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Location
Vancouver, BC
Undergrads
22,908
Tuition (in-state)
$21,781 ($4,970)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are very important here.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Amazing in the AHVA department, and gets better in last year of psych department.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Engineering is one of the hardest majors in UBC (along with Sauder School of Business). Workload is pretty heavy, so you have to learn to manage that. There are a lot of research opportunities and opportunities to visit labs.
For internships and jobs, the best option is to join the Co-Op program, although that would mean graduating in five years instead of four.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: You get really good professors even as a first year and even have tutorials and workshops for difficult classes. There is a little bit of curriculum flexibility, depending on your major/faculty.
There are a bunch of options for study areas, including the commonsblock in the first year residence and more than 3 libraries.
There is also free tutoring at a library and first-year residences.
There is quiet a bit of workload, but it is manageable.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors and TAs are nothing but helpful. Some professors actually take a personal in your success. I highly recommend enrolling in one of the first year programs, like the CAP. There are plenty of systems in place to help you out. The workload can be pretty intense at times, especially towards the end of the semester, but it's also very rewarding and you get a lot of feedback from either your professors or TAs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 155th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 314th
    Best Course Variety
  • 319th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 719th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 755th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Hometown
Vancouver
Major
Theater Production and Design
Grad Year
2015
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Being part of the top universities in the world, UBC provides its students with a tremendous amount of resources and support when it comes to academics. So much so that the University even lays out beanbags and hands out free Redbull during exam season. Depending on your faculty, you might even get free coffee five days a week. With that being said, UBC values academics greatly, being one of the world's top research universities and having published numerous academic journals that have impacted the world in more ways than one. UBC's reputation comes from its excellence in social sciences, commerce, political and international relations, engineering, and economics. While the University does have several other world-class courses, UBC's achievement in these subjects is constantly ranked No. 1 in Canada and top 25 in the world. With regards to professors, UBC is ranked No. 1 in terms of the percentage of academic staff with doctoral degrees. Though it is true that not all who understand also know how to teach, the University also manages an extensive TA program that makes sure students get all the help they need. Professor and student relationships vary depending on the professor, as the University does not dictate the dynamic of such relationships. Some professors are very outgoing and would prefer to be addressed in their first names, while others emphasize their preference in being addressed as, "Doctor." But as a general rule of thumb, all professors are masters in their fields and have designated office hours where they will meet with students out of class.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Health Disciplines
  • College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Faculty of Applied Science
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Sander School of Business
  • School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
  • School of Community and Regional Planning
  • School of Environmental Health
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Kinesiology
  • School of Library Archival and Information Studies
  • School of Music
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Population and Public Health
  • School of Social Work
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program
  • Honors program
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
UBC does run a limited number of online courses known as "distance learning programs." These courses are conducted through UBC Connect, where students will participate in mandatory discussions with their classmates in a forum format. Discussions are led by the professor and will usually require students to not only answer questions, but also bring forth questions of their own for the whole class to discuss. In addition, there are also open-book quizzes and tests that are done online and must be completed within a certain amount of time. All courses have a final exam that a student must take either at the University or a designated testing center.
Best Places to Study
  • David Lam Management Research Library
  • Forestry Sciences Centre
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Koerner Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend snowboarding/skiing events, even if you don't know how—go for it!
  • Don't panic if you study hard and still get a bad score. Most likely a lot of people in the same class are in the same boat.
  • Invest in a good pair of rain boots—you won't regret it.
  • Joining clubs is one of the first and best ways to start making your new group of friends.
  • Talk to your TAs—they are more helpful and more approachable than you think.
  • Your college experience is what you make it to be. Go find it because it won't find you.
Did You Know?
UBC is a leading university worldwide and constantly ranked in the top 40 of university rankings.

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