Frequently Asked Questions


How many undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at SFU?

You can find the enrolment numbers (headcounts) for each term here, as well as AFTEs, WAFTEs, and breakdowns by faculties, full-time/part-time status, and more:

On average, how many years do students take to complete a degree at SFU?

We have this data by department, faculty, and for SFU overall in the "Tables" documents here:


How many students are registered in a particular course?

You can find a history of official end-of-week-3 course enrolments for each term and course at:

How quickly do courses fill up during the course registration period?

You can find daily course enrolment statistics from start of registration to end of week 1 of classes for each undergraduate course section at:


What are SFU alumni doing 2 years and 5 years after graduating?

The Baccalaureate Graduates Survey (BGS) contains this data. You can find the results of this survey for all participating institutions, including SFU here:

Use the filters to find results for specific years, institutions, and CIP codes (Classification of Instructional Programs)

Faculty and Staff

How many faculty and staff work at SFU?

You can find faculty and staff headcounts here:

Other Post-Secondary Institutions

Where can I find institutional statistics for other post-secondary institutions?

You can find a list of institutional research office websites at other post-secondary institutions here:

Reporting Dates on the IRP Website

What do the numeric term codes mean?

The University's student information system uses numeric codes for terms. The first digit represents the 21st century, the second and third digits represent the year, and the final digit represents the term season (1 = Spring, 4 = Summer, 7 = Fall). For example:

  • 1197 = Fall 2019
  • 1201 = Spring 2020
  • 1204 = Summer 2020

When data are reported by year, what time period is this referring to?

Most of the statistics on the IRP website are reported by fiscal year rather than academic year.

The fiscal year consists of the Summer term, Intersession, Summer session, Fall term, and Spring term, in that order. So the 2019/20 fiscal year includes terms 1194, 1197, and 1201.

The academic year consists of the Fall term, Spring term, Summer term, Intersession, and Summer session, in that order. So the 2019/20 academic year includes terms 1197, 1201, and 1204.