Facts and Statistics

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Facts and Statistics


Quick Facts

Students (September 2012 to August 2013)
Total students in academic programs 4,152
Where students are from
Northern BC 68.1%
Southern BC 15.4%
Elsewhere 16.5%
Faculty and Staff
Full-time faculty (tenured & tenure track) 194
Part-time faculty 204
Non-academic staff 389
Other Information
Research Funding (12/13) $10.6 Million
Total Number of Alumni 9,054
General Operating Budget (10/11) $66.9 Million

Major Milestones

2011 - UNBC Bioenergy Plant Opens

2010 - UNBC and Harvard: #1 Campus Sustainability Projects in North America

2010 - UNBC Timberwolves win CCAA Basketball National Championships

2008 - UNBC tops $100 million in research funding to date.

2007 - The Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre and the Teaching and Learning Centre open.

2004 - Maclean's Magazine names UNBC the best small university in Western Canada.

1999 - First varsity action for the Northern Timberwolves basketball teams.

1998 - UNBC debuts at ninth place in the Maclean's magazine ranking of Canadian universities.

1994 - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opens UNBC – total grads: 6.

1990 - BC Government passes legislation creating a university in northern BC.

Our Students

UNBC attracts students from across the province and around the world because of its small size, high-quality academic programs, and friendly atmosphere. They stay because of many enriching opportunities, such as being involved in research, working closely with professors and other students, playing on athletic teams, participating in student exchanges, and gaining employment skills through work terms and internships.

Student Population (September to August)
Total students in academic programs 4,266 4,152
Undergraduate students 3,484 3,390
Graduate students 735 705
PhD Students 57
Students at regional campuses 606 553
Self-declared Aboriginal students 421 363
International students (43 countries) 396 467
Where Students are From
Northern BC 70% 68.1%
Southern BC 16% 15.4%
Elsewhere 14% 16.5%
Student Age and Gender
Average age of undergraduate students 24.5 24.9
Average age of graduate students 34.5 35.8
Male : female ratio 1 : 1.6 1 : 1.6
Scholarships and Bursaries
Number of awards 907 987
Value of awards $2.4m $2.5m
Continuing Studies
Total students 1,401 1,922

Teaching and Research

The delivery of academic programs and the creation of a positive learning environment matter at UNBC. “How we teach” and “what we teach” have a direct effect on students. The student experience is enhanced by opportunities for hands-on learning, international perspectives, a focus on student outcomes, instruction enriched by innovative research, the use of appropriate technology, and approaches to learning that are informed by multiple perspectives.

Classes at UNBC include practical sessions in advanced laboratories, field schools throughout northern BC, week-long intensive courses for students who may otherwise work full-time, web courses for ultimate flexibility, seminars in small groups, and lectures in state-of-the-art theatres.

Faculty & Staff
Full-time faculty (tenured & tenure-track) 171 194
Part-time faculty 248 204
Faculty : student ratio 1 : 10. 1: 10
Non-academic staff 364 389
Total academic courses offered 996 996
Courses in Prince George 764 754
Regional courses 152 147
Online courses 80 95
Total Continuing Studies courses offered 85

Learning Through Technology

Building on the success of the Northern Medical Program, UNBC is exploring ways to further expand its technology-enabled learning capabilities. The NMP uses state-of-the-art equipment that allows medical students in Prince George to participate in lectures with students at UBC or the University of Victoria.

At the Forefront of Research

For its size, UNBC is among the most research-intensive universities in Canada and many faculty are international leaders in their fields. Much of UNBC’s research focuses on the social, economic, environmental, and cultural issues of the North. This has led to the establishment of world-class research in such areas as Natural Resources and the Environment; Rural, Remote, and Northern Health; and the Sustainability of Communities.

Research partnerships with the private sector and public agencies have strengthened UNBC’s role as a resource for communities. This includes research on the mountain pine beetle, local governance, indigenous languages, economic development, determinants of health, and climate change.

Leader in Research

UNBC has been successful in attracting government and private sector funding to establish a total of 13 endowed research chairs. The roster includes eight Canada Research Chairs who focus on topics related to the environment, rural communities, First Nations, climate change, and literature. UNBC also has research leaders working in BC's most spectacular environments, and industry-supported chairs conducting research related to mixed wood ecology and forest growth and yield.

Our Alumni

No part of UNBC has grown more over the past decade than its number of graduates. Six students became the University’s first alumni in 1994. UNBC now has over 10,000 graduates. Alumni include politicians, entrepreneurs, nurses, teachers, foresters, bankers, and community leaders of all types.

UNBC’s alumni are the University’s single-most important external constituency. As ambassadors, they are key to expanding UNBC’s profile around the world. As citizens, they are applying their UNBC education and experience to improving the social, economic, environmental, and cultural fabric of our communities.

Where UNBC Alumni Live
Northern BC 71%
Southern BC and Vancouver Island 19%
Elsewhere 11%

In the North for the North

UNBC now annually produced more graduates for northern BC than all other BC universities combined.

Source: BC Baccalaureate Outcomes 2012 Survey of 2010 Baccalaureate Graduates

Employment and Earnings

UNBC grads from 2010 had an employment rate of 92%, four percentage points higher than the provincial average. In addition, they earned an average of $51,700 per year, slightly higher than the average BC graduate of the same year.

Money Matters


11/12 12/13
Annual Operating Budget $66.9 Million $68.4 Million

Student Scholarships & Bursaries

Number of Awards 987
Value of Awards $2.5 Million

Giving to UNBC

Total Value of Donations $1.5 Million
Number of Donors 1,174

Allocation of Pledges & Gifts

Student Awards 29%
Northern Medical Programs Trust 17%
First Nations 10%
Athletics 8%
Area of Greatest Need 3%