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 boasts campuses in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna. It delivers more than 130 programs to almost 20,000 students. Approximately 10 per cent of full-time students are from outside Canada.

The college offers various university transfer, health, engineering technology, trade, vocational, adult basic education and continuing studies programs. It also provides two bachelor’s degrees—business administration and computer information systems—along with four post-baccalaureate diplomas. Okanagan College has one of the best pass rates in the country for the Red Seal program, which assesses apprentices. 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.

This past summer, the college announced a Memorandum of Understanding with the Westbank First Nation. The memorandum outlines seven ways the two will collaborate on projects and programs that will benefit learners from the Westbank community.

In 2018, Okanagan broke ground on the $18-million Health Sciences Centre at its Kelowna campus. The Penticton campus is home to a growing suite of wine and grape programs; many graduates work in the region’s wine industry. 

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) $4,473-$5,620 $4,340-$4,981 $2,555-$3,644 $3,643-$5,620 Yes

Cool Options

  • Water Engineering Technology: Blending chemical and civil engineering with water-focused environmental studies, this diploma prepares students for careers in microbiology, environmental monitoring, wastewater operations and more.
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing: Students learn all the technical aspects of car repair, as well as estimating, business management and entrepreneurship.
  • Common First-Year Engineering: Students develop a basic knowledge of engineering and may transfer later into second-year university engineering studies.

Popular Programs

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

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