Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University | Surrey, B.C. | Founded 1981


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Originally established in 1981 as a community college, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has evolved to offer a wide range of degree programs while continuing to develop traditional college studies. KPU has a maximum class size of 35 students, and some select classes have a maximum size of 25. Kwantlen’s “intensive learning environment blends theory with practice and is recognized for its extensive engagement with its communities,” says president Alan Davis, who adds that the university “serves one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.” Kwantlen offers more than 120 programs—including trades, vocational education and qualifying studies—that are designed with flexibility in mind. Students have the option of building on applied and technical programs by bridging certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor degrees. The school draws about 80 per cent of its undergrads from the Lower Mainland, and is 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 four disparate campuses, each with a feel and culture all its own. As home to the student centre, Surrey is a hub of activity. Richmond has a metropolitan feel, while Langley and Cloverdale enjoy a closer proximity to more rural areas.

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Standout Programs

Policy Studies: An interdisciplinary and applied program that involves several arts departments, as well as sustainable agriculture. Students work with policy practitioners, such as the City of Surrey.

Urban Ecosystems: Examines the impact of horticultural activities on the urban environment with a particular focus on the functioning of green spaces.

Brewing and Brewery Operations: KPU partners with local craft breweries to prepare students in the science, production and business of beer-making and brewery operations.

Cool Courses

Expressive Arts Through Drama: Students act out scenes from literature, as well as any material they bring to class. Students can also work with other classes, for example, acting out the assassination of Abraham Lincoln for a history class.

Interdisciplinary Amazon Field School: Students spend two weeks in the Amazon rainforest as part of this course to develop interdisciplinary skills in creativity, academic inquiry, ecology and conservation, cultural awareness, environmental design, design thinking, and community development while experiencing and understanding another culture.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces
High school diploma; minimum grade of C in English 12 or equivalent; some program entrance requirements may be higher $5,268 Full-time: 8,423
Part-time: 4,497
Not offered

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