Simon Fraser University
2000-515 Hastings Street West, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3
Get more than an education at one of Canada’s best-known universities, in the heart of downtown.
|Store Type |||Educational Services|
|Cross Street |||North of West Pender, 2 blocks east of Howe Street|
|Based on academic year|
Profile Last Updated: March 04, 2008
An offshoot of Simon Fraser University’s main campus on Burnaby mountain, the downtown campus is home to students who like to be at the centre of things. SFU was the first Canadian university to offer academic courses on a year-round trimester system, opening the doors for working professionals to extend and upgrade their skills on a schedule that suits them. Creation of the downtown campus was a 10-year project. The university had pioneered university mid-career professional education in Vancouver in the early 1980s with the launch of a storefront centre.
Prestigious Locations for Learning
The Harbour Centre campus, now over 200,000 square feet, has expanded several times to add instructional and office space. The university bookstore opened a Harbour Centre branch in 1995, and the school for the contemporary arts has studio space at 611 Alexander Street. The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, created within a heritage bank building at 580 West Hastings, opened in September 2001. The Segal Centre for Graduate Management Studies is housed in 1916 heritage building at the corner of Granville and Pender, in the heart of the city's financial district. It is home of SFU's business faculty's graduate programs. Education for Everyone
The campus currently serves over 70,000 people annually. Approximately 10,000 are students enrolled in credit and non-credit courses. A wide, and varying, range of undergraduate courses are offered each semester, and students include hundreds of seniors (55 and over) who participate in intellectually stimulating non-credit continuing studies courses. As well, undergraduate credit courses are tuition-free for those aged 60-plus. Professional graduate degrees are available in business, gerontology, education, liberal studies and publishing. A unique program in liberal and business studies offers the opportunity for degree completion for those already in the work force. Thousands of other individuals, groups and companies attend SFU public programs such as conferences, lectures, performances and exhibitions or are involved in courses, seminars and meetings organized externally, but held at Simon Fraser at Harbour Centre.