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Aboriginal Admission

The Aboriginal Admissions Committee may consider Aboriginal applicants on an individual basis for those who do not qualify under other applicant categories of admission. Aboriginal applicants include status and non‐status First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.

The Aboriginal Admissions Committee will consider your educational background, history, cultural knowledge, life experience, academic goals, and other personal achievements in determining your admissibility and readiness for university study. The recommendations from the Aboriginal Admissions Committee will be sent back to the Registrar, who will notify you of the decision.

Open HouseHow do I qualify?

  1. If your initial application for admission has been denied, you may be considered under this category.
  2. Applicants will need to ensure they self-identify as an aboriginal applicant on the initial online application for admission to KPU.
  3. Submit the following aboriginal applicant package by email to admissions@kpu.ca or in person at any Student Enrolment Services office.
  • A personal letter outlining your aboriginal heritage, educational background, academic goals, how you have prepared for university studies and any personal experiences or achievements in support of your application.
  • Reference letters from two referees that support the applicant’s readiness for academic studies.
  • Documentation of Aboriginal heritage; this can include, but is not limited to:
    • a First Nations, Inuit, or Métis status card
    • official letters from Aboriginal organizations
    • written or oral statements from Elders
    • or other relevant information identified by the applicant

I've submitted my applicant package. What happens now?

The aboriginal applicant package will be reviewed by the Aboriginal Admissions Committee consisting of:

  • one Aboriginal faculty member
  • one representative of the Faculty to which the candidate is applying
  • one designated member of the KPU Aboriginal Advisory Committee
  • one representative from Admissions

The applicant will be considered for the Faculty/program as selected on the initial application for admission. The committee will review the aboriginal applicant package and provide a recommendation back to the Registrar. The committee may provide conditions of admission/enrolment as part of their recommendation.