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 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 is responsive 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. 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. Students at all campuses benefit from a high degree of access to their professors. Last year, the school announced a partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation that will cover costs for Lheidli students to attend UNBC.

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Standout Programs
Environmental Planning: In this program, students examine the relationship between people and the environment. Students can specialize in natural resources planning, northern and rural community planning or First Nations planning.
Forest Ecology and Management: Accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board, this program focuses on the science, philosophy and practice of managing forested ecosystems; field research opportunities are available at nearby research forests.
Engineering: Students can complete their degree in two streams: environmental and civil. The civil engineering stream focuses on northern climates and wood; the environmental stream focuses on sustainable development, wastewater management and remediation of resource extraction sites.

Cool Courses
Earth From Above: Explore the human and environmental changes on Earth visible from above.
Fungi and Lichens: Study the diverse fungal world through field trips and labs.

$6,395 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 69% · Science: 61% · Commerce: 65% ·
Engineering: 83%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,876 · Part-time: 946
Graduates: Full-time: 525 · Part-time: 89
International Students: First-year: 7% ·
Graduate: 21.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 38 to 62
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 540 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $9,874 to $10,560 · Single room without meals: $4,854 to $5,540 ·
Apartment-style: $4,854 to $5,540

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