Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University | Kamloops, B.C. | Founded 1970

Thompson Rivers University students

THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY

TRU offers a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs and is profiled in both the Maclean’s Universities Guidebook and the Maclean’s Colleges Guide. To learn more about the school’s degree programs, see the Universities Guidebook profile.

The main campus of Thompson Rivers University (TRU), in Kamloops, has spectacular views of the North and South Thompson River valleys. A plan is underway to develop a university village within the 250-hectare campus, complete with shopping, dining, residential developments, outdoor meeting spaces and other features.

TRU also has a campus in Williams Lake, along with regional centres in Ashcroft/Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, Barriere, Clearwater and Lillooet/Lytton. The school offers more than 140 programs ranging from trades and technical courses to undergraduate degrees and master’s programs. TRU is also home to the B.C. Centre for Open Learning, which offers 60 online programs.

This fall, the school’s new $37.2-million Nursing and Population Health Building opened its doors to its first students. The building includes state-of-the-art equipment and spaces that simulate home-care and hospital environments. In 2018, TRU opened the 57,000-sq.-foot, $30-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre, which, along with the Trades and Technology building, houses the school’s trade and technology programs.

Thompson Rivers University’s student population is eight per cent Indigenous; more than 30 per cent are international students. The university’s varsity athletics teams, known as the WolfPack, compete in basketball, curling, volleyball and other sports.

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Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Large $5,373-$7,469 $4,512-$7,962 $4,310-$5,373 $5,373 Yes

Cool Options

  • Online Teaching and Learning: Teachers and instructors prepare to effectively incorporate technology in both online and face-to-face classes.
  • Nursing: Students prepare for patients with varying health concerns and diverse social and economic backgrounds. The program is committed to global health and has international learning opportunities.
  • Respiratory Therapy: Students learn to diagnose, treat and care for patients with a wide range of breathing-related problems and can get a dual credential RT diploma and a bachelor’s degree in health science.

Popular Programs

  • Arts General
  • Business Administration
  • General Science
  • Health Science
  • Computing Science

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