Facts and Statistics

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Facts and Statistics


Quick Facts

Students (2015/16)

Total students in academic programs - 3,592

Students from Northern BC - 68.8%

Students from Southern BC - 17.1%

Students from elsewhere - 14.1%

Faculty and Staff (2015/16)

Full-time faculty (tenure & tenure-track) - 184

Full-time faculty (not tenure or tenure-track) - 42

Part-time faculty - 145

Non-academic staff - 446

Alumni (2015/16)

Total Number of Alumni - 12,410

Student Awards (2017/18)

Number of Awarded Scholarships and Bursaries - 1201

Total Value of Student Awards - $3.1 Million

Financial Information (2015/16)

Research Funding - $8.6 Million

General Operating Budget - $75.5 Million

Major Milestones












  • Maclean's Magazine names UNBC the best small university in Western Canada




  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opens UNBC – total grads: 6


  • 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 (2015/16)

Total students in academic programs - 3592

Undergraduate students - 2946

Graduate students - 583

PhD Students - 63

Students at regional campuses - 463

Self-declared Aboriginal students - 392

International students (50 countries) - 307

Student Age and Gender (2015/16)

Average age of undergraduate students - 25

Average age of graduate students - 35.5

Male : female ratio - 1 : 1.6

Scholarships and Bursaries (2016/17)

Number of awards - 1126

Value of awards - $2.9 Million

Continuing Studies (2015/16)

Total students - 1446

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.

Courses (2015/16)

Total academic courses offered - 961

Courses in Prince George - 712

Regional courses - 152

Online courses - 97

Total Continuing Studies courses offered - 73

Students at UNBC learning through video-conferencing technologyLearning 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

Six students became the University’s first alumni in 1994. UNBC now graduates over 700 students per year. As of 2016, UNBC has 12,410 individual graduates holding 13,745 credentials.  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.

Post-Graduation Success

University graduates earn more money than the provincial average according to a Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia report and UNBC alumni are no exception. More than half of employed survey respondents reported earning at least $60,000 a year from their main job and nearly 16 per cent reported earning more than $100,000 annually.

UNBC graduates are leaders in their field, with nearly 70 per cent of employed graduates working in management or executive-level positions.