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How to apply
First, apply to SFU
|Type of student||What does it mean?||Admission process|
Current SFU student
You currently attend SFU as an undergraduate student.
Fill out this online form to qualify for SFU NOW courses. That’s it!
If you’re currently an SFU student, you may skip steps two through four.
You have attended SFU in the past, and left in good academic standing, but you have not completed any other transferable college or university credits since then.
|Complete SFU’s Student Reactivation Application Form. Because your academic record will be available to us, you do not have to complete the full undergraduate application form.
|You have studied at another post-secondary institution and have completed 24 or more transferable credits/units.
||Follow the regular admission process below.
|If you are 23 years old or more, have attempted fewer than 24 transferable credits, and do not meet regular SFU admission requirements through your transferable coursework. SFU Admissions will look at your high school and transferable coursework.
||Follow the regular admission process below. You will also submit a Personal Information Profile and a letter of reference.|
|Diverse Qualifications||If you have demonstrated commitment or excellence in other endeavours, or have succeeded in your studies in spite of difficult circumstances and meet the university's minimum admission standards.||Follow the regular admission process below. You will also submit a Personal Information Profile and a letter of reference.|
You already hold a degree from SFU or another institution.
Follow the regular admission process below.
|High School Student||You have not taken any post-secondary courses.||Follow the regular admission process below.|
|Visiting Student||You are an applicant intending to transfer credit from SFU back to your home institution.||
Follow the regular admission process below.
You will also need to submit a Letter of Permission from your home institution’s registrar.
Contact us if you have any questions.
2. Make sure you meet SFU’s admission requirements.
Students applying to SFU must meet the GPA requirements outlined in our undergraduate admission requirements. The required GPA can change from semester to semester and depends on the program. If you do not meet SFU’s regular admission requirements, you may be able to apply as a diverse qualifications student.
3. Check SFU's application deadlines.
The application deadlines for admission to SFU are available on the SFU Admissions website.
4. Complete SFU’s online application.
You may find our video tutorials helpful.
The application consists of six sections:
Section 1: Personal information
Once you have completed this section, you will receive an email with your login name and password—this does not mean your application has been completed. You have to complete the entire application and pay the $78 application fee before SFU admissions officers can review your application.
Section 2: Contact information
Section 3: Academic history
Your academic history includes information from your high school and all of the post-secondary institutions you've attended.
Section 4: Program selection
This section requires the following:
- The term for which you would like to be admitted.
- The applicant category that best describes you (if you’re unsure, review Step 1).
- Your first and second choice of degree program.
- Proof of satisfaction of SFU’s English Language Requirement.
- Proof of satisfaction of SFU’s Quantitative Requirement.
Note: You may complete only a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree entirely through SFU NOW, but if your schedule allows, you may apply to complete any other degree SFU offers. Simply choose the faculty and program that interests you. You need to select a first-choice faculty to move forward in your application, but you do not have to select a specific area of study—simply select Bachelor of Arts (or a related degree). You can choose a major or minor later.
Section 5: Additional information
If you would like another person to have permission to look at your application, this is the place to make that note.
Section 6: Confirmation and payment
You can make edits here. Again, the admissions team cannot review your application until you pay the $78 application fee payable by credit card online (non-refundable).
If you lose your Internet connection while completing the SFU application form, contact the university for help at email@example.com.
If you have any questions about the SFU admissions process or experience any difficulties, contact us. Let us know you are pursuing admission to SFU NOW and, as best you can, tell us which courses you wish to take during your first semester. With this information, we can help you plan your part-time studies. We can also help you enrol in other SFU courses.
After you’ve applied to SFU
After you submit your application and pay your $78 fee, the university’s admissions office will review your application and supporting documents and make a decision.
If your application is complete and you are admissible based on its contents, SFU may admit you right away. Most applicants do not receive an immediate offer of admission, however. The university may need additional information and/or official documents.
Because SFU cannot consider your application until they receive your application fee and all official documents, you must complete the following steps once you receive your user ID and password:
1. Log in to SFU’s Student Information System.
Soon after applying for admission to SFU, you will receive an email acknowledging your application and giving you a student ID and password. The user ID is your nine-digit student number.
