Selkirk College

Selkirk College | Castlegar, B.C. | Founded 1966

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Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will love Selkirk’s setting. The west Kootenay region of British Columbia has mountain trails and rock climbing along with water activities such as kayaking, fishing and paddleboarding. Two internationally renowned ski hills, Red Mountain and Whitewater, are located just 30 minutes from Selkirk’s campuses in Castlegar and Nelson, respectively. A stunning mountain bike trail system runs through all of Selkirk’s communities.

Selkirk is one of B.C.’s oldest regional colleges, and it offers a comprehensive range of more than 60 associate degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Its main campus is in Castlegar; it also has three campuses in Nelson, another campus in Trail, and three learning centres in Grand Forks, Kaslo and Nakusp. The Tenth Street campus in Nelson offers dorm-style student residences, while single-room, suite-style accommodations are available at Castlegar.

The Silver King campus in Nelson recently underwent a $22-million refresh; it features modern shop spaces and a new Student Commons Building.

Selkirk is home to research hubs: they include the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, which explores how to support rural communities in the region, and the Geospatial Research Centre, which specializes in the study of geospatial technologies to solve environmental and socio-economic issues.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-graduate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students) $10,830-$13,370 $6,280- $10,780 $1,650-$7,160 $1,630-$16,900 Yes

Cool Options

  • Rural Pre-Medicine: This three-year program provides students with an education that is tailored to rural medicine and recommended for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS): This program provides leading-edge training and education for students who want to become GIS experts.
  • Kootenay Studio Arts: Kootenay Studio Arts merged with Selkirk College in 2006. The school provides one-year studio programs in ceramics, jewellery, blacksmithing, bronze casting and textiles.

Popular Programs

  • Nursing
  • Arts
  • Contemporary Music and Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Forest Technology

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