Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University | Burnaby, B.C. | Founded 1965


Simon Fraser University students


Since opening its doors in 1965, Simon Fraser University has spread to the downtown core of Vancouver, as well as the fast-growing suburb of Surrey. All three campuses have developed strong ties with their local communities. One example is UniverCity, a model sustainable community that SFU is developing on Burnaby Mountain. The main campus is known for its Arthur Erickson-designed buildings, which have since fallen into disrepair, though the chemistry wing was recently renovated. Still, the mountain views are stunning. A three-semester system provides flexibility and the university has extensive co-op offerings. SFU also runs a grants program that parallels the government-funded Undergraduate Student Research Awards in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The university, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, does well in international rankings. “SFU has become internationally recognized for the quality of its educational programs and research, and we’re committed to building on these strengths as we continue to engage the world,” says president Andrew Petter.

READ: What life is like on Simon Fraser’s burgeoning campus

Standout Programs

Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU: This program brings together students from the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering and the Beedie School of Business, providing teamwork skills, resources and mentorship to help them launch market-driven tech start-ups. Students have access to the new product design studio outfitted with design and prototyping equipment.

Bachelor of  Environment: This young program combines earth sciences and social studies to give students an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental problems and how to fix them.

Archaeology: SFU is home to one of North America’s leading archaeology programs. Students analyze real artifacts in a state-of-the-art lab and on field projects in B.C. and around the world.

Cool Courses

Logarithm and Blues: This is a physics course that studies the perception of sound and music. Understand sound through concepts of elementary acoustics, instrument characteristics, reproduction technologies, tonal anomalies and perception.

Re-Viewing Hitchcock’s Films: Learn about the visual style and thematic obsessions in the 53 feature films of Alfred Hitchcock and consider the ways he uses narrative and performance to earn the reputation as a master of suspense.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 85%
Arts: 81%
Science: 86%
Commerce: 83%
$6,286 1st & 2nd year: 74.9
3rd & 4th year: 37.5
Full-time: 13,317
Part-time: 11,898
1,556 (727 reserved for first years) Graduation: 70.2%
Retention: 87.3%

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