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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. “Through research and scholarship, UNBC faculty and students are creating innovative approaches to harness the opportunities and resolve the challenges Canada is facing as a northern nation,” 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 14 to 1, students at all campuses benefit from a high degree of access to their profs.

READ: An insider’s perspective on UNBC

Standout Programs

Environmental Planning: This program offers specialties in First Nations planning, natural resources planning, and northern and rural community planning, which respond to the needs and interests of northern B.C., as well as the wider world.

Natural Resource Management, Fisheries and Wildlife: Combines fish and wildlife studies into one major. Students can choose to emphasize basic biology and ecology, behaviour and conservation, or more applied aspects of resource management.

Bachelor of Health Sciences: Approaches learning through a holistic view of health, informed by interactions among researchers, practitioners, and community members. Features three majors, which draw on courses from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Cool Courses

Archaeology Field School: Students travel to the scenic Babine River area in the north central interior of B.C. to take part in an archaeology dig.

Carbon Management: An environmental studies course that pairs students with local businesses and non-profits. Students examine the carbon footprint of the businesses and provide practical suggestions on how they can reduce their carbon emissions.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 65%
Science: 65%
Commerce: 70%
$6,010 1st & 2nd year: 37.6
3rd & 4th year: 18.7
Undergraduates: 2,574
Graduates: 598
540 (first come, first served) Graduation: 53.2%
Retention: 75.2%

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