The University of Northern British Columbia has been recognized yet again as one of the top universities of its size in Canada, according to the latest rankings released by Maclean's magazine.
UNBC placed second in the Primarily Undergraduate category, which includes 19 universities, marking the 10th year in a row with UNBC finishing in the top three.
Mount Allison University in New Brunswick finished first followed by UNBC. Trent University in Peterborough, Ont., placed third.
"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 Daniel Weeks.
The ranking is another demonstration of how UNBC is inspiring next-generation leaders who are creating local solutions with global impact, according to Weeks.
"We are really well known here in the north but now, we need to think globally and we have been. We are no longer the best kept secret and we are making a broader impact. Our enrollment is up and we recently made the world ranking list. It's because of our reputation that people are really beginning to notice," Weeks said.
UNBC placed first in three of the 14 categories, including number of students who have won national awards, and it also received high honours in two categories related to resource allocation.
UNBC stands out for its student to faculty ratio, the number of faculty members winning national awards and the amount of social science and humanities grants received.
As for overall student satisfaction, Maclean's once again gave UNBC top grades for mental health services available on campus as well as services provided by administrative staff, academic advising staff and in offering experimental learning opportunities.
"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."
McGill University maintained its top ranking in the Medical Doctoral category and Simon Fraser University placed first in the Comprehensive list.
UNBC placed first in the Primarily Undergraduate category for the last two years.
"For us, it's all about quality and all institutions strive for quality," Weeks said.
"We have such success in our staff, faculty, resources and our community and when all of these things come together, this produces quality in our students."