UBC Overview & Facts

UBC Overview and Facts 2019–2020

When curiosity and drive fuel a vision for a better world, the University of British Columbia opens doors to opportunity. A world-leading centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, UBC transforms personal initiative into innovation, and new ideas into impact. UBC supports inspired students, staff and faculty on their journey of discovery, and challenges them to realize their greatest potential.

UBC’s Campuses

Vancouver campus

Vancouver Campus

Okanagan campus

Okanagan Campus

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 Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong and Liaison Office in New Delhi, India

UBC’s Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong and Liaison Office in New Delhi, India

UBC at a Glance

  • 55,804 Vancouver students
  • 10,708 Okanagan students
  • 66,512 total students
  • 18,283 international students from 166 countries
  • 14,383 degrees granted in 2019
  • Typically, the university operates on an approximately $3 billion annual consolidated budget

  • $672.7 million in research funding for 9,941 projects
  • 1,424 research projects with industry partners
  • 1,243 research contracts and agreements with government and non-profits
  • 222 companies spun off from UBC research

  • Over 350,000 alumni living in 148 countries
  • 17,971 faculty and staff
  • 34th in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, one of three Canadian universities in the top 50
  • 1st in Canada overall and 7th globally in delivering on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the 2020 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings


Students Vancouver Okanagan Total
Undergraduate 45,518 9,643 55,161
Graduate 10,286 1,065 11,351
Total 55,804 10,708 66,512

Note: Students enrolled in credit courses

  • 66,512 total students on both campuses (up 2.61% from 2018/19)
  • 1,904 Aboriginal students
  • 6,485 unique students in UBC Extended Learning, with 10,371 enrolments

28.85% of Vancouver students are international

16,098 students on the Vancouver campus are international, a 4.5% increase over 2018/19

20.4% of Okanagan students are international

2,185 students on the Okanagan campus are international, a 20% increase over 2018/19
Note: Includes undergraduate and graduate students

Faculty and Staff

Vancouver Okanagan Total
Faculty 5,711 571 6,282
Staff 10,736 953 11,689
Total 16,447 1,524 17,971

Teaching and Learning

77.8% of undergraduate students participate in these experiences by the time they graduate

UBC collaborates with community, industry, government and university partners to provide enriched educational experiences for students

  • 16 faculties
  • 18 schools
  • 2 colleges

Among Current or Former Faculty and Alumni

  • 8 Nobel Prize winners
  • 3 Canadian prime ministers
  • 22 3M National Teaching fellows
  • 65 Olympic medals won by varsity athletes, including 19 gold
  • 71 Rhodes Scholars; 3 Rhodes Scholars in the last five years
  • 273 Royal Society of Canada fellows