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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (commonly abbreviated to KPU) is a public degree-granting undergraduate polytechnic university in British Columbia with campuses located in Surrey, Richmond, Cloverdale, and Langley. 

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (7)
Medicine & Health (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Education & Training (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)



Kwantlen College was formed in 1981, by separation from Douglas College. There were more than 200 suggestions in a contest to name the new South Fraser region college. The winning entry “Kwantlen” was submitted by Stan McKinnon. “Kwantlen” comes from the name of the Kwantlen First Nation in whose traditional territory the university is located.


Academic Divisions

  • Faculty of Arts
  • School of Business
  • Wilson School of Design
  • Faculty of Science and Horticulture
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement
  • Faculty of Trades and Technology

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Student services

Services Available

Counter service, including cashiering functions, is available on the Richmond, Surrey and Langley campuses. In addition to providing one-on-one assistance in-person at the front counters, the SES team provides telephone and email support to students.

SES provides the following Front Counter services on the Richmond, Surrey and Langley campuses*:

  • Admission, Transfer Credit & Registration Information
  • Tuition & Fee Payment
  • Transcript Requests & Pick-ups
  • Advising & Testing Appointment Bookings
  • Graduation Information

Housing services

Since KPU does not provide on-campus housing facilities, all students arriving from outside of the Metro Vancouver region will need to find a place to live. We are pleased to provide some suggestions to help you locate comfortable accommodation that best meets your needs.

Homestay programs allow students to live in a Canadian home as a member of the family. Students share meals with their hosts, participate in family activities and conversations, and establish friendships with people who can help make the adjustment to new surroundings much easier. If this housing option appeals to you, please refer to the options below:

Library services

KPU has a library on each of its four campuses. The largest library is on the Surrey campus with smaller program focused collections available in Richmond, Langley, and Cloverdale. KPU students and faculty have access to millions of items through the library, including online journal and newspaper articles, print and ebooks, streaming media and more.

Medical services

KPU Counselling provides confidential services to students on a range of issues, such as:

  • Adjustment to post-secondary studies
  • Anxiety, depression, and grief
  • Addiction
  • Stress management
  • Relationships and family

Student Life

Campus life

KPU Surrey, often called the main campus, is the largest of the four campuses and offers a range of courses across multiple faculties. It is the primary location for the university’s School of Business and Office of the President. All KPU Sport + Recreation operate out of Surrey, where the university’s gymnasium and fitness centre, along with many recreational facilities, are located.

Sports facilities

KPU was previously a member of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (or PacWest) which is affiliated with the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association. The University had six varsity teams competing in four sports (Men's & Women's Soccer, Men's & Women's Basketball, Badminton, and Golf).

Student clubs

Student clubs open the door to getting involved, gaining invaluable experiences and making new friends! Clubs are a great opportunity to express yourself, grow as an individual, connect with others on your campus and your community, as well as better prepare yourself for life after graduation.

Student Reviews

Current Student Review
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall it is an amazing school and the classroom sizes are great. Teachers are very helpful

Learning to Learn
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

KPU's Interior Design program was a condensed program, meaning it was very intensive and required a lot of collaboration and involvement. My time at KPU has been wonderful thus far. We worked in teams most of the time and that helped me grow socially and emotionally as we have all ben through the ups and downs throughout those 4 years. Classes were informative and hands...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I do enjoy my experience and university, and although I'm not in extra-curricular activities I still enjoy my time. Although, when it comes to registration my school could use some changes to allow students to get into their required courses and graduate on time.