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

Last year, UBC opened its new 650-bed Exchange Residence, which includes 71 small, but reasonably priced nano suites. The Okanagan campus is smaller, with 10,800 students, but continues to expand: enrolment has tripled since it opened 15 years ago. Both campuses offer a wide 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 330,000 alumni, our grads are active internationally, changing the world for the better.”

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Standout Programs
First Nations and Endangered Languages: With 34 First Nations languages in B.C., many of which are endangered, this program focuses on the documentation, conservation, revitalization and reclamation of Indigenous languages and knowledge systems.
Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology: This interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers in decarbonizing the economy, training them in the development of renewable materials, energy and sustainable land use strategies, and in statistical methods, project management, and business and leadership skills.
Biomedical Engineering: This interdisciplinary program applies engineering principles to medicine and biology to develop prevention and treatment methods in health care; students choose to specialize in one of four streams in third year.

Cool Courses
Witches, Vampires, and Zombies—Anthropology of the Supernatural: This course examines anthropological approaches to supernatural beliefs in societies past and present.
Human Rights and the Environment: This course focuses on how the law and policy-makers struggle to respond to the global environmental crisis.

$6,473 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-75% · Science: 75-86% · Commerce: 67-84% ·
Engineering: 75-85%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 38,056 · Part-time: 15,867
Graduates: Full-time: 9,639 · Part-time: 1,345
International Students: First-year: 33% ·
Graduate: 39%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 14,127 (6,246 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,338 to $12,102 · Single room with meals: $9,035 to $13,829 · Apartment-style: $6,247 to $13,305

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