Kwantlen Polytechnic University - KPU

At a glance

Established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen, now Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), has four campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. KPU offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in more than 120 programs. Almost 20,000 students annually attend courses at KPU campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University currently offers a range credentials, many of which are completely unique, to successfully meet the evolving needs of regional and global employment markets. Students have the opportunity to bridge certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor's degrees, creating the option of academic and professional enhancement of applied and technical programs.

Kwantlen, which means "tireless runner," represents the university's unabashed commitment to quality and excellence.  Kwantlen recognizes the centrality of international, indigenous, and multi-cultural perspectives in its curriculum, and its responsibility to prepare graduates to be global citizens.

The university’s purpose is to provide students with the skills and understanding necessary to be engaged, aware, and responsible citizens, and to pursue fulfilling careers. Kwantlen is committed to teaching, research and innovation that focus on the human capacity to influence and improve the world.

Fact & figures


• Formed by splitting from Douglas College in 1981

• Became Kwantlen University College, a degree-granting institution, in 1995

• Became Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2008.

Students and faculty

• More than 19,000 students annually

• Over 11,000 FTE (Full-time equivalency) students annually

• More than 1,265 faculty and staff.


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Campus locations

British Columbia: Richmond, Langley, Surrey & Cloverdale

Course offered

• More than 120 diverse programs, including career, vocational trades and technology programs

• Co-op education opportunities available in many programs

• Unique programs: The only graphic design for marketing program in Canada; one of the two fashion design degrees in the country; the only undergraduate journalism program in region; the only brewing diploma of its kind in the province.


• Four modern, high-tech campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Cloverdale and Langley

• KPU has just over 1 million square feet of buildings

• KPU at 3 Civic Plaza will be opening in 2017

• Chip & Shannon Wilson School of Design: A $36-million state-of-the-art facility at KPU Richmond.

Other services

• Learning Centres at Surrey, Richmond and Langley campuses - a to those with mobility and visual impairments

• All campuses are accessible to those with mobility and visual impairments

• KPU Fitness Centre provides an on-campus exercise environment as well as fitness classes, drop-in sports, intramurals and more recreation programming

• Surrey Campus gallery open to public, showcases artwork by students, faculty and other artists

• Quiet Prayer and Meditation Space at KPU Surrey and KPU Richmond.

Association membership

• Universities Canada

• International Association of Universities

• BC Association of Institutes and Universities

• Business Council of BC

• Post-Secondary Employers’ Association

• Canada-India Business Council

• Trades Training Consortium British Columbia

• Canadian Academic English Language Assessment

• Vancouver Board of Trade

Why choose Kwantlen Polytechnic University - KPU

Canada's Only Polytechnic University

  • KPU’s polytechnic approach means that they combine academic excellence with hands-on, applied learning
  • KPU is committed to student development and provides learners with relevant knowledge and practical skills for career success
  • In a recent survey, 94% of students indicated that if they had to do it again, they would enroll at KPU


Practical and Career Focused

  • Industry-driven programs with challenging and real world curriculum
  • Applied learning in each class including projects, group work, presentations, guest speakers, and field trips
  • Built-in practicums allow students to get practical experience and network with professionals


Wide Variety of Program Flexibility Options

  • Over 120 diverse programs including degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations, apprenticeship training and more
  • Flexible scheduling allows you to take courses full-time or part-time with classes in the morning, afternoon or evening. Some online courses are also available


Teaching Focused University

  • Student-centered learning environment that brings together students, instructors, guest lecturers and industry experts
  • Small, supportive classes. A maximum of 35 students per class. We hire expert faculty with real-world experience in their field and a passion for teaching


Student Support Services

  • KPU offers more than 30 student services to help you succeed
  • Over $2 million of scholarships and financial awards. Bursaries and other financial aid is also available
  • Advising to help you succeed throughout your educational journey — course planning, major/minor selection, career options, and more
  • Get tips and tricks on effective study skills, academic writing and learning strategies from Learning Centres


State-of-the-art Facilities

  • High-tech labs, studios, classrooms and facilities in four campuses located in Richmond, Langley, Surrey and Cloverdale (KPU Tech)
  • Four campuses located in Richmond, Langley, Surrey and Cloverdale (KPU Tech)


Preparation for the Work Force

  • Co-op education allows you to gain relevant, professional work experience, earn money and meet industry contacts in your field
  • Hands-on practicums are built-in to many programs to provide professional work experience alongside your in-class education
  • Study abroad and field school opportunities prepare you for a global marketplace
  • Career Services offers coaching and job-finding resources for graduates, and can also help you to find part-time work and summer employment


Beyond the Classroom

  • Sport and recreational activities for all students
  • Through the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA), students enjoy discounts on tickets from Cineplex Odeon and Famous Player theatres, Whistler/Blackcomb, and PNE and Playland
  • Talon Fitness Centre is a dedicated exercise environment on the Surrey campus
  • Opportunities to join student clubs
  • Surrey campus gallery showcases artwork by students, faculty and other local artists

Tel: 604.599.2886

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