How to Get into SFU | Ultimate University Guide

If you’ve ever looked into going into a university in BC, you’ve probably come upon SFU! SFU has 3 campuses in BC, and are known for their Computer Science program and sustainability! If you’d like to know how to get into SFU, check out our latest Ultimate University Guide youtube video!

General Admission Requirements

In order to get into SFU, you must first complete the General Admission Requirements! SFU has 3 distinct General Admission Requirements.

  1. A minimum of five approved Grade 12 courses, including English Studies 12 (min 70%) or equivalent.
  2. English language requirement
  3. Quantitative and analytical skills requirement

For more information on which courses SFU approves, use their Undergraduate Admission Compass tool (as demonstrated in our video guide above)!

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English Language Requirement

SFU is a university that intakes thousands of students from all over the world, so it only makes sense to have several different means to complete the English Language Requirement!

If you are a Canadian high school student who has completed their high school diploma in Canada, you automatically completed your English language requirement! Check it out:

“Completion of the last three (3) years of full-time secondary school education in English in Canada”

Lucky you! However, if you don’t fit within this criteria, check out the 10 other ways you can complete this requirement!

  1. Completion of the last three (3) years of full-time secondary school education in English in a country in which the principal language of instruction is English
  2. Completion of the last four (4) years of full-time secondary school education in English at a recognized international school in a country in which the principal language of instruction is not English
  3. Completion of IB Diploma Program including English A (HL/SL) or English Literature and Performance (SL)
  4. Completion of a three unit English (ENGL) course or a certified W (writing intensive) course for which SFU grants transfer credit
  5. Completion of SFU’s English Language and Culture (ELC) Low Advanced Level

You can also take one of the following English Language Proficiency tests!

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS – Academic or IELTS Indicator) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0.
  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language internet based test (TOEFL iBT) with an overall score of 88 or better with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four components (listening, speaking, writing, reading)
  3. Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) with an overall score of 70, with no part less than 60.
  4. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with an overall score of 65, and a minimum score of 60 in the Communicative Skills, including: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.
  5. Duolingo English Test (DET) with an overall score of 125 or better.
SFU Vancouver
SFU Vancouver
Quantitative and Analytical Skills Requirement
  1. A minimum grade of 60% or C in a senior level math course or precalculus
  2. A minimum score of 3 in IB Mathematics (HL/SL), Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (HL/SL), Mathematics Applications or Interpretations (HL/SL) or Math Studies (SL)
  3. A minimum D grade in GCE A or AS level math; or a minimum C- grade in GCSE O-level math
  4. A grade of C- or better in a 3-unit math or certified Q (quantitative) course that transfers to SFU (for college and university transfer students).

Degree-specific Requirements

If you’re looking for specific eligibility requirements for an SFU program, try using their Undergraduate Admission Compass tool! By using this tool, you can select your province, year of entry, and the grade 11 and 12 courses that you have taken for an insight on which SFU programs are best for you! If you’d like an example for SFU’s Arts and Social Sciences faculty, check out our youtube video where we go through all the requirements!

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