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
46,322
Graduate Vancouver
10,614
Total Vancouver students
56,936

Undergraduate Okanagan
10,459
Graduate Okanagan
1,103
Total Okanagan students
11,562

Total Undergraduate students
56,781
Total Graduate students
11,717
Total students
68,498

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
5,696
Staff Vancouver
10,647
Total Faculty and Staff Vancouver
16,343

Faculty Okanagan
600
Staff Okanagan
835
Total Faculty and Staff Okanagan
1,435

Faculty total both campuses
6,296
Staff total both campuses
11,482
Faculty and Staff total both campuses
17,778

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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