Freshman Students

A freshman is an applicant who is attending university for the first time, usually a recent high school graduate.

To be eligible for acceptance, applicants must have one of the following:

  • Five BGCSEs or equivalent passes including English and Mathematics with ‘C’ grades or higher.
  • Four BGCSEs or equivalent passes including English, Mathematics, a Social Science and a Natural Science with ‘C’ grades or higher.
  • A combined score of at least 1000 on the Math and Verbal components of the SAT if taken after 2005 plus a high school transcript with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher, inclusive of at least one term of the 12th grade or senior year.
  • Successful completion of an academic upgrading programme at University of The Bahamas or an institution recognized by UB.

In addition to the general admissions requirements, some programmes have additional requirements.

  • Art: Applicants must submit a portfolio of their work.
  • Music: Applicants must pass an audition conducted by Music faculty. Auditions are normally held in the spring semester for students being admitted in the fall.
  • Nursing: Admission into the BSc in Nursing is very competitive. In addition to the general admissions criteria, students must possess a BGCSE pass in at least one natural science subject, preferably Biology or Chemistry, and present themselves for an interview.
  • Education: Students may be required to present themselves for an interview.

Transfer students are applicants who are attending or have attended another university and who wish to transfer their courses and complete their studies at UB. Applicants wishing to transfer must:

  1. have been enrolled in a college/university full-time for at least one semester following high school graduation;
  2. have achieved at least 15, but no more than 30, credit hours with ‘C’ grades or higher; and
  3. have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.0 scale and a grade of ‘C’ or higher in each credited course.

Applications will not be considered without an official transcript. A high school transcript and standardised test scores may also be required.

Transient students are applicants who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme at another university and who have been granted permission to attend UB for the purpose of transferring credits back to their home institution. Transient students who wish to take courses at UB must:

  • Be in good academic standing at their home institution; and
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.0 scale.

Transient students are advised that:

  • Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the UB class.
  • Applications will only be considered with an official transcript; unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • Outstanding documents will not be accepted during the transient student registration period or after the first day of classes.
  • Application files that are not completed by the start of transient student registration will be closed by the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.
  • They are allowed to register during late registration only; as a result, acceptance does not guarantee course availability. No late charges will be applied to the student’s account.
  • They cannot download an unofficial copy of their UB transcript; instead, they must request an official copy from the Department of Records.

Mature students are applicants who are at least 25 years old and have BGCSE or equivalent English and Mathematics passes with ‘C’ grades or higher. Mature student applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis

International students must meet direct entry requirement for the degree programme for which they are applying. International applicants must have one of the following:

  • Five BGCSEs or equivalent passes including English and Mathematics with ‘C’ grades or higher.
  • Four BGCSEs or equivalent passes including English, Mathematics, a Social Science and a Natural Science with ‘C’ grades or higher.
  • A combined score of at least 1000 on the Math and Verbal components of the SAT if taken after 2005 plus a high school transcript with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher, inclusive of at least one term of the 12th grade or senior year.
  • Successful completion of an academic upgrading programme at an institution recognised by UB.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of proficiency in English, such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent, in addition to meeting admission requirements.

Provisional Acceptance

Notification to international applicants who meet the admissions criteria will be in the form of a provisional letter of acceptance and will include the Bahamas Department of Immigration Form (First Schedule Form I). Applicants must complete the First Schedule Form I and submit it with their provisional letter of acceptance to The Bahamas Department of Immigration at least six months prior to their expected date of enrollment.

Students are not be allowed to register for classes with a provisional acceptance letter; registration is allowed upon full acceptance.

Offers of provisional acceptance are valid for one year after date of issuance.

Full Acceptance

International applicants who have received a provisional acceptance are eligible for acceptance into UB upon submission of the following:

  • Completed University of The Bahamas Medical Record Form;
  • Credential evaluations, where applicable; and
  • Evidence of permission to study at University of The Bahamas from the Bahamas Department of Immigration

Students are responsible for maintaining their immigration status while enrolled at UB.

International Education Credential Evaluation

International applicants must have their academic records evaluated for authenticity and equivalency by one of the following agencies:

  1. Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
  2. Foreign Credential Service of America
  3. International Education Services/Credential Evaluations Services
  4. World Education Services

Applicants are responsible for the payment of all services provided by the agencies listed above