Okanagan College

Okanagan College | Kelowna, B.C. | Founded 1963

Okanagan College students in a trades workshop

Okanagan trades workshop. (Ed White/Okanagan College)

Serving the beautiful Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen valleys, Okanagan College is one of the largest colleges in British Columbia. The school boasts campuses in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna. It delivers more than 130 programs to almost 20,000 students. Approximately 20 per cent of full-time students are international in origin.

The college offers a variety of university transfer, health, engineering technologies, trades, vocational, adult basic education and continuing studies programs. It also provides two baccalaureate degrees: business administration and computer information systems. Okanagan College has one of the best pass rates in the country for the Red Seal program, which assesses apprentices.

One of the college’s unique programs is a two-year water-engineering technology diploma program, which blends chemical and civil engineering technology with water-focused environmental studies. Students who wish to pursue a science degree can get credit for their studies at a number of universities. Diploma programs added in recent years include sustainable construction management technologies and animation.

The Penticton campus is home to a growing suite of wine- and grape-focused programs; many graduates of these programs work in the region’s wine industry. The school also researches and analyzes generational differences in B.C. wine purchases.


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) $4,385-$5,510 $4,255-$4,883 $2,505-$3,573 $3,572-$5,510 Yes

Cool Options

  • Tourism Management: Tourism is one of the biggest growth sectors in British Columbia. Work-integrated learning, including a winter co-op component, is a vital part of the experience.
  • Human Service Work: This two-year diploma program prepares students to serve as support workers for young people, children or people with developmental disabilities.
  • Pastry Art: This certificate program focuses on the skills needed to become a professional baker and to take advantage of the farm-to-table opportunities afforded by the Okanagan region. 

Popular Programs

  • Adult Academic and Career Preparation
  • Associate of Arts
  • Business Administration Diploma
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Associate of Science

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