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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 13 years ago. Both campuses offer a wide range of cultural and recreational activities, as well as spectacular natural scenery. “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 300,000 alumni, our grads are active internationally, changing the world for the better.”

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Standout Programs
• Biomedical Engineering: This interdisciplinary program offers training in diagnostic tools, treatment devices and medical equipment, as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation equipment.
Urban Forestry: Aimed at meeting the growing demand for urban forest managers and planners, this bachelor program is geared for students interested in learning about urban ecology, sustainability planning, recreation, human well-being, forest sciences and management; features local fieldwork and international case studies.
• 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.

Cool Courses
• The Modern Olympics: Power, Politics and Performance: This course analyzes the global role of the Olympics, from the first modern Games in 1896 to the present, examining organizational power struggles, doping, economic, cultural and environmental impact.
• The Innocence Project: This fourth-year course offered at the Peter A. Allard School of Law gives students the skills and experience needed to review claims of wrongful conviction.

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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