KPU Facts


  • More than 140 diverse programs, including career, vocational trades and technology programs
  • Co-op education opportunities available in many programs
  • International learning opportunities all over the world through Field Schools, Exchanges, Studies Abroad and International Co-ops, with opportunities available in most program areas
  • Unique programs: The only graphic design for marketing program in Canada; one of the two fashion design degrees in the country; the only undergraduate journalism program in region; the only brewing diploma of its kind in the province


Students and Alumni

  • More than 20,000 students annually
  • Over 12,000 FTE (full-time equivalency) students annually
  • Over 67,000 registered alumni
  • Over 200,000 students educated at KPU to date


Faculty and Staff

  • More than 1,400 faculty and staff
  • 70+ researchers working on active sponsored research projects
  • 21 projects are externally funded. Total value of these projects exceeds $2.58 million
  • Lead Researchers and their projects work across the university, which includes three Research Institutes


More KPU Facts


  • Formed by splitting from Douglas College in 1981
  • Became Kwantlen University College, a degree-granting institution, in 1995
  • Became Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2008


Facilities and Future Plans

  • Five modern, high-tech campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Cloverdale, Langley and Civic Plaza
  • Highly energy efficient facilities. From 1994 to 2014, KPU has increased space by 36% while decreasing natural gas use by 3% and electricity by 9%
  • KPU has just over 1 million square feet of buildings
  • Wilson School of Design: A state-of-the-art purpose-built facility at KPU Richmond opened in January 2018


Other Services

  • All campuses are accessible to those with mobility and visual impairments
  • Learning Centres at Surrey, Richmond and Langley campuses
  • Sport and Recreation offers intramural leagues, fitness classes, tournaments and much more.
  • Surrey Campus gallery open to public, showcases artwork by students, faculty and other artists
  • Aboriginal Gathering Place at Surrey Campus is an inviting gathering place designed to support student activities while recognizing the Aboriginal Nations
  • Quiet Prayer and Meditation Space at KPU Surrey and KPU Richmond
  • Public access to all KPU Libraries


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