The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) remains among the top three ranked small universities in Canada for the sixth straight year according to Maclean’s Magazine’s annual ranking of Canadian universities. The magazine’s famous list ranks UNBC number three, tied with the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, in the “primarily undergraduate” category, but behind Mount Alison University in New Brunswick, and Acadia University in Nova Scotia, both of which are more than 150 years UNBC’s senior.
“We are pleased that UNBC remains among the top three ranked small universities in Canada according to Maclean’s,” says UNBC President George Iwama. “As we approach our 25 anniversary in 2015, our strong standing among the best in Canada reflects the unwavering commitment everyone at UNBC has to world-class education and research, and to the North and Northerners.”
According to Maclean’s, UNBC ranked highest in three key categories: student awards – UNBC ranks third in its category in Canada in the number of students, per 1,000, who have won national awards; student/ faculty ratio – UNBC ranks second in Canada for the number of teachers per student; research funding – UNBC ranks third in Canada for total research dollars per faculty member.
The university also ranks fourth in Canada for the number of professors who have won national awards.
The high Maclean’s ranking continues a recent spate of national and local honours for UNBC. The University recently earned high marks from the Globe and Mail newspaper in its annual Canadian University Report, including for environmental commitment, which earned UNBC one of only five A grades in all of Canada. Also the Prince George Chamber of Commerce presented UNBC with the “environmental leadership” award at its annual Business Excellence Awards.