Thompson Rivers University

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

Thompson Rivers University students


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.

Students are welcomed to Thompson Rivers University’s (TRU) main campus in Kamloops with spectacular views of the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers. The 250-hectare campus includes a university village complete with shopping, dining, residential developments, outdoor meeting spaces and other features.

TRU’s secondary campus is in Williams Lake. Regional centres are in Ashcroft and Cache Creek, Barriere, Clearwater, 100 Mile House, and Lillooet and Lytton. TRU 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 has 60 online programs.

The school’s $37.2-million Chappell Family Building for Nursing and Population Health opened its doors to its first students in September 2020. 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 $5,475-$7,612 $4,627-$8,116 $4,392-$5,475 $5,475 Yes

Cool options

  • Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning: Students explore the changing trends in teaching by learning how to adopt new teaching technologies and manage online classrooms.
  • Animal Health Technology Diploma: Students work alongside veterinarians and veterinary scientists to develop skills in treating livestock, wildlife and birds. The program covers topics ranging from diagnostic testing and radiography to animal nursing and surgical assistance. 
  • Tourism Management: Taught by industry experts, the program covers trends and best practices in tourism management.

Popular Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Computing Science 
  • Health Science

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