BRITISH COLUMBIA Students: 61,200 Cost: ,800 With 29 programs on the QS World University Ranking and about five times the research funding of the University of Victoria or Simon Fraser University, there is no doubt that UBC is the place to go in B. For students looking for an emphasis on those things.
Competition is stiff: 24,000 students vied for 7,800 first-year seats and admitted science students boasted a 92 per cent high school grade average.
"Now I think of Capilano as my second (if not first) home," says Brittany Barnes, third-year communications.
EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY OF ART DESIGN Vancouver Students: 2,000 Cost: ,400 This respected art and design school continues to stay on the cutting edge with an innovative interactive design program and a Health Design Lab that allows students to work with real clients in the health-care field.
The huge school has made genuine efforts to improve undergraduate education and achieved one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios in the country.
Still, students gave mixed reviews on a national student survey, landing UBC well below average on Canadian students' overall satisfaction.
We spoke to faculty, alumni and university officials about how their schools tackled their most daunting education challenges.
For this year's Canadian University Report, we looked beyond global prestige, rankings and research highlights and focused our lens firmly on the undergraduate education experience.Your typical classmate: Speaks more than one language; around half of students who go to KPU straight from high school were previously in an ESL program.Students say: Their education is preparing them for the real world.ECUAD is in the midst of a major fundraising campaign for a new 4-million campus, slated to open in 2016.The university dedicates less of its budget to financial aid than any other university in B. Three in five of its graduates find work in the creative industry and 29 per cent are self-employed.CAPILANO UNIVERSITY North Vancouver (main), Sechelt and Squamish Students: 14,000 Cost: ,100 As a college-turned-teaching university, relatively few professors boast Ph Ds.What they do bring is extensive industry experience to popular vocational programs such as jazz music, animation, illustration and exercise science.Expansion plans include a new -million campus in Surrey City Centre and a new two-year diploma in craft brewery operations.Students say that a lack of extra-curricular activities on this commuter campus makes meeting new people tough, but KPU's small class sizes help.Hotshot prof: Violet Jessen's early childhood education students created plans and 3-D models for a new playground in the community.Students say: The commuter campus can feel impersonal at first, but an intimate and supportive student community exists for those willing to put in a little effort.