Thompson Rivers University’s evolution has been remarkable. Founded in 1970 as Cariboo College, it didn’t have its own campus in its first year of operation. Today, it’s a full-ﬂedged university. TRU offers 140 on-campus programs—and approximately another 60 programs through its Open Learning division—ranging from apprenticeships and certificates to bachelor, law and master’s degrees. A laddering system allows for transition from certificate and diploma programs to degrees. With more than 15,000 students being educated on campus and nearly 13,000 taking distance and online courses via TRU-Open Learning, it’s the third-largest university in B.C. “We think we’ve got something special here,” says president Alan Shaver. “It’s got the potential to be what I call the ﬁrst modern university in Canada, with the combination of on-campus and online learning.” The main campus in Kamloops is close to Kenna Cartwright Park and its 40 km of nature trails. Student Street, located in the renovated Old Main building, is a hub of student services, including a student employment centre, lounge, wellness centre, ﬁne arts gallery and theatre. In 2017, the university will break ground on a $30-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre. The campus welcomes a diverse student population that is 10 per cent Aboriginal and more than 10 per cent international.
• Adventure Studies: One of the university’s most popular programs, students earn academic credits while paddling a kayak, trekking through backcountry and heli-skiing.
• Tourism Management: Students can specialize in fields from adventure studies to festivals and events, and have the option to earn tourism degrees in Canada and Europe.
• Natural Resource Science: The program promotes in-depth understanding of conservation ecology and biology, as well as sector-specific resource management. Field experiences and research connect science with economic and industrial concepts.
• Special Topics in Tourism: Students develop a deeper understanding of the hotel industry while enhancing their interpersonal skills. The 2016 course included a field trip to Vancouver to present and defend a hotel concept to industry professionals.
• Directed Studies in Business Administration: Working independently or in teams, students put theory into action as they strive to improve operations at a local non-profit organization.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Number of students||Residence spaces|
|High school diploma; 73% in Grade 12 English; some programs require specific courses and higher grades||$5,232||Undergraduates: 15,444
|872 (570 reserved for first years)|