University of Northern British Columbia

University of Northern British Columbia | Prince George, B.C. | Founded 1994


University of Northern British Columbia Student

Where else but at the University of Northern British Columbia can you study from a learning centre with a 360-degree panoramic view that stretches all the way to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains? With the wood-and-glass hilltop building of the Prince George campus nestled among trees, students may feel as though they’re studying outdoors. In addition, the school’s heating system, which uses biomass from sawmills, earns enviro accolades from afar. Sustainability defines UNBC, and the university is responsive to the region it serves. “UNBC’s faculty and students are asking probing questions about what it means to be a northern nation, and are seeking solutions to some of the country’s most daunting challenges,” says president Daniel Weeks. The community believed its future lay in a world-class campus, so they started to build one. In 1994, Queen Elizabeth II declared the university officially open. To serve the north even better, UNBC expanded with campuses in Terrace, Quesnel, Fort St. John and Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a. And, with a student-faculty ratio of 15 to 1, students at all campuses benefit from a high degree of access to their profs.

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Standout Programs

Geography: This program allows for study in both the sciences (physical geography) and the humanities (human geography) with a curricula that emphasizes a wide set of skills. Also on offer: field schools in South Africa, Peru and Guatemala.

Ecosystem Science and Management: Students in this program study ecosystems on a micro and macro scale. Majors include wildlife and fisheries, outdoor recreation and conservation, and forest ecology and management.

Environmental Engineering: Offered jointly with UBC, this program gives students a foundation in math and science, as well as hands-on skills in many areas, including wastewater analysis and treatment.

Cool Courses

Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World: This course examines the concepts of Arctic sovereignty, resource management, governance, and health in the context of the Canadian and circumpolar Arctic.

Wilderness Skills Practicum: Students learn how to survive in the wild with camping trips as part of the curriculum. Mountaineering, canoeing, and backpacking are all activities covered in this course.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 68.2%
Arts: 66.2%
Science: 65.6%
Commerce: 67.8%
$5,885 1st & 2nd year: 38.5
3rd & 4th year: 19.2
Full-time: 1,863
Part-time: 910
542 (first come, first served) Graduation: 50.9%
Retention: 72.6%

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