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UNBC

A University Like No Other

UNBC acknowledges the many Traditional Territories upon which our Prince George, Fort St. John, Quesnel, and Terrace campuses are located. We are honoured to serve all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples with whom we have created respectful space and community.

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About UNBC

Ranked in the top 250 young universities worldwide (1 of only 3 from Canada) by Times Higher Education.

Student researcher

Diversity

  • 11% International students
  • 12% Indigenous students

Degree Programs

  • 62 Bachelors
  • 29 Masters
  • 3 PhDs

    Average first-year class sizes

    Average first-year class size: 62

    • Arts: 42
    • Science: 83
    • Health Sciences: 84 | Labs: 26
    • Commerce: 62
    • Planning: 68
    • Engineering: 66 | Labs: 26

    Our Programs


    Green is UNBC's official colour - and way of life

    • Our Bioenergy Plant uses local sawmill residue, reducing our fossil fuel consumption to heat the university by 85%.
    • The Wood Pellet Plant saves 140 tonnes of CO² per year.
    • Package-free bulk foods store on campus.
    • Secure, covered bike storage, stand-alone bike lockers, a bike repair station and shower facilities.
    • Carpooling program.
    • The Green Fund provides grants for innovative projects to create a more sustainable campus.

    Live the North

    UNBC is a university established both in and for the North. This mission has instilled a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure among our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. With five campuses located throughout the region, UNBC has something for everyone. We are the university of choice for northern B.C. students who want the comforts of being close to home, and a destination university for those looking for new adventures elsewhere.

    Map of Canada

    Campuses

    Main Campus
    Prince George

    Northwest
    Terrace & Prince Rupert

    South-Central
    Quesnel

    Peace River-Liard 
    Fort St. John

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    Get to Know Prince George

    As the largest city in northern British Columbia, many consider Prince George as “the hub of northern B.C.” It is a modern city surrounded by beautiful wilderness.

    Downtown Prince George

    With a population of nearly 75,000, Prince George is big enough to offer students access to all the amenities, culture, arts, and entertainment you would expect from a major city, but small enough that you will feel at home and connected to your community.

    Prince George is an affordable city where you can earn the education you desire, begin your career or business, and even make it your home.

    Northern BC landscape

    Cost of living comparison (per month)

    • Prince George: $1,464
    • Calgary: $1,832
    • Victoria: $2,002
    • Vancouver: $2,441

    Something for everyone

    • Plenty of local restaurants, shopping, live music and nightlife to choose from
    • Vibrant arts & culture – museums, galleries, performing arts
    • Cross-country, downhill skiing and snowboarding all close to the city with lots of options
    • 11.9 square km of parks
    • 1,200 lakes within an 80km radius

    Winter
    Avg Daytime Temp
    -8 ºC

    Spring
    Avg Daytime Temp
    +16 ºC

    Summer
    Avg Daytime Temp
    +25 ºC

    Fall
    Avg Daytime Temp
    +8 ºC

    Fort George Canyon

    Learn more about Prince George

    Prince George Recreation and Activities

    Tourism Prince George

    Move Up Prince George


    UNBC Residence

    UNBC Residence is more than just a place to live during the school year – it is a convenient, safe and inclusive community that supports your personal and academic success. Home to more than 500 enthusiastic, full-time students, Neyoh and Keyoh (Dakelh for “for the home” and “for the community”), offer fully-furnished, modern, apartment-style living.

    Student residence layout
    *Sample suite layout. Not all suites feature the same configuration.

    Each student has a private bedroom (includes a bed and desk), and suites are equipped with a full kitchen, large furnished living room and a shared bathroom.

    The Neyoh and Keyoh buildings provide 24-hour support and security. Other amenities include wi-fi, laundry facilities located on each floor, 24/7 quiet study rooms, and large common areas that are perfect for hosting events.

    A successful UNBC student experience lies in diverse social and academic opportunities but is also considerate of shared interests, backgrounds and educational goals.

