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UNBC places second in Maclean’s magazine rankings


The University of Northern British Columbia maintained its status among the top universities of its size in Canada, according to the latest rankings compiled by Maclean’s magazine.

UNBC placed second in the Primarily Undergraduate category that includes 19 universities, marking the 10th straight year UNBC has finished in the top three. Mount Allison finished first in the Primarily Undergraduate category followed by UNBC and Trent.

“Sustaining this level of excellence requires the combined strengths of our faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors and supporters, working together to continually enhance the quality of our academic programming and research culture,” said UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks, in a press release. “This ranking is another demonstration of how UNBC is inspiring next-generation leaders who are creating local solutions with global impact.”

UNBC placed first in three of the 14 categories surveyed by Maclean’s, including the number of students who have won national awards. UNBC also received top grades in two categories devoted to how the university allocates resources, including the percentage of the library budget devoted to new acquisitions.

UNBC excelled in the student to faculty ratio, the number of faculty members winning national awards and the amount of social science and humanities grants received.

In the student satisfaction survey, Maclean’s once again gave UNBC top marks for the mental health services available on campus. Students also gave high marks to UNBC’s administrative staff, academic advising staff and the experiential learning opportunities.

UNBC made gains in in the national reputational survey of university faculty and senior administrators, high school guidance counsellors and business people.

“UNBC continues to educate, innovate and lead in Northern British Columbia, across the country and around the world,” said UNBC Board of Governors Chair Tracey Wolsey. “UNBC has repeatedly placed at, or near, the top of the Maclean’s rankings, a testament to the hard work and commitment of the entire UNBC family.”

UNBC placed first in the Primarily Undergraduate category the past two years.

Simon Fraser placed first in the Comprehensive list and McGill maintained its top ranking in the Medical Doctoral category.

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