House of Learning
Welcome to the University of Northern British Columbia also known by our Dakelh (Carrier) name, Nizdeh Nekeyoh Hohudel’eh Baiyoh, which translates to “House of Learning.”
Pronounced Niz-day Nay-Kay-yo Ho-Hah-del-eh Buy-yo
First Nation Elders and representatives of the Lheidli T’enneh gifted us this name in recognition of UNBC’s key educational role in traditional Lheidli T’enneh territory.
Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have walked gently on the diverse traditional territories where the University of Northern British Columbia community is grateful to live, work, learn, and play. We are committed to building and nurturing relationships with Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge their traditional lands, and we thank them for their hospitality.
'En Cha Huná
UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, reminds us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Interpreted as “respecting all forms of life,” 'En Cha Huná encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.
UNBC's Mission: To inspire leaders for tomorrow by influencing the world of today.
- #1 in Canada for its category (Primarily Undergraduate Category - Maclean's Magazine)
- 3,500+ undergraduate students
- 735+ graduate students
- 1:13 faculty-to-student ratio (Best faculty-to-student ratio in Western Canada - Maclean's Magazine)
- 1:5 support (faculty + staff)-to-student ratio
- Students from more than 60 countries
- #1 in Western Canada for Indigenous Visibility (Primarily Undergraduate Category - Maclean's Magazine)
- #1 in Canada for Mental Health Services (Primarily Undergraduate Category - Maclean's Magazine)
- Total Courses Offered: 1,827
- 50+ student clubs
- 299 days of sunshine in Prince George
Ranked in the top 250 young universities worldwide (1 of only 3 from Canada) by Times Higher Education.
- 11% International students
- 12% Indigenous students
- 62 Bachelors
- 29 Masters
- 3 PhDs
Average first-year class sizes
Average first-year class size: 62
- Arts: 42
- Science: 83
- Health Sciences: 84 | Labs: 26
- Commerce: 62
- Planning: 68
- Engineering: 66 | Labs: 26
We honour our environment with our campus architecture, teaching and research, and initiatives led by our students, faculty and staff.
- Our Bioenergy Plant uses local sawmill residue, reducing our fossil fuel consumption to heat the university by 85%.
- The Wood Pellet Plant saves 140 tonnes of CO² per year.
- Package-free bulk foods store on campus.
- Secure, covered bike storage, stand-alone bike lockers, a bike repair station and shower facilities.
- Carpooling program.
- The Green Fund provides grants for innovative projects to create a more sustainable campus.
From the Rocky Mountains to the coastal rain forest, Northern B.C. has it all in winter, spring, summer, or fall.
UNBC is a university established both in and for the North. This mission has instilled a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure among our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. With five campuses located throughout the region, UNBC has something for everyone. We are the university of choice for northern B.C. students who want the comforts of being close to home, and a destination university for those looking for new adventures elsewhere.
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UNBC’s main campus is located in Prince George, British Columbia, on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation.
As the largest city in northern British Columbia, many consider Prince George as “the hub of northern B.C.” It is a modern city surrounded by beautiful wilderness.
With a population of nearly 75,000, Prince George is big enough to offer students access to all the amenities, culture, arts, and entertainment you would expect from a major city, but small enough that you will feel at home and connected to your community.
Prince George is an affordable city where you can earn the education you desire, begin your career or business, and even make it your home.
Cost of living comparison (per month)
- Prince George: $1,985
- Calgary: $2,480
- Victoria: $2,710
- Vancouver: $3,306
Something for everyone
- Plenty of local restaurants, shopping, live music and nightlife to choose from
- Vibrant arts & culture – museums, galleries, performing arts
- Cross-country, downhill skiing and snowboarding all close to the city with lots of options
- 11.9 square km of parks
- 1,200 lakes within an 80km radius
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Learn more about Prince George
UNBC Residence is more than just a place to live during the school year – it is a convenient, safe and inclusive community that supports your personal and academic success. Home to more than 500 enthusiastic, full-time students, Neyoh and Keyoh (Dakelh for “for the home” and “for the community”), offer fully-furnished, modern, apartment-style living.
*Sample suite layout. Not all suites feature the same configuration.
Each student has a private bedroom (includes a bed and desk), and suites are equipped with a full kitchen, large furnished living room and a shared bathroom.
The Neyoh and Keyoh buildings provide 24-hour support and security. Other amenities include wi-fi, laundry facilities located on each floor, 24/7 quiet study rooms, and large common areas that are perfect for hosting events.
Students living on campus can choose from four specialty living communities:
- Academic Intensive
- Sustainability & Eco-Friendly
- Mature (age 25 +)
- Female Only
Students are also connected to on- and off-campus resources through their Residence Assistants (RAs). As senior student leaders who live in Residence, the RAs’ role is to help build community, provide support to students and deliver educational and social programming.
There are two RAs per floor plus Specialty Focus RAs scattered throughout Neyoh and Keyoh such as:
- Two RAs per floor + Specialty Focus RAs
- Indigenous Focus RA
- 2 Academic RAs
- 2 International Focus RAs
- Wellness and Engagement RA
- Sustainability and Outdoor Education RA
If you are a first-year student, Indigenous student, Varsity Athlete or former youth in care, contact us about priority housing today!
