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 campuses in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission, British Columbia, and in Chandigarh, India.
The idea of ‘laddering’ – where most diplomas count as the ﬁrst two years of a degree program – is central to the university’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. The University of the Fraser Valley is student-centred. Its supportive campus community, dedicated faculty, experiential learning opportunities and broad range of student services all contribute to a rich undergraduate experience that students love.
The campuses and regional centres are nestled in the mountain-ringed Fraser Valley. The Abbotsford campus features the school’s single student residence, ﬁtness centre, main library and new student union building. An Agriculture Centre of Excellence began operating at the Chilliwack campus in 2014, and a new location opened in downtown Chilliwack that same year.