Simon Fraser University

Founded 1965 | Burnaby, BC

In addition to the original Burnaby campus—known for its stunning mountain views and Arthur Erickson–designed buildings—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 more than 80 per cent over the past 10 years, reaching almost $172 million in 2021. A new scholarship program 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.”

Standout Programs

• Business Administration: Students can tailor their studies through nine concentrations. Applied learning opportunities include a student-run asset management fund and international case competitions.

• 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.

• Statistics: The program covers statistical and machine learning, big data, Bayesian methods and predictive analytics; includes co-op opportunities.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 80% | Science: 83% | Commerce: 78% | Engineering: 85%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 12,812 | Part-time: 12,783

Graduates: Full-time: 3,871 | Part-time: 830

International Students: First-year: 15% | Graduate: 39%

Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 2,097 (1,300 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Single room: $6,544

Single room with meals: $11,674 to $12,890

Apartment-style: $7,040 to $10,976

Cool Courses

• Plagues, Pollutants and Poverty: The Origins and Evolution of Public Health: Explore changing concepts and interventions in public health, as well as the impact of plagues on human populations.

• 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.

Student Life on Campus

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