Academics

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

Academics: fun and friendly program but heavy workload due to night rehearsals as well as extra time set aside for practicing. Courses can be challenging but also fun to take. Not much internship/job opportunities for current Music students unless you audition for various local ensembles/orchestras.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Curriculum is fixed and have a number of required courses in order to meet the minimum requirements. Workload is pretty good but can sometimes be hard to balance with your practicing and rehearsal times.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a reason why this university is top three in Canada and top five in North America. This is a research based university, so that is something to keep in mind when applying. Compared to my experience at community college and taking honors classes at high school, the academics are much more challenging. I've noticed that students exclusively from the USA (who do not have dual citizenship), find the academics much more challenging and time consuming. It isn't a bad thing, but it is definitely something one has to get used to and even readjust their grade standards too. However, the quality of learning is spectacular. The professors are very knowledgeable and are professionals in their field of expertise. Even when I find work difficult at times, I always look forward to lectures and having discussions with my professors.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am in engineering and the workload is tough but I am scheduling it so that I do not have to overwhelm myself with it.

If it is interesting to you, it is not that difficult.

Since UBC is a big school there are a lot of opportunities like COOP and internships for students.

Engineering is pretty good at UBC and is well known for it as well.

However, I feel that courses should be made so that students do not have to take 7 courses per semester.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are very important here.

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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.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 30 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 30 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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