Back to School Season


By Whitney Sharp

With back to school right around the corner, many students are getting ready for the next chapter in their educational endeavours: post-secondary studies. The benefits of a post-secondary education are proven—Statistics Canada reports show that those with some form of post-secondary education or training have a reduced risk of unemployment, and higher lifetime earnings. But while heading off to university is an exciting time, it can be overwhelming and bring a great deal of change.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) supports students throughout their academic journey with a range of services including advising, counselling, and a unique transition program to help new students adjust to university life.

Needing some help with course selection, planning, and scheduling? Academic advising is available for new and current students at KPU. Advisers can assist with course planning to ensure you meet prerequisites, program and graduation requirements, and can help you work towards your academic and career goals.

Looking for someone to talk to? KPU provides free personal and academic counselling services for all current students. Attend career seminars, discuss career options and the transition from school to employment, make individual appointments, or get referrals to additional counselling supports.

Want to boost your grades, and your study skills? Each KPU campus has a learning centre where all students are able to access print and online resources, one-on-one and small group tutoring, and a variety of workshops and consultations. Peer coaching and international peer coaching is also available through the learning centres. Coaches can provide encouragement, and help develop personalized academic plans.

Starting at the university for the first time? KPU’s unique transition program, It’s About U, is here to make the transition as easy as possible and set you up for success. Presented by the university’s learning centres, It’s About U is a free, two-day transition program to help students who are new to KPU (or returning after an absence) prepare for university. Taking place on Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28 at the KPU Surrey campus, the program is designed to help learners develop study skills and strategies like time management, note taking, and exam preparation, while increasing confidence. Meet other students, get to know faculty, explore the campus, and ask questions. The program features presentations on learning from lectures and textbooks, transforming the learning experience, maintaining momentum in your studies, and much more.

Since first opening its doors more than 30 years ago, over 250,000 students have selected the university as the place to study, learn, and work towards their goals. For more information about everything Kwantlen Polytechnic University has to offer, visit