The University of British Columbia has moved up in the annual Maclean’s University rankings, jumping to second from third in this year’s results.
“It’s a great day for UNBC and it’s a really great day for the entire North in terms of ensuring that we have such a high quality institution for folks in the North to take advantage of,” said Daniel Weeks, president of UNBC.
The university ranked second in the primarily undergraduate category, moving up from third where UNBC was tied with the University of Lethbridge in Alberta the previous year.
Mount Allison in Sackville, New Brunswick topped the rankings in that category for the eighteenth time in 24 years.
UNBC also placed first among the 19 primarily undergraduate universities in library acquisitions, and had top-three results in student awards, student/faculty ratio and library expenses.
Weeks attributed the university’s success to consistency.
“The one thing that jumps out at me is really across the board we’re fairly consistent in placing quite well in all the various categories of indicators that Maclean’s uses to create these rankings,” said Weeks.
“We’re doing well in just about all the categories which pleases me the most.”
He added that in overall reputation, the university isn’t scoring as high, something Weeks hopes to improve on in future rankings.
“It tells me that we need to tell the story a little more broadly that the story is going across Canada and internationally as to what an outstanding institution we have right here in Prince George,” he said.
UNBC was founded 25 years ago and has more than 4,000 students attending classes at campuses in Prince George, Terrace, Fort St. John and Quesnel.
Just under 70 per cent of students are from Northern B.C.