$840 Average Monthly Rent vs $1,990 in Vancouver or $2,060 in Toronto.
Students at UNBC have access to safe and affordable on- and off-campus housing options as compared to metropolitan areas in Canada.
On-campus Housing - Rental cost per academic year:
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Off-campus Housing - Average rental cost for 1-bedroom per academic year:
- Prince George: $7,560
- Burnaby: $10,240
- Victoria: $11,120
- Kelowna: $12,560
- Vancouver: $17,600
Visit the Agora Dining Hall, student-run pub and grab-and-go locations.
The 7-Day and 5-Day Meal Plans are all-you-care-to-eat options in the Agora Dining Hall. Ask a chef to assemble-your-own and let us do the cooking with fresh and tasty items hot off the grill.
Our on-site Executive Chef creates a menu daily with appetizing entrees and snack features, made-from-scratch desserts, hearty homemade soups, salads and more. The Agora Dining Hall is a showcase of natural light, open seating and a great place to connect with friends.
Students can enjoy coffee, tea, and cold drinks at Degrees—a student-run coffee shop with two locations—or the on-campus Tim Hortons.
- Students on the 7-Day Meal Plan have full access to the Agora Dining Hall every day.
- Students on the 5-Day Meal Plan have access to the Agora Dining Hall Monday to Friday.
Which UNBC Meal Plan applies to students who live on campus?
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available!
Ranked Best in Western Canada for mental health support 4 years running. - Maclean's Magazine
- On-Campus Cafes
- Student Clubs
- On-Campus Pub
- Student Societies
- Intramural Sports
- Timberwolves Athletics
Connection to Nature
- Provincial Parks
- City Trails
- Nearby Lakes
The First Nations Centre (FNC) is honoured to provide holistic support services to students, staff and faculty at UNBC.
The First Nations Centre is a culturally safe, accessible space where leadership, academic growth, relationships, and personal supports are fostered.
We offer a wide variety of services, activities, and programs that help to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous students, create awareness and understanding of Indigenous perspectives and worldviews, and celebrate Indigenous culture. Our team is here to welcome everyone who visits or accesses the First Nations Centre.
The Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre is a high-performance sport facility located on UNBC’s Prince George campus. Equipped with an elevated running track, modern fitness equipment, full-sized basketball court and FIFA-approved indoor soccer turf, it is one of the most impressive sport and recreation facilities in B.C.
All UNBC students receive a membership to the Northern Sport Centre as part of their student fees, providing you access to fitness, recreation and drop-in sports programs.
As the home of the UNBC Timberwolves, you can take in a basketball game on weekends but also hit the court yourself for drop-in sessions or join one of our various intramural leagues.
All drop-in classes are part of your membership fee. Up to 50 hours of weekly programming is provided, with classes in Cycle Fit, Yoga, Zumba, Fit Camp and more. Need to update your fitness routine? Our staff of certified Personal Trainers will keep you accountable and motivated. Purchase an individual package or grab a friend and buy tandem sessions (members receive a discounted rate!)
- 2 squash courts
- 50 hours a week of drop-in fitness classes
- 2 indoor soccer fields
- 3 gymnasiums
- 280m 3-lane indoor track cardio and strength training fitness zones
Membership included in your fees.
Student memberships run from semester start to semester end. Just activate your membership in person and purchase a $10 facility access fob.
The UNBC Timberwolves varsity basketball and soccer teams compete at the highest level of university sport in the country, as part of the Canada West conference and U SPORTS.
The TWolves are exceptional student-athletes in the classroom, while displaying tremendous leadership in northern B.C. and their communities.
Perennially among the most-attended games in Western Canada, the Timberwolves continue to set the green and gold standard at UNBC.
- 2 soccer teams
- 2 basketball teams
- 36 Timberwolves home games
We have a structure and learning environment that will work for you.
The UNBC Co-operative Education (Co-op) program offers students the ability to gain practical, paid work experience while completing an undergraduate degree. UNBC Co-op students benefit from our welcoming and supportive environment through job readiness training and access to unique work experience opportunities, and can look forward to connecting with employers who are instrumental in helping UNBC Co-op students become agile, dynamic, and resilient professionals.
Field school opportunities in more than 17 programs!
Imagine travelling to Guatemala and working with local Indigenous communities or building a robot in your class? How about engaging in a class simulation about the impacts of climate change? Across the University, field schools are specifically designed for you to apply your knowledge and reflect on your learning through experiences inside and outside the classroom.
Past field schools include:
- Babine Lake, Canada
- Death Valley, USA
- Douglas, Isle of Man, British Isles
- Dublin, Ireland
- Likely, Canada
- Prince George, Canada
- Various locations, Guatemala
- Various locations, Peru
- Various locations, South Africa
35 study abroad options in 15 countries.
