Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University | Kamloops, B.C. | Founded 1970


Thompson Rivers University Campus

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 14,000 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. Two years ago, the Old Main building was renovated, including a 45,000-sq.-foot addition. Student Street, located in Old Main, is a hub of student services, including a student employment centre, lounge, wellness centre, fine arts gallery and theatre. The campus welcomes a diverse student population that is 10 per cent Aboriginal and more than 10 per cent international.

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Standout Programs

Nursing: Provides hands-on learning in community, institutional and international settings; the program received the highest level of accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

Adventure Studies: One of the university’s most popular programs, students earn academic credits while paddling a kayak, trekking through backcountry and heli-skiing.

Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology: This B.Sc. focuses on biology at the smallest scale and leads to research in a variety of fields from bioengineering to veterinary medicine; provides mentorship and research opportunities.

Cool Courses

Tropical Field Studies in Natural Resources: This international field course sends students to a tropical country, such as Belize, to study the issues, approaches, and people involved with natural resource management.

Biomedical Ethics: Investigates various ethical issues related to the health sciences, from genetic engineering to organ donation. In lieu of papers, hands-on projects apply theory to current issues through community outreach.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces
High school diploma; 73% in Grade 12 English; some programs require specific courses and higher grades $5,246 Full-time: 7,725
Part-time: 6,367
874 (574 reserved for first years)

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