Coast Mountain College

Coast Mountain College | Terrace, B.C. | Founded 1975

Coast Mountain College students on a canoe

Coast Mountain College

Tucked away in the coastal mountains of British Columbia, near the Great Bear Rainforest, Coast Mountain College provides its communities with innovative programs and experiential, place-based education. Formerly known as Northwest Community College, the school has six regional campuses in Hazelton, Masset, Village of Queen Charlotte, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace.

With strong ties to the local First Nations communities, Coast Mountain emphasizes Indigenous programming; the college’s student body is made up of 56 per cent self-identified Indigenous students. The First Nations fine arts program at Coast Mountain is the only one of its kind in Canada where artists focus on the northern style of West Coast First Nations art.

Intensive spring and summer field schools condense a full semester of learning into a few weeks. One field school session explores criminal justice; students work alongside members of the RCMP as they investigate a crime using forensic studies and participate in a court-based mock trial. Another, “Icefields to Oceans,” sees students examine the geography of northern B.C. and Alaska, in part through a 12-14 day field trip to mines and glaciers.

Coast Mountain offers a wide range of certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, trades, apprenticeships, and upgrading programs. Adventurous students can take advantage of international partnerships to study abroad.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students) $3,200-$12,794 $2,850- $12,113 $1,948-$8,969 $2,565-$10,901 Yes

Cool Options

  • Applied Coastal Ecology: This program combines biology, chemistry and geography with practical skills in salmon management, stream habitat restoration and rainforest ecology.
  • Business (post-degree): This program teaches the skills to deliver a product or service based on a student’s undergraduate education.
  • First Nations Fine Art: The Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art offers programs focusing on traditional First Nations Pacific Northwest Coast art.

Popular Programs

  • Business
  • University Transfer and Field Schools
  • Access Programs and Foundational Learning
  • Dual Credit Trades Training (for high school students)
  • Health Care Assistant

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