Explore the world while you study! Experience new independence with UNBC Study Abroad opportunities and grow your self-reliance and confidence. Become immersed in a new culture and broaden your personal and educational perspectives. See the world and make every day an adventure.
Big enough to offer the experience you want, yet small enough that you won't get lost in the crowd.
UNBC provides exceptional undergraduate and graduate learning and research opportunities.
- 1 of 4 original research intensive Universities in B.C.
- Participate in ground-breaking research as early as your first year.
Meet Ann! A UNBC Research Ambassador
BSc. (Hons) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
UNBC Research Ambassador & Quality Assurance Officer for the Northern Analytical Laboratory Services department at UNBC.
“UNBC is a great university if you want to have a personalized education. The class sizes are small so you really get to know your peers and professors, and it really comes in handy when you’re looking for a research or career opportunity. If your priority is to receive a great education and you love the outdoors, UNBC is the way to go!
There are so many opportunities to get involved in research at UNBC as an undergrad. You can start even in your first year by volunteering in the lab. That’s how I got my feet wet.
The skills that I learned from research are quite practical. Research really enabled me to become a better thinker and how to approach problems from different perspectives.
The earlier you can start research the better because it is a lifetime endeavour. That one research question you’ll work on in undergrad will turn into a masters thesis, then a PhD, and eventually it might even be your career. That’s why developing those skills early on in your undergrad is so important, and even if you decide not to have a research career, the skills, perseverance and knowledge you gain will be invaluable in anything you wish to pursue in the future.”
- 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
- $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Current high school students are encouraged to apply to UNBC by December 15 to be automatically eligible for Early Entrance Awards and to apply for Leadership Awards.
Application Deadlines for Awards
|Early Entrance Scholarships||$2,500 and $5,500||January 15|
|Leadership Awards||$3,000||January 15|
|President’s Silver Anniversary Awards for Excellence in Leadership||$6,000 (renewable at $5,500 for up to three additional consecutive years)||January 15|
|General Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards||Varies, up to $25,000||April 1|
Approximate Costs per Academic Year
(30 credit hours, 10 courses)
* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.
Cost of Living per Academic Year
|On-campus living expense ($250 damage deposit not included)||$5,200|
|On-campus meal plan (7-Day)||$5,325|
|On-campus meal plan (5-Day, Mon-Fri)||$4,750|
|Off-campus housing (approximate)||$9,130|
Domestic tuition costs
Based on 1st year calculations/Approx. 30 to 36 credits
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International tuition costs
Based on 1st year calculations/Approx. 30 to 36 credits
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We’ve compared our annual tuition costs with other BC Research Universities. Minimum and Maximum tuition costs depend on factors such as total credit count per year and any program fee differentials applied.
Your fees include many benefits:
Health & Dental Coverage
If students do not have existing Canadian medical and dental coverage, student fees include a plan to ensure access to these services during study.
Students have access to the world-class, on-campus Northern Sport Centre during their studies.
Intramural Athletics Registration
Students can join any, or all, intramural sports leagues.
Through the UPASS, UNBC students gain access to the following:
- Prince George Aquatic Centre.
- Prince George’s Transit System, which takes students to and from campus seven days a week.
- Third-party benefits and perks for university students such as discounts on food, shopping, internet, television, and more!
- Admission Requirements
- Application Deadlines
- Canadian Secondary School Provincial High School Equivalents
- International Admissions
Wondering about the difference between a bursary and a scholarship? Or what syllabus means? Check out our Key Terms and Language for a full list of definitions.
The UNBC experience is unparalleled and prepares students for successful careers. Alumni become leaders across the globe and make the world a better place. Each of our graduates’ stories of success builds the reputation and promise of a UNBC degree. We invite them to stay connected with us and proudly share the highlights of their journeys.
What makes UNBC unique? When our graduates reflect on their experience, they tell us that the access to professors, research opportunities, interdisciplinary learning, and interaction with small cohorts creates a community of support that leads to their success.
Our graduates tell us that UNBC helped them become better critical thinkers, improved their ability to acquire skills and knowledge, provided them with a comprehensive knowledge of their chosen subject area, and enhanced their problem-solving skills.
- 93% are satisfied with their UNBC experience.
- 80% are recommending UNBC to others.
- 85% are satisfied with their job.
- 67.3% Employment Rate in Prince George (2019) - The ratio of the employed to the working population.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to connect with a graduate of UNBC.
Want to know more about UNBC? One of the best ways to experience UNBC is to see it for yourself. Talk to our Student Recruitment team about the opportunity to tour our campus* or visit our unbc.ca/campus-life/virtual-tours for an in-depth tour of our Prince George campus, Housing and the Northern Sport Centre.
Virtual Future Student Events
Due to COVID-19, we have adjusted the way we support future UNBC students, providing you more accessible ways than ever to learn about our amazing University!
- Drop in for a one-on-one Zoom Q&A session with a recruiter
- Register for a live webinar on topics like How to Choose Your Program
- Participate in virtual Student Life events like “Trivia Tuesdays” for a sense of the amazing student community at UNBC
Please be advised that due to COVID-19, on-campus activities are subject to change and cancellations.