Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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

Kwantlen students in class

Rebecca Harbut and students. (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

Kwantlen offers a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs and is profiled in both the Maclean’s Universities Guidebook and the Maclean’s Colleges Guide. To learn more about the school’s diploma programs, see the Colleges Guide profile.

Originally established in 1981 as a community college, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has evolved to offer 120 programs—a wide range of degree programs as well as trades, vocational education and qualifying studies—designed with flexibility in mind. Students have the option of building on applied and technical programs by bridging certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor’s degrees.

Class sizes are kept small, with a maximum of 35 students. Co-op education and international learning opportunities are available in many programs. KPU’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.” 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 five campuses, each with a feel and culture all its own. As the largest campus, Surrey is a hub of activity. Richmond and the new Civic Plaza campus, also located in Surrey, have a metropolitan vibe, while Langley and Cloverdale enjoy a closer proximity to more rural areas.

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Standout Programs
• Product Design: This bachelor’s program trains students in the entire product design process, from identifying problems and exploring sustainable, ethical solutions, to developing technical skills and applying business expertise to bring their designs to market.
• Sustainable Agriculture: Through this program, students gain a comprehensive perspective on the science of agro-ecosystem design and stewardship, ecologically sound crop production methods, sustainable farm business management and the economic, social and environmental challenges facing our food system.
• Entrepreneurial Leadership: This bachelor of administration program was designed with input from industry and business leaders; students gain real-world industry experience through practicums, learning partnerships with business, and applied projects and assignments.

Cool Courses
• Apparel in the Global Economy: Study the interrelatedness of consumer purchasing patterns, international trade regulations, and raw materials and production sourcing in the global apparel supply chain.
• Mental Wellness and Communication: Students learn how to promote mental health and wellness from personal, interpersonal, organizational and cultural perspectives.

Minimum Entering Grades
High school diploma; minimum grade of C+ in English 12 or equivalent; some program entrance requirements may be higher
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 9,740 · Part-time: 3,347
International Students: First-year: 26%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
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