Brand DNA

Reasons to believe

We are Canada’s engaged university.

  • Community engagement is a core value and is part of our academic experience in all faculties.
  • We offer one of the most flexible, interdisciplinary student experiences in Canada.
  • We have one of Canada’s highest percentages of international students.
  • We have created over 210 institutional partnerships with 110 countries around the world.
  • We have one of Canada’s strongest co-op programs, with 8,500 students placed with organizations like Tesla and Facebook.
  • Our downtown Vancouver and Surrey campuses and community relationships are central to civic engagement, revitalization and city-building initiatives.
  • We have the first and only athletic program outside of the United States that competes in the NCAA.
  • We are known for our commitment to diversity and community. Our commitment is evident in our work with the Indian Summer Festival, the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, the SFU-India Advisory Council, and the David Lam Centre for International Communication.
  • We are delivering on recommendations as part of a deep commitment to Aboriginal Reconciliation.
  • SFU has one of the highest percentages of student volunteerism in Canada.
  • 155,000 engaged alumni in 143 countries.

We deliver academic and research excellence.

  • According to the latest Times Higher Education rankings, SFU is one of the top 55 "tech challenger" universities in the world for having innovation at the core of its strategy and strong industry links.
  • SFU is the first Canadian research university accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • SFU is consistently ranked as the top comprehensive university in Canada in Maclean’s Magazine university rankings. According to Maclean’s, universities in the comprehensive category have a significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including professional degrees.
  • SFU punches above its weight in research, consistently ranking among Canada’s top 15 research universities, and is noted for its high rate of medical science research grants and research citations.
  • Our research income has nearly doubled over the past decade and surpassed $100 million in 2013.
  • We host the pan-Canadian Compute Canada data centre site: Cedar—the most powerful academic supercomputer in Canada and among the top 100 supercomputers in the world.
  • SFU has received significant provincial and federal government funding in recent years. In 2016, the federal and B.C. governments pledged $90 million to fund the Energy Systems and Environmental Program (the first of its kind in Western Canada) at SFU’s Surrey campus. In 2014, the B.C. government awarded nearly $13 million to SFU for research projects.

We connect innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • SFU is one of just 40 global institutions to receive Ashoka U Changemaker Campus status for its commitment to, and record of, social innovation.
  • Since its launch in 2015, SFU Innovates has supported 80 social innovation ventures, witnessed more than 75 SFU spin-off companies, and contributed more than $1 billion to B.C.’s economy.