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Celebrating 50 Years: A Look Back at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)
celebrating 50 years a look back at the university of the fraser valley (ufv)

Celebrating 50 Years: A Look Back at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 4, 2024. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and explore UFV’s remarkable journey!

About UFV

Where is UFV located?

  • Abbotsford, British Columbia.
    • It’s a fantastic place to study due to its many study programs, job prospects, and fun activities outside of classes. 
    • The Fraser Valley enjoys warm temperatures throughout the year and typically experiences fewer than 14 days of snow annually.

Programs

UFV boasts more than 70 programs, catering to various academic interests, including:

  • Master’s degrees
  • Undergraduate bachelor’s degrees
  • College certificates and diplomas
  • Co-operative education opportunities
  • English-language upgrading
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History of UFV

UFV made its debut on April 4, 1974, under the name Fraser Valley College. It later transitioned to the University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV) before finally becoming the esteemed university it is today.

  • 1975: Over 2300 students attending FVC in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission, Hope and Agassiz
  • 1991: Fraser Valley College gains university-college status and becomes University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV)
  • 2004: UCFV awarded Federal Tier 1 Canadian Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies
  • 2006: Over 11,000 students attending UCFV
  • 2007: First master’s degrees awarded
  • 2008: UCFV becomes the University of the Fraser Valley and installs its first Chancellor
  • 2011:
    • UFV has grown to serve approximately 15,000 students, including 800 international students
    • UFV’s economic impact on Fraser Valley grows to at least half a billion
  • 2013: UFV Cascades women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s golf win national championships
  • 2014: UFV celebrates its 40th anniversary on April 4
  • 2015: UFV is named one of BC’s Top Employers
  • 2016: UFV alumni grow to 35,000.

UFV 50 Program Fund

To kick off its 50th year in style, UFV is introducing the UFV 50 Program Fund. This initiative aims to celebrate UFV’s illustrious past and inspire engagement from the wider UFV community. Starting from April 4, 2024, with a ceremony marking 50 years since its inception, the celebrations will continue throughout the year and into April 2025, culminating in a community celebration and alumni reunion weekend. The UFV 50 Program Fund will provide grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to support diverse anniversary projects. Departments, units, and recognized student organizations are encouraged to apply for funding for programs or projects within the 50th anniversary year.

Source: UFV Today, University of the Fraser Valley, International.UFV

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