Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is an innovative, transformative and ambitious institution that has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for over 35 years. KPU is committed to offering programs that are rich in meaningful, memorable and highly marketable experiences for students through the unique combination of rigorous academic challenges and applied learning opportunities. KPU is home to one of the biggest undergraduate schools of business in Western Canada, highly specialized and unique design programs in the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design, research institutes dedicated to sustainable agriculture and food systems, and the most technologically advanced trades and technology training facility in Canada. KPU provides an exceptional learning environment, reinforced by small classes, supportive educational environments and engaged faculty.

Established in 1981, KPU became a university in 2008. It draws its name from the Kwantlen First Nation, whose traditional territory extends throughout the region. In the spirit of the word Kwantlen, which means “tireless runner,” KPU is tirelessly expanding its educational programs, hands-on learning opportunities and campus spaces. With four campuses, soon to be five, located throughout Metro Vancouver, KPU offers over 120 programs in business, arts, science, horticulture, trades apprenticeships, design, and health, as well as upgrading and university preparatory courses. Most programs have multiple entry and exit points that allow students the ability to graduate with a certificate, diploma or degree.The university’s dynamic and evolving research capacity not only responds to the needs of the region, but engages communities in the process. With research spanning many disciplines, the four major categories of applied research at KPU include design thinking, sustainability thinking, innovation in clean technology, and building healthy communities. The university’s tradition of combining practical hands-on learning with theory and research prepares students for success in graduate school, in their careers and in their lives as engaged local and global citizens.

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Source: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2017 rounded preliminary fall enrolment)



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  • Kwantlen does not offer any on-campus housing or off-campus assistance.

Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities (2017-18).

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.