Personal Profile Reading

Help to shape our community of students on campus.

Faculty and staff are invited to participate as volunteer Personal Profile readers for the undergraduate admission process.

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 give applicants the opportunity 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.

How it works

Readers are asked to 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 volunteer readers are needed

Volunteer Personal Profile readers are critical to the undergraduate admission process.

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.

Required commitment

The time commitment is flexible — readers decide how many profiles per week they would like to review, with most readers volunteering 1-2 hours per week. In appreciation for their time and effort, readers will be considered for various prizes.

Readers are required to:

  • Complete the online Personal Profile reader 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.

Personal Profile reading can also be counted toward university service hours for faculty members.

The average reader may spend up to 1-2 hours per week beginning in early December, but the commitment is flexible — you may evaluate as many or as few profiles per week as your schedule allows.

Sign up now

To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Stephanie Woods at

Please encourage your staff to contribute to this important process.