Why choose SFU

At SFU, we are dedicated to producing innovative research that benefits society, students that are prepared to meet the growing demands of today’s workforce and a vibrant community that champions justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

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.



*2nd in the world

(Source: World Universities with Real Impact ranking, 2023)



*13th in the world, **20th in the world

(Source: World Universities with Real Impact ranking, 2023)

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.


TOP 15


(Source: QS World University Rankings, 2024)




(Source: Scopus)


faculty members


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, fight 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.

faculty of health sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences prepares students to become agents of positive social change, leaders in community engagement and trailblazers in health promotion and innovation. The faculty’s mission is to improve the health of individuals and populations while reducing health inequities through excellence in research and education.

faculty of science

This faculty’s diverse programs, which include biomedical physiology and kinesiology, statistics and actuarial science, and earth sciences, let students combine their interests and expand their opportunities. The courses, co-ops and internships not only help students secure a job in the real world, but secure a job that makes a real difference in the world.

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.