New to LFS

Welcome to LFS!

Wondering what it’s like to be an LFS student? Excited to start your journey at UBC? There are lots of ways to meet new friends, current LFS students, staff and faculty in the lead up to September. Whether you are joining us directly from high school, transferring from another post-secondary institution, or joining us from another program at UBC, you are invited to connect with us.

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Welcome to LFS!

LFS Virtual Spring Welcome Events

Dates: April 27 – May 6, 2021

Congratulations – now that you have an offer of admission from UBC, join LFS Academic Advisors, current students and instructors for our Virtual Spring Welcome Events to learn more about LFS and to help you prepare for what comes next. Attend info sessions and workshops, or Zoom one-on-one with a current student to get all your questions answered! We can’t wait to connect with you.

Visit our Spring Welcome Events page to see what we have planned, and register for all the events you’d like to attend.

UBC Admissions Next Steps & Updates

Dates: now – Sept, 2021

To keep on top of all things UBC admissions, including accepting your offer, applying for housing, and other next steps, be sure to:

LFS ROOTSS (Reach Out, Orientation, Transition & Study Skills)

Dates: May 2021 – April 2022

The LFS ROOTSS (Reach Out, Orientation, Transition, & Study Skills) program is designed to support your orientation to the Faculty, help you prepare for the year ahead and support you throughout your first year in LFS. ROOTSS is an online program offered through Canvas, which is the platform most UBC classes use, so you’ll get the chance to practice with this tool before your classes start in September. All new-to-LFS students will be enrolled in ROOTSS starting in May 2021.

  • Prepare for and get registration support
  • Learn about and access academic and social resources
  • Get excited about student life on campus and in LFS
  • Engage directly with LFS students, staff and faculty
  • Join discussion forums to meet each other

New modules will be released every Monday (#modulemonday) from May to September! Follow us on @ubclfs Instagram for exciting content and updates on all things #lfsrootss

Get Started in LFS:

Curious about what to expect in your first year? We’ve got you covered! ‘Get Started’ here!


Academic Essentials

Dates: July 5 – August 12, 2021

Start your university journey on the right foot with Academic Essentials. Through free, self-directed online courses, this program helps you develop the learning skills you’ll need to succeed in your first year at UBC and beyond.

Registration will open soon – keep your eye on the Academic Essentials website for updates.


Jump Start

Dates: August 30 – September 3, 2021

Your official welcome to life at UBC. Register for Jump Start, a multi-day academic orientation designed to introduce you to the University, your professors, and your classmates. You will spend time with a LFS professor and senior peers from the Faculty, meet other first-year students, and learn more about the UBC services available to you before classes start.

Through Jump Start, you will have opportunities to:

  • Connect with professors (called Faculty Fellows)
  • Connect with upper year LFS students
  • Meet other new LFS students, just like you
  • Learn about UBC

Registration will open soon – keep your eye on the UBC Jump Start website for updates.

Imagine UBC Day

Date: September 7, 2021

Unable to attend Jump Start? Don’t worry, that’s okay! There are plenty of opportunities to get to know UBC, LFS and meet your classmates through Imagine UBC Day.

On Tuesday September 7, 2021, your first day at UBC, we celebrate Imagine UBC Day. There are no classes this day; instead all new-to-LFS undergraduate students are matched with upper-year LFS students (called Orientation Leaders) who will connect you to other students and activities throughout the day. The day will include:

  • Meeting the LFS Dean
  • Meeting LFS faculty members and LFS staff
  • Meeting your fellow LFS students
  • Learning more about resources, support services and LFS student groups

Keep your eye on the Imagine UBC website for updates.

Hear advice from recent grads:

We interviewed a few of our recent grads about their LFS experience and plans for the future. Meet Njoki, Hannah, Misa, Aki, Taryn, Jodie and Francesca and get inspired for what lies ahead for you! We’re so proud of our students, and can’t wait to see what impacts and experiences each of you have in LFS, at UBC and in your communities.

Still Have Questions?

Connect with Thilini Leitan, Student Engagement Officer at thilini.leitan@ubc.ca.