University of British Columbia

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

UBC campus exterior

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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 addresses. 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 effort follows moves in recent years to revamp undergraduate science education and ramp up programs such as service learning.

Two years ago, UBC opened its new 650-bed Exchange Residence, which includes 71 small, but reasonably priced, nano suites. The Okanagan campus is smaller, with about 11,000 students, and both campuses offer a range of cultural and recreational activities, as well as spectacular natural scenery. UBC boasts a strong record in the number of Rhodes Scholars it has produced and the number of faculty who have received 3M National Teaching Fellowships. “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. “With about 350,000 alumni, our grads are active internationally, changing the world for the better.”

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Standout Programs
• Bachelor + Master of Management: Students in this dual degree may combine undergraduate study from a range of disciplines with a master of management and complete the program in as little as 4½ years. It includes opportunities to work on real-world business projects.
Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology: Students prepare for careers in decarbonizing the economy. They train in the development of renewable materials, energy and sustainable land use strategies and in statistical methods, project management, and business and leadership skills.
First Nations and Endangered Languages: There are 34 First Nations languages in B.C., and many are endangered. This program focuses on the documentation, conservation, revitalization and reclamation of Indigenous languages and knowledge.

Cool Courses
Stress and Strategies to Promote Wellbeing: Students gain a foundational understanding of stress. Topics include mental and spiritual health, social support and stress management.
Japanese Horror: Students explore the genre of Japanese horror through visual, textual and theoretical analysis.

$6,608 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering: UBC no longer captures entering grades as a single metric; grades are reviewed relevant to program
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 38,888 · Part-time: 16,391
Graduates: Full-time: 10,055 · Part-time: 1,332
International Students: First-year: 32% ·
Graduate: 41% Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 11,122 (14,127 last year with 6,246 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $9,175 to $14,262 · Apartment-style: $6,559 to $13,305

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