Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University (SFU) is a public research university in Surrey, Vancouver, and Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
The main Burnaby campus, 170-hectares (420 acres) on Burnaby Mountain, is 20 km (12 miles) from downtown Vancouver and has over 30,000 students and 160,000 alumni.
SFU is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the International Association of Universities, and Universities Canada, among other national and international higher education organizations.
SFU’s undergraduate and graduate programs run on a three-semester, year-round schedule.
There are eight faculties:
- Faculty of Applied Science
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- Beedie School of Business
- Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Environment
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Science
The University’s varsity sports teams are known as the Simon Fraser team, and the mascot is McFogg the Dog, a Scottish Terrier. There is a great rivalry between SFU and The University of British Columbia in sports and other activities.
The squad is the first and only non-American athletic program to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (NCAA).
Governance and administration
The University is governed according to the British Columbia University Act.
Appearances in popular culture
WAC Bennett Library is a building that frequently appears in films set on the Burnaby campus.
Many structures on the Burnaby Mountain campus, including the WAC Bennett Library and Academic Quadrangle, have been used for location shoots in many films and television programs over the years, thanks to the University’s current Brutalist architecture.
The University was used as a film set in many movies like:
- The Groundstar Conspiracy,
- The Fly II,
- American Boyfriends,
- Agent Cody Banks
- Personal Effects
In the list of Best Global Universities, Simon Fraser University is rated #306. Schools are ranked based on their performance on a set of widely accepted excellence indicators.
Admissions to Simon Fraser University have a 65% acceptance rate. It selects students based on their academic performance and extracurricular activities. There are around 30,000 students enrolled, including over 9,000 international students from over 140 countries.