Fraser Valley

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

Fraser Valley students in art class

Students share a laugh during the 2019 open house of University of the Fraser Valley’s new School of Creative Arts. (Courtesy of Darren McDonald/University of 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 a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs, as well as trades and vocational programs, at its six campuses and centres. Students can choose full-time, part-time or online studies in a structured or flexible program tailored to their needs. Students have the option of “laddering”; that is, most diplomas count as the first two years of a degree program. UFV is also offering more experiential and career-
focused learning opportunities.

“UFV’s vision is to be a gathering place for learners, leaders and seekers,” says president Joanne MacLean. “We work collectively to provide students with access to expert faculty and a learning environment focused on their success and aspirations, and 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. 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-op education options in 18 subject areas. The school is also known for offering challenging research opportunities at the undergraduate level. In 2019, UFV combined its theatre and visual arts departments to create the School of Creative Arts to help foster interdisciplinary and collaborative learning opportunities. SoCA programs feature applied, hands-on and work-integrated learning.

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Standout Programs
International Business: Study business in a foreign culture through a study-abroad semester. Students can pursue topics related to their areas of interest.
Computing Science: Students acquire a strong foundation while covering topics such as privacy, ethics, security, hacking, big data processing and machine learning.
Indigenous Studies: This program is based on Indigenous ways of knowing. Students can enrich their learning through Stó:lō cultural teachings, field trips, circle learning and interaction with Elders.

Cool Courses
Climate Action: Design: Students engage in critical discourse, learn about design theory and what it can do for the benefit of the planet.
Canadian Sport History: Topics include the rise of organized sports, sports and politics, gender and media representation.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$5,529
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% · Engineering: 73%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,611 · Part-time: 2,235
Graduates: Full-time: 39 · Part-time: 60
International Students: First-year: 12.8%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 201 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Single room: $6,222 · Single room with meals: $8,222 to $10,222

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