In 2005, Kwantland University College began campaigning at the municipal and provincial levels to persuade elected officials and major community leaders to support its efforts to become a university. The removal of "academy" from the official name will require the approval of the British Columbia government. Regarding the university status, the administrators of Guantron claimed that changing to Guantron University will:
Enhance Kwantlen's ability to help British Columbia become the most educated and most literate jurisdiction in North America; and
It brings multiple benefits to the fastest-growing regions of British Columbia and helps British Columbia achieve long-term growth and prosperity.
In 2007, Murray Coell, Senior Minister of Education and Minister for Research and Technology, together with Special Counsel Geoff Plant released the 2020 Campus Report, which recommended that Kentlen University College become the University of Kentron.
On April 22, 2008, British Columbia Governor Gordon Campbell announced that Kentlen would become Kent University of Ethics and Engineering. On April 22, 2008, the provincial government announced its intention to amend the "University Law" to make Kentrun a polytechnic university in recognition of its "versatility in providing academic, trade and horticultural training." On May 29, 2008, the bill changed the name of university college to university, which was approved by the royal family.
By 2017, the university agreed to lease space for a private high school designed to educate mainland Chinese citizens who intend to enter the Western university system.