University of Northern British Columbia

University of Northern British Columbia | Prince George, B.C. | Founded 1994

UNBC Campus at sunset in the winter. (Courtesy of Michael Stanyer/UNBC)

UNBC Campus at sunset in the winter. (Courtesy of Michael Stanyer/UNBC)

Where else but at the University of Northern British Columbia can you study in a teaching and learning centre with a 360-degree panoramic view that stretches all the way to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains? Wood-and-glass hilltop buildings nestle among the trees on the Prince George campus. The school’s heating system, which uses biomass from sawmills, has earned environmental accolades from afar, and the Wood Innovation Research Laboratory is recognized as a passive house, meaning it uses significantly less energy than a standard building. Sustainability defines UNBC, and the university responds to the region it serves.

“We are always looking for new ways to look beyond the traditional ‘four walls’ of the academy to bring the exceptional teaching, research and service that we do to the communities we serve, and beyond,” says interim president Geoffrey Payne. To serve the north even better, UNBC expanded with campuses in Terrace, Quesnel and Fort St. John, and also offers courses through an agreement with the Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute in Gitwinksihlkw. Students at all campuses benefit from a high degree of access to their professors. This year, UNBC launched the northern baccalaureate nursing program at its Fort St. John campus. The five-semester program, boasting small class sizes, can be completed in two years.

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Standout Programs
Environmental Planning: This program examines the relationship between people and the environment. Students can specialize in natural resources planning, northern and rural community planning or First Nations planning.
Management Information Systems: This new business major explores data analytics, e-commerce applications, software development and business transformation. Students use information technology.
Health Sciences: This program approaches research and learning through a holistic view of health, informed by interactions between researchers, practitioners and community members. Three majors draw on courses from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Cool Courses
Earth From Above: This geography course explores the human and environmental changes on Earth visible from above.
Game of Thrones and Medievalism: Using the popular TV series Game of Thrones as an example, this history course examines the tension between the historical Middle Ages and its modern representation.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 65% · Commerce: 65% · Engineering: 79.6%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,823 · Part-time: 996
Graduates: Full-time: 494 · Part-time: 127
International Students: First-year: 8.9% ·
Graduate: 23.9%
Male-Female Ratio: 39 to 61
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 250 (540 last year; first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $4,952

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