    UNBC Student residences building

    Students living on campus can choose from four specialty living communities:

    1. Academic Intensive
    2. Sustainability & Eco-Friendly
    3. Mature (age 25 +)
    4. Female Only

    Students are also connected to on- and off-campus resources through their Residence Assistants (RAs). As senior student leaders who live in Residence, the RAs’ role is to help build community, provide support to students and deliver educational and social programming.

    There are two RAs per floor plus Specialty Focus RAs scattered throughout Neyoh and Keyoh such as:

    • Aboriginal Focus RA
    • Academic – Arts & Social Sciences RA
    • Academic – Sciences RA
    • 2X International Focus RAs
    • Sustainability Focus RA

    Student in UNBC dormroom

    Priority Housing

    If you are a first-year student, Indigenous student, Varsity Athlete or former youth in care, contact us about priority housing today!

    Affordable Housing

    $840 Average Monthly Rent vs $1,990 in Vancouver or $2,060 in Toronto.

    Students at UNBC have access to safe and affordable on- and off-campus housing options as compared to metropolitan areas in Canada.

    On-campus Housing - Rental cost per academic year:

    Minimum rental cost Maximum rental cost
    UNBC $5,005 $5,005
    SFU $6,080 $6,672
    UVic $6,686 $8,694
    UBC-O $6,247 $10,671
    UBC $3,796 $15,729

    Off-campus Housing - Average rental cost for 1-bedroom per academic year:

    • Prince George: $7,560
    • Burnaby: $10,240
    • Victoria: $11,120
    • Kelowna: $12,560
    • Vancouver: $17,600

    Plenty of food options on campus!

    Students in the agora dining hall

    The 7-Day and 5-Day Meal Plans are all-you-care-to-eat options in the Agora Dining Hall. Ask a chef to assemble-your-own and let us do the cooking with fresh and tasty items hot off the grill.

    Our on-site Executive Chef creates a menu daily with appetizing entrees and snack features, made-from-scratch desserts, hearty homemade soups, salads and more. The Agora Dining Hall is a showcase of natural light, open seating and a great place to connect with friends.

    Students can enjoy coffee, tea, and cold drinks at Degrees—a student-run coffee shop with two locations—or the on-campus Tim Hortons.

    • Students on the 7-Day Meal Plan have full access to the Agora Dining Hall every day.
    • Students on the 5-Day Meal Plan have access to the Agora Dining Hall Monday to Friday.

    Which UNBC Meal Plan applies to students who live on campus?

    Meal plan infographic

    Student Life and Support

    UNBC student with photos on floor

    Learning Opportunities

    Social Life

    Connection to Nature

    • Provincial Parks
    • City Trails
    • Nearby Lakes
    • Hiking
    • Biking
    • Skiing
    • Snowshoeing

    Career Support

    Community Support

    Safe Campus


      Indigenous Student Life on Campus

      The First Nations Centre is a culturally safe, accessible space where leadership, academic growth, relationships, and personal supports are fostered.

      We offer a wide variety of services, activities, and programs that help to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous students, create awareness and understanding of Indigenous perspectives and worldviews, and celebrate Indigenous culture. Our team is here to welcome everyone who visits or accesses the First Nations Centre.


      A Sport Centre for the North

      The Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre is a high-performance sport facility located on UNBC’s Prince George campus. Equipped with an elevated running track, modern fitness equipment, full-sized basketball court and FIFA-approved indoor soccer turf, it is one of the most impressive sport and recreation facilities in B.C.

      Sport equipment room

      All UNBC students receive a membership to the Northern Sport Centre as part of their student fees, providing you access to fitness, recreation and drop-in sports programs.

      As the home of the UNBC Timberwolves, you can take in a basketball game on weekends but also hit the court yourself for drop-in sessions or join one of our various intramural leagues.

      All drop-in classes are part of your membership fee. Up to 50 hours of weekly programming is provided, with classes in Cycle Fit, Yoga, Zoomba, Fit Camp and more. Need to update your fitness routine? Our staff of certified Personal Trainers will keep you accountable and motivated. Purchase an individual package or grab a friend and buy tandem sessions (members receive a discounted rate!)

