A freshman or first year student is someone who is attending university for the first time, usually a recent high school graduate.To be eligible for acceptance as a freshman or first year student, applicants must have oneof the following:

  • Five BGCSE or equivalent passes including English and Mathematics, a Social Science, a Natural Science and another academic subject with ‘C’ grades or higher.
  • Four BGCSE or equivalent passes with a deficiency in either English or Mathematics, along with a Social Science and a Natural Science subject with ‘C’ grades or higher.
  • A combined score of at least 1000 on the SAT if taken during and prior to 2005 or a combined score of at least 1000 on the Mathematics and Verbal components of the SAT if taken after 2005 plus a high school transcript with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale), including at least one term of the 12th grade or senior year.
  • A combined score of at least 21 on the Mathematics and Verbal components of the ACT with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
  • IB grade level 4 or higher in English and Mathematics and AP grade level 3 or higher in English and Mathematics with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for a minimum of two years of high school and one term of the 12th grade or senior year plus placement at Basic College Mathematics and Writing & Rhetoric I on UB’s placement examination.
  • Successful completion of an Academic Enhancement programme at UB or an institution recognised by UB.

 

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

  • Art: Applicants must submit a portfolio of their work.
  • Music: Applicants must have BGCSE in Music grade ‘B’ (orGrade 5 in Music Theory and Practical with Royal Schools/Trinity Exams) and a successful audition/interview 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 (1) possess a BGCSE pass in at least one natural science subject, preferably Biology or Chemistry, (2) complete UB’s Pre-Nursing Programme and (3) present themselves for an interview.
  • Education: Applicants to the B.Ed. Primary Programme who meet direct entry requirements and have no English or Mathematics deficiencieswill be accepted into the B.Ed. Primary Programmes. Applicants to the B.Ed Secondary Certification and Diploma Programmes who meet admissions criteria will be accepted for entry pending vetting and approval by Education.

Transfer students are attending or have attended another university. They transfer their college-level courses and complete their studies at UB.  Applicants wishing to transfer to UB must:

  • have achieved at least 15 credit hours of college-level coursework with ‘C’ grades or higher at an institution recognized by UB; and
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.

Applications will not be considered without an official college/university transcript. A high school transcript and standardised test scores may also be required. Applicants who have fewer than 15 credit hours with ‘C’ grades or higher should follow the admission requirements for freshmen.

Transient students are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme at another university and 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 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • submit a completed application to UB at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the UB class; outstanding documents will not be accepted during the transient student registration period or after the first day of classes.
  • ensure their home institution forwards an official transcript to UB’s Office of Recruitment & Admissions; unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.
  • register for the UB course during the late registration period; no late charges will be applied to the student’s account.
  • request that the UB Registrar send an official copy of their UB transcript to their home institution; transient students are unable to download an unofficial copy of the UB transcript.

Application files that are not completed by the start of transient student registration will be closed by the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

To qualify for Mature Student Status, applicants must be at least 25 years old with placement at Basic College Mathematics and Writing & Rhetoric I on UB’s placement examination or BGCSE or equivalent passes in English and Mathematics with ‘C’ grades or higher. Matureapplicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

International students must meet direct entry requirements for the degree programme for which they are applying. International applicants must have oneof the following:

  • Five BGCSE or equivalent passes including English and Mathematics, a Social Science, a Natural Science and another academic subject with ‘C’ grades or higher.
  • Four BGCSE or equivalent passes with a deficiency in either English or Mathematics, along with a Social Science and a Natural Science subject with ‘C’ grades or higher.
  • A combined score of at least 1000 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) if taken during and prior to 2005 or a combined score of at least 1000 on the Mathematics and Verbal components of the SAT if taken after 2005 plus a high school transcript with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale), inclusive of at least one term of the 12th grade or senior year.
  • A combined score of at least 21 on the Mathematics and Verbal components of the ACT with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) grade level 4 or higher in English and Mathematics and Advanced Placement (AP) grade level 3 or higher in English and Mathematics with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for a minimum of two years of high school and one term of the 12th grade or senior year plus placement at Basic College Mathematics and Writing & Rhetoric I on UB’s placement examination.
  • Successful completion of an Academic Enhancement programme at UB or an institution recognised by UB.

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 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 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:

  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
  • Foreign Credential Service of America
  • International Education Services/Credential Evaluations Services
  • World Education Services

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

Any applicant 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.

Office of Recruitment & Admissions
University of The Bahamas
P.O. Box N-4912
Nassau, The Bahamas
E-mail: admissions@ub.edu.bs
Phone: (242) 302-4499/4394/4319/4367
Fax: (242) 302-4586

 

Office of Recruitment & Admissions
University of The Bahamas-North
P.O. Box F-42766
East Grand Bahama, The Bahamas
E-mail: admissionsNBC@ub.edu.bs
Phone: (242) 688-5911/5926
Fax: (242) 352-7987