University of the Fraser Valley

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

Fraser Valley student drawing in an anatomy class

(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 diploma programs, see the Colleges Guide profile.

The University of the Fraser Valley offers trades and vocational programs alongside degrees and diplomas at its nine campuses and centres—including a location in Chandigarh, India. 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 central to UFV’s purpose. “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. This year, the city unveiled a new pedestrian and cycling bridge, further connecting the school to the community. 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-operative education options in several areas, including library information and technology, computer information systems and business. It is also known for offering challenging research opportunities at the undergraduate level.

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Standout Programs
• Indigenous Studies: A degree based on Indigenous philosophies and ways of knowing. Through a blend of language learning, Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and multidisciplinary courses, students are equipped to address challenges facing Indigenous communities.
• Global Development Studies: A broad, interdisciplinary program that prepares students for international development work, graduate school or other professional studies. Students can complete an internship in Canada or abroad.
• Computing Science: Provides a strong foundation while covering pertinent topics such as privacy, hacking, ethics, security and big data processing.

Cool Courses
• Are You What You Eat?: Students examine how food is created, distributed and enjoyed on local and global levels through critical reading, writing and discussions.
• Stó:lō Traditional Ways of Healing and Helping: Explores how self-esteem, motivation, teamwork and other factors contribute to healing, and the relationship between healing individuals and families and building healthy communities.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% · Engineering: 73%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 6,820 · Part-time: 1,780
Graduates: Full-time: 59 · Part-time: 5
International students:  First-year: 11% · Graduate: 31%
Male-Female Ratio: 43 to 57
Residence Spaces
202 (120 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Single room with meals: $7,941 to $9,941 · Single room without meals: $5,941

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