UBC at a Glance 2014-15

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best 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 2014/15

  • 59,659 students
  • 11,965 international students from 139 countries
  • 12,421 degrees granted in 2014
  • $12.5 billion in economic impact
  • 169 companies spun off from UBC research
  • $2.1 billion annual operating budget
  • 300,000+ alumni in 120 countries
  • 15,253 faculty and staff
  • 32nd 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

Campuses768 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 Office in Hong Kong, a Liaison Office in New Delhi, India, and a Liaison Office in Lille, France facilitate teaching and research partnerships and support alumni engagement. WorldMap768

Our Students

Students Vancouver Okanagan Total
Undergraduate 41,365 7,530 48,895
Graduate 10,082 682 10,764
Total 51,447 8,212 59,659
  • 59,659 total students at both campuses (up 1% from 2013/14)
  • 11,007 students on the Vancouver Campus are international, a 17% increase over 2013/14
  • 958 students on the Okanagan Campus are international, a 17% increase over 2013/14
  • 1,337 Aboriginal students

Teaching and Learning

ComputerChart768 UBC holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning, offering a wide-range of innovative programs in the arts, sciences, medicine, law, business and other faculties.

Faculty and Staff

Vancouver Okanagan Total
Faculty 4,700 445 5,145
Staff 9,512 596 10,108
Total 14,212 1,041 15,253

Among Current or Former Faculty and Alumni

  • 2 Canadian prime ministers
  • 10 3M National Teaching Fellows
  • 65 Olympic medals
  • 69 Rhodes Scholars, 2 Rhodes Scholars in the last five years
  • 195 Royal Society of Canada members