UBCO continues growth

The UBC Okanagan campus welcomed more than 2,300 first-year students Tuesday, the biggest class yet, during its annual create celebration.

According to UBC Okanagan's deputy registrar Fred Vogt, the numbers of students will vary through September but the institute has welcomed 2,347 new students, the majority of them coming right from high school.

“Every year the enrolment at UBC Okanagan has been increasing, as has our energy, diversity and positive impact on the Okanagan region,” said Vogt.

“I believe that every year more people from across Canada and beyond are becoming aware that we offer a world-class education in a dynamic setting in one of the most beautiful locations that can be found anywhere.”

In 2005 when UBCO opened its doors, there were 3,500 students and a campus with 12 buildings.

Today the campus has expanded to 44 buildings with two new student residence buildings currently under construction.

“UBC Okanagan’s extraordinary growth is a true testament to the unique experience offered at this campus,” said deputy vice-chancellor and principal Deborah Buszard.

“UBC consistently ranks among the top six public universities in North America. At the Okanagan campus, we deliver a globally recognized education within a tight-knit, inclusive community that empowers our students.”

The campus now holds over 10,755 students including over 2,000 international students and more than 1,099 students working towards a masters degree or doctorate.

“It’s been incredible to witness the growth of the campus since we were graciously welcomed to Syilx Okanagan territory in 2005,” said Buszard.

“The close engagement of Okanagan communities has fostered many impactful research collaborations and opportunities for experiential learning, enhancing the student experience while driving innovation and socio-economic development in our region.”

As the graduating class of 2023 was welcomed on campus, UBC president Santa Ono announced the continuation of the Blue and Gold Campaign, which met its target of $100M a full year ahead of schedule. 

Following the announcement, Ono performed Don't Stop Believing on his cello.

“I chose that song because its title is so true. Don’t stop believing in yourself. You can do it,” said Ono.

“But remember, balance is the key. Yes, study hard, but also take the time to socialize and to relax. University is a great opportunity to expand your horizons, to try new things."

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