Personal profile reading
Volunteer personal profile readers are critical to the undergraduate admission process and in helping to shape our community of students on campus.
How does the process work?
In 2012, UBC introduced a broad-based admissions process to applicants of direct-entry undergraduate program, requiring applicants to answer five to seven “personal profile” questions in addition to providing secondary school marks. The questions allow applicants to demonstrate self-reflection through their learning, challenges, experiences, and goals.
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.
Readers will review personal profiles of applicants who come from all walks of life. The ranking given by the reader will be used in conjunction with an applicant’s academic profile to determine the applicant’s admissibility to UBC.
Why are readers needed?
Having more readers results in earlier offers of admission. A high school student’s personal profile is a mandatory part of their application to UBC, and the sooner a student’s profile is evaluated, the earlier UBC is able to extend an offer of admission.
What kind of commitment is required?
Readers are asked to participate as follows:
- Complete the online personal profile reader training session. Returning readers are asked to complete a refresher training session.
- Complete regular weekly reading and scoring so that admission decisions can be provided to applicants in a timely manner.
- Score personal profiles in a manner that is consistent, free from bias, and equitable.
The average reader may spend one to two hours per week beginning in mid-November, but the commitment is flexible—evaluate as many or as few profiles per week as your schedule allows.
When are readers needed?
Readers are required to undergo an online training session before the profile reading begins in mid-November.
How do I sign up?
To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Halyna Petryshyn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please encourage all of your staff to contribute to this important process.