The ID and password will allow you to log in to SFU’s Student Information System (SIS). Once you’ve logged in, you will be able to track the status of your application under Admissions. On the right side of the screen, you will see a to-do list of tasks that you must complete.
2. Submit supporting documentation if you have not already done so.
If any of your official academic documents (e.g., original copies of university, college or high school transcripts) are required for admission or transfer credit, mail them as soon as possible to the following address:
Admissions, Student Services
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Required supporting documentation includes English-language test scores if English is not your first language.
Please see SFU's English Language Requirement site for detailed information on the SFU English Language Requirement for all applicants.
3. Check your to-do list frequently.
4. Wait for confirmation of admission.
When the tasks on your to-do list are complete, please allow several weeks for your application to be evaluated. If your application is successful, we will send your offer of admission by email and regular mail.
Please note that offers of admission are valid for only one semester. If you are admitted but do not enroll in classes, or you enroll in but withdraw from classes before or during your first semester, you must reapply if you wish to attend SFU in a subsequent semester.
After you’re admitted, apply to SFU NOW
Once you’ve been offered admission to SFU, you must do several things to confirm your acceptance and enroll in SFU NOW (evening and weekend) classes:
1. Apply to join SFU NOW by completing this form.
Once we receive and approve your application, we will contact you with more information about SFU NOW and how to enroll in SFU NOW courses.
2. Become familiar with the Student Information System.
You can complete almost all post-admission tasks through SFU’s Student Information System (SIS). When you log in to SIS, you will see your Student Center. Through the Student Center, you can manage most of your school-related activities.
A set of short but helpful SIS video tutorials is available. They’re available to the right of your Student Center under Self-Service Video Tutorials. Now is a good time to watch the videos under Things to Know Before You Enroll, Getting Started, and Enrollment.
3. Pay your admission deposit.
Pay your $250 for Canadian students or $750 for International students admission deposit. The admission deposit lets SFU know that you have accepted their offer of admission. The admission deposit is non-refundable, but it is not an additional tuition fee—it will automatically be applied to your tuition once you enroll in courses.
Confirm that your admission deposit has been processed by looking at the balance in your account summary in SIS. If you see -$250 or -$750, your deposit has been processed.
4. Get your SFU computing ID and activate your account.
After you pay your admission deposit, you’ll receive an email from Academic Computing Services about your SFU computing ID. It replaces the temporary student ID and password you previously used to access SIS.
Normally, your SFU computing ID will be ready to activate within three days. It may arrive before or after enrolment begins, depending on when SFU receives your admission deposit.
Once you’ve received the email about your computing ID, here’s how to activate your account:
- Visit Academic Computing Services > SFU Computing Account Activation.
- Enter and submit your personal information.
- Create your password. (Choose a password that is easy to remember and that only you know.)
- Print the confirmation page and/or write down your computing ID and password.
Once your account is activated, you can use your computing ID when you log in to SIS. Your nine-digit student number was a temporary user ID and should not be used as a computing ID once you’ve activated your permanent computing ID.
Your SFU computing ID gives you access to SIS so you can enrol in classes, as well as access to campus labs, the SFU modem pool, the SFU Library, and other services.
Your SFU computing ID is also your official SFU email account. Be sure to log into this account (connect.sfu.ca) often to read your emails. SFU-related emails, including notices from your professors, classes and the university administration, go to your SFU email address.
5. Enroll in classes.
Enrollment for each semester normally begins about two months before classes begin. However, not all students are released into the enrollment system at once. You will receive an enrollment date and time, which will be available online through SIS, for when you can start selecting classes. Remember that SFU NOW courses are reserved for you for only three weeks. After the third week of the enrollment period, SFU NOW courses open to all SFU students.
Please note that you will not be able to enroll until you have set up your SFU computing ID.
6. Pay your tuition.
Tuition fees for SFU NOW courses and regular undergraduate courses are the same.
Find out about deadlines for important activities, including adding and dropping classes, as well as related penalties.