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.
• Design, Fashion and Technology: This four-year bachelor program allows students to develop design concepts using practice-led research along with creative and technical skills to work within the apparel industry.
• Business Administration in Human Resources: Thanks to a partnership with the Human Resources Management Association, this bachelor program gives students membership in the association, mentorship, and practicum work placement opportunities.
• Commercial Beekeeping: Provides students with the training and instruction to manage an operation of up to 300 bee colonies. Students complete a practicum that may be outside of B.C., in Alberta or Saskatchewan.
• Celebrity and Media: Students explore the evolution and impact of celebrity culture on society, examining how changes in media technology have changed the nature of celebrity and the impact of celebrity culture on notions of identity.
• Indigenous Food Systems: In collaboration with the Tsawwassen First Nation, this course is taught on a 20-acre organic farm. Drawing on sustainable agriculture and traditional indigenous food systems, students learn about building community, land stewardship and how to feed a growing population in a sustainable way.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Number of students||Residence spaces|
|High school diploma; minimum grade C+ in English 12 or equivalent; some program entrance requirements may be higher||$5,197||Undergraduates: 12,343