University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley | Abbotsford, B.C. | Founded 1974


University of the Fraser Valley Campus


The University of the Fraser Valley’s guiding philosophy is that everyone deserves a chance at a post-secondary education. It boasts a flexible admissions policy and still maintains the trades and vocational programs it relied on before being granted full university status. Today, it provides diplomas, certificates and degree options at campuses in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission, B.C., and in Chandigarh, India. The idea of “laddering”—where most diplomas count as the first two years of a degree program—is central to UFV’s purpose. Students in justice studies, for instance, can graduate with a two-year diploma that allows them to work as corrections officers or customs officials, or they can go on to pursue a four-year applied bachelor’s degree. “Students tell us they love UFV because of our small class sizes, dedicated professors and opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research here and abroad,” says president Mark Evered. UFV’s campuses and regional centres are nestled in the mountain-ringed Fraser Valley. The Abbotsford campus features the school’s single student residence, fitness centre, main library and new student union building. An Agriculture Centre of Excellence began operating at the Chilliwack campus in 2014, and a new UFV location opened in downtown Chilliwack that same year.

READ: An insider’s perspective on UFV

Standout Programs

• Engineering Physics: With a specialization in mechatronics, this diploma program, unique to UFV, combines theoretical classroom work with hands-on learning in the lab and workshop.

• Global Development Studies: An interdisciplinary program designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to work in Canada or abroad as development officers. The program offers an internship with an NGO or government agency.

Economics: Students in this B.A. program use real-world data sets to study actual economic problems. The program offers a focus on developing practical skills used to analyze and process data.

Cool Courses

Youth and Electoral Politics: Students are brought together in this course to provide strategic advice and insight to Elections BC with the goal of increasing youth voter turnout.

• Soccer and Song in Latin America: This course examines the culture and history through a lens of soccer and music, touching on class, ethnicity and gender.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces
Engineering: 71%
Arts: 73%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 69%
$5,034 Full-time: 6,302
Part-time: 2,025
202 (120 reserved for first years)

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