Simon Fraser University

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

Simon Fraser University students. (Courtesy of Dale Northey/Simon Fraser University)

Simon Fraser University students. (Courtesy of Dale Northey/Simon Fraser University)

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 population of about 5,200 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 opening in 2020. And the mountain views are stunning. Simon Fraser is the only Canadian school with sports teams competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and those teams are about to get a new home. An $18-million outdoor sports stadium is slated to open this summer.

A three-semester system provides flexibility, and the university has extensive co-op offerings, with 8,500 students placed with companies such as Tesla and Facebook. SFU also runs a grants program that parallels the government-funded Undergraduate Student Research Awards in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. In the past five years, the school’s research income has grown by more than $55 million. “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 Andrew Petter, who is wrapping up 10 years as president. (Joy Johnson will succeed him.)

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Standout Programs
First Nations Languages: This program partners with Indigenous organizations in B.C. and the Yukon, bringing language courses to First Nations communities and contributing to Indigenous language proficiency.
Computing Science Dual Degree: With partner Zhejiang University in China, this international dual degree is designed for students to study together for two years at Zhejiang and two years at SFU.
Sustainable Energy Engineering: An interdisciplinary program in engineering, entrepreneurship, economics and policy studies; students develop skills in areas such as clean transportation and smart cities.

Cool Courses
Invention of the Book: Explores the birth of the book by examining the creation and spread of writing.
Health Change Lab: Students tackle community-related health problems in Surrey.

$6,849 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 80% · Science: 85% · Commerce: 83% ·
Engineering: 86%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 12,895 · Part-time: 12,754
Graduates: Full-time: 3,960 · Part-time: 817
International Students: First-year: 16% ·
Graduate: 34%
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 1,614 (1,000 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $9,980 to $10,316 · Single room without meals: $6,080 to $6,760 ·
Apartment-style: $6,672 to $10,488

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