The University of the Fraser Valley’s guiding philosophy is that everyone deserves a chance at a post-secondary education. It boasts a flexible admissions policy and still maintains the trades and vocational programs it relied on before being granted full university status. Today, it provides diplomas, certificates and degree options at six campuses and centres throughout the Fraser Valley, and a growing campus in Chandigarh, India.
The idea of “laddering” – where most diplomas count as the first two years of a degree program is central to UFV’s purpose. Students in justice studies, for instance, can graduate with a two-year diploma that allows them to work as corrections officers or customs officials, or they can go on to pursue a four-year applied bachelor’s degree. “UFV is dedicated to student learning and life-changing experiences;’ says new president Joanne MacLean.
“Faculty, staff and students work collaboratively to achieve our priorities and contribute to the future prosperity of the communities we serve.” UFV’s campuses and regional centres are nestled in the mountain-ringed Fraser Valley. The Abbotsford campus features the school’s only student residence, fitness centre, main library and student union building. An Agriculture Centre of Excellence began operating at the Chilliwack campus in 2014, and a new UFV location opened in downtown Chilliwack that same year.
The University of Fraser Valley (UFV) has two campuses, UFV Abbotsford and UFV Chilliwack.