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University of Northern British Columbia

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


University of Northern British Columbia Student

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.

READ: An insider’s perspective on UNBC

Standout Programs
• Environmental Planning: This program offers specialties in First Nations planning, natural resources planning, and northern and rural community planning, which respond to the needs and interests of northern B.C., as well as the wider world.
• Natural Resource Management, Fisheries and Wildlife: Combines fish and wildlife studies into one major. Students can choose to emphasize basic biology and ecology, behaviour and conservation, or more applied aspects of resource management.
• 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
• The Chemistry of Everyday Life: A first-year chemistry course for non-science majors, this course discusses topics ranging from climate change, to the use of energy in our society, to the role that chemical processes play in everyday life.
• Global Sports: From the Olympic Games to soccer’s World Cup, this third-year international studies course examines the role of sports in mass global culture.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 65%
Science: 65%
Commerce: 70%
$6,010 1st & 2nd year: 37.6
3rd & 4th year: 18.7
Undergraduates: 2,574
Graduates: 598
540 (first come, first served) Graduation: 53.2%
Retention: 75.2%

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