University of the Fraser Valley

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

Fraser Valley students in art class

Students share a laugh during the 2019 open house of University of the Fraser Valley’s new School of Creative Arts. (Courtesy of Darren McDonald/University of Fraser Valley)

Fraser Valley offers a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs and is profiled in both the Maclean’s Universities Guidebook and the Maclean’s Colleges Guide. To learn more about the school’s diploma programs, see the Colleges Guide profile.

The University of the Fraser Valley offers a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs, as well as trades and vocational programs, at its seven campuses and centres. Students can choose full-time, part-time or online studies in a structured or flexible program tailored to their needs. The idea of “laddering”—where most diplomas count as the first two years of a degree program—is part of the UFV experience, which is also moving to include more experiential and career-focused learning opportunities.

“UFV is dedicated to student learning and life-changing experiences,” says president Joanne MacLean. “Faculty, staff and students work collaboratively to achieve our priorities and contribute to the future prosperity of the communities we serve.”

The Abbotsford campus is home to the student residence, fitness centre, main library and student union building. The Chilliwack campus focuses on health sciences, agriculture, trades and technology. This campus features an Aboriginal gathering place, part of UFV’s commitment to Indigenization in its curriculum, special programs and events.

UFV has a thriving international education department and offers co-op education options in 18 subject areas. The school is also known for offering challenging research opportunities at the undergraduate level. Two years ago, UFV combined its theatre and visual arts departments to create the School of Creative Arts to help foster interdisciplinary and collaborative learning opportunities.

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Standout Programs
Computing Science: Students acquire a strong foundation while covering topics such as privacy, ethics, security, hacking, big data processing and machine learning.
Agricultural Science: This degree, with a horticulture major, combines technical, communication and business skills. Students get hands-on practice in field and lab work.
Indigenous Studies: This program reflects UFV’s location on Stó:lō unceded territory and focuses on Indigenous ways of knowing, Indigenous issues and contemporary challenges. Students prepare to work with Indigenous communities and government agencies to address Indigenous priorities.

Cool Courses
Natural Hazards and Hollywood: Students assess the accuracy of TV and film portrayals of natural hazards from the perspective of science, human preparedness and disaster response management.
Halq’eméylem Language: Students in this introductory course work with an instructor and an Elder to gain familiarity with vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% · Engineering: 73%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,608 · Part-time: 2,187
Graduates: Full-time: 55 · Part-time: 93
International Students: First-year: 15.3%
Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 100 (201 last year; first come,
first served)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $9,507 to $10,507 · Single room without meals: $6,107

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