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Anyone Know Anything About Univ. of British Columbia?

TheCityTheCity Registered User Posts: 631 Member
edited December 2006 in College Search & Selection
I know somebody who's going there, I was just curious about the prestige/ good qualities of the school... is it considered anywhere near as good as Toronto? Would it rank anywhere near a top 50 American University? Besides vancouver, what are the perks or good qualities that would make a person want to go there?
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Replies to: Anyone Know Anything About Univ. of British Columbia?

  • TheCityTheCity Registered User Posts: 631 Member
  • aero56aero56 Registered User Posts: 510 Member
    i'm originally from canada. ubc is a really good school but i hear it fluctuates in the rankings depending on the year and how much money they have. it is still one of the most prestigious in canada though
  • emmared718emmared718 Registered User Posts: 336 Member
    I was just talking to a Canadian friend of mine about this school. She said that she knows people who chose UBC over McGill. It is considered one of the top schools in Canada, but for some reason is rarely included in US rankings. They have a crapload of activities for you to take part in and are in a commuter area. McGill is much more selective and definitely a great place to get an education, but I'd still recommend checking out UBC. :)
  • estovirestovir Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    McGill is not much more selective; that only holds true for US applications.
    for domestic students in canada, students who can get in one normally have the grades to get in the other, and vice versa. McGill just has a majority of Quebec students while UBC has BC students.
  • zpmqxonwzpmqxonw Registered User Posts: 1,052 Senior Member
    I'm from WA state and interested in UBC also. However, I really would like a campus where there are a lot of students that live on campus. Is UBC mainly commuter-based or are there dorms for students to live at on campus?
  • thedoverdemonthedoverdemon Registered User Posts: 225 Junior Member
    UBC has dorms on campus, and there is off-campus housing too, which can get somewhat pricey. Give UBC a look: it does have lots of student activities and the like, with its big student population and large campus.
  • pateta00pateta00 Registered User Posts: 588 Member
    Hello i visited UBC in june and really liked it.the only problem is the weather it rains too much...I've also visited Mcgill but didn't like it a lot i would choose UBC, it has great academics, a lot of different programs to choose from ,vancouver is a very friendly city, and the mountains are gorgeous.
  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Registered User Posts: 9,302 Senior Member
    UBC is big with lots of concrete. Reportedly a solid education. Why not look into the private Simon Fraser University as well.
  • naurunauru Registered User Posts: 1,158 Senior Member
    Ummm... Simon Fraser University is not private. It is public just like every other major university in Canada.

    On a slightly related topic, sometimes I get the feeling that Americans think Canadian universities that are named after a person are better simply because they sound more like top institutions in the US. Canadian schools named after a city or province, however, sound like (less prestigious) state schools in the US and must therefore be less desirable.

    Part of this idea comes from ill-informed posts about Canadian universities like the one above me, but a bigger part of it comes from the widespread perception among American posters on CC that McGill University is without a doubt the best university in Canada.

    Just a thought.
  • jPoDjPoD - Posts: 2,524 Senior Member
    UBC, UofT, McGill, Queen's are all up there for best school in Canada.
  • terrifictomterrifictom Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
    I wouldn't recommend it. Rains TONS, very crowded, and lots of those people speak languages other than English.
  • DinaZhangDinaZhang Registered User Posts: 723 Member
    well, in my mind, its a boring,gloomy city. Nothing is interesting.

    but I still recommend UBC over other schools in eastern Canada, because of the WEATHER! keep in mind that vancouver isthe only warm place in Canada.
    in Toronto, for example, it snows everyday, and the temprature is like -30C something.Plus, UT doesn't exceed UBC by much. Lots of ppl, especially in BC, choose to stay in Vancouver even they can get into UT or whatever schools in the other parts of Canada.
  • menuettomenuetto Registered User Posts: 122 Junior Member
    Erm, dude. Toronto, snows everyday? -30? Since when?!

    Honestly people. Canada is not that cold!
  • jPoDjPoD - Posts: 2,524 Senior Member
    Yeah, Canada isnt cold. It's the same as here give or take.
  • naurunauru Registered User Posts: 1,158 Senior Member
    "Vancouver isthe only warm place in Canada. In Toronto, for example, it snows everyday, and the temprature is like -30C something."

    So is ignorance in fashion now or something? I mean, you're already on the internet; it's not that hard to use google to check basic facts before embarassing yourself like that.
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