University of the Fraser Valley

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

University of the Fraser Valley campus building

University of the Fraser Valley campus. (University of the 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 degree programs, see the Universities Guidebook profile.

The University of the Fraser Valley’s campuses and regional centres are nestled in the school’s namesake mountain-ringed valley. UFV offers more than 100 programs (trades and vocations alongside degrees and diplomas) at seven campuses and centres, including a location in Chandigarh, India. Students may choose full-time, part-time or online studies in structured or flexible programs. “Laddering”—counting diplomas as the first two years of a degree program—is central to UFV’s purpose.

The Abbotsford campus features the school’s only student residence but also has a fitness centre, an art gallery, a library and a student union building. Last year, the school renovated the campus’s Building K to add state-of-the-art learning spaces and a newly renovated pub and restaurant. The Chilliwack campus features an Indigenous gathering place, which is part of the commitment to Indigenization that the school has woven into its curriculum, special programs and events. 

UFV offers co-operative education in several areas, including library information and technology, computer information systems and business, and blends theory and applied studies in many of its programs, such as its mechatronics diploma. The new Community Health and Social Innovation Hub will provide opportunities for researchers and students to work alongside  health and social service professionals to solve current and emerging community health challenges.

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Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $5,713 $5,713 $2,671-$5,713 $5,882-$11,242 Yes

Cool Options

  • Environmental Studies (Natural Sciences): This new bachelor’s degree program connects environmental studies with fields such as art, communications and the natural sciences.
  • Global Development Studies: This program prepares students for international development work or further studies, including internships in Canada or abroad.
  • Indigenous Studies: This program focuses on Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous issues and decolonization. The program aims to improve Indigenous/settler relations and forge new paths.

Popular Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Sciences
  • Diploma of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Diploma in Business Administration

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