Simon Fraser University: Narrative Description

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8888 University Dr.
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
Tel: (604)291-3111; Admissions: (604)291-3224; Fax: (604)291-4969; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Province-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1965. Setting: suburban campus with easy access to Vancouver. Endowment: $108.1 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $7180 per student. Total enrollment: 21,624. Faculty: 663 (7 full-time, 656 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. Full-time: 9,808 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 8,380 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 11 provinces and territories, 78 other countries, 7% from out-of province, 24% 25 or older, 4% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 83% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Calendar: trimesters. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.2 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/30. Notification: 6/30.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room only charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Province resident tuition: $95.10 per credit hour part-time. Canadian resident tuition: $3711 full-time, $285.30 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $279 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, degree level, and program. Part-time tuition varies according to course level, degree level, and program. College room only: $5984. Room charges vary according to housing facility. International student tuition: $13,713 full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all. Most popular organizations: The Peak Newspaper, orientation leaders, crisis line, Women's Centre, Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group. Major annual events: Convocation, Clubs' Day, United Way Campaign. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, safe-walk stations, 24-hour safe study area. 1,117 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. W. A. C. Bennett Library with 1.3 million books, 1.2 million microform titles, 16,331 serials, 142,922 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $14.5 million. 900 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The 1,200 acre campus is situated atop Burnaby Mountain, making Simon Fraser a striking campus with spectacular views of the coastal mountains and the cities of the Lower Mainland. The outstanding architecture has won many awards. Services on campus include day care centres, Health Services (including physicians, a psychiatrist, nurses and physiotherapists), Athletic and Recreational Services (two full gymnasia, swimming and diving pools, tennis, squash and racquetball courts, sauna, and weight rooms), a campus radio station, printshop, legal advice clinic, ecumenical chaplaincy, women's centre, bookstores and student Pub. Simon Fraser University is wheelchair accessible.

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