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Simon Fraser University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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With an acceptance rate of 59%, admissions at Simon Fraser University are not so easy. This suggests that the university is favourable for those applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for various programs at SFU. The institute is one of the best public universites of Canada and offer admissions in various graduate and undergraduate programs. There are eight faculties at the University - Applied Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Beedie School of Business, Communications, Art and Technology, Education, Environment, Health Sciences and Science. University’s most popular majors are Social Sciences, Marketing, Business and Psychology. Maclean ranked Simon Fraser University 1st in the 2020 comprehensive university category.

Simon Fraser University is one of the best places for higher education in Canada because of the employment prospects it offers to its graduates. The university follows a trimester based academic calendar and offers admissions for fall, summer, and spring sessions. Scholarships and Financial aid are offered to students of both domestic and international categories. Over 30,000 students were enrolled during recent admissions at Simon Fraser University, out of which 20% students were international students who chose SFU to pursue their higher education in Canada.

Simon Fraser University Acceptance Rate


Application Fee125 CAN
Academic CalendarTrimester
English Language ProficiencyMandatory
TOEFL Minimum Score88 (overall)
GMAT/GREMandatory for some programs
Acceptance Rate59%
Application SeasonFall/Summer/Spring
Mode of PaymentCredit Card
Financial Aid available for international studentsAvailable in the form of scholarships, entrance awards, and bursaries
Work-studyAvailable on-campus
Student-Retention Rate88%
Number of Professors418
Student/faculty ratio22:1
Student’s Helpline778.782.6930


Candidates should apply for their preferred undergraduate or graduate programs before the below-mentioned deadlines to be considered for admissions. Candidates must also check the deadlines for submitting transcripts and other supporting documents.

For Undergraduate Programs

Admission CycleApplication Deadline
Spring (January)September 15
Summer (May) January 31
Fall (September) January 31

For Graduate Programs

Admission CycleApplication Deadline
Fall TermMarch 31
Spring TermSeptember 30
Summer TermJanuary 30

Simon Fraser International Admissions

Simon Fraser University

International students represent 19.4% of the total undergraduate population and 28.3% of the total graduate population at Simon Fraser University. International aspirants need to keep a check on the eligibility criteria and the test scores which are mandatory for applying to the university. Find below the details for applying to the undergraduate programs at the university.

Admission Portal: Apply onlineat EducationPlannerBC.

Application Fee: 125 CAD

Basic Academic Requirements: 

  • A minimum overall average of 70% in five academic grade 12 courses.
  • Minimum 60% in Math 11 or Math 12 course.
  • At least 70% score in grade 12 English.
  • Evaluation Based on all Grade 11 and 12 courses.

Admission Process

For admissions at Simon Fraser University, keep in mind the following:

  • Choose the programs that are preferred by you.
  • Check whether you meet the eligibility for the selected programs.
  • Complete the application form by paying the application fee.
  • Self-report your grades by logging in to the student center.
  • Complete the Student transcript form.
  • Submit additional documents listed on to-do-list on your student center to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6

English Proficiency Requirements

As the language of instruction at Simon Fraser University is English, all the students are required to demonstrate their competency in English speaking, writing, reading, and listening before their admissions.

Below mentioned are the ways to demonstrate language proficiency in English. Students can choose anyone among them to demonstrate their English skills.

  • Completion of the last 4 years of full-time secondary school education in English with a minimum grade of 70% in senior level English.
  • Completion of the IB Diploma Program with a minimum grade of 3.
  • Satisfactory scores in any of the Language Proficiency tests:

IELTS – 6.5 (overall), 6 (minimum in each band)

TOEFL – 88 (overall), 20 (minimum in listening, speaking, writing and reading)

PTE Academic – 65 (overall), 60 (minimum in communicative skills)

Visa Application Process

International students who want to study in Canada will have to apply for a study permit. A Study permit also allows you to accept on-campus employment to work on-campus. Legal Residents from China, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Morocco and Vietnam are eligible to apply for a study permit through Student Direct Stream. Since the usual Visa processing takes months, it is recommended that you apply for Visa as early as possible.

Simon Fraser University Graduate Admissions

Simon Fraser University offers admissions in various fields. Students can choose master’s, doctoral and graduate diploma programs in Engineering, Science, Arts and Business fields.

Application Portal: Submit the application form online at the official website.

Application Fee: 95 USD (For Graduate or Postgraduate Programs)

Basic Academic Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum 3.33 GPA in the final year of Bachelor’s degree.

Admission-Related Requirements:

  • Official Academic Transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly from the last attended institution.
  • Test scores of English Language Proficiency.
  • Academic References or letters.
RequirementsMaster of Business AdministrationMaster of Clinical PsychologyMaster of EconomicsMSc in MathematicsMaster of Public Health
GMAT/GRERequiredRequiredRequiredOptionalNot Required
Resume/CVRequiredRequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredRequired
LOR’s/References2 References3 References3 References3 References3 References
SOI/EssaysMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryNot RequiredMandatory
Experience2 yearsNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required-
Additional Requirements--Work PortfolioResearch StatementProof of Statistics Course

Students seeking admission to Simon Fraser University must keep in mind that the most important factors that influence the selection of the candidates are rigor of senior School, academic GPA and standardized test scores. In some graduate courses, work experience plays a major role in the selection of the candidate.

Admission Decisions

Students who have applied to the university can maximize their chances of getting selected and grabbing an early offer of admission. An Early offer of admission can be grasped by uploading the required documents and transcripts listed on the to-do-list at the student center. Students can also check whether they are eligible to apply for the scholarships and follow the steps listed on the website to apply for the scholarship.

Once all the documents are submitted, the admission team will thoroughly evaluate your application and update your status of admission to your Student Centre.

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