out their Youtube page!

Degree Navigator

Degree Navigator is an interactive advising tool designed to help you make informed decisions regarding your academic program.
Degree Navigator will help you:
  • view program requirements
  • view course information as outlined in the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar
  • evaluate your progress towards program requirements
  • plan hypothetical course scenarios for future sessions

How to access Degree Navigator:

Log into the Student Service Centre (SSC) and click on "Degree Navigator" under "Registration." Be sure to watch the video tutorial on how to audit your degree. You can use the Degree Navigator search field to check your progress towards other specializations or programs. Watch this video tutorial to learn more.
Email comments or questions to You can also view our Degree Navigator tip sheet for more information on using the program.

Student checklist

We have developed an interactive checklist for students to use to make sure they aren't missing anything throughout the year. The student checklist hold information on things like housing, loans, events, deadlines, parking, and health and wellness. The checklist is sort-able so you can filter down to the topics that are most important to you. Check out the Student checklist!

Undergraduate degree requirements

Be sure to use the online Academic Calendar section for Faculties, Schools, and Colleges to ensure that you are meeting all undergraduate degree requirements specific to your degree program.

Transfer credit info

How do I interpret my transfer credit?

  1. Check your transfer credit details in the SSC (be sure to select the UBC Okanagan when viewing your transfer credits).
  2. Use our Transfer Credit Guide.

What is unassigned credit?

Transfer students can receive unassigned or assigned credit. Unassigned credit is credit granted for a specific subject and year level. For example, BIOL1st (3) means you will be awarded 3 credits of first-year biology. This credit may not automatically apply towards a specific requirement but is useful for elective requirements. If you feel that the course you completed to earn the unassigned credit is similar to the required UBC course for a particular requirement, please call 250.807.9100 to make an appointment to speak with an Academic Advisor (in person, Skype, or over-the-phone appointments are available)

What should I do if I feel my transfer credits have been assessed incorrectly?

  1. Make an appointment to see an Academic Advisor. We can go through all of your transfer credits with you and explain how they can be used towards your degree requirements. 
  2. If you would like to request a re-evaluation of any particular unassigned credits, you need to provide detailed course outlines to Enrolment Services using the Articulation Request Form. You should have the detailed course outline if you kept your notes or have access to your course information from your former institution. If not, you can generally obtain them from most university websites. For more information on the articulation process and who to contact if you have questions about your articulation request, please see the Transfer Credit page.  

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