University of British Columbia Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Vancouver, BC
Website
www.ubc.ca
Full-Time Undergrads
22,908
Part-Time Undergrads
7,949
Setting
Large city
In-State Tuition
$4,970
Out-of-State Tuition
$21,781
Room & Board
Not Reported
Acceptance Rate
65 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
Not Reported
Average ACT Scores
Not Reported

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Located in one of the most livable cities in the world
  • Student access to state-of-the-art technology and learning facilities includes two world-class libraries featuring robotic document retrievers and linked online catalogs with other university libraries
  • Vibrant campus attracts both students and tourists alike. Attractions include three museums, a rose garden, Wrecked Beach, Chan Center Concert Hall, an art gallery, and many more.
  • People are generally very friendly and helpful. Don't be surprised if you start talking to a random stranger about your day on the bus.

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Both on- and off-campus housing can be quite expensive due to demand.
  • On-campus housing is very limited. First-year international students have priority housing.
  • Classrooms can be far apart.
  • Huge campus takes up a lot of travel time between classes.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Compared to schools in the United States, Canadian universities are considerably cheaper while also providing a world-class education. Even with scholarship offers to American schools, UBC may still be a cheaper choice in terms of tuition and thus a reason some American students decide to go here. Overall, UBC is fun, provides excellent educational tools, immerses students in a great environment, and is among the world’s top universities. If students went back in time and had to choose their school all over again, many would still select UBC—10 times over. In the consumer tech industry, the term "early adopters" is used to describe consumers that buy tech products as soon as they become available to the market. In the same sense, some students feel like they are "early adopters" to UBC. While UBC does not have the reputation of an Ivy League school (yet), it certainly has the facilities, faculty, and alumni equal to Ivy League universities. Most students are glad to be a part of the “next big thing,” and you can, too—but you better do it soon because tuition fees are rising due to the growing demand for admission.

British Columbia Student Reviews

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always security officers patrolling the campus, especially late at night.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The resident advisors are lenient when it comes to drugs and alcohol, even if they catch you red-handed.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Wish I went somewhere with more school spirit for athletics and a larger greek system.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm life is pretty laid back, you can drink just not with more than 6 people. On campus housing is really hard to get after you're freshman year.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus system is easy for students.

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