      • 2 squash courts
      • 50 hours a week of drop-in fitness classes
      • 2 indoor soccer fields
      • 3 gymnasiums
      • 280m 3-lane indoor track6 cardio and strength training fitness zones

      Student memberships run from semester start to semester end. Just activate your membership in person and purchase a $10 facility access fob.


      UNBC Timberwolves #RunAsOne

      The UNBC Timberwolves varsity basketball and soccer teams compete at the highest level of university sport in the country, as part of the Canada West conference and U SPORTS.

      Men's basketball game

      Women's soccer game

      The TWolves are exceptional student-athletes in the classroom, while displaying tremendous leadership in northern B.C. and their communities.

      Perennially among the most-attended games in Western Canada, the Timberwolves continue to set the green and gold standard at UNBC.

      • 2 soccer teams
      • 2 basketball teams
      • 36 Timberwolves home games

      Take your learning beyond the classroom

      Students on the Grand Canyon

      Co-op

      The UNBC Co-operative Education (Co-op) program offers students the ability to gain practical, paid work experience while completing an undergraduate degree. UNBC Co-op students benefit from our welcoming and supportive environment through job readiness training and access to unique work experience opportunities, and can look forward to connecting with employers who are instrumental in helping UNBC Co-op students become agile, dynamic, and resilient professionals.

      Field Schools

      Moose hide tanning class

      Imagine travelling to Guatemala and working with local Indigenous communities or building a robot in your class? How about engaging in a class simulation about the impacts of climate change? Across the University, field schools are specifically designed for you to apply your knowledge and reflect on your learning through experiences inside and outside the classroom.

      Learn about our field schools

      Past field schools include:

      • Babine Lake, Canada
      • Death Valley, USA
      • Douglas, Isle of Man, British Isles
      • Dublin, Ireland
      • Likely, Canada
      • Prince George, Canada
      • Various locations, Guatemala
      • Various locations, Peru
      • Various locations, South Africa

      Study Abroad

      Student travelling in Europe

      Explore the world while you study! Experience new independence with UNBC Study Abroad opportunities and grow your self-reliance and confidence. Become immersed in a new culture and broaden your personal and educational perspectives. See the world and make every day an adventure.


      Research

      Student researcher

      UNBC provides exceptional undergraduate and graduate learning and research opportunities.

      • 1 of 4 original research intensive Universities in B.C.
      • Participate in ground-breaking research as early as your first year.

      Meet Ann! A UNBC Research Ambassador

      Ann DuongAnn Duong
      BSc. (Hons) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      UNBC Research Ambassador & Quality Assurance Officer for the Northern Analytical Laboratory Services department at UNBC.

      “UNBC is a great university if you want to have a personalized education. The class sizes are small so you really get to know your peers and professors, and it really comes in handy when you’re looking for a research or career opportunity. If your priority is to receive a great education and you love the outdoors, UNBC is the way to go!

      There are so many opportunities to get involved in research at UNBC as an undergrad. You can start even in your first year by volunteering in the lab. That’s how I got my feet wet.

      The skills that I learned from research are quite practical. Research really enabled me to become a better thinker and how to approach problems from different perspectives.

      The earlier you can start research the better because it is a lifetime endeavour. That one research question you’ll work on in undergrad will turn into a masters thesis, then a PhD, and eventually it might even be your career. That’s why developing those skills early on in your undergrad is so important, and even if you decide not to have a research career, the skills, perseverance and knowledge you gain will be invaluable in anything you wish to pursue in the future.”


      Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

      • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
      • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.

      View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

      Current high school students are encouraged to apply to UNBC by December 15 to be automatically eligible for Early Entrance Awards and to apply for Leadership Awards.

