Okanagan College

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

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Serving the beautiful Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen valleys, Okanagan College boasts campuses in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna. It delivers more than 150 programs to nearly 20,000 students. Approximately 10 per cent of students are Indigenous and around 10 per cent 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. The 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. 

In fall 2021, Okanagan College will welcome students into its new applied bachelor of arts degree in community research and evaluation, as well as the new common first-year engineering (CFYE) program. Meanwhile, the School of Business will welcome students into a new experiential entrepreneurship program in fall 2022.

In 2021, Okanagan completed construction on a new $18-million Health Sciences Centre at its Kelowna campus. The Penticton campus is home to a growing suite of wine and grape programs, and 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) $4,732 $3,939-$7,337 $2,700-$5,969 $2,725-$4,699 Yes

Cool options

  • Health-Care Information Systems: Students explore how information is collected and managed across health-care organizations, as well as how health-care information systems are implemented and managed.
  • Epidemiology and Health Analytics:  This course breaks down the basics of epidemiology and explores its impact on society as a whole. Students will cover topics ranging from epidemiology theories to statistical methods in epidemiological research.

Popular Programs

  • The Applied Bachelor of Arts: 
  • Community Research and Evaluation
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in 
  • Health Analytics 
  • Bachelor of Business Administration 

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