By Whitney Sharp

kpu logoIt might seem like school just started, but for those preparing for post-secondary ventures, it’s already time to start thinking about taking the next steps. What school should I go to? What can I study? How do I apply? The process can be overwhelming. Kwantlen Polytechnic University is here to make the transition to (or back to) post-secondary as smooth as possible, and support you every step of the way—from application to graduation.

Wonder what it’s really like to be a student at KPU? Check out Discovery Day! The full day event is designed specifically for local high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 to experience a day in the life of a KPU student. Join us for a campus tour, activities, and a panel featuring current KPU students. Connect with others, meet our faculty, ask questions, and explore a range of academic and career opportunities. The next discovery day event is happening Friday, November 27 at the KPU Richmond campus.

Post-secondary education is a big investment, but reports from Statistics Canada show that there is a documented relationship between people’s level of education and income—higher the level of education, the higher the income. Those with a post-secondary education also have are reduced risk of unemployment. KPU offers a variety of scholarships, awards, and bursaries for all students based on varying criteria. Applying to the university for the first time? You may be eligible for an entrance scholarship worth $20,000.

Unsure of what courses to take? Want to explore your options? Academic advising is available for all new and current KPU students. Create a plan for success as you work towards your academic and career goals. Advisers can help you plan your courses, ensure you meet any program prerequisites, and help you discover and connect with the range of resources available to you as a student at KPU.

Since first opening its doors more than 30 years ago, over 200,000 students have selected KPU as the place to study, learn, and work towards their goals. The university offers a wide range of programs beginning each semester to better meet your needs and match your schedule with the option to study part time, and select classes available online. Go to school when you’re ready. Applications for Fall 2016 open November 1. For more information about KPU programs or to apply, visit