Simon Fraser University

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

A Simon Fraser University student. (courtesy of Simon Fraser University)

In addition to the original Burnaby campus—known for its Arthur Erickson-designed buildings and stunning mountain views—Simon Fraser University has spread to Vancouver’s downtown core, as well as to the suburb of Surrey. All three campuses have created strong ties with their local communities. One example is UniverCity, a model sustainable community with a population of about 5,200 residents on Burnaby Mountain.

When the university returns to regular operations after the pandemic, students will have access to a new Student Union Building, while the school’s athletic teams will benefit from a new $18-million outdoor sports stadium. Simon Fraser is the only Canadian school with sports teams competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A three-semester system provides flexibility, and the university has extensive co-op offerings; 8,500 students are placed with companies such as Tesla and Google. SFU runs a grants program that parallels the government-funded Undergraduate Student Research Awards in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Over the past five years, the school’s research income has grown by more than $55 million. A new scholarship program launching in the fall will support equity-deserving students.

“Inspiring students, talented faculty and world-class educational programs distinguish SFU as a leading community-engaged research university. Our priorities are to build on these strengths to enhance the student experience, advance reconciliation and promote equity, diversity and inclusion across SFU,” says president Joy Johnson.

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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 and assisting Indigenous language proficiency.
Environmental Science: Students learn to apply physical and biological sciences to solve real-world environmental challenges. Four specializations are offered: applied biology, environmental earth systems, environmetrics and water science.
Statistics: This program provides a solid grounding in data analysis methods to prepare students for a variety of careers and includes co-op opportunities.

Cool Courses
From Plague to Covid: Literatures of Pandemic: Study the literature of disease and contagion across genres and time periods.
Primate Behaviour: Explore the evolution, ecology and behaviour of primates.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,006
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 78% · Science: 84% · Commerce: 78% · Engineering: 84%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 12,919 · Part-time: 12,506
Graduates: Full-time: 3,885 · Part-time: 897
International Students: First-year: 16% · Graduate: 37%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 900 (1,614 last year with 1,000 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $10,472 to $10,580 · Single room without meals: $6,232 to $6,806 ·
Apartment-style: $6,806 to $10,646

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