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SFU Simon Fraser University

Overview of SFU Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is a public research university in British Columbia, Canada, with three
campuses: Burnaby (main campus), Surrey, and Vancouver. The 170-hectare (420-acre) main
Burnaby campus on Burnaby Mountain, located 20 kilometres (12 mi) from downtown Vancouver,
was established in 1965 and comprises more than 30,000 students and approximately 950 faculty
Undergraduate and graduate programs at SFU operate on a year-round, three-semester schedule,
and it is the only Canadian university which competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA). SFU was the first Canadian research university with U.S. accreditation (earning it in 2016)
and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. To date, SFU faculty
and alumni have won 43 fellowships to the Royal Society of Canada, three Rhodes Scholarships and
one Pulitzer Prize.


There are three campuses at Simon Fraser University, each in different parts of Greater Vancouver. The original campus of SFU is located at the top of Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby. The campus in Vancouver consists of multiple buildings in downtown Vancouver and the campus in Surrey is located inside Central City.

  • Glen Clark –  former premier of British Columbia
  • Calvin Chen –  Taiwanese actor, singer, host
  • Jim Chu, former – chief constable of the Vancouver Police Department
  • Marc Dalton –  former MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission
Fun Facts
  • SFU was Canada's first institution to establish an executive MBA in 1968. SFU was the first university in Canada to appoint a female president. In 1974, Dr. Pauline Jewett took the role
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