UBC Overview & Facts

A world-leading centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, UBC transforms personal initiative into innovation, and new ideas into impact. Read a welcome from President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono, explore the strategic plan and learn about UBC’s vision and values.

UBC at a Glace

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$759.1 million

research funding for 10,116 projects

235 companies spun off from UBC research

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Over 370,000

alumni in 148 countries

17,778 faculty and staff

1,353 research projects with industry partners

1,149 research contracts and agreements with government and non-profits

UBC operates on an approximately $3.1 billion annual consolidated budget

More highlights from 2019/20 academic year

Student experiences

Students on our campuses

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  • 56,936 Vancouver students
  • 11,562 Okanagan students
  • 14,942 degrees granted in 2020
  • 68,498 total UBC students (up 3% from 2019/20)
  • 2,107 Aboriginal students
  • 5,605 students in UBC Extended Learning, with 12,937 enrolments

International Students

  • 20.9% of Okanagan students are international
  • 27.2% of Vancouver students are international

Enriched learning experiences

  • 58.5% of undergraduate students participate by the time they graduate.

Students in undergraduate and graduate programs

Undergraduate Vancouver
Graduate Vancouver
Total Vancouver students

Undergraduate Okanagan
Graduate Okanagan
Total Okanagan students

Total Undergraduate students
Total Graduate students
Total students

UBC Campuses

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Aerial view of UBC Okanagan campus

UBC’s two main campuses are situated in Vancouver and in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley.

UBC Robson Square, the UBC Learning Exchange and UBC’s Centre for Digital Media are also in Vancouver.

UBC provides clinical education to Faculty of Medicine students at 80+ training sites across BC.

UBC’s two regional bases in Hong Kong and India make local connections and elevate partnerships for research, learning and capacity development.

Alumni, Faculty and Staff

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8 Nobel laureates

3 Canadian prime ministers

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63 Olympic medals won

by varsity athletes, including 19 gold

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22 3M National Teaching Fellows

280 Royal Society of Canada Fellows

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71 Rhodes Scholars

2 Rhodes Scholars in the last five years

Faculty and staff across campuses

Faculty Vancouver
Staff Vancouver
Total Faculty and Staff Vancouver

Faculty Okanagan
Staff Okanagan
Total Faculty and Staff Okanagan

Faculty total both campuses
Staff total both campuses
Faculty and Staff total both campuses

UBC’s Institutional Rankings

Sustainable Development Goals

UBC ranks 13th out of 1,115 institutions globally in delivering on the UN SDGs.

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Tied for 1st overall in SDG 9:

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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3rd overall in SDG 13:

Climate Action

THE University Rankings

34th in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, one of three Canadian universities in the top 50

To learn more about the students, faculty and staff data, please visit the UBC Data & Analytics page.

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