Post-secondary education in Northern BC
Prince George is the proud home of the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), which has been in operation since 1994, and the College of New Caledonia (CNC), established in 1969. The University is consistently rated extremely well in Maclean’s magazine and is a growing centre of research with local research funding now amounting to about $10 million annually. Both the college and the university offer medical training, with UNBC participating in the Northern Medical Program and the college offering programs in Medical Laboratory technology and Nursing. The biggest benefit to having two fantastic post-secondary institutions is that families living in Prince George can rest assured that their children can achieve their vocational dreams from home.
University of Northern British Columbia
Located amid the spectacular landscape of Northern British Columbia, the University of Northern BC (UNBC) is one of Canada’s best small universities. UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, and the environment. As one of BC’s research-intensive universities, they bring the excitement of new knowledge to all of their students, and the outcomes of their teaching and research to the world. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive. UNBC is also Canada’s Green University, leading the way to a more sustainable future for all.
The University of Northern British Columbia is unique in its Northern and regional mandate. It is a university "in and for the North" and is committed to serving the needs of Northern people and significantly amongst Northern people, First Nations people. With this in mind, UNBC has developed regional locations and centers of higher learning throughout Northern BC.
- Northwest - Smithers
- Peace - Fort St John
- South Central - Quesnel
- Nisga'a Institute
College of New Caledonia
The College of New Caledonia (CNC) is a publicly-funded post-secondary institution. It was established in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada in 1969, and has since expanded across central British Columbia, with campuses in Prince George, Quesnel, Mackenzie, Burns Lake, Valemount, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof.
CNC enrolls about 5,000 students each year (all campuses) in approximately 90 distinct programs in business and management, community and continuing education, health sciences, adult basic education/upgrading, trades and industry, social services, and technologies.
CNC also offers university-level classes leading to degrees and professional programs in many subjects, with excellent transferability to universities in BC, Alberta and elsewhere.