Kwantlen: School life on four campuses

KWANTLEN.  Randal Kurt

Photo by Randal Kurt

Jessica Lar-Son

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is a really great place for people who are looking for a positive learning environment. With four campuses (Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale) and a 35-person class cap, the vibes at KPU are incredible. The cool thing about multiple campuses is that you get to experience different cities and can attend events around each campus. Instructors are always willing to go the extra mile to make the student learning experience both engaging and rewarding. Our administration really cares about students, as well, and our president, Alan Davis, is one of the most friendly and caring university presidents you will come across. Anyone who plans to attend KPU, or even those who start here but plan to transfer to another university to get their degree, will end up falling in love with the amazing community that we have built at KPU. Students love the unique programs and courses; favourites include the interdisciplinary expressive arts, sustainable agriculture, our farrier program, and our new brewing program.

The best part of going to KPU is the close-knit community, which means there are a lot of opportunities to get involved in campus life. There are tons of active clubs, with everything from writing and gaming guilds to politics and social justice groups. The Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) also offers lots of services, such as a free computer repair service called Reboot, a health and recreation initiative called Active KSA that offers sporting events, student advocacy services, health and dental benefits, a food bank, and the list goes on. There are also a few campus publications, including Pulp, an arts and literary publication.

City Vibe
With its four campuses, KPU touches three municipalities, and students can take classes on almost any of them. All are near some excellent restaurants and, at the Surrey campus, there is a student-owned and operated café called GrassRoots. The main attraction there is the monthly Poetry Slam, and its team recently did very well in a national competition. There are many other interesting arts hot spots, as well as beautiful parks, forests and fields nearby. Located in somewhat quieter areas, our campuses are still very close to Vancouver.

The Skinny
If you want to keep up-to-date with student life, visit the Kwantlen Student Association website