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


Practical and Career Focused


Wide Variety of Program Flexibility Options


Teaching Focused University


Student Support Services


State-of-the-art Facilities


Preparation for the Work Force


Beyond the Classroom

Tel: 604.599.2886

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