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Undergraduate recruitment and admission COVID-19 FAQs

The University of New Brunswick recognizes that we are all navigating uncertain times during the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a prospective student, we are sure you have some questions. We understand the current situation is causing stress, disruption and uncertainty regarding the next steps, so we wanted to provide you with all the possible support. We are here to answer your questions! 

Below, you will find a list of frequently asked questions regarding UNB and COVID-19:

Applying/Admissions

You can apply online here: unb.ca/apply


You should submit all required documents electronically if possible. Documents can be sent in via mail however due to limited staff on UNB campuses mail services and processing times, may be delayed.

Transcripts should be emailed directly by the institution if possible and they can be sent, along with other required documents, to the following:

Canadian applicants to UNB Fredericton campus – admissions@unb.ca

Canadian applicants to UNB Saint John campus – unbsjreg@unb.ca

All International applicants applying to either campus – international@unb.ca

Students may upload any required supplemental documents via their UNB application portal (unb.ca/myapplication)


UNB will accept courses with a 'Pass' grade as satisfying requirements for admission purposes. Admission requirements for Grade 12 New Brunswick applicants can be found here


UNB will continue to accept AP courses for admission purposes and assess for academic transfer credit. 

The CollegeBoard is going to administer AP exams online this year. You can take your exams as long as you have access to an electronic device. The CollegeBoard has also provided an option for you to write your responses by hand and submit a photo. CollegeBoard is committed to supporting their students through to exam day with testing date options and free resources. Please visit the CollegeBoard website for more information. 


UNB will continue to accept IB courses for admission purposes and assess for academic transfer credit. 

From ibo.org: IB students will be awarded with a grade for each of their registered subjects using a calculation that takes into account their coursework marks and their predicted grade, as submitted to the IB by their school. The achievement will be based around the students' coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor, and quality control already built into the programs. At a subject level, students will be awarded a grade on the normal IB 1-7 scaleFor more information: visit the IB website.   


UNB will work with international schools and applicants to accommodate as best we can by accepting the results that were given out by their schools at the end of the 2020 school year in lieu of official final exam results for countries where exams were cancelled (e.g. IGCSE, IGCSE, WASSCE, GCE, etc.) The International Admissions Office will also consider how students have done in the previous year in relevant courses. UNB will do our best to support a fair and equitable approach and ensure that the situation of each student is considered. Electronic transcripts/marks are being accepted in lieu of traditional copies of official records at this time.


UNB is now accepting the online Duolingo English Test and the CAEL online test to meet our proof of English Language Proficiency. 


2020 Fall term courses are delivered through a blended learning model that includes a combination of alternative delivery (AD) methods and in-person classes and labs.   Students can select AD delivery courses and begin their studies from their home country.   Students who are unable to participate in in-person courses and labs that do not have an alternative delivery method option must contact their academic advisor immediately for program advising.  If after this advising you wish to defer your offer of admission, contact the Admissions Office to discuss your deferred admission options. Include your student number when submitting questions to the Admissions Office. You will find this number on your letter of acceptance. Undergraduate deferral requests can be submitted online by completing the undergraduate deferral form.


English Language programs with Saint John College (Saint John campus) and the Program of Academic English (PAEP, Fredericton campus) are both offering alternative delivery (AD) learning for the Fall 2020 term, which means students can begin these programs at home. Students may take the Duolingo Test of English Language or CAEL online in order to be placed in the proper level.


UNB is open with Admissions and Recruitment both operating in a virtual environment. Please see details below on how to access services :

Virtual appointments with an Admissions Officer are also available:


Admitted

If you are able to submit all required documents electronically you will not experience delays in application processing and should hear back within two weeks.


You will receive your letter of acceptance and supplementary information, including website links and next steps, via e-mail to the e-mail address you provided with your application.


You can confirm your offer of admission in one of the following ways:

  • Payments can be made online through your UNB eServices account: eservices.unb.ca  Note that you will need to know your UNB Student ID number and your UNB Login ID (provided in your letter of acceptance).
  • Complete the confirmation form provided in your admissions package or download the PDF form and e-mail to the following:

The deadline to confirm your offer of admission has been extended to June 15th.  This applies to all programs with the exception of Education and Nursing.


Once you have been admitted to a program and have activated your IT services, your residence application will be available online in your eServices.


Information for 2020 High School Graduates

Admission requirements for Grade 12 applicants can be found here

UNB Fredericton campus:  Programs will be offered with a blend of alternative delivery methods and limited in-person instruction.  In-person instruction will largely focus on lab components which include but are not limited to programs such as Science, Nursing, Engineering, Forestry & Environmental Management and Kinesiology. 

UNB Saint John campus: Programs will be delivered with a combination of in-person instruction and alternative delivery methods with in-person classes available wherever possible. 

UNB Moncton site:  Advanced Standing Program will be delivered through alternative delivery methods with off-site clinical placements.

Most courses and labs will be adjusted appropriately for students who are unable to be on campus. However, some programs require in-person instruction to meet program outcomes and attendance will be mandatory to satisfy lab and practicum requirements. Students unable to participate in mandatory in-person courses and labs will receive appropriate program advising.


Alternative delivery methods include but is not limited to a variety of virtual delivery methods based on the course instructor’s choice.  


This is the tradition method of learning and course delivery by an instructor with students in attendance in a classroom, lecture hall, auditorium or laboratory on UNB campuses.


