This school’s namesake is the father of modern British Columbia, Sir James Douglas. A testament to the power of education and perseverance, Douglas—illegitimate, mixed-race, and born in a rough area—climbed the corporate and political ladder to become B.C.’s first governor. In his spirit, the college emphasizes inclusivity and support for students from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Douglas is one of the largest colleges in B.C., offering 11 bachelor degrees, as well as certificates, diplomas, and post-degree programs for nearly 24,000 students each year, including more than 3,000 international students from 90 countries. Douglas’s main campuses are in New Westminster and Coquitlam, with its training centre in Surrey.
The school positions itself as an excellent place to begin a university education. Students can complete two years of their degree at Douglas, which offers smaller class sizes, and then transfer to a university like McGill or UBC. They also offer a degree program where students study at the college and Simon Fraser University simultaneously.
Douglas aims to provide the educational breadth and depth of a traditional academic university as well as the applied skills training of a college. Experiential learning is a central focus for Douglas, with diverse opportunities that vary by program, but include co-operative education, job shadowing, internships, community projects and applied research with partner organizations.
|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)||$3,989-$7,736||$3,989-$5,163||$3,989||$4,607-$5,673||No|
• Therapeutic Recreation: Students learn to plan activities—from crafts to sports to outings—for individuals with barriers to enjoyment. Lessons are applied through placements and community projects.
• Dispensing Opticianry: This diploma covers all areas of modern opticianry, including eyeglasses, contact lenses and refraction technologies.
• Geological Resources: Students learn the skills needed to work in mining and mineral exploration, participating in two hands-on fieldwork components along with visits to mines and exploration sites.
• Associate of Arts
• Associate of Science