UBC History

UBC has been around for longer than a century. Read about the people, traditions and events that have shaped its journey to the present.

UBC and the Last Great Pandemic, 1918-19

When classrooms became hospital wards and students became orderlies and nurses

The Clock Tower and the Anarchists

Plans for a clock tower on campus in the 1960s met with student resistance

The Useful Citizen

The first deafblind person to study at a Canadian university was a force to be reckoned with

Famous Visitors

From the Queen to Chris Hadfield, UBC has hosted some high-profile guests over the decades

Great Trekking: 100 Years of Students at UBC

Excerpts from a book vividly capturing the student experience at UBC over a century

Campus Roots

The origins of “Class Trees” at graduation

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