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. “UFV is student-centred. Our supportive campus community, dedicated faculty, experiential learning opportunities, and broad range of student services all contribute to a rich undergraduate experience that students tell us they love,” says Mark Evered, who is wrapping up eight years as president. 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

•  Bachelor of Arts: The redesigned program emphasizes communication, critical thinking, quantitative and scientific literacy. Students complete an ePortfolio, an online database of documents, photos, audio and video, linking their education to their goals.

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

Gender and Diversity in Business: Examines how gender, personal characteristics and organizational structure determine individuals’ experiences in business.

Natural Hazards and Hollywood: This course considers the science, evolution, human preparedness, and the management of recovery from natural hazards to assess how accurately film and television portray the science and response to these events.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
Engineering: 73%
Arts: 71%
Science: 68%
Commerce: 69%
$5,125 Undergraduates: 8,580
Graduates: 38
202 (120 reserved for first years)

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