University of British Columbia Okanagan

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University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus
Coat of Arms
of University of British Columbia
Motto Tuum est (Latin)
Motto in English
"It Is Yours" / "It is up to you"
Type Campus of University of British Columbia
(Public University)
Established 1963 B.C. Vocational School (1963–1965); Okanagan College (1965–1990); Okanagan University College (1990–2005), absorbed into UBC Okanagan (30 June 2005–present)
Chancellor Lindsay Gordon
President Martha Piper (Interm)
Provost Cynthia Mathieson
Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard (deputy)
Students 8,410
Undergraduates 7,652[1]
Postgraduates 655
Location Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Campus Suburban
Nickname Heat
Affiliations AUCC, CIS, CWUAA
Website University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus (commonly referred to as UBCO) is a campus of the University of British Columbia, located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Home to approximately 8,410 undergraduate and graduate students, the 209 hectares (516-acre) Kelowna campus is located in the interior of the province, in British Columbia's scenic Okanagan Valley.[1]

Faculties and Schools[edit]

  • School of Nursing
  • The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Faculty of Education
  • School of Engineering (under the UBC Faculty of Applied Science)
  • Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • School of Health and Exercise Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine, MD Undergraduate Program (Southern Medical Program)
  • The Faculty of Management
  • College of Graduate Studies


Okanagan University College[edit]

The current campus for UBC Okanagan was originally used by Okanagan University College. The university college was founded in 1989 as a part of a plan by the government to improve access to post-secondary education in the Southern Interior British Columbia. Originally degrees were awarded in partnership with other universities, but by 1995, the university college began granting degrees in its own name. Starting in the late 1990s, Okanagan University College began lobbying efforts to gain full university status.

University of British Columbia[edit]

Adding a 3rd Floor to the Science building

In December 2002 the British Columbia Progress Board submitted a report to the provincial government, recognising the need to expand post-secondary education in the Okanagan.[2] The board, chaired by then University of British Columbia president Martha Piper, recommended that the province extend “the mandate of an existing provincial University to Kelowna…”.

In March 2004, BC Premier Gordon Campbell and the UBC President Martha Piper held a press conference, announcing that OUC would be dissolved. Okanagan University College’s university operations would be consolidated at its North Kelowna Campus and would come under the control of the University of British Columbia. The other programs and campuses of Okanagan University College would form a new community college, which would later take on the name Okanagan College. The OUC Board was reportedly not invited to the press conference and had not been told in advance of the imminent demise of OUC Board and removal or the termination or the majority of the OUC board members.[3]

According to the Ministry backgrounder released at the time, the affiliation between UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan would be “based on the highly successful University of California model” and that “UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver will each have an independent senate to set academic priorities for their respective institutions, based regional needs and priorities. At the same time, they will share a common board of governors, with strong representation from each region.”[citation needed]

As of December 2014, UBC's Okanagan campus is represented on the UBC Board of Governors by Jeffrey Krupa, Dr. Michael Treschow, and Shannon Dunn.[4]

Campus expansion[edit]

Engineering, Management and Education (EME) Complex
Student residences

As of 2011 UBC's Okanagan campus is undergoing a rapid CA$450 million expansion. The Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research, University Centre, and Arts and Sciences buildings were completed. Later in September 2011, Engineering and management building was completed. The most recently completed building is the medical school building which was completed by end of the year 2011. The second Arts and Science building will include a new live animal testing facility. In addition, there are various student residences in various stages of construction. All construction was originally set to be complete by September 2010, later projected to be completed about a year and a half past that date.

The expansion of UBC Faculty of Medicine created a new distributed medical site, the Southern Medical Program, at UBC Okanagan. The SMP opened 32 seats for its first cohort of medical students at UBC Okanagan on August 29, 2011.

Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research at University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus.
A view looking down through the residences.

Along with the physical expansion of the campus, the campus' Collegia program has gained national attention as a home-away-from-home for its large commuter population.[5]

Student life[edit]

The university maintains a "Campus Life" centre and other offices.

Greek life[edit]

The Okanagan campus currently has two sororities and one fraternity. The sororities are Theta Phi and Alpha Omega Epsilon. The Fraternity is Sigma Phi Delta. Alpha Omega Epsilon and Sigma Phi Delta are both International Organizations and have membership restrictions based upon faculty (Engineering students for Sigma Phi Delta,[6] Engineering and Technical Science[7] students for Alpha Omega Epsilon). Theta Phi is a local sorority open to all faculties.[8] The Okanagan campus does not allow Greek housing, so none of these organisations have an official house or room on campus.

Campus media[edit]

The Phoenix[edit]

The Phoenix (website), is the bi-weekly student newspaper at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus. It was established in 1989 at former Okanagan College.[9]


The UBCO.TV creates videos about teaching, research, current events and campus life at the Okanagan campus. Videos are available on the UBCO.TV website.


Full time faculty[edit]

Faculty 2005 2006 2007 2008 2014
Applied Science (School of Eng.) 3 10 17 26 42
Barber School of Arts & Sciences 108 113 124 129
Creative & Critical Studies 47 48 50 53
Education 15 15 14 18
Health & Social Development 40 35 39 38
Management 1 1 5 11
TOTAL 214 222 249 275 445

Full-time equivalent students[edit]

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Undergraduate 2,811 3,278 4,073 5,325 6,015 7,075 7,901 7,748 7,530
Graduate 19 77 155 220 337 531 710 640 682
Medical Students N/A 32
Totals 2,829 3,451 4,228 5,545 7,352 8,606 8,643 8,388 8,212

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Facts and Figures University of British Columbia
  2. ^ British Columbia Progress Board report (pdf) December 2002
  3. ^ Kelly Hayes, "UBC Taking Over OUC,"
  4. ^
  5. ^ Applying knowledge – Macleans OnCampus
  6. ^ "About Sigma Phi Delta". About Us. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Alpha Omega Epsilon History". History. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Theta Phi Sorority General Information". Theta Phi Sorority General Information. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ The Phoenix – About us
  • Capital News (1990–2005). Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Daily Courier (1990–2005). Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Freake, R. (2005). OUC Memoirs. Okanagan University College, Kelowna.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°56′23″N 119°23′47″W / 49.9396°N 119.3963°W / 49.9396; -119.3963