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UNBC places second in Maclean’s rankings

UNBC president Dr. Daniel Weeks.

The University of Northern British Columbia continues to be rated as a destination of choice for students across Canada as a top university of its size. UNBC placed second in the Primarily Undergraduate category of Maclean’s Magazine’s annual ranking of Canadian Universities.

This marks the sixth straight year UNBC has finished in the top two in its category and 12 years in the top three. Mount Allison finished first in the Primarily Undergraduate category, with Trent University maintaining its hold on third place.

“UNBC continually strives to be a University that transforms lives and communities in the North and around the world,” said UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks, in a news release. “This ranking acknowledges our efforts at creating an environment that fosters creativity, inspires future leaders and enhances the research culture for our students, faculty and staff.”

UNBC placed first in two of the 14 categories in the overall rankings, including the number of students who have won national awards and operating budget, which measures operating expenditures per full-time student. The University also received top marks in the student-to-faculty ratio (second), the number of faculty citations (fourth), and total research dollars (fourth).

In the student satisfaction survey, Maclean’s once again gave UNBC strong grades in promoting Indigenous visibility (first), mental health services (second), and steps to prevent sexual assault (fourth).

The university made significant gains in the national reputation ranking including categories such as innovation and developing leaders of tomorrow. The national reputation ranking combines all universities from the Primarily Undergraduate, Comprehensive and Medical Doctoral categories into one group.

Simon Fraser University placed first in the Comprehensive list, while McGill finished first in the Medical Doctoral category.

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