Maclean’s magazine has ranked University of Northern British Columbia as the top university in its category.

UNBC is in the Primarily Undergraduate category, along with 19 other universities. Based out of Prince George, this is the second consecutive year that UNBC has won the honour.

“This first-place ranking reflects the strengths of (UNBC’s) community,” says UNBC President, Dr. Daniel Weeks.

“This recognition again confirms UNBC continues to educate future leaders who will serve to strengthen our region, our province, and our country,” he says.

Strong scores in the research dollars, library acquisitions, student awards and student/faculty ratio categories propelled UNBC to another top ranking, the school said in a statement.

UNBC tied for first place with Acadia in the student awards category, which measures the number of students per 1,000 who have won national awards, the school says.

UNBC also finished in the top five in faculty awards and library investment as a proportion of the University’s budget.
Current students were surveyed as part of the rankings and gave UNBC top marks in the mental health services and student life staff categories.

“It is fantastic news UNBC is recognized as the top university of its size for a second year in a row,” says UNBC Board of Governors Chair, Ryan Matheson.

“The entire UNBC community can be proud of their University and the work continuing to be done in making it an exceptional institution.”

Mount Allison placed second in the Primarily Undergraduate category followed by the University of Lethbridge. Simon Fraser University placed first in the Comprehensive list and McGill maintained its top ranking in the Medical Doctoral category.