University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

Nestled in the beautiful Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls over 11,000 students per year. UFV has campuses in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Mission, with regional centres in Hope and Agassiz, and a growing presence in Chandigarh, India. In Fall 2007, we began development of a beautiful new 80-acre campus in the Canada Education Park along the historic Vedder River in Chilliwack.

According to the 2008 Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report, the University of the Fraser Valley was ranked as the top public university in B.C. – of any size – for overall quality of education, quality of teaching, most satisfied students, best student-faculty interaction, and best career preparation. UFV also listed at the top, or sharing the top spot, in its category nationwide for having the smallest class sizes, most satisfied students, highest quality of education, highest quality of teaching, course variety/availability, ease of registration, and best library facilities.

A teaching university with a focus on excellence, UFV offers 15 bachelor’s degrees , one applied master’s degree , and more than 80 certificate and diploma programs in applied and academic areas , including trades . We believe that anyone who wants to go to university should be given a fair chance, so our admission policies are flexible, and we provide university prep courses and high school completion for those who aren’t quite ready. Students can learn in a variety of ways: full-time, part-time, in-class, online, as part of a structured program or one tailored completely to their interests.

Many of our programs “ladder” into one another, allowing students to keep their options open by earning a one-year certificate and/or a two-year diploma on the way to completing a full degree. Others offer a co-operative education option , where students can combine study with supervised, professional, paid, work experience. Our thriving international programming makes for a culturally diverse student community and great opportunities to study abroad . Our continuing studies and academic upgrading offerings make learning a lifelong experience. Many clubs, events, and activities enhance student life on campus and our award-winning Cascades  athletics teams are highly competitive.

UFV is committed to providing exceptional post-secondary instruction and a nurturing learning environment for the students of the Fraser Valley and beyond. We are large enough to offer variety yet small enough to offer the personal attention that these students need to thrive. Our small class sizes and focus on teaching allow them get to know their instructors and learn in a hands-on environment.  Our emphasis on applied research offers many opportunities for student researchers.

UFV is recognized nationally for student success, an excellent learning environment, creative integration of programming, and our work with local communities.

Campus Life

We know there’s more to life than studying, and that’s why we put a lot of energy into making sure you stay energized. Here are just some of the ways to kick back, play, relax, and have fun at UFV.

The UFV Student Activity Centre offers a fully equipped fitness room, as well as drop-in sports, including basketball, badminton, volleyball, and indoor soccer.

Special events for students include Welcome Back barbeques, Orientation, live music concerts, movie nights, theatre events, etc. UFV’s Student Life department is a great place to start to find out what’s happening.

SOLAR, the Student Outdoor Life and Recreation club, organizes weekend and day trips that range from backpacking, camping, and kayaking to cross-country skiing.  And that’s only one of the 80+ clubs and associations on campus! Check to see if your program area has a student association and connect with them as soon as you can.

The Student Union Society (SUS) hosts multiple events over the course of the academic year, including major concerts, BBQs on the green, Theatre nights, and presentations. The SUS also operates Casey’s restaurant and lounge on the Abbotsford campus.

Recreational and wellness programs are based on student interests. These have included running and walking clubs, swing dancing, yoga, tai chi, karate, and a variety of fitness classes.

Intramural sports programs provide excellent opportunities to learn new sports and meet people.

UFV Cascades athletics teams have won provincial and national medals in the college division. Our basketball and soccer teams now compete against other university teams in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) league.

S’olh Shxwlèlí is UFV’s Aboriginal Resource Centre. Its cultural activities are open to all students and have included circle meetings, Elder visits/gatherings, workshops, and more.

The UFV Theatre department puts on three major productions each year, in addition to a Directors’ Festival in the spring. Check out the Theatre line-up each year in the Fall.

One of the challenges that university students can face is finding a sense of belonging. University House on the Abbotsford campus and University Centre on the Chilliwack campus have been designed to create a sense of place and belonging where you can feel safe, comfortable, and connected. Go there to relax, study, have a snack, participate in planned activities, meet classmates, or get information about campus resources.

Student Housing

Residence at UFV means small communities of primarily first-year students living, working, studying, and socializing together. It’s an exciting way to get involved at the university as you help shape your community. Feel supported as you develop skills, gain information, and access many of the resources on the UFV campus. UFV’s residence, which houses 204 students, is called Baker House and is located on the Abbotsford campus.

Get more information on the UFV Residence now and don’t forget to get your application in early.

Research Opportunities

From co-authoring journal articles to presenting at international conferences, students at UFV have increasing opportunities to develop their research skills. The Office of Research and Industry Liaison recognizes excellence in student research through a variety of awards. A number of UFV’s students are also SSHRC and NSERC award holders.

Working with national and international agencies and partners, UFV has harnessed its considerable expertise and technical resources on development initiatives that help reduce poverty and promote social justice in developing countries. From Sudan to Viet Nam and the Maldives and Kenya, the Global Development Institute’s associates are involved in many different interdisciplinary projects.

The Geography department at UFV is the home of a luminescence dating laboratory, currently the only one of its kind in western Canada. The NSERC-funded laboratory serves as a place of research and teaching, and welcomes visiting colleagues from other universities, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. The laboratory also undertakes contract work.


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