University of the Fraser Valley

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

Visitors try silkscreen printing at the 2019 open house of University of the Fraser Valley's new School of Creative Arts. (Photograph by Darren McDonald)

Visitors try silkscreen printing at the 2019 open house of University of the Fraser Valley’s new School of Creative Arts. (Photograph by Darren McDonald)

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 seven campuses and centres. 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 part of the UFV experience, which is also moving to include more experiential and career-focused learning opportunities. “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, student union building and a new pedestrian and cycling bridge. 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 eight subject areas. It’s 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.

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Standout Programs
Agricultural Science: This degree, with a horticulture major, combines technical, communication and business skills. Students get hands-on practice in field and lab work.
Criminal Justice: An applied program that prepares students for work in the fields of criminal investigation, national security, restorative justice, forensics, crime prevention, offender case management and more.
Indigenous Studies: This program, based on Indigenous philosophies and ways of knowing, provides language learning, Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and multidisciplinary courses to equip students to address challenges facing Indigenous communities.

Cool Courses
Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding in the Fraser Valley: Examines how different cultural groups within the Fraser Valley approach conflict and peacebuilding, both within and outside of their own communities.
Television and Social Values: The Simpsons: This course explores social and cultural issues in North American life by watching and reading scholarly works about The Simpsons.

$5,479 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% ·
Engineering: 73%
Student body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,075 · Part-time: 2,110
Graduates: Full-time: 62 · Part-time: 38
International students: First-year: 14.3% ·
Graduate: 16.1%
Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58
Housing facts
Residence Spaces: 201 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $8,040 to $10,040 · Single room without meals: $6,040

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