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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1908
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • Phone:
    • +12508078521
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Harvard of Bristish Columbia (UBC)

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a public research university with campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna, British Columbia. Established in 1908, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is British Columbia's oldest institution of higher learning.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At the University of British Columbia (UBC), bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Academic Highlights

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and recently recognized as North America's most international university.

Life in University of British Columbia (UBC)

The Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia, or AMS, represents UBC undergraduate students within the Vancouver campus. The society's mandate is to improve the quality of educational, social, and personal lives of UBC students. The AMS lobbies the UBC administration on behalf of the student body, provides services such as the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan, supports and administers student clubs, and maintains the Student Union Building (aka SUB) and the services it houses. A constituency (undergraduate society) exists within each school and faculty of the university and acts as the subsidiary of the AMS within those schools and faculties.

The Graduate Student Society (GSS), which operates as an independent entity, represents graduate students. A council representing each graduate program and an executive elected by graduate students as a whole governs the GSS.

The university also allows elected student representatives to sit as voting members in the board of governors (3 student representatives) and the academic senate. Although the university is the official body that elects the students, the university delegates these representative elections to the AMS.

School Ranking

The University of British Columbia has ranked in a number of post-secondary rankings. In the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities rankings, the university ranked 35th in the world and second in Canada. The 2020 QS World University Rankings ranked the University 51st in the world, and third in Canada. The 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked the University 34th in the world, and second in Canada. In the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking, the university ranked 30th in the world and second in Canada. The Canadian-based Maclean's magazine ranked the University of British Columbia third in both their 2020 Canadian Medical Doctoral University category, and their reputation rankings. The university was ranked in spite of having opted out – along with several other universities in Canada – of participating in Maclean's graduate survey since 2006. In Newsweek's 2011 global university rankings, the university was ranked eighth among institutions outside the United States and second in Canada.


Notable Alumni

Justin Trudeau PC MP, BEd. 1998, Canada's 23rd and current prime minister;Kim Campbell PC CC OBC QC, BA 1969, LLB 1986, Canada's 19th Prime Minister, and the first female to serve in the office;Robert Mundell CC, BA 1953, Nobel Laureate in Economics. Involved in the creation of the Euro;Bertram Brockhouse CC FRSC FRS, BA 1947, Nobel Laureate in Physics;George Volkoff OC MBE FRSC, MA 1936, predicted existence of neutron stars and collaborator of J. Robert Oppenheimer;William Gibson, BA 1977, author of Neuromancer, important figure in the Cyberpunk literary movement;Jeff Wall OC FRSC, MA 1970, prominent Canadian artist, and most prominent figure of the Vancouver School;David Suzuki CC OBC, professor emeritus of genetics. Influential academic, broadcaster, and environmentalist.;Beverley McLachlin PC, 17th Chief Justice of Canada.;Bjarni Tryggvason B.ASc 1972, Icelandic-Canadian astronaut and academic who participated in NASA mission STS-85.

Acceptance Rate

The mean admission average in 2013 for domestic first-year students was 89.5 percent. The acceptance rate for domestic applications in 2013 was 50.4 percent, of which 57.1 percent enrolled.[50] In 2014/15, UBC employed 3,270 full-time Faculty members, 10,942 non-faculty members, and 8,031 students. It reported 871 unpaid employees.

Other Campuses
    • 140-577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • 317 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • 3333 University Way, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada



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