University of British Columbia

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1200-1874 E. Mall

Vancouver, British Columbia,

Phone: (604) 822-8999
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jan. 31
application deadline

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University of British Columbia is a public institution. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 33,397, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,759 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $5,759 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of British Columbia (UBC), founded in 1908, is one of North America's premier universities with a global reputation for excellence in teaching and research, and consistently ranked among the top 40 universities worldwide. In 2011-12, almost 8,000 research projects attracted CAD$520 million in funding, and UBC is a Canadian leader in new patents issued. Located on two campuses - Vancouver on Canada's spectacular Pacific coast and Okanagan in the scenic interior of British Columbia - UBC has a total enrollment of over 50,000 students, with 25,000 full-time undergraduates and 15,000 postgraduates. International students make up 17% of the student body. Students from 150 countries choose UBC for its wide selection of programs of study, expert faculty, world class facilities for learning, international perspective, and vibrant student life. Of UBC's 3,000 full-time faculty, 99% have PhDs, the highest rate of any Canadian university. Programs at undergraduate, professional, and postgraduate levels are available through 18 Faculties and 14 schools, leading to globally-recognized degrees and diplomas. Bachelor degree students have hundreds of options for their major, minor, or specialized degree. Vancouver, the University's principal campus, is 1,000 acres in size, and an award-winning model for environmental sustainability. Set on Canada's spectacular Pacific coast, Vancouver has been voted one of the world's most beautiful and liveable cities. First-year students benefit from interdisciplinary teaching programs pioneered at UBC such as the Science One program which blends the core sciences in an integrated format, or the Arts One program that examines themes from literature, philosophy, and history, within small learning communities. UBC students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including one of the largest research libraries in Canada. There are 13 affiliated research units, 3 teaching hospitals, the Museum of Anthropology (Canada's largest teaching museum), a superb concert hall, contemporary art gallery, one of the world's largest sub-atomic particle accelerators, botanical gardens, 3 research forests, and a model farm. The new Okanagan campus is located in the friendly lakeside city of Kelowna BC. UBC Okanagan offers unique community-oriented cross-disciplinary learning, including region-centered research, and international study opportunities. Students are encouraged to traverse traditional boundaries between arts, sciences, fine arts, languages and social sciences. Most Faculties offer co-op (work-learn) programs, allowing students to combine their academics with paid work terms. Undergraduate students may also study abroad at one of UBC's 165 partner institutions in 40 different countries (including the USA). About 25% of students live in high-quality campus housing, guaranteed for first-year international students. Orientation and residence life programs, among the most extensive in North America, prepare students for academic and social success. For extracurricular interests, UBC has hundreds of student clubs and societies, and students can participate in athletics from varsity-level competition to spirited intermural events and solo pursuits. UBC's varsity teams have won more international championships than any other Canadian university. From both UBC campuses there is ready access to numerous outdoor activities year-round in unparalleled natural surroundings, including beaches, forest parks and nearby mountains. Every year, hundreds of UBC graduates (including several Rhodes Scholars) are accepted into leading professional schools and graduate programs in North America and around the world, including MIT, Oxford, and LSE. UBC alumni include Canadian Prime Ministers, Nobel laureates, and leaders in many fields - and now number over 250,000 in Canada, the USA and 118 other countries.

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When applying to University of British Columbia, it's important to note the application deadline is January 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 15. The application fee at University of British Columbia is $102.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

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Application deadline January 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 15

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Academic Life

University of British Columbia has 23.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

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Student Life

University of British Columbia has a total undergraduate enrollment of 33,397, with a gender distribution of 46.1 percent male students and 53.9 percent female students. At this school, 25 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 49,097
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Campus Info & Services

University of British Columbia offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. University of British Columbia also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of British Columbia.

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Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $5,759 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $5,759 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,940 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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