11/23/2012 09:21 EST | Updated 01/23/2013 05:12 EST

UBC still accepting Grade 11 marks for early admission

UBC has decided to continue to look at Grade 11 marks when considering students for early admission — a practise the university began last year because of the teachers’ job action, but has now made permanent.

It means the school can get admission offers out earlier where Grade 12 marks aren't yet available, according to assistant registrar Andrew Arida.

“We've heard loud and clear from students and their families that UBC's offers of admission tend to come later than offers from many other universities. And that's primarily because many other universities are using Grade 11 grades,” Arida said.

“We want to make sure [applicants] get their offers in a timely way so they can make the best decision about where they go to university.”

Arida says final acceptance is still based on Grade 12 marks.

But at Simon Fraser University, Grade 11 records aren't taken into account and won’t be in the foreseeable future, said Tim Rahilly, the school’s associate vice-president.

“Some students tell us that their performance improves in their Grade 12 year, and we certainly want to give them every advantage that we can,” Rahilly said.