Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will love Selkirk’s setting. The west Kootenay region of British Columbia has mountains with rock climbing and trails, along with water activities like 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 offers a comprehensive range of more than 60 associate degree, diploma, certificate, and apprenticeship programs. Its main campus is in Castlegar, with three additional 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, with modern shop spaces and a new Student Commons Building.
Selkirk is home to a number of research hubs, including the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, which studies how to support rural communities in the region, and the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, which specializes in studying geospatial technologies as solutions to environmental and socio-economic issues.
|Size of school||Tuition (degree)||Tuition (diploma)||Tuition (certificate)||Residence offerings|
|Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)||$3,500||$3,300||$2,400||Yes|
• Rural Pre-Medicine Program: Launched in 2014 to help address the rural doctor shortage across Canada, this three-year advanced diploma program prepares students for a variety of medical careers. Graduates can transfer credits to a bachelor degree or apply directly to medical school.
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program: Through numerous industry partnerships, students get hands-on experience in the geomatics field, studying topics such as global positioning systems, drone data collection, remote sensing and Internet mapping.
• Business Administration
• Contemporary Music and Technology
• Ski Resort Operations & Management
• Forest Technology