The University Of The Fraser Valley (UFV)
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY (UFV)
The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a Canadian public university with campuses in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Hope and Agassiz. Founded in 1974 as Fraser Valley College, it was a response to the need for expanded vocational training in the communities of the Fraser Valley. In 1988, it became a university college, with degree-granting status. In recognition of the growing needs for higher education within the region and in the province, the provincial government granted full university status on 21 April 2008.
Key Facts and Figures
- Student enrolment is now over 15,000 students annually.
- In the 2010 The Globe and Mail Canadian University Report, UFV earned the most “A Range” grades of any post-secondary institution in British Columbia, receiving A grades in quality of education, student-faculty interaction, and ease of registration.
- UFV is designated a Special Purpose, Teaching University under the University Act, with a mandate to focus on regional undergraduate education.
- UFV offers master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations across a wide range of programs in fine arts, humanities, science, social sciences, applied communication, business, nursing, as well as technical and trade programs.
Abbotsford and Chilliwack Campuses
The Abbotsford campus is UFV’s main campus, located in the third most diverse city in Canada. This campus features classroom and office spaces, a large library, a cafeteria, a non-smoking, four-floor residence with 102 double occupancy suites, a bookstore, a sports centre, and a new 50,000 square foot student centre that integrates student activities and campus life with key academic and administrative offices.
On 85 acres at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack, UFV has a LEED Gold-certified facility, featuring a striking atrium, stunningly large classrooms, state-of-the-art science and computer labs, a fully equipped dental clinic, nursing stations, a library, a bookstore, a cafeteria, a black box theatre, a human performance lab that includes an EEG lab, environmental chamber, and teaching lab and an Indigenous Gathering Place.
UFV Aerospace Centre is ideally located at the Abbotsford Airport. The spacious and well-ventilated facility houses a few airplanes — including a 727 — to allow students in the Aircraft Structures Technician program to get hands-on experience. The Bicycle Technology program, run by bike legend, Paul Brodie, is also running at the Aerospace Centre.
UFV’s Agriculture Centre of Excellence is located on the Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park. It features two polythene greenhouses, a barn — including livestock area, milking area, poultry area, and swine area — and a greenhouse with a multi-wall polycarbonate construction that provides a strong thermal rating and high energy efficiency. The greenhouse is the tallest in North America (12m), which allows it to retain the CO2 rather than venting it as excess heat.