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 suburb of Surrey. All three campuses have developed strong ties with their local communities. One example is UniverCity, a model sustainable community with a current population of 5,000 residents, which SFU Community Trust 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. Still a young university—it celebrated its 50th anniversary two years ago—the school 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

Bachelor of Environment: This program combines earth sciences and social studies to give students an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental problems and how to fix them; culminates in a capstone course involving team projects.

Business of Design: The program combines the too often separate disciplines of design and business so that students can learn directly how design and business are inextricably joined and interdependent.

Mechatronic Systems Engineering: Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary program that combines three engineering fields: mechanical, electrical and software engineering. This approach creates efficient solutions for a wide range of high-tech engineering problems.

Cool Courses

Health Change Lab: With collaboration between the faculties of business, environment and health sciences, this course is open to all undergraduate students at SFU. The City of Surrey is their classroom where they take real problems and develop effective solutions that can be applied to help those in their local community.

Creative Entrepreneurship: Art students develop the business acumen more common to students in traditional business programs, learning how to develop financial models and understand intellectual property, marketing and strategic planning.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 85%
Arts: 80%
Science: 85%
Commerce: 83%
$6,427 1st & 2nd year: 75.6
3rd & 4th year: 36.8
Undergraduates: 25,321
Graduates: 4,331
1,623 (727 reserved for first years) Graduation: 67.7%
Retention: 84.5%

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