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Simon Fraser University (Canada)

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First year sucks, second year sucks, third andBrightBusiness - Management and Administration
First year sucks, second year sucks, third and fourth year are pretty bad. Don't even think about grad school.

Classes here are tough, a lot of them graded on a curved scale (C being the median for first year) - so it doesn't matter how well you know the material because you need to know it better than anyone else. This policy screwed us over when 80 - 90% scores were considered C+ or C's. Add that to the core 'Gatekeeping' classes with extremely low averages and the 40% dropout rate will make sense.

It's really disappointing to see such bright students break after barely surviving first year.
Unlike other universities that focus on providing a quality education and fostering a learning atmosphere, you will have large lecture sessions with your professor who will fly through the material and your TA will teach the rest of the class. Never mind asking questions during office hours - wait times are usually abysmal.

Everyone at SFU is a smart student with a passion for their work. What makes you stand out is your willingness to not have a social life and commit yourself to your studies for the next four to six (yeah course selection is a bitch) years - and for a lot of people its just not the right balance. Students here are friendly, positive, and down to earth, but no one has any time for anything other than studying.

You'll love this place if you're looking forward to teaching yourself everything from here on out, getting vague responses from TA's and professors, being packed into overcrowded lecture halls, tutorial rooms, libraries and busses. This is a research school and the students tuition supports the research done here. So unless you are planning to become involved in research, or dedicate your life to being in the top 15% of the class to score a decent gpa - your time and money will not be well spent.

1st Year Female -- Class 1921
Campus Maintenance: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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Unfortunately, not what I expected when I arrivedQuite BrightComputer Engineering
Unfortunately, not what I expected when I arrived here. I came to SFU engineering to get an education and learn something. Reality was that I got into a system where whomever had the answers got the best mark or passed at least. My courses were good at the beginning and engaging but as I got into my final years, professors stopped caring about whether I understand or not. They provided material, non-charismatically talked and went on about testing you with irrelevant material which you answered not by understanding but rather memorization and pattern recognition. There were a few good professors. They were even some promising young PHDs who were sessional lecturers. Guess where they ended up working at? UBC. I don't want to mention names but we lost a top lecturer recently. He LEFT THE COUNTRY? Yup. Sorry SFU, it seems like you're not listening to your students or your young promising staff. Get the students involved. Get feedback.
5th Year Male -- Class 2017
Campus Aesthetics: B+, Education Quality: F
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Great school with good engineering/technology programs.BrightEngineering Department
Great school with good engineering/technology programs. What you take away from your degree depends on the effort you put in. Don't expect to have someone hold your hand through your degree, take charge of what you are doing, study hard and learn as much as you can while you're there. Don't make excuses.
5th Year Male -- Class 1920
Education Quality: A, Scholastic Success: F
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