Why Choose KPU?

Canada's Only Polytechnic University

  • What is a polytechnic? Our polytechnic approach means that we combine academic excellence with hands-on, applied learning
  • Skills for success. KPU is committed to student development and provides learners with relevant knowledge and practical skills for career success
  • In a recent survey, 94% of students indicated that if they had to do it again, they would enroll at KPU

Practical and Career Focused

  • Industry-driven programs with challenging and real world curriculum
  • Applied learning in each class including projects, group work, presentations, guest speakers, and field trips
  • Built-in practicums allow students to get practical experience and network with professionals

Alicia Bernbaum

"All of my courses here are hands-on with real clients and not just based on theory and textbooks; you get really good exposure to the industry."


Wide Variety of Program Flexibility Options

  • Over 120 diverse programs
  • Choose your credential. We offer degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations, apprenticeship training and more
  • Flexible scheduling allows you to take courses full-time or part-time with classes in the morning, afternoon or evening. Some online courses are also available

Teaching Focused University

  • Student-centered learning environment that brings together students, instructors, guest lecturers and industry experts
  • Small, supportive classes. A maximum of 35 students per class. We hire expert faculty with real-world experience in their field and a passion for teaching

Nisse Bourne

"I've gotten a great deal of support from my colleagues and profs. Everyone here encourages you to succeed and you will get one-on-one time with your profs that you would never get at a bigger University."


Student Support Services

  • We offer more than 30 student services to help you succeed
  • Funding your studies. Over $2 million of scholarships and financial awards. Bursaries and other financial aid is also available
  • Advising to help you succeed throughout your educational journey — course planning, major/minor selection, career options, and more!
  • Learning Centre. Get tips and tricks on effective study skills, academic writing and learning strategies

State-of-the-art Facilities

  • High-tech labs, studios, classrooms and facilities
  • Four campuses located in Richmond, Langley, Surrey and Cloverdale (KPU Tech)
  • Innovative and cutting-edge Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design coming soon to our Richmond campus

Preparation for the Work Force

  • 95.9% of our Bachelor graduates (291) who were surveyed in 2014 (2 years after graduation) are in the labour force
  • Earn while you learn. Co-op education allows you to gain relevant, professional work experience, earn money and meet industry contacts in your field
  • Hands-on practicums are built-in to many programs to provide professional work experience alongside your in-class education
  • Study abroad and field school opportunities prepare you for a global marketplace
  • Career Services offers coaching and job-finding resources for graduates, and can also help you to find part-time work and summer employment

Kevin Lam

"The hands-on experience has been really beneficial for me and you have the chance to meet people who work in the industry."


Beyond the Classroom

  • Sport and recreational activities for all students
  • Through the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA), students enjoy discounts on tickets from Cineplex Odeon and Famous Player theatres, Whistler/Blackcomb, and PNE and Playland 
  • Talon Fitness Centre is a dedicated exercise environment on the Surrey campus
  • Opportunities to join student clubs
  • Surrey campus gallery showcases artwork by students, faculty and other local artists
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