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 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 9,100 students, but it continues to expand: enrolment has tripled since it opened 14 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
Urban Forestry: This bachelor’s program is geared toward students interested in learning about urban ecology, sustainability planning, recreation, human well-being, forest sciences and management; features local fieldwork and international case studies.
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.
Bachelor + Master of Management Dual Degree: In a minimum of 4½ years, students can earn a bachelor’s degree from select non-business faculties along with a master of management from UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

Cool Courses
In Pursuit of the Whale: An environmental literature course examining works related to whales and whaling, from Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick to Farley Mowat’s A Whale for the Killing.
Indigenous Feminisms: This course analyzes the roots of Indigenous feminisms and Indigenous feminist theory in relation to contemporary Indigenous politics and social justice movements.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 75% · Science: 86% · Commerce: 84% · Engineering: 85%
Student body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 36,351 · Part-time: 16,419
Graduates: Full-time: 9,512 · Part-time: 1,387
International students: First-year: 34% · Graduate: 38%
Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
Residence Spaces
13,468 (6,246 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $9,245 to $10,859 · Single room with meals: $8,801 to $14,047 · Apartment-style: $3,924 to $12,980

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