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Why choose SFU
Research and Innovation With Impact
As one of Canada’s fastest growing research institutions, we are dedicated to mobilizing knowledge to drive innovations that positively impact our communities.
Our academic culture benefits from the depth of our research excellence and strong partner networks.
Worldwide for entrepreneurial spirit
(Source: World's Unversities with Real Impact rankings, 2022)
in canada for innovative university * and for industrial application**
*18th in the world, **24th in the world
Academic excellence for a greater good
Our faculty members fuel research discoveries, drive social innovations and create solutions that contribute to a more innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy in British Columbia and around the world. Our scholarship and innovation are helping to transform the world through partnerships and initiatives with numerous academic institutions and global organizations.
In Canada for Journal citations per faculty
(Source: QS World University Rankings, 2023)
of research articles appear in
world's top 10% of journals
of faculty have international backgrounds
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A community of change-makers
At SFU, our faculty, students and staff are helping to shape a better future for British Columbia and Canada through innovative partnerships, initiatives and research.
Our community aims to build solutions to improve public health, flight climate change, promote democracy and create new economic opportunities.
Learn about the many ways we are making an impact.
Education that sets our students apart
Our students graduate with the skills they need to fulfill their potential – both as professionals and as contributing members of their communities.
We have a culture that supports the pursuit of academic excellence and innovation, as well as a breadth of diverse and industry-relevant programs.
Our eight faculties offer students endless opportunities to undertake academic discovery, develop holistic skillsets and pursue unique career paths.
Beedie School of Business
With a flexible undergraduate program featuring nine areas of concentration, this faculty’s students can follow their passions while learning to become big-picture thinkers. Consistently ranked among the world’s Top 100 business schools for research output, the Beedie School of Business produces broadly educated, enterprising and socially responsible business leaders.
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Home to the Schools of Computing Science, Engineering Science, Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Sustainable Energy Engineering, the Faculty of Applied Sciences’ unique programs, hands-on practical training and immersive learning opportunities put our students on the path to becoming global leaders in technology.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
From languages to literature, from brain waves to big data and bigger ideas, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ 114 degree programs prepare students to understand the world and create the jobs of tomorrow. It is our largest faculty, attracting 30 per cent of all students.
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
This interdisciplinary faculty nurtures our students’ curiosity and creativity as they explore programs that meet at the intersection of media, art, culture and technology. We’re educating the next generation of thinkers, makers and doers through interdisciplinary and experiential teaching in the Schools of Communication; Interactive Art and Technology; and the Contemporary Arts.
Faculty of education
From international education to social justice in education and diversity in learning, this faculty’s intimate and responsive degree programs, minors and courses teach our students to think critically and build confidence for achieving success in their careers.
faculty of environment
In the only Faculty of Environment in Western Canada, our students experience world-class teaching, research and outreach, exploring the complex relationships between humans and their built and natural environments from the past to the present. They also learn how to make positive impacts on local and international sustainability issues.
Skills for the future
We believe professional experience enriches our students’ education and prepares them for the future. Our co-op education program—one of Canada’s largest – allows our students to build hands-on experience throughout their educational journey.
We also offer a broad selection of local and international field schools and exchanges, undergraduate student research awards, volunteer stewardship activities, and leadership training.
We foster an entrepreneurial spirit and offer an interdisciplinary ecosystem that supports every stage of the innovation journey, from community and industry partnerships, to ideation, mentorship and ventures that scale.