Douglas College

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

Douglas College Anvil office tower

One of the many student spaces in the Anvil Office Tower, an extension of the New Westminster Campus, opened in 2018. (David Denofreo/Douglas College)

Douglas College’s namesake is Sir James Douglas, who has been called the “Father of British Columbia.” A testament to the power of education and perseverance, Douglas—an illegitimate, mixed-race child born in 1803—became B.C.’s first governor. In this 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. It offers 13 bachelor’s degrees, as well as certificates, diplomas and post-degree programs to nearly 25,000 students each year, including more than 4,200 international students from 92 countries. Douglas’s main campuses are in New Westminster and Coquitlam, with training centres in Surrey and Burnaby.

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. It also offers a degree program where students study at Douglas and Simon Fraser University simultaneously.

Douglas aims to provide the educational breadth of a traditional academic university alongside the applied skills training of a college. The school puts a central focus on experiential learning, tailoring each program to  offer diverse practical opportunities such as co-ops, 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) $3,240-$4,750 $3,240 $3,240 $3,870 No

Cool Options

  • Business Administration in Management: Students study business skills like accounting and marketing, and management topics such as human resources and ethical decision-making.
  • Engineering and Fabrication Technology: This program offers course requirements for the first year of a bachelor’s degree in engineering at a university, along with practical skills in design and prototyping.
  • Geological Resources: Students learn the skills to work in mining and mineral exploration, participating in fieldwork and visits to mines and exploration sites.

Popular Programs

  • Science
  • Arts
  • Criminology
  • Business Management
  • Nursing

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