UNBC places second in annual Maclean’s rankings

For the 20th consecutive year, UNBC placed in the top five in its category in the annual Maclean's university rankings.

October 12, 2023
UNBC Prince George campus in fall colours

Prince George, B.C. – The University of Northern British Columbia placed second out of 20 universities in the Primarily Undergraduate category in the latest edition of the Maclean’s magazine university rankings released on Thursday.

This marks the 20th consecutive year UNBC has finished in the top five in its category. In 16 of the past 17 years, UNBC has finished in the top three in the Primarily Undergraduate group. UNBC also placed second in its category in last year’s rankings. 

In addition, UNBC’s School of Nursing made its debut on the best nursing schools in Canada list. Based on a survey of faculty and senior university administrators, UNBC’s nursing program was ranked 16th in Canada, including tied for 14th with the University of Saskatchewan for its research reputation.  

“Our consistent success in these rankings demonstrate how UNBC’s exceptional faculty and staff are supporting fulfilling student learning journeys,” says UNBC President Dr. Geoff Payne. “Through the creativity of students, the knowledge generated by faculty and the applied expertise of alumni, UNBC influences policy and builds capacity for the advancement of thriving communities right here in northern British Columbia and beyond.” 

This year, UNBC placed first in its category for students who win national awards, which include scholarships UNBC students earned from professional organizations as well as federal funding agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 

UNBC also earned high marks in categories related to faculty excellence, research funding, student services and overall reputation. 

Mount Allison placed first in the primarily undergraduate category. Simon Fraser was first in comprehensive, and McGill topped the charts in medical/doctoral.