Douglas College

Douglas College | New Westminster, B.C. | Founded 1970

(Courtesy of Jerald Walliser/Douglas College)

Douglas College’s namesake is Sir James Douglas, a man of mixed race who was born in 1803 and who became British Columbia’s first governor. The college emphasizes inclusivity and support for students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Douglas offers 13 bachelor’s degrees as well as certificate, diploma and post-degree programs to nearly 25,000 students each year. More than 4,200 students from more than 92 countries attend the college. Douglas’s main campuses are in New Westminster and Coquitlam; training centres serve students in Surrey, Burnaby and Maple Ridge.

The school positions itself as an excellent place to begin a university education. Students can complete two years of their degree at Douglas, taking advantage of the college’s smaller class sizes, and then transfer to a university. Douglas also offers a degree program that lets students study simultaneously at the college and Simon Fraser University.

Douglas College aims to provide the educational breadth of a traditional academic university alongside the applied-skills training of a college. The school mainly focuses on experiential learning, tailoring each program to offer practical opportunities in co-ops, job shadowing, internships, community projects and applied research with its partner organizations.

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Douglas unveiled a new coat of arms in 2020. Carrielynn Victor, a local Coast Salish artist, created it.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $3,371-$4,941 $3,371 $3,371 $4,025 No

Cool options

  • Psychiatric Nursing: Students work to qualify as registered psychiatric nurses. This bachelor of science degree includes practicums and work placements.
  • Dispensing Opticianry: Students prepare for a career in modern opticianry. They gain clinical experience by working with real clients in Douglas’s Vision Centre.
  • Geological Resources: Graduates of this program can go straight to work in mining and mineral exploration as geological technicians, or continue on to complete a university degree.

Popular Programs

  • Associate of Arts Degree
  • Associate of Science Degree 
  • Criminology Diploma 
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Psychology

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