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There's A Place For You @ KPU
Finding the right university and the right program can be kind of scary. Here at the Future Students' Office (FSO), we get that.
As a future student, you probably have lots of questions and concerns about post secondary. Don't worry. We're here to support you and make your journey to KPU as easy as possible, all while helping you discover what is possible.
Find out more about why you should study at KPU, how to apply, financial aid, and the incredible programs that make KPU the place where thought meets action.
Resources and Information
For Mature Learners
Whether you've decided to advance your current role, switch professions, learn a new skill or finish your credential, it's never too late to invest or reinvent yourself.
For Parents and Supporters
Like any parent or guardian, you want the best for your child. Discover What is Possible for your child at KPU.
For Counsellors and Career Educators
We're here to support students making the transition from high school to post-secondary with the information, resources, and encouragement they need.
For Community Partners and Agencies
KPU has many short-term programs and upgrading options to help further anyone's career. Learn more.
Studying at KPU
Becoming A KPU Student
Ready to start your post-secondary journey?
If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, please visit KPU International for assistance.
For students who self-identify as an Indigenous person. Learn about Indigenous Services for Students and support at KPU
Dual Credit and Concurrent Studies
The Dual Credit program is an excellent opportunity to help you transition from high school to university while earning both high school graduation and university credits.
Prior Learning and Work Experience
Whether you're transferring from another college or university, a mature student who needs support from KPU COMPLETE to make a smooth transition into post-secondary or looking for recognition for work, training, or other experiences outside a formal post-secondary education system, you've got options.
Are you looking for fun events for future students? Want to attend an info session? You can find all of this and more in our events calendar.
It's your online destination for live broadcasts, informative webinars, upcoming future student events, and a place for you to Discover What is Possible at KPU.
Upcoming Information Sessions
Over 90% of our students find work in their chosen field within a year of completing their program
A maximum of 35 students per class allows you to transition nicely into university studies and connect one-on-one with our expert faculty.
Connect with industry experts, gain hands-on experience, and build the confidence you need to lead and succeed.
Why Study at KPU?
Did you know, approximately 80% of KPU's undergraduate credential programs offer work-integrated learning opportunities, allowing you to explore your field in new ways while developing valuable skills.
As a polytechnic university, we're dedicated to ensuring you get a wealth of hands-on experience that enhances your education. Dozens of our programs offer multiple opportunities for experiential learning including:
- Applied research
- Field schools
- Co-operative education
- On-campus studios and labs
Plus, our growing university, with five interconnected campuses, gives you a one-of-a-kind educational experience in your own community, making your transition to post-secondary easier.
And whether you’re learning online or on campus, we’re here to ensure your safety and well-being. A range of services are available—in person and online—to support you with your emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical well-being and assist you as you work towards your academic, career, and personal goals.
Want to have a look around?
Campus tours are offered regularly at our Surrey, Richmond, Cloverdale, and Langley campuses.
Register today to visit our facilities, classrooms, and labs, and get familiar with a KPU campus. Your tour will be led by a current KPU student who is excited to share their knowledge and experience with you.
Who Studies at KPU?
A KPU student is someone who wants more out of their post-secondary education than just textbooks and lecture halls. If you want to learn through hands-on instruction, gain experience in the real world, and build connections to industry employers, you'll fit right in at KPU.
Whether you have a eye for design, a head for business, or a desire to help others, you 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 you won't find at a traditional university.
Do you self-identify as Indigenous?
Learn about Indigenous Services for Students at KPU.
Invest in Yourself
We want you to have all the information about the cost of your education, before you 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 your specific situation and provides a full breakdown of fees. Tuition and student fees are calculated based on your specific program and courses, and how many classes (or credits) you’re taking each term.
While your education is an investment in you and your 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 you an alternative to buying expensive books every semester.
You can also earn while you 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 your career?
Becoming A KPU Student
Whether you're taking graduate, undergraduate, vocational or preparatory studies, when you're ready to apply to KPU, you'll need to satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
- I am currently in high school but will graduate before starting my studies at KPU.
- I have graduated from high school.
- I have completed 24 or more credits from another college/university.
- I have not graduated from high school nor attended college/university, but am over 19 years of age.
- I am attending another college/university but wish to take a semester or two at KPU to transfer back to my current institution.
- I am a high school student and wish to attend KPU concurrently while completing high school.
A detailed descriptions of each category can be found in the Applicant Categories section of KPU's University Calendar.
If none of these applicant categories describes you, you may wish to consider enrolling as a General Interest student.
Want to get involved with Future Students' Office?
Are you looking for a fun and rewarding way to make the most of your university experience? We're looking for enthusiastic, outgoing, quick-thinking, service orientated, and creative problem solvers to join our team of Student Ambassador.
As a Student Ambassador, you're an integral part of the Future Students' Office. You'll help us share the KPU student experience with prospective students, their parents and attendees at on-campus and community events. This is your chance to meet lots of people, make new friends, and build the kind of student community that you want.
Student Ambassadors gain practical paid work experience, performing student engagement, recruitment and branding tasks, including conducting informative campus tours for prospective students, assisting with event planning, setup, coordination and logistics, and engaging with prospective students at events, on social media, and in email and telephone communications.
This opportunity is available to current KPU students in good academic standing, with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Plus, you'll need to be available for shifts at any campus or community event and work evenings and weekends as needed. We give preference to candidates who have access to a reliable vehicle and candidates who speak a second language.
If you're interested in becoming a Student Ambassador, contact the Future Students' Office for more information about this role.
Your university experience goes beyond the classroom. Whether you want to volunteer, apply for a part-time job, or just need a place to hang out with friends, we're here to make your university experience uniquely you. Learn more about student life at KPU including clubs and how you can get involved!
KPU is part of a vibrant and diverse international network that prepares students for global success. Find out more about the various study abroad opportunities available to students at KPU.
Sport and Recreation
Take a study break and get moving! KPU has fitness centres on multiple campuses and a gymnasium at KPU Surrey. Drop in for classes like yoga, strength training, and dance, or sign up for an intramural league or tournament with friends.
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 you comfortable with your new surroundings. You'll spend time connecting with other students and staff, exploring classrooms and amenities, and discover everything KPU has to offer.