In addition to the original Burnaby campus—known for its buildings, which were designed by Arthur Erickson, and stunning mountain views—Simon Fraser University has well-established campuses in Vancouver’s downtown core and in 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.
Students have access to a new Student Union Building, and athletic teams benefit from a new $18-million outdoor sports stadium. SFU 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. The university’s sponsored research income has grown by 86 per cent over the past 10 years, reaching more than $167 million in 2020. A new scholarship program launched last fall supports equity-deserving students.
“Inspiring students, talented faculty and world-class educational programs distinguish SFU as a leading community-engaged research university,” says president Joy Johnson. “Our priorities are to build on these strengths to enhance the student experience, advance reconciliation and promote equity, diversity and inclusion across SFU.”
• Indigenous Languages: This program partners with First Nations organizations in B.C. and the Yukon to bring courses in 18 languages to First Nations communities.
• Sustainable Energy Engineering: This is an interdisciplinary program in engineering, entrepreneurship, economics and policy studies. Students develop skills in areas such as clean transportation, smart cities and sustainable manufacturing.
• Environmental Science: By studying physical, biological and environmental sciences, students learn how to tackle environmental problems. Specializations include water science.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 78% · Science: 80% · Commerce: 78% · Engineering: 83%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 12,766 · Part-time: 12,934
Graduates: Full-time: 3,821 · Part-time: 865
International Students: First-year: 19%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Residence Spaces: 1,966 (approx. 900 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room: $6,384 · Single room with meals: $11,044 to $12,100 · Apartment-style: $6,880 to $10,816
• Climate Crisis: Understanding a World on Fire: Students examine the global climate crisis and what can be done about it; they consider tools, technologies, forecasting, proposals and political organization.
• Earth Through Time: Students explore how Earth has changed over time and focus on tectonic plates, glaciation, the fossil record, extinctions and evolution.