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Whatever they need, KPU will get your daughter or son job-ready and prepared for success.

  • Whatever they need, KPU will get your daughter or son job-ready and prepared for success.

  • 90+ per cent of our students find work in their chosen field within a year of completing their program

  • Opting to stay local can make the transition to university easier. Student can easily visit the campus in person and drop-in to meet with an advisor before they begin their studies.

  • Staying closer to home can make the cost of post secondary much easier too. Eliminating expenses, like moving and living in residence can also mean eliminating extra stress.

Parents & Supporters

KPU offers a wide range of academic and trades programs, including Accounting, Fine Arts, Sustainable Agriculture and Automotive to name a few. Students find meaningful employment thanks to KPU's recognized reputation with employers.

That reputation starts with our instructors. Many of them work or have worked in their field of study, giving your daughter or son the opportunity to network with working professionals and learn about the range of career opportunities available in that field.

Beyond the classroom, co-op education allows students to gain relevant, professional work experience and confidently apply their skills, knowledge, and critical thinking in a practical way, all while earning money and meet industry contacts.

Find out more about why your daughter or son should study at KPU, how they become a KPU student, financial aid, and the incredible programs that make KPU the place where thought meets action.

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Why Study at KPU?

As Canada's only polytechnic university, we're dedicated to ensuring your child get a wealth of hands-on experience that enhances their education. Dozens of our programs offer multiple opportunities for experiential learning including:

  • Practicums
  • Applied research
  • Field schools
  • Co-operative education
  • On-campus studios and labs

Students can take courses full-time or part-time with classes in the morning, afternoon or evening. Some online courses are also available. A maximum of 35 students per class allows students to connect one-on-one with our expert faculty. Plus, programs at KPU recognize previous education within BC and around the world. Learn more about Transfer Options with KPU.

And whether they’re learning online or on campus, we’re here to ensure your child's safety and well-being. A range of services are available—in person and online—to support them with their emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical well-being and assist them as they work towards their academic, career, and personal goals.

Who Studies at KPU?

A KPU student is someone who wants more out of their post-secondary education. They don't want to be confined by a lecture hall or textbook. They want to be applying the skills they've learned to real-world situations to gain the experience they know employers look for.

Whether your child has a eye for design, a head for business, or a desire to help others, they can pursue a wide range of disciplines at KPU. From the social sciences to laboratory science to farrier science, KPU offers academic and trades programs, including preparatory, vocational, undergraduate and graduate, that they won't find at a traditional university.

So who are KPU students? They're passionate, curious, and want a university that will help them find a rewarding career.

Need More Info?

Is your child interested in a program, but still not sure? Learn more about programs, courses, fees and how to apply by attending an Information Session.

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Investing in Your Child

We want you to have all the information about the cost of your child's post-secondary education, before they begin. KPU's tuition rates are affordable and competitive with other post-secondary institutions.

Our online tuition estimator can help you calculate the approximate costs for their specific situation and provides a full breakdown of fees. Tuition and student fees are calculated based on their specific program and courses, and how many classes (or credits) they’re taking each term.

While a post-secondary education is an investment in your child and their future, it shouldn't break the bank.

We’re proud to offer a range of scholarships, awards, bursaries, and financial assistance to all students studying at KPU. We offer almost $2 million in scholarships annually, with $265,000 set aside for new KPU students.

We’re also proud to be the first institution in Canada to offer courses with zero textbook costs, providing an alternative to buying expensive books every semester.

Your child can also earn while they learn through co-operative education. Co-op is a paid-work experience that allows students to get a taste of their profession before they graduate, while making valuable industry connections, and discovering the wealth of possibilities ahead. Why wait to start a career?


Becoming A KPU Student

Becoming A KPU Student

The steps your student must take to become a KPU student:

  1. Choose a program
  2. Understand the entrance requirements and deadlines
  3. Apply to KPU
  4. Submit documents
  5. Accept an admission offer; what to expect
  6. Register for courses
  7. Pay for tuition

If your student needs help applying, the Future Students’ Office is here to help. Connect with us by email, call us at 604.599.3030, or come by for drop-ins.

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Dual Credit

KPU has partnered with several local school districts to create the Dual Credit program. It allows high school students to take one (or more) university level course(s) during their grade 12 year.

These credits can be applied towards post secondary education and for high school graduation requirements. Application and student fees are waived and for select courses, tuition may be paid by the school district.

Learn more about Dual Credit


  • Student Life

    A university experience goes beyond the classroom. Whether your daughter or son wants to volunteer, apply for a part-time job, or just needs a place to hang out with friends, KPU is here to make their university experience unique. Learn more about student life at KPU, including clubs and how students can get involved!

  • Sport and Recreation

    The well-being of all students is important. That's why KPU has fitness centres on multiple campuses and a gymnasium at KPU Surrey. Students can drop in for classes like yoga, strength training, and dance, or sign up for an intramural league or tournament with friends.

  • Events and Orientation

    Going to university is an exciting time but it can also be overwhelming. Orientation is a fun day on campus before classes start to get students comfortable with their new surroundings. They'll spend time connecting with other students and staff, exploring classrooms and amenities, and discover everything KPU has to offer.

    And the fun doesn't stop there. From open houses and discovery days to campus tours and info session, there's lots of events happening on campus.

  • Student Services

    The well-being of all students is important. That's why KPU has fitness centres on multiple campuses and a gymnasium at KPU Surrey. Students can drop in for classes like yoga, strength training, and dance, or sign up for an intramural league or tournament with friends.

    At KPU we're here to support your daughter or son. Our student services are available to assist and support them as they work towards theirr academic, professional, and personal goals. From Indigenous Services for Students and Multi-Faith Centres to the Career Development Centre and the inter-campus shuttle, we’ve got them covered.