Who We Are

The University of Northern British Columbia is one of Canada’s best small universities, set amidst the spectacular landscape of Northern B.C. It provides undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies and the environment. Programs include the arts and sciences, professional degrees, medicine and engineering. The university’s research strengths can be found in the environment and natural resources; community development; northern, rural and environmental health; and First Nations. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming and inclusive place, renowned for small classes, experiential and community-based learning opportunities, and regional learning and research opportunities.

Most students attend the main campus in Prince George, where they have easy access to outdoor recreation, including skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking. The university also offers classes and research opportunities throughout Northern B.C., including Terrace, Fort St. John and Quesnel.


COVID-19 Update for UNBC applicants and admitted students:

Please view this webpage for the latest information related to UNBC’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

FALL 2022 UPDATE: UNBC has resumed in-person instruction at all campuses. MORE INFORMATION HERE


2023/24 Admissions: Applications will open on EducationPlanner BC on October 1.

Speaking with a Student Recruiter: Our Student Recruitment team is here to help you – contact us at futurestudents@unbc.ca or call 250-960-6306. Prospective students, parents/guardians, and counsellors are able to request telephone and Zoom virtual meeting appointments.

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General Info General Info

Enrolment Total
Enrolment Details

Almost 70% of UNBC students come from Northern BC, while another 17% of students come from Southern BC. The rest of our students attend from five different Canadian provinces and 27 other nations.

Detailed Costs
Campus Locations

Prince George Campus (Main Campus)

3333 University Way,
Prince George, BC

Prince George Campus (Main Campus)

3333 University Way
Prince George, BC

Credentials Available
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Certificates: 1 Year or Less
  • Continuing Education
  • Doctorate/PhD Degrees
  • Master’s Degree / Graduate Credentials
  • Post-Degree / Post-Graduate Diplomas
  • Professional Degrees
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Arts & Science
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Career-Focused

Programs Programs

Info on All Programs
Study Abroad Opportunities

The UNBC Exchange Program offers current UNBC students a chance to travel and study at a foreign university for the cost of a semester’s tuition and fees. UNBC has partnership agreements with 34 institutions in 18 different countries and we add new schools and countries every year.

Admissions Admissions

Basic Admissions Requirements

Basic admission requires successful completion of an approved grade 12 program leading to graduation with an acceptable BC/Yukon high school average calculated on the basis of the five best grade 12 courses, including English 12 / First Peoples 12 and three approved academic grade 12 courses. Depending on the degree group of choice, there may be other required math and/or science courses included within these five.

IB and AP Credits

Approved AP and IB (all standard level and higher level) courses can be used in place of any approved Grade 12 Canadian high school course for admission; IB Diploma graduates may be awarded up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit upon receipt of the official transcript from the IB headquarters. Students awarded the diploma must have an overall standing of four, with no course below a three. Diploma students are required to present three Higher level subjects and three Subsidiary level subjects in order to be eligible for transfer credits. Students who are awarded the International Baccalaureate Certificate must have a grade of four in each Higher level subject to be eligible for individual course transfer credit. Subsidiary level subjects are not eligible for transfer credit on a certificate program.

English Proficiency Requirements

Full English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Students who have completed five consecutive years of instruction and examination entirely in the English language immediately before admission (within two years of application) are exempted from English Language requirements.

Application Deadline

The Canadian student application deadline for admission is March 1st for September entry, but students are encouraged to apply earlier. Applications received after March 1st will be considered on the basis of space availability and eligibility. Grade 12 students at BC high schools planning to attend UNBC in the September immediately following graduation are advised to apply for Early Admission, before January 15.

Application Fee

The application fee is $35.70 for domestic students and $125.00 (Cdn) for international applicants.

How to Apply

Apply online through EducationPlanner BC.

Admissions Contact Email
Admissions Contact Phone

Financial Aid Financial Aid

Entrance Scholarships Deadline

The deadline to apply for Early Entrance Scholarships is Jan. 15; the General Entrance Scholarship Deadline is March 1.

Entrance Scholarships Info
Other Scholarship Info
Student Loan Info

Financial Aid Contact Email
Financial Aid Contact Phone

Residence Residence

First Year Residence Spots
First-year students who apply early are given priority placement.
Residence Options

Campus housing is home to 540 students, offering fully-furnished apartment-style living located less than a five-minute walk from the heart of campus. Suites feature private bedrooms with bed and a desk, a full kitchen, a large furnished living room, and a shared bathroom. Each building offers WiFi, full laundry facilities on each floor, and a large common area.

Total Average Residence Cost
$10,280-$10,870 per year depending on meal plan.
Residence Cost Details

The cost per semester is $2602 for a room in a 4-bedroom suite, plus a meal plan.

Meal plan options are a 7-day all-you-care-to-eat plan for $2,755 per semester or a 5-day all-you-care-to-eat plan for $2,458 per semester.

Residence Application Deadline

The Housing Application Deadline is May 31.

Residence Contact Email
Residence Contact Phone

Accessibility Supports & Services Accessibility Supports & Services

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Indigenous Student Supports & Services Indigenous Student Supports & Services

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International Students International Students

International Student Info

UNBC offer s a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, taught by award-winning faculty and with the smallest class sizes of any research-intensive university in western Canada.

English Language Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from this requirement. Acceptable evidence of English language proficiency may be provided in a number of different ways. Details are on the admissions website.

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