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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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This school is great if you are aQuite BrightEngineering Department
This school is great if you are a brilliant mind that is heavily anti-social. If you love drowning into work so much that you are never bored, then go to SFU engineering. If you are the other types of engineering students that would like to be creative, have time to do personal projects, have a social life and do things of your own on your own time, SFU is not for you.

The curriculum at SFU is setup to suffocate you rather than encourage you to become better and do more. You are expected to an unrealistic amount of work and funnily enough by the time you're done your degree, everything in the curriculum is obsolete in the work industry.

I didn't have a problem with the fact that SFU professors can't speak English because I learnt majority of things on my own.

I would have done my degree at a different university but I transferred to SFU after a year and after two years of hard work, I was too far ahead to sacrifice more credits by transferring to somewhere else.

If you are part of the SFU faculty and you are reading this, then please consider changing things around because SFU engineering is extreme in advocating policies that damage students rather than encourage them, namely:

12-credit policy: if you take less than 12 credits, you're dropped out of the program
coop policy: if you don't get coop by the end of second year, you're dropped out of the program

2.4 policy: if your gpa is less than 2.4, you're dropped out of the program

5th Year Male -- Class 2016
Campus Maintenance: A, Individual Value: F
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