Record enrolment this fall at KPU

Thu, Sep 12, 2013

Record enrollment this Fall at KPU

Metro Vancouver, BC – The numbers are in, and they're better than ever.

This fall, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has the largest number of students enrolled in the institution's 30-year history, with 14,382 students (as of September 9) attending classes this semester. The total number of students is several hundred higher when compared with the start of the fall 2012 term, with increased enrolments of both domestic and international students.

"KPU's importance to the region increases along with its enrolments. We are proud to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of our communities," says KPU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Davis.

In addition to overall growth, KPU has seen notable increases in specific areas, as compared with fall 2012 numbers:

  • The 1,357 international students studying at KPU this fall is up by close to 12% compared with last year's start of semester figures
  • Students enrolled in online classes is up by 24%
  • The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology is welcoming its first 24 students this semester
  • 10% more students have enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
  • Students seeking a Certificate in Special Education Teaching is up 23%
  • Those studying offsite – for work experience, clinical experience, practicum – is up 30%, with 407 students out learning in the community
  • The School of Business's largest program – Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting – has over 8% increased enrolment
  • Enrolment in the Faculty of Arts is up 7%
  • English has the highest enrolment out of all Arts departments with 2,231 students
  • Criminology enrolment is up 26% compared with last year
  • Students taking courses in Science and Horticulture is up 4%

*Note: Unless specified, figures for fall 2012 are taken at the end of the fall semester, while figures for the 2013 fall semester are current as of September 9.

For more information about KPU programs and course offerings, check out the university's 2013-2014 academic calendar.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Learn more at


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