How course registration times are calculated at UBC

The Old SUB requested the formula used to calculate the registration times and averages of UBC students. This request was fulfilled on June 8, 2017.

It is released as follows:

Registration

Graduate students – registration is grouped by faculties and degrees (similarity of their programs), and then by GPA, i.e. PhDs before Masters within the same administering faculty. This is for both winter and summer sessions. Release times are every 15 minute interval, and in each interval about 300 students are scheduled.

Undergraduate students – Registration date and time are determined by the student’s year level and average. Release times are every 15 minute interval (winter sessions: over a 3 day period per year level, summer session: over 1 day per year level), and in each interval about 300 students are scheduled.

Winter session:

For a continuing student, the average is calculated from the previous Winter Session (term 1 and term 2), and for a new student, the average is from the Admission average. If a continuing student has no courses taken in the previous winter session, the admissions average is used.

Summer session:

For a continuing student, the average is calculated from Winter session (term 1 only), and for a new student, the average is from the Admission average. If a continuing student has no courses taken in the previous term 1 winter session, the admissions average is used.

Please note that the above formulas do not include priority registration arrangements made by certain faculties.

What are the implications of this information becoming public?

  • We know that approximately 300 students are assigned to each 15-minute interval for registration.
    • This potentially allows students to calculate their general standing at UBC. For example, if your registration time is 9 am on the first day of registration, your average would be in the top 300 within your year level. If your registration time is 9:15 am, your average is within the top 600 of your year level. And so on. Priority registration students get registration times between 7-8:45am.
  • There is a myth that if you take co-op or a year away from UBC, you will receive an early registration time because your grades are not available for next year’s registration time formula. When no grades are available, they will default back to the student’s admission GPA. Students who spend time away from UBC will likely have earlier registration times because high school GPAs are generally higher than university-level GPAs.
  • Admission GPA is relevant, even after entering UBC, in determining a registration time when grade information is not available.

5 Comments

  1. StormRunner

    You stated that we can calculate our general standing by when we register, but how do we know when the registration period is. How can we confirm if we are on the 1st day or 3rd day?

    • Pessimistic Gargoyle

      don’t overestimate yourself. there’s 5+ faculties think about how many 80+ students there are.

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