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 2016/17

UBC at a Glance 2016. Total 62,923 students. Vancouver Students - 54,236. Okanagan Students - 8,687.

  • 62,923 total students
  • 54,236 Vancouver students
  • 8,687 Okanagan students
  • 14,434 international students from 162 countries
  • 12,800 degrees granted in 2016
  • $12.5 billion in economic impact
  • 199 companies spun off from UBC research
  • 1,326 research projects with industry partners
  • 1,172 research contracts and agreements with government and non-profits

Research and Funding 2016-17. $580.2 million research funding for 8,808 project.

  • $2.5 billion annual operating budget
  • 318,000+ alumni in 150 countries
  • 15,660 faculty and staff
  • 36th 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 Offce in Hong Kong and Liaison Offce 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 44,565 7,899 52,464
Graduate 9,671 788 10,459
Total 54,236 8,687 62,923
  • 62,923 total students at both campuses(up 3% from 2015/16)
  • 1,600 Aboriginal students (up 13% from 2015/16)
  • 11,675 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 5,003 471 5,474
Staff 9,550 636 10,186
Total 14,553 1,107 15,660

Teaching and Learning

UBC is home to 17 Faculties, 14 Schools and 1 College

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
  • 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