University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver, B.C. | Founded 1908


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An undergraduate could feel overwhelmed at a school as big as UBC, with its sprawling Point Grey campus and an international reputation for research and graduate programs. It’s a challenge that the university is addressing. In an ongoing effort to create a more intimate learning environment, UBC is adding more student-centric learning spaces and engaging neighbouring municipalities as community partners. This follows moves in recent years to revamp undergraduate science education and ramp up programs such as service learning. The Okanagan campus has a smaller feel, with 7,500 undergraduates, but it continues to expand: enrolment has tripled since opening 12 years ago.

“UBC students are among the best in the world and are challenged by an outstanding faculty to reach their full potential while on campus,” says president Santa Ono, who started his job at UBC in 2016. “With about 300,000 alumni, our grads are active internationally, changing the world for the better.”

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Standout Programs

United States Studies: This interdisciplinary program is offered through the collaboration of the political science, economics and history departments. Students combine coursework across departments and gain an in-depth understanding of U.S. politics, economics, and history.

Earth and Ocean Sciences: This program offers students the opportunity to combine interests in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, computer applications, and the environment. Students study the atmosphere and the solid and liquid earth, using knowledge of the past and present to predict the future of our global system.

Food Market Analysis: Combines knowledge of food science with an understanding of the management and marketing of food. Students learn to apply principles of economics and business management to analyze food policy and trade issues; the industrial structure of international food markets; and managing risk in export markets.

Cool Courses

Sociology of Food: In this course, students analyze cultural, economic, and political aspects of food production and consumption, including connections to class, ethnicity, and gender. Food-related social movements are also examined.

Introduction to Writing for Comedic Forms: This course is an examination of, and practice in, creative writing in comedic forms, including stand-up, sketch, film, new media, and text.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 85%
Arts: 75% (70% Okanagan)
Science: 86%
Commerce: 84%
$6,084 1st & 2nd year: 79.3
3rd & 4th year: 46.3
Undergraduates: 50,591
Graduates: 10,318
12,611 (5,694 reserved for first years) Graduation: 77.3%
Retention: 91.5%

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