Selkirk College

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

Selkirk College Canoe Trip

Outdoor enthusiasts will love Selkirk’s setting. The West Kootenay region offers mountain trails, rock climbing and water activities such as kayaking, fishing and paddle boarding. Red Mountain and Whitewater ski hills are 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 offers more than 60 associate degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Its main campus is in Castlegar. The college has three campuses in Nelson, another in Trail and three learning centres in Grand Forks, Kaslo and Nakusp. The Tenth Street campus in Nelson offers dorm-style residences, while single-room, suite-style accommodations are available at Castlegar. 

The trades-based Silver King campus in Nelson completed a $22-million refresh last year; it features modern shop spaces, a new Student Commons Building and a new hair salon where students in the hairstylist program can get real-world experience. Selkirk has received more than $1 million from the B.C. government to create a child care centre on the Silver King campus. 

Selkirk is home to the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute and the Geospatial Research Centre. Its Applied Research and Innovation Centre has produced millions in funding for rural research and has helped make Selkirk a leader in this field for rural colleges of similar sizes.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students) $4,790-$5,540 $1,985-$7,860 $520-$6,425 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

  • Associate of Arts
  • Nursing
  • Carpentry Apprenticeship
  • Electrical Apprenticeship
  • Associate of Science

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