University of the Fraser Valley
Located 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 approximately 14,500 students per year. UFV has campuses and locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Hope and Agassiz, and a growing presence in Chandigarh, India.
UFV strives to be a place of learning that recognizes, respects and includes indigenous ways of knowing. Our Fraser Valley locations are in the traditional territory of the Stó:lō peoples. UFV is recognized nationally for student success, an excellent learning environment, creative integration of programming, and our work with local communities. UFV is large enough to offer variety, and yet our small class sizes allow students to get to know their instructors and learn in a hands-on environment. We offer more than 100 programs, including master’s and bachelor’s degrees, majors, minors, and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas, and more than a dozen trades and technology programs. Our admission policies are flexible, and 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 earn 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 professional, paid work experience. Our emphasis on applied research offers many opportunities for student researchers. 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.
- 96% of graduates are satisfied/very satisfied with the quality of education, and 99% of degree students are satisfied/very satisfied with the quality of instruction. Our average class size is 22.
- We have 14,500 students, more than 35,000 alumni, 1,400 faculty and staff, 10 campuses and locations, and a $600 million economic impact annually.
- 9,000 students are earning a Co-curricular Record (a second transcript), which validates experience gained outside the classroom measured against nine institutional learning outcomes.
- Established in 2006, our campus in Chandigarh — the only Canadian university campus in India — enrolls 130+ students in our Bachelors of Business Administration and Computer Information Systems degrees.
- We have 1,000+ international students from 48 countries studying at UFV, as well as 71 international partner schools and 26 countries in which UFV students can study abroad.
Our programs include:
Our research specialization:
- Canada Research Chair for Food Security and the Environment
- RCMP Senior Research Chair in Crime Reduction
- Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies
- Luminescence Dating Lab
- Paleoecology Lab
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Contribute to our Community
UFV is committed to the social, cultural, economic and environmentally responsible development of the Fraser Valley. Our programs, partnerships, and applied research are focused on the region and the needs of our communities. Our economic impact is estimated at $600 million, with $125 million direct spending to the Fraser Valley economy each year. In 2015/16, 1374 students received $1.25 million in financial aid an awards — changing students’ lives and helping them reach their goals. Dr. Malwinder Singh Dhami established an endowment to provide an annual award to a third-year UFV nursing student who is known for his or her generosity or community leadership. “As I observed the nurses giving such good service to my dad, I wanted to give back somehow. I decided that the best way would be to create a lasting gift that would help others. I believe in supporting UFV because it is a way of giving back to the whole Abbotsford community. When the students graduate, they go out and help our community to develop further,” says Dhami.
Foster Student Success
Tery Kozma’s path has tilted mostly uphill. She was a foster child, then a single mom of two, and eventually found herself destitute and homeless at 40 — living in a tent with an abusive spouse. At 42, she turned her life around, working in the oil industry before fixing her sights on the Hospitality and Events Management program at UFV. She wrote the entrance exam but failed the math component. Not giving up, she studied even harder and wrote it again, and passed. Her perseverance continued, and at 50, she completed her certificate. Tery not only accomplished her academic goal but was valedictorian at Convocation. “I tell any other mature person considering returning to school, there will be many challenges… but the feeling of accomplishing what you set out to do will give you a sense of pride… that you can do nearly anything.”
She ran a marathon on the Great Wall of China after ice-climbing Rocky Mountain glaciers and shaving her head for cancer research, so it might be hard to believe Sukhi Brar started at UFV as a quiet, introspective student. “I decided I didn’t want to be that quiet person in university anymore,” she says. “So I got out there and made things happen.” She spent a week in the Columbia Icefields with renowned Canadian adventurer Daniel Griffith, became President of the Student Union Society, acted on the Senate committee for student appeals, researched Indo-Canadian contributions to BC’s sawmill industry, and served as a member of UFV’s Board of Governors. She says UFV helped her every step of the way. “When you’re in a big university classroom it’s really one-sided; you’re being lectured to. But here people want to know my opinion. It’s a more involved way of learning,” she says.
Dr. Mike Hildebrand
Working in a Carleton University lab that bears his name while conducting chronic pain research, Dr. Mike Hildebrand is one of UFV’s most accomplished Bachelor of Science graduates. He received $400,000 in research funding, including a $175,000 NSERC Discovery grant and a $140,000 Canada Foundation for Innovation grant. But he’ll never forget the vital foundation he built at UFV, not far from the Fraser Valley farm he called home. “I was slowly transformed by the mentors who invested in me, both at UFV and during my PhD studies,” he says. After UFV, Hildebrand followed a scientific journey that took him to the University of British Columbia for a PhD, a post-doctoral industrial research fellowship with Zalicus Pharmaceuticals, and a research fellowship at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Hildebrand is now 36, and he and his family are happily settled in Ottawa. He received the UFV Distinguished Alumni award in 2015.
Partner with Business and Community
The City of Surrey, the John Volken Academy, and UFV recently unveiled twin high-tech greenhouses known as BioPods — a made-in-BC agricultural initiative for research and innovation. As the global population marches towards 9 billion in 2050 and arable land area shrinks, agri-technology is emerging as a vital way of maintaining sustainable food supplies. The BioPods provide a testing ground for new technologies and techniques that will have far-reaching benefits. The BioPods are one element of the BC Agriculture Centre of Excellence at UFV. ACE develops collaborative innovative solutions to help agriculture industry stakeholders succeed. “UFV is proud to partner in work that reflects our commitments to research, education, and service that directly benefit the economic, social, and sustainable development of our Valley. Agriculture is a major employer and economic driver of our region, and an industry that contributes billions to the provincial economy,” said Mark Evered, UFV president.
Mentorship is an important part of education at UFV, but one community partnership is taking that focus off campus and into the local community. UFV’s Human Services Career Program provides support to Chilliwack’s most vulnerable children, while developing the next generation of “natural helpers.” This partnership between UFV, Chilliwack Secondary School, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and Big Brothers/Sisters launched in 2016. UFV students in the program mentor Grade 10 students to prepare them to be peer helpers. When the Grade 10 students enter Grade 11, they will volunteer in elementary schools, offering mental health literacy programs and acting as buddies to younger students. “Pairing high school students with a UFV mentor helps them develop, and it’s a good experiential learning opportunity for the UFV students,” says Annette Vogt, UFV faculty member. As the program progresses, UFV researchers will be involved in monitoring and evaluating the results.
Support Indigenous Students
The UFV community is committed to support indigenous learners and honour indigenous ways of knowing.
- Develop Indigenous programs
- Recruit Indigenous faculty and staff
- Provide access, support and services for Indigenous learners
- Support the indigenization of the classroom curriculum across all disciplines
- Support initiatives ‒ such as the Teaching and Learning Together conference, the Lens of Empowerment project, and the Day of Learning ‒ to raise awareness of Indigenous issues
- Cultivate ties with the Indigenous communities
Nearly 5% of UFV’s student body self-identify as Aboriginal people. UFV’s Indigenous Student Centre provides culturally appropriate delivery of services for current and prospective students, including an Elders-in-Residence program. The Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs provides leadership for the development of indigenous programs, the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal faculty and staff, and the development of strong links with Aboriginal communities.
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Date modified: 2017-02-17