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Welcome to the University of British Columbia, a vibrant and inclusive community of scholars from across Canada and around the world!

Whether you are a student who is new or returning, local or international, first year or graduate, we want you to feel welcome, excited and proud to be a part of the UBC community. During your time here, you’ll have countless opportunities to shape your university experience, be challenged by new things, and become the person and scholar you want be. Tuum Est, it is yours.

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Santa Ono’s top tips for new students

Santa Ono’s top tips for new students

“Welcome to UBC! Like you, I’m relatively new to UBC, and I’ve been having fun exploring this amazing university. Here are some of the places I’ve discovered at our two campuses.”
— Professor Santa Ono

Quick facts about UBC students of 2017/181:

63,370 students at UBC (Vancouver and Okanagan campuses)
52,321 undergraduate students; 11,049 graduate students
47,048 domestic students; 16,322 international students
14,921 new undergraduate students; 2,062 new graduate students
7,166 new first-year students at the Vancouver campus
2,124 new first-year students at the Okanagan campus
The admission average for new first-year students at the Vancouver campus is 90.5 per cent
The admission average for new first-year students at the Okanagan campus is 84.4 per cent
New first-year students come from 131 countries
Overall, UBC’s student body represents 182 countries
769 Indigenous students, including 293 new Indigenous students (students with Indigenous basis of admission)
Sarah and Matthew are the most common names of students at UBC
Among new students, the most common names are Nicholas and Emily
Among all students (new and returning) from outside Canada/U.S./Australia/U.K./New Zealand, the most common names are Yue and Ali
In 2016/17 at UBC Recreation at the Vancouver campus, there were 950 intramural teams (in ten leagues), and 1,200 events teams (for 14 events)
The most popular food item in student residence at the Vancouver campus is the salad bar
The most popular beverage in student residence at the Vancouver campus is water from the water fountains, followed by coffee

1Numbers are accurate to August 25, 2017 and are subject to change.