Alumni Reader

Broad-Based Admissions Overview

In 2012, UBC expanded its use of broad-based admissions – an application process based both on grades and personal experiences – to all applicants of direct-entry undergraduate programs at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. UBC is the largest Canadian university to include non-academic criteria in its application process on this scale.

The Personal Profile is required of all high school students applying to all UBC degrees on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. It is also required of all transfer applicants into the Bachelor of Commerce and Kinesiology degrees on the Vancouver campus and the Nursing degree on the Okanagan campus.

The Personal Profile requires applicants to answer four to seven “personal profile” questions. The questions give applicants the opportunity to demonstrate self-reflection through their learning, challenges, experiences and goals in relation, but not limited to:

  • Leadership/group contributions – e.g., student government experience, community involvement, family responsibility, etc.
  • Academic achievements – e.g., research projects, success in contests, prizes won for high standing, etc.
  • Sports involvement – e.g., membership on teams, participation in competitions, etc.
  • Creative and performing arts experience
  • Work experience
  • Volunteer experience and service to others

Knowing more about prospective students through the use of a personal profile in the application process helps identify those who will flourish at UBC not only because of high grades but because of the experiences and ambition they bring with them. BBA supports UBC’s strategic goal of increasing representation of underrepresented and/or marginalized communities at UBC by assessing students holistically.

Please be sure to thoroughly review the Broad-Based Admissions Alumni Reader Role Description prior to completing your application. Broad-Based Admissions Alumni Readers play a vital role in helping to shape the community of students and future alumni of the University of British Columbia.

For this role we are seeking alumni volunteers who are passionate about UBC, interested to learn more about prospective students and committed to thoroughly reviewing applications with accuracy, consistency and free from bias. Alumni of all UBC faculties and schools are welcome to apply to be Broad-Based Admissions Alumni Readers.

Alumni volunteers must NOT be in any situation that is, or could be perceived as a conflict with the role of reading and scoring personal profiles including:

  • an applicant to an undergraduate program at UBC, including current applicants to the Pharmacy/Nursing programs;
  • a parent, relative or guardian of a current applicant to an undergraduate program at UBC;
  • a counsellor, advisor, educational agent/consultant, teacher, tutor, principal, coach or sports coach of a current applicant to an undergraduate program at UBC; or
  • an employee and/or volunteer of another post-secondary institution

Please note that this role requires confidentiality and a significant time commitment.

Thank you in advance for your interest in this exciting volunteer opportunity!
Once we have received and reviewed your application, we will be in touch with you regarding your acceptance as a BBA Alumni Reader.

Thanks to overwhelming interest from our alumni community we have closed applications for the 2021-2022 season.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage volunteer applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


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