University of Northern British Columbia

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The University of Northern British Columbia aspires to be Canada's premier small research-intensive university, with internationally recognized academic and research programs that prepare its graduates in select areas of high relevance to our region, province, and beyond. It's a vision confirmed by many of the statistics presented in this publication and by Maclean's magazine, which ranks UNBC the best small university in western Canada.
Over and above statistics, the true measure of a university is the success of its students and alumni. UNBC's academic mission clearly places students front and centre by highlighting creative and analytical thinking, appreciation for diverse perspectives, leadership and communication, passion for life-long learning, and active and positive citizenship.
It's about being particularly responsive to the North while recognizing that we are part of an increasingly global world. In this sense, UNBC helps to bring northern BC to the world, and the world to northern BC.
UNBC has more than 60 academic programs leading to certificates, diplomas, and degrees. Together with research and community involvement, they shape six academic themes that best represent the University's current strengths and aspirations.
Thematic Academic Clusters
1. Natural Resources and the Environment
2. Health and Human Development
3. Commerce and Community Sustainability
4. Indigenous Peoples' Knowledge
5. Global Processes and Perspectives
6. Artistic and Cultural Expression


Our location
UNBC's main campus is located in Prince George, a one-hour flight north of Vancouver. UNBC also has regional campuses in Quesnel, Fort St. John, Terrace, and Gitwinksihlkw.
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A university like no other
Surrounded by the spectacular landscape of Northern British Columbia, UNBC is one of Canada's best small universities.
UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, and the environment. As one of British Columbia's research-intensive universities, UNBC involves its students in the discovery of new knowledge that makes a difference here and around the world.
In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive.
The University's roots in the North have instilled a strong sense of ownership, community, purpose, and

adventure among its students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
We have a passion for teaching. This passion is enhanced by class sizes that are among the smallest of any university in Western Canada.
We have a passion for discovery. Our students are involved in research and field courses worldwide that lead to new understanding.
We have a passion for people. Our professors make it their mission to see each of their students reach their full potential as engaged citizens.
We have a passion for the environment. As Canada's Green University, we are aiming to become the first carbon-neutral university in Canada.
We have a passion for the North. For all of our faculty, staff, and students, the vitality of northern cultures and communities is paramount.
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Canada’s green university
Major in saving the world
Green is UNBC's official colour but it's also a way of life. Students operate a huge compost garden, bring organic food to campus every week, and support a campus-wide recycling program.
A strong connection with the environment extends from the natural beauty of the architecture to the large number of degree programs that focus on environmental sustainability. In fact, the proportion of students in environmental programs at UNBC is among the highest of any university in Canada. And why not? UNBC is situated in a tremendous living laboratory.
The campus itself looks like it has been carved from the forest; none of the buildings is taller than the surrounding trees. It's also energy efficient with a bioenergy program helping to reduce UNBC's carbon footprint by up to 85%.

Did you know?
UNBC took part in one of the first ever university expeditions to Antarctica. The purpose of the trip was to see how global warming and tourism is affecting the continent.
The 25km Cranbrook Hill Greenway Trail runs right through the campus grounds and is used for running, walking, cycling, skiing, and any other form of non-motorized transportation.
Purden Ski Hill, located approximately 45 km east of Prince George, is the closest fully featured ski-hill. Grab a few friends and catch the shuttle bus out to the hill for a day of skiing, snowboarding, or both!
Teapot Mountain Trail is a 1.5 km uphill hike leading to a summit with four viewpoints providing 360-degree views of the surrounding lakes, rivers, forests, and wetlands. The mountain trail is located approximately 50 km north of Prince George.
The American black bear (Ursus Americanus) is North America's smallest and most common species of bear. It is a generalist animal, able to exploit numerous different habitats and foodstuffs. Watch out for them on the outskirts of campus!
The Ancient Forest is located approximately 50 km east of Prince George, and is the most inland rainforest in North America. UNBC grad Dave Radies brought attention to the area, and locals are now maintaining the forest and its many trails and pathways.
Connecting directly to the Prince George campus, Forests for the World is a 130 hectare park featuring 15 km of easily navigable interpretive trails, with plaques that tell about local flora and fauna.
Fort St. James is one of BC's oldest permanent European settlements. It was the administrative centre for the Hudson's Bay Company's New Caledonia fur district. It is a national historic site that is a two hour drive from Prince George. >>>