Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Founded 1981 | Surrey, BC

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers more than 170 programs—a wide range of degree programs as well as trades, vocational education and qualifying studies—designed with flexibility in mind. Students may build on applied and technical programs by bridging certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor’s degrees. The university recently added graduate and post-baccalaureate diplomas. Class sizes are kept small; the maximum is 35 students. Co-op education and international learning opportunities are available in many programs. The university also offers the zero textbook cost initiative; students can choose from more than 900 courses that don’t require the purchase of expensive textbooks, thanks to open educational resources and library materials.

KPU’s “intensive learning environment blends theory with practice and is recognized for its extensive engagement with its communities,” says president Alan Davis. He adds that the university “serves one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.” The school is well established in the Lower Mainland, deepening its local roots through a program of dual-credit pathways—offering some post-secondary courses to high school students from nearby school districts. KPU has five campuses, each with a feel and culture all its own.

The largest campus, Surrey, is a hub of activity with a student art gallery, an Indigenous gathering place, a gym and a conference centre. Richmond and Civic Plaza campuses, also located in Surrey, have a metropolitan vibe, while the Langley campus and KPU Tech in Cloverdale are closer to more rural areas.

Standout Programs

• Indigenous Community Justice: Students examine the impact of settler societies while learning about Indigenous resurgence, self-determination and the regeneration of communities and cultures.

• Fashion and Technology: This industry-focused program gives students the design skills and business knowledge needed to kickstart their careers in the apparel and design industry.

• Entrepreneurial Leadership: This program, which recently modernized its curriculum, emphasizes problem-solving, sustainability and experiential learning.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts, Science, Commerce: high school diploma

Mminimum grade C+ in English 12 or equivalent

Engineering: 71.5%

Housing Facts

Residence: Not offered

School Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 10,395 | Part-time: 3,019

Graduates: Full-time: 126 | Part-time: 24

International Students: First-year: 39% | Graduate: 100%

Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56

Cool Options

• Introduction to Bhangra: Learn this popular Indian dance form, including modern trends and variations.

• Data Analytics for Impact: Students take part in a group project applying analytics to a business or social science topic.

Student Life on Campus

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