A blended format or blended learning model will include a combination of in-person instruction with alternative delivery methods as well. 


All courses will follow the dates outlined in the 2020-2021 Academic Calendars.  In-person instruction will begin as per the normal academic year on September 8, 2020.


Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss your deferred admission options.  Please include your student number when submitting questions to the Admissions Office. You will find this number on your letter of acceptance.

UNB Fredericton: admissions@unb.ca

UNB Saint John: unbsjreg@unb.ca

Graduate Students: gradschl@unb.ca

Yes. The decision to reduce your course load and registration changes should be done in consultation with your academic advisor:

UNB Fredericton: online advisor directory

UNB Saint John: sjadvising@unb.ca

International students registered in less than the equivalent of three courses per term should be aware that this may affect their eligibility for a Post-Graduation Work Permit once they complete their studies at UNB.  If you have questions about immigration, please contact:

UNB Fredericton: Jason MacFarlane, Jason.macfarlane@unb.ca

UNB Saint John: Ase Kelly Berg, akberg@unb.ca

Graduate Students: Please contact gradschl@unb.ca or the specific program officer for your field of study using https://www.unb.ca/gradstudies/current.


We understand extenuating circumstances may arise.  Where possible, programs, courses and labs will be adjusted for students who are unable to be on campus.

However, some programs require in-person instruction to meet program outcomes and attendance will be mandatory to satisfy lab and practicum requirements.  Students unable to participate in mandatory in-person courses and labs in fall 2020 will receive appropriate program advising.


Specialized PPE such as gloves, face masks and full body covers will be provided for UNB students, faculty and staff when PPE is required for on-campus course experiences when physical distancing cannot be maintained.


All courses will follow the dates and times as outlined in the course syllabus.  Students will be required to engage in full-time study and be available as per the course timetable.  

Virtual instruction that is scheduled at a specific time will also be available by other methods.  Students will be able to access course content through other delivery methods based on the instructor’s choice. 


Courses will be graded according to the academic regulations outlined in the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar.  The option to select credit or no-credit will not apply to fall term courses.


UNB is unable to accommodate internet access off-campus.  Students will be expected to make arrangements in advance for internet access that will allow them to participate in courses offered through alternative delivery methods. 

Access to computers and Wi-Fi is available on UNB campuses. 


Courses will follow the dates and times as outlined in the course syllabus. Students will be required to engage in full-time study and be available as per the course timetable.

Course instruction offered via alternate delivery methods will provide opportunities to interact with course professors. Students will be able to access course content through various delivery methods selected by the instructors. All students will have ample opportunities for interaction with instructors who will be available for questions and to support learning.


Students who live out of the province will be permitted entrance to New Brunswick to attend university but must self-isolate for 14 days prior to beginning classes.  For undergraduate and graduate programs, most courses and labs will be adjusted appropriately for students who are unable to be on campus. For those programs that require in-person instruction to meet program outcomes attendance will be mandatory to satisfy lab and practicum requirements. Students unable to participate in mandatory in-person courses and labs will receive appropriate program advising.


The University takes its direction from, and works closely with, New Brunswick Public Health.  In the event of a second wave or cases of COVID-19 on campus, the University will respond based on the recommendations from New Brunswick Public Health. If it’s deemed that UNB is required to switch back to essential services and offer courses by alternative methods only, all necessary supports will be put in place to provide a smooth transition for faculty, staff and students.


Study strategies, time management skills and self-discipline will help students succeed in a self-directed environment while learning remotely. Follow these remote learning strategies to efficiently manage course work, review course material more often and perform well on exams and assignments. 

Please reach out to Student Services groups on the UNB Fredericton and Saint John campuses for more information on how you can access UNB Student Services remotely.


Students with learning disabilities will continue to receive the same level of high-quality support as before. The Student Accessibility Centre has continued to be available to students during the transition to alternative delivery methods and will continue to provide online assistance into the fall. They will continue to work with students with learning disabilities to assist them to plan and adapt to remote learning.

Appointments for intakes, follow ups and to apply for service & equipment funding are available by phone. Students can also make an appointment with the Learning Strategist by phone or teleconferencing. For questions related to accessibility, please contact:

UNB Fredericton Student Accessibility Centre

UNB Saint Student Accessibility Centre


General future students

Given the unpredictability of COVID-19, we are unable to anticipate the course delivery methods required for the winter term at this time. 

UNB will continue to work with New Brunswick Public Health to ensure the health and safety of the UNB community and minimize the risks of spreading the COVID-19 virus.  We will be reassessing and evaluating the situation and communicate the latest developments at unb.ca/coronavirus.


UNB is here to support you with all your information needs. Future students and applicants can reach out to us at chooseunb@unb.ca. You may also reach out to a Recruiter directly, you can find the appropriate recruiter here.


Recruiters are always available to answer your questions by email or phone. Facetime offers another opportunity to address your questions by video, face-to-face. Please contact chooseunb@unb.ca to book.


At this time, Campus Tours are postponed indefinitely. We would be more than happy to set up telephone meetings or virtual one on one meetings with our campus tour guide. You may also explore through our Online Campus Tour Photo Gallery at your convenience

Campus tours will resume when the university feels it is safe to do so. We are monitoring the situation and making decisions in with the direction from New Brunswick Public Health