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Admission Updates and COVID-19 (coronavirus)

At KPU we are committed to continuing to support our applicants and newly admitted students during the COVID-19 pandemic.   We are working closely with post-secondary institutions, high school districts and governments to consider implications in ensuring our applicants are assessed fairly and compassionately. 

We are glad you are checking in with us regularly!

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Are offers of admission still being sent out?

Yes! KPU is sending out offers of admission for our Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 intakes.  Please be sure to complete all requirements as outlined in your Application Checklist in Online Self-Service.

Are transcripts still required for admission?

Yes, KPU continues to accept and process official transcripts to assess admissibility.  Information regarding official transcript submission is available in the Admissions Guide.

Is KPU still receiving official transcripts from post-secondary institutions?

Yes, many post-secondary institutions continue to issue official post-secondary transcripts to KPU.  Applicants are encouraged to check with their institution to see what options are available to them.   If you find that your institution is not releasing transcripts, please feel free to contact the admissions team at

How can I meet English Proficiency Requirements when testing isn’t available?

KPU offers a number of ways for applicants to satisfy the English Proficiency Requirements for Admission.  For applicants who are in regions where English testing has been significantly impacted and testing is unavailable, for the Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 intakes, KPU will also accept the Duolingo English Test as follows:

Duolingo English Test

Undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement: a minimum score of 110, taken within the last 2 years from the term of admission.

University Preparatory English Proficiency:

Pathway to University Studies:

Pathway 3: a minimum score of 95, taken within the last 2 years from the term of admission.

Pathway 2: a minimum score of 85, taken within the last 2 years from the term of admission.

Pathway 1: a minimum score of 65, taken within the last 2 years from the term of admission.

English Language Studies Diploma: a minimum score of 65, taken within the last 2 years from the term of admission.

Online TOEFL testing option

Please also note, there is also an online TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test now available in select countries to help students who don't have access to testing centres.  

Is Admissions Testing available?

Yes, admissions testing is currently available both online and on campus.  To sign up for testing and additional information, refer to KPU Assessment & Testing Services.

Will conditional admission for current BC high school students be impacted by school closures?

The Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring high school students are able to complete their academic year. As such KPU is still expecting to receive final transcripts at the end of July.  We are being mindful within our admissions practices to ensure that your offer isn’t disadvantaged by the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

BC students currently in high school will need to ensure they have released their transcript to KPU via the BC Ministry of Education Student Transcripts Service (STS).  When KPU receives final high school transcripts at the end of July, final admission will be assessed based on the conditions outlined in your offer of admission.  If you are concerned about your final grades or your application, please feel free to contact the admissions team at

I want to complete online high school courses for graduation. Will you accept grades for online classes?

Yes, as long as we receive your final official high school transcript by the end of July from the BC Ministry with the final grades showing, we will consider these when assessing admission.   

I have outstanding documents for a Limited Intake program. Will you be extending the deadlines to submit these documents?

We encourage you to submit all outstanding documents as outlined in your Application Checklist.  However, we understand that each applicant’s situation is different; please contact with your Admissions Officer via email to discuss your options.  

Are applications for Trades Foundation programs still open?

Yes, applications for our trades foundation programs are still open.  Although some of our programs have been postponed, updates regarding upcoming intakes will be posted in the Admissions Guide.

Can I defer my admission?

If you are admitted to an Open Intake and plan not to attend KPU for that term, you may request to defer your admission prior to the start of classes.

Reach out to us

Our Future Students Office, International Recruitment and Admissions teams are there to assist you with any admission questions. 

Be sure to check your Application Checklist regularly by logging into Online Self-Service.  Specific questions regarding your application can be directed to your Admissions Officer or

For other updates regarding Kwantlen Polytechnic University's response to the novel coronavirus, visit Novel Coronavirus Update.