UNBC places second in Maclean's rankings

The University of Northern British Columbia continues to be rated as a top university for its size in the nation.

UNBC placed second of 19 universities in the primarily undergraduate category of Maclean's Magazine's annual ranking of Canadian universities.

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This marks the fifth straight year UNBC has finished in the top two in its category. Mount Allison finished first, with Trent University coming third.

"The university continues to make progress across a wide variety of priority areas, from enhancing student success to fostering leading edge research," said UNBC president Dr. Daniel Weeks.

"This ranking is a demonstration that we can be considered a destination of choice for students from across Canada, and that we are providing an environment in which our students, faculty, staff and graduates can not only find personal success, but lead the way in the global search for new knowledge and discovery."

UNBC placed second in three of the 12 categories surveyed by Maclean's, including the number of students who have won national awards, student to faculty ratio, and library expenses. UNBC also received top grades in the amount of money available to faculty for research and two categories devoted to how the university allocates resources, including operating expenditures per student.

UNBC also scored well in the number of faculty members winning national awards.

In the student satisfaction survey, Maclean's once again gave UNBC strong marks for mental health services available on campus and making Indigenous histories, cultures and languages visible on campus. Students also gave high marks to UNBC's course instructors, student life staff and administrative staff.

"UNBC continues to play an important leadership role, not only in Northern British Columbia, but across Canada and even globally," said UNBC board of governors chair Tracey Wolsey. "Our consistent appearance at or near the top of these rankings demonstrate the commitment and dedication of the UNBC community, and the pride and devotion put forth by all our supporters and champions."

Simon Fraser placed first in the comprehensive list, while McGill and the University of Toronto tied for first in the medical doctoral category.

The full report is posted at www.macleans.ca.

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