Indicators of Excellence

Ranked among the world’s best.

Bucking a trend throughout North America, demand for a UBC Arts education has grown both domestically and internationally, and we are one of the few such faculties to be growing in faculty numbers, space, and staffing.


Although international rankings are imperfect, they provide one measure of our reputation and achievement. Most of our departments rank in the top two in Canada and many are among the top 5–to-20 in the world.

Areas of study

As for our broad divisional areas of study, UBC’s social sciences ranked 28 in the world by the 2018 Times Higher Education Rankings; the humanities ranked 49, and Economics (with Business) ranked 19.

In the influential QS World University rankings, our iSchool ranked the best in the world (making us the only Canadian university to rank number one overall in any subject), Geography ranked 4, and Psychology ranked 16.

Faculty members

Our faculty members win on average over 50 major prizes annually. We generate more positive media coverage of achievements in research, public scholarship, and education than any other UBC faculty, speaking to our strengths in the public dissemination and translation of knowledge.

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