University of Northern British Columbia

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


UNBC student Theo Mlynowski

Masters student Theo Mlynowski, 30, examines lake bed core samples in his studies of the effect of glacial fluctuation at the University of Nothern BC. (PHOTOGRAPH BY SIMON HAYTER)

Where else but at the University of Northern British Columbia can you study from a learning centre with a 360-degree panoramic view that stretches all the way to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains? With the wood-and-glass hilltop buildings of the Prince George campus nestled among trees, students may feel as though they’re studying outdoors. In addition, the school’s heating system, which uses biomass from sawmills, earns enviro accolades from afar. Sustainability defines UNBC, and the university is responsive to the region it serves. “Through research and scholarship, UNBC faculty and students are creating innovative approaches to harness the opportunities and resolve the challenges Canada is facing as a northern nation,” says president Daniel Weeks. The community believed its future lay in a world-class campus, so they started to build one. In 1994, Queen Elizabeth II declared the university officially open. To serve the north even better, UNBC expanded with campuses in Terrace, Quesnel, Fort St. John and Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a. And, with a student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1, students at all campuses benefit from a high degree of access to their profs.

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Standout Programs
• Environmental and Sustainability Studies: With a focus on environmental citizenship, this major considers not only the ecological underpinnings of environmental issues, but the social and humanistic aspects of environmental challenges, such as ethics, policy, Indigenous perspectives, gender and environmental justice.
• Forest Ecology and Management: This degree provides students with an understanding of the science, philosophy and practice of managing forested ecosystems.
• Bachelor of Health Sciences: Approaches learning through a holistic view of health, informed by interactions among researchers, practitioners and community members. Features three majors, which draw on courses from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Cool Courses
• Earth From Above: This course examines Earth through the view of satellites, aircraft and drones to discover new angles and perspectives on the surface of our planet.
• Fungi and Lichen: Through lectures, and field and laboratory exercises, students are introduced to the diversity of the fungal kingdom. Emphasis is placed on fungi and lichens in their natural environments, their ecology and physiology, and their importance to the function of ecosystems.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 69% · Science: 69% · Commerce: 68% · Engineering: 81%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,761 · Part-time: 982
Graduates: Full-time: 503 · Part-time: 107
International Students: First-year: 6.6% ·
Graduate: 21.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Residence Spaces
532 (first come, first served)
Residence Cost
Single room with meals: $9,584 to $10,258 · Single room without meals: $4,758 to $5,432 · Apartment-style: $4,758 to $5,432

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