UBC Overview & Facts


The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

UBC at a Glance 2015/16

UBC at a Glance 2016. Total 61,113 students. Vancouver Students - 52,721. Okanagan Students - 8,392.

  • 61,113 total students
  • 52,721 Vancouver students
  • 8,392 Okanagan students
  • 13,189 international students from 155 countries
  • 12,841 degrees granted in 2015
  • $12.5 billion in economic impact
  • 180 companies spun off from UBC research
  • 1,342 research projects with industry partners
  • 1,112 research contracts and agreements with government and non-profits

Research and Funding 2015-16. $600 million. Research funding for 8,766 projects.

  • $2.3 billion annual operating budget
  • 306,000+ alumni in 140 countries
  • 15,190 faculty and staff
  • 34th in Times Higher Education world rankings, one of three Canadian universities in the top 50
  • Canada’s 1st Fair Trade campus
  • Earned Canada’s 1st Gold in the STARS sustainability rating system

UBC Campuses

UBC Clock Tower

UBC’s two main campuses are situated in Vancouver and in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. Also in Vancouver, UBC Robson Square is a vibrant learning centre in the heart of downtown, the UBC Learning Exchange is a community engagement initiative based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and UBC’s Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus is located in Mount Pleasant. UBC also provides clinical education to Faculty of Medicine students at 75 health care facilities across British Columbia. In addition, UBC’s Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong, a Liaison Office in New Delhi, India, and a Liaison Office in Europe facilitate teaching and research partnerships and support alumni engagement.

UBC's Campuses 2015-16

Our Students

Students Vancouver Okanagan Total
Undergraduate 42,986 7,668 50,654
Graduate 9,735 724 10,459
Total 52,721 8,392 61,113
  • 61,113 total students at both campuses(up 2.6% from 2014/15)
  • 1,388 Aboriginal students (up 0.5% from 2014/15)
  • 14,851 additional students in UBC Continuing Studies
International Students 2015-16. 23.0% of Vancouver students are international. 12,117 students on the Vancouver Campus are international, a 11.1% increase over 2014/15. 12.8% of Okanagan students are international. 1,072 students on the Okanagan Campus are international, a 11.9% increase over 2014/15.

Faculty and Staff

Vancouver Okanagan Total
Faculty 4,864 470 5,334
Staff 9,250 606 9,856
Total 14,114 1,076 15,190

Teaching and Learning

UBC is home to 18 Faculties, 12 Schools and 2 Colleges

Teaching and Learning 2015-16. UBC collaborates with community, industry, government, and university partners to provide enriched educational experiences for students. 68% of undergraduate students participate in these experiences by the time they graduate.

Among Current or Former Faculty and Alumni

7 Nobel prize winners.
  • 3 Canadian prime ministers
  • 10 3M National Teaching Fellows
  • 65 Olympic medals won by varsity athletes
  • 69 Rhodes Scholars, 1 Rhodes Scholars in the last five years
  • 208 Royal Society of Canada members