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 2017/18

UBC at a Glance 2017. Total 65,012 students. Vancouver Students - 55,887. Okanagan Students - 9,125.

  • 65,012 total students
  • 55,887 Vancouver students
  • 9,125 Okanagan students
  • 16,188 international students from 156 countries
  • 13,237 degrees granted in 2017
  • 207 companies spun off from UBC research
  • 1,375 research projects with industry partners
  • 1,109 research contracts and agreements with government and non-profits

Research and Funding 2017-18. $658 million research funding for 8,973 project.

  • $2.6 billion annual operating budget
  • 325,000+ alumni in 140 countries
  • 16,089 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 80+ training sites across British Columbia. In addition, UBC’s Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong and Liaison Office in New Delhi, India facilitate teaching and research partnerships and support alumni engagement.

UBC's Campuses 2016-17

Our Students

Students Vancouver Okanagan Total
Undergraduate 44,442 8,269 52,711
Graduate 9,984 856 10,840
Resident 1,461 1,461
Total 55,887 9,125 65,012
  • 65,012 total students at both campuses(up 3.3% from 2016/17)
  • 1,720 Aboriginal students (up 4.6% from 2016/17)
  • 11,153 additional students in UBC Extended Learning
International Students 2016-17. 24.0% of Vancouver students are international. 13,183 students on the Vancouver Campus are international, a 8.8% increase over 2015/16. 14.4% of Okanagan students are international. 1,251 students on the Okanagan Campus are international, a 16.7% increase over 2015/16.

Faculty and Staff

Vancouver Okanagan Total
Faculty 4,975 496 5,471
Staff 9,959 659 10,618
Total 14,934 1,155 16,089

Teaching and Learning

UBC is home to 16 Faculties, 18 Schools and 2 Colleges

Teaching and Learning 2016-17. UBC collaborates with community, industry, government, and university partners to provide enriched educational experiences for students. 73% 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
  • 13 3M National Teaching Fellows
  • 65 Olympic medals won by varsity athletes
  • 71 Rhodes Scholars, 3 Rhodes Scholars in the last five years
  • 256 Royal Society of Canada members