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    University of British Columbia vs Simon Fraser University

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    University of British Columbia ranks #3 nationally, while Simon Fraser University ranks #1 as Canadian Comprehensive University. The national rankings for SFU is #11. 

    Overview Comparison
    University of British ColumbiaSimon Fraser University
    collegedunia score6.7 Out of 104.8 Out of 10
    ranking (overall)# 27 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 30 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 34 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 126 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 201 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 251 Times Higher Education 2021
    subject strength# 13 for Psychology by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 22 for Education by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 28 for International Business by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 151 for Psychology by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 151 for International Business by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 151 for Economics by Times Higher Education 2021
    programsUG Programs -94
    PG Programs -52
    Doctorate Programs -1
    UG Programs -60
    PG Programs -26
    Doctorate Programs -13
    acceptance rate53.0 %56.0 %
    exam scorePTE - 77.5
    IELTS - 6.5
    TOEFL - 90
    GMAT - 650
    IELTS - 7.5
    PTE - 77.5
    TOEFL - 100
    GMAT - 607
    cost to studyAverage Tuition Fees   38129 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   6714 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 27252 USD Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   22035 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   5481 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 3681 USD Per Year
    placement (average package)

    Top recruiters at UBC were Deloitte, P&G, Labatt, Netsle, Telus, GE Healthcare, etc. Base salaries offered were around $90,000 to the postgraduates. Finance graduates were highest paid: $107,000

    MS graduates were hired at highest package- $128,000
    Average base salary offered to undergraduates- $72,500
    MBA graduates were offered around $83,000

    application requirements

    Core subject requirements like Maths, Science, Language. 
    Other subjects may be requried at the basic level depending upon the choice of program

    Qualitative and Analytical skill assessment
    Graduation from University-prepratory program (program dependent)

    campuses and b schoolsUniversity of British Columbia
    Sauder School of Business
    Beedie School of Business
    collegedunia reviews7.4/10 Read 141 reviews7.4/10 Read 27 reviews
    General Facts Comparison
    General FactsUniversity of British ColumbiaSimon Fraser University
    type of universityUniversity
    Student:Faculty Ratio11:1
    Male:Female44% Male, 56% Female54% Male, 46% Female
    location facts

    Two campuses: Vancouver and Okanagan; Vancouver is the main campus located at the western tip of Point Grey Peninsula.

    Covers atop of Burnaby mountains, Vancouver downtown, and the inside of central city. 
    Connected by Waterfront Sky Train Station, Surrey Central Sky train Station, Sperlling Burnaby Sky Train Station.


    More than 7 million printed books, over 2.1 million ebooks, 5.3 million microforms, and 923000 other multimedia materials.

    More than 1.1 million e-books
    1,475,000 Print books
    2500 print and 98,000 ejournal subscriptions
    500+ database

    campus life

    The campus has Astronomy Club, Beads and Craft Club, Chinese Students and Scholars Association (Great Wall Club), Food Society, Photographic Society, Red Cross International, Ski and Board Club and Vancouver Student Entrepreneurship Association.

    Variety of recreation and sports club,
    Graduate student society, peer education and leadership programs.
    Movie Nights on-campus (COVID-19 made it Virtual movie nights on campus)
    Program specific societies.
    Pub Maggie Benston


    hostel#Shared Room - $4855
    #Connected Single Room - $5712
    #Single Room - $6133
    #One Bedroom Apartment - $6452
    #Single Room - $3681
    famous alumni

    Justin Trudeau (PM of Canada), Rick Hansen (Paralympic athlete), Kim Campbell (Former PM of Canada), Evangeline Lilly (Actress), William Gibson (Fiction writer), and Albert Bandura (Psychologist).

    Terry Fox (Athlete), Margaret Trudeau (Actress, Author, Justin Trudeau’s Mother), Calvin Chen (businessman, actor), Christy Clark (Canadian Politician), Tony Buzan (Author and Education consultant), Dave Cobb (6 times Grammy record producer)

    Comparison Notes

    Planning to study in Canada? One of the nation’s top universities is University of British Columbia (UBC). Simon Fraser University (SFU), though lags a little behind in national rankings, but is honored in Canada #2 for international outlook by Times Higher Education. Though the obvious choice between the two universities is UBC, here are some parameters an international student can use for making a decision. 

    Why Study at SFU?

    • Number of programs offered are more.
    • Relatively higher acceptance rate.
    • Tuition fees for most programs is lower than UBC.
    • Cheaper on-campus accommodation
    • First Canadian university to have an Executive MBA program.

    Why study at UBC?

    • Better global and national rankings.
    • Graduates are hired at a better package.
    • Larger library collection
    • Better MBA and engineering rankings
    • Larger student community with higher international student percentage. 

    UBC is not only a better ranking university, but also sees better placements. Though the tuition may seem a little higher than SFU, UBC is still more prestigious, older and renowned institution within Canada and across the world. Getting into either of the two universities is equally difficult as the exam scores required are similar and the acceptance rate also does not differ drastically. So enrolling with UBC is a better choice over enrolling with SFU.