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 diploma programs, see the Colleges Guide profile.
Thompson Rivers University’s evolution has been remarkable. Founded in 1970 as Cariboo College, it didn’t have its own campus in its first year of operation. Today, it’s a full-ﬂedged university. TRU offers 160 on-campus programs—and another approximately 60 programs through its Open Learning division—ranging from apprenticeships and certificates to bachelor’s, law and master’s degrees. A laddering system allows for transition from certificate and diploma programs to degrees. With more than 15,000 students being educated on campus and more than 12,000 taking distance and online courses via Open Learning, it’s the third-largest university in B.C.
“At TRU we believe education comes through many paths. From our unique mix of programs, available on campus and online, whether academics or trades, students will find a university like no other,” says president Brett Fairbairn. Students benefit from small class sizes and can participate in research projects even before they reach higher-level classes.
The campus is flanked by 40 km of pine-shaded hiking trails and is a short drive from ski hills and lakes. The Old Main building is a hub of student services, including a student employment centre, lounge, wellness centre, fine arts gallery and theatre. The $30-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre opened last year and construction is under way on a $31-million Nursing and Population Health building. The campus welcomes a diverse student population that is 10 per cent Indigenous and more than 10 per cent international.
• Education (Secondary) STEM: Students in this intensive one-year B.Ed. program learn methods that connect STEM subject matter (science, technology, engineering and math) to a real-world context.
• Tourism Management: Courses blend theory with practical experiences; students can choose to concentrate in adventure studies, festivals and events, innovation and entrepreneurship, or resort experience.
• Software Engineering: Features project-based learning and co-op work terms; a one-year design capstone project delivers in-depth experiential learning.
• Economics of Climate Change: This course tackles climate change from the perspective of policies that have been developed to address it. Students explore the science and economics of climate change.
• Engineering Graphics: Using computers and CAD software, students tackle orthographic projection, technical sketching, and engineering graphic standards and conventions.
Minimum Entering Grades
High school diploma; some programs require specific courses and higher grades
Undergraduates: Full-time: 8,196 · Part-time: 7,921
Graduates: Full-time: 215 · Part-time: 459
International Students: First-year: 35.1% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
1,072 (approx. 570 reserved for first-year students)
Apartment-style: $5,050 to $8,650