Thompson Rivers University

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

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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 offers 140 on-campus programs and another 60 programs through its Open Learning division. They range from apprenticeships and certificates to bachelor’s, law and master’s degrees. A laddering system allows students to move from certificate and diploma programs to degrees. More than 15,000 students study on campus, and more than 17,000 study online—more than 2,000 students do both.

“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 some can participate in undergraduate research even before they reach