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Reviews 461 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: the football team is subpar. Don't really interact w sports much.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: other than the board of governors being a complete bag of schmucks to international students, UBC is a great school. I didn't plan on going here but I'm so glad I did.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Sharing residence with boys can get annoying at time when you just want to walk around like a complete slob and not be stared at or feel judged

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I've only been to one frat party on the first night and it was meh. I've heard they've improved though

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't any problems with crime yet so I can't speak on this issue really

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Could have more non-Asian or white students, which are two groups who make up the majority of the school.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of interesting courses, have fun!

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Smell weed everywhere, and sometimes people screaming in the middle of the night

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: -Well organized school and events which put students at ease

-very polite students

-Could be much more diverse

-needs MORE scholarships, and scholarships for students who get over a certain grade average--lack of scholarships alienate students

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2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UBC has changed me in so many ways, given me resources to jobs and volunteer opportunities I never would have had otherwise, and allowed me to meet incredible people. There have been a lot of ups and downs - it's an academically challenging school, but professors are still there for you if you have questions or need to talk. i've definitely failed a few classes, but I've had people to talk to about it to help me get back on track. There are a TON of student clubs, a strong and growing Greek community (I'm in a sorority), and there's always something going on on campus. There is limited student housing though - many people have to commute a long way. But it has hands-down one of the most beautiful university campuses in North America. You can see the mountains from campus, or the beach is literally 5 minutes away. I would choose it again in a heartbeat. And Vancouver is an awesome city to live in! Really vibrant and you're surrounded by the ocean.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a lot of partying going on, especially during the weekends. And of course, being Canada, there's a large presence of weed. But I like my classes and I'm doing well, and even though everything is ridiculously overpriced, I'm having a great time here.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Experience completely depends on your area of study. Sciences are extremely difficult, first & second years are weed out classes. Arts is much easier with generally smaller classes- but difficulty is hard to generalize because it can really depend on the TA/proffessor

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's pretty difficult to find affordable housing, but then again, housing on campus is much more expensive so I guess it's more logical to get something off-campus.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's plenty of options for everyone if you're interested enough to go and look for them.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are only good if you have the right friends and know how to have fun without there being an actual party environment.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: The school is pretty lenient and easy to have fun with friends in.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Scholarships: There's not much financial aid available, and it's very difficult to get any at all.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's pretty average, nothing significant but I wouldn't say it's bad either.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm I lived in was average but pretty good as far as first year residences go.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Vancouver is one of the most livable cities on the planet. However, it is also a relatively small city with the entire metro area only housing over 2 million residents.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are many kinds of individuals within UBC. Most of them are quite alright. However, there are select individuals who manage to produce a gravity around them (extroverts and introverts alike.) These are the great individuals and UBC has many of those individuals around.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've met a few of my best friends and learnt and grew as an individual at UBC.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The rule of thumb is that the higher up you go, the better the courses will be. Many introductory classes are plagued with large class sizes and relatively boring topics. However, as you move up the chain to take 300s and 400s classes, professors become engaging and class size reduces, offering a great experience

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Student health services often take care of students very well. This, added with the inexpensive health insurance, makes UBC a great place to take care of yourself. That said, support and resources devoted towards mental health is still lacking and many students have complained regarding their experiences.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life does exist at UBC. Greek students also tend to be the most involved (especially within student government as they hold one of the more important voting blocs on campus.) However, Greek students are also often seen as very cliquey and exclusive.

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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.

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