      Application Deadlines for Awards

      Value Deadline
      Early Entrance Scholarships $2,500 and $5,500 December 15
      Leadership Awards $3,000 December 15
      President’s Silver Anniversary Awards for Excellence in Leadership $6,000 (renewable at $5,500 for up to three additional consecutive years) December 15
      General Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards Varies, up to $25,000 March 1

      Finances

      Approximate Costs per Academic Year

      (30 credit hours, 10 courses)

      Domestic International
      Tuition* $5,530 $22,020
      Student Fees* $990 $1,680
      Books* $1,600 $1,600

      * Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

      Cost of Living per Academic Year

      On-campus living expense ($250 damage deposit not included) $5,024
      On-campus meal plan (7-Day) $4,970
      On-campus meal plan (5-Day, Mon-Fri) $4,412
      Off-campus housing (approximate) $7,560

      Domestic tuition costs

      Based on 1st year calculations/Approx. 30 to 36 credits

      Minimum tuition Maximum tuition
      UNBC $5,530 $6,640
      SFU $5,850 $7,830
      UVic $5,700 $7,360
      UBC-O $5,400 $8,640
      UBC $5,510 $8,810

      International tuition costs

      Based on 1st year calculations/Approx. 30 to 36 credits

      Minimum tuition Maximum tuition
      UNBC $22,020 $26,425
      SFU $29,370 $34,710
      UVic $24,925 $26,320
      UBC-O $39,575 $47,560
      UBC $39,575 $47,875

      We’ve compared our annual tuition costs with other BC Research Universities. Minimum and Maximum tuition costs depend on factors such as total credit count per year and any program fee differentials applied.

      Your fees include many benefits:

      Health & Dental Coverage
      If students do not have existing Canadian medical and dental coverage, student fees include a plan to ensure access to these services during study.

      Gym Membership
      Students have access to the world-class, on-campus Northern Sport Centre during their studies.

      Intramural Athletics Registration
      Students can join any, or all, intramural sports leagues.

      UPASS
      Through the UPASS, UNBC students gain access to the following:

      • Two municipal swimming pools, including the Prince George Aquatic Centre.
      • Prince George’s Transit System, which takes students to and from campus seven days a week.
      • Third-party benefits and perks for university students such as discounts on food, shopping, internet, television, and more!

      Become a UNBC Student

      Plan your journey to UNBC by exploring programs, learning about admission requirements, discovering our student life community and much more.


      University Lingo

      Wondering about the difference between a bursary and a scholarship? Or what syllabus means? Check out our Key Terms and Language for a full list of definitions.


      Our Graduates are Leaders of Tomorrow

      The UNBC experience is unparalleled and prepares students for successful careers. Alumni become leaders across the globe and make the world a better place. Each of our graduates’ stories of success builds the reputation and promise of a UNBC degree. We invite them to stay connected with us and proudly share the highlights of their journeys.

      UNBC convocation ceremony

      What makes UNBC unique? When our graduates reflect on their experience, they tell us that the access to professors, research opportunities, interdisciplinary learning, and interaction with small cohorts creates a community of support that leads to their success.

      Our graduates tell us that UNBC helped them become better critical thinkers, improved their ability to acquire skills and knowledge, provided them with a comprehensive knowledge of their chosen subject area, and enhanced their problem-solving skills.

      • 93% are satisfied with their UNBC experience.
      • 80% are recommending UNBC to others.
      • 85% are satisfied with their job.
      • 67.3% Employment Rate in Prince George (2019) - The ratio of the employed to the working population.

      UNBC graduate

      Contact us at alumni@unbc.ca if you’d like to connect with a graduate of UNBC.


      Experience UNBC

      Want to know more about UNBC? One of the best ways to experience UNBC is to see it for yourself. Talk to our Student Recruitment team about the opportunity to tour our campus* or visit our unbc.ca/campus-life/virtual-tours for an in-depth tour of our Prince George campus, Housing and the Northern Sport Centre.

      UNBC Prince George campus in the fall

      Virtual Future Student Events

      Due to COVID-19, we have adjusted the way we support future UNBC students, providing you more accessible ways than ever to learn about our amazing University!

      1. Drop in for a one-on-one Zoom Q&A session with a recruiter
      2. Register for a live webinar on topics like How to Choose Your Program
      3. Participate in virtual Student Life events like “Trivia Tuesdays” for a sense of the amazing student community at UNBC

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      Please be advised that due to COVID-19, on-campus activities are subject to change and cancellations.

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