Facts and Statistics

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Facts and Statistics


Quick Facts

Students (2013/14)
Total students in academic programs 3,456
Where students are from
Northern BC 70.4%
Southern BC 14.4%
Elsewhere 15.2%
Faculty and Staff
Full-time faculty (tenure & tenure-track) 190
Part-time faculty 176
Non-academic staff 394
Other Information
Research Funding (2013/14) $12.8 Million
Total Number of Alumni >11,000
General Operating Budget (2013/14) $68.4 Million

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 3,456
Undergraduate students 3,484 3,390 2,772
Graduate students 735 705 616
PhD Students - 57 68
Students at regional campuses 606 553 358
Self-declared Aboriginal students 421 363 276
International students (43 countries) 396 467 344
Where Students are From
Northern BC 70% 68.1% 70.4%
Southern BC 16% 15.4% 14.4%
Elsewhere 14% 16.5% 15.2%
Student Age and Gender
Average age of undergraduate students 24.5 24.9 23.9
Average age of graduate students 34.5 35.8 36.5
Male : female ratio 1 : 1.6 1 : 1.6 1 : 2
Scholarships and Bursaries
Number of awards 907 987 1038
Value of awards $2.4m $2.5m $2.6m
Continuing Studies
Total students 1,401 1,922 2,322

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) 171 194 190
Part-time faculty 248 204 176
Faculty : student ratio 10 : 1 10 : 1 9 : 1
Non-academic staff 364 389 394
Total academic courses offered 996 996 975
Courses in Prince George 764 754 748
Regional courses 152 147 133
Online courses 80 95 94
Total Continuing Studies courses offered 85 n/a 75

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 more than 11,000 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 62%
Southern BC and Vancouver Island 23%
Elsewhere 7%

In the North for the North

Each year UNBC consistently produces more graduates for northern BC than all other BC universities combined.

Source: BC Baccalaureate Outcomes 2014 Survey of 2012 Baccalaureate Graduates

Employment and Earnings

UNBC grads from 2012 had an employment rate of 93%, twelve percentage points higher than the provincial average for all graduates. In addition, they earned a median annual income of $55,000 per annum, $7,000 higher than the average BC graduate of the same year.

Money Matters


Annual Operating Budget $68.4 Million

Student Scholarships & Bursaries

Number of Awards 1038
Value of Awards $2.6 Million

Giving to UNBC

Total Value of Donations $1.6 Million
Number of Donors 1,283

Allocation of Pledges & Gifts

Student Awards 26%
Northern Medical Programs Trust 19%
Athletics 7%
Area of Greatest Need 4%