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About UBC's Okanagan campus

Purpose-built for the 21st century, the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus opened in Kelowna in 2005. UBC is one of North America’s largest public research and teaching institutions, and one of only two Canadian institutions consistently ranked among the world’s 40 best universities.

The Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community embracing bold new ways of thinking that attract exceptional students and faculty. More than 8,300 students from throughout the Okanagan region, across Canada and 90 other countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in eight faculties and schools. Here, students interact with one another and their professors on a daily basis, while becoming global citizens through interaction with their community and the world.

With $14.5  million in annual research funding, and more than 700 research projects underway, the Okanagan campus is earning a reputation as an important, respected centre of learning and research, enhancing knowledge creation and innovation in our region and internationally.


UBC's Okanagan campus offers:

  • Distinctive programs
  • Post-graduate programs
  • Integrated region-wide college transfer
  • One world-class UBC degree
  • An independent Okanagan Academic Senate
  • Global linkages by technology


UBC's Okanagan campus offers:

  • Access to research funding through UBC and national funding programs
  • Expanded research programs
  • Links to UBC's Vancouver campus and global research

Economic Benefits

UBC's Okanagan campus is a regional economic driver:

  • Impact of 8,300 students, new faculty and staff
  • New research infrastructure
  • Annual economic impact: approximately $1.5 billion
  • More than $400 million in new construction since 2005

Social Benefits

UBC's Okanagan campus contributes to the region:

  • Expanded access to post-secondary education
  • Community service learning
  • Co-op opportunities
  • Health linkages with regional and national partners
  • Creative studies and performance programs 
  • Diverse cultural programs

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