Simon Fraser University

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

Simon Fraser students in the mechatronics lab

Rakim Zubair, left, and Lina Ngyuen work on a software systems project in a mechatronics lab at the Simon Fraser University Surrey Campus on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Students built and programmed a robot to move along a predetermined path for the project. (Photograph by Taehoon Kim)

Since opening its doors in Burnaby in 1965, Simon Fraser University has spread to the downtown core of Vancouver, as well as to 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 the 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 has been renovated and a massive new Student Union Building is slated to open in summer 2019. And 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. This year, SFU celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Vancouver campus, with 30 events to be held throughout the year. 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.

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Standout Programs
• Sustainable Energy Engineering: An interdisciplinary program in engineering, entrepreneurship, economics and policy studies; students develop skill sets in areas such as clean transportation, smart cities and sustainable manufacturing.
• Labour Studies: Students analyze historical and contemporary issues affecting work and workers; can lead to careers in fields like law, policy and community development.
• Gerontology: Students approach aging from an interdisciplinary perspective and develop skills to effectively engage in public policy, program development and research to improve the quality of life for Canada’s growing aging population.

Cool Courses
• Alternate Realities: Interdisciplinary teams solve real-world problems by exploring virtual reality and creating hybrid VR physical installations.
• Interaction Design Methods: Weekly video conferences present international experts working in human-computer interaction design for large multinational companies and the public sector, as well as for small design firms and consultancies.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 80% · Science: 85% · Commerce: 83% · Engineering: 88%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 13,160 · Part-time: 12,161
Graduates: Full-time: 3,611 · Part-time: 720
international students: First-year: 15% ·
Graduate: 33%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Residence Spaces
1,663 (1,000 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Single room with meals: $9,632 to $10,064 · Single room without meals: $5,832 to $6,512 · Apartment-style: $6,512 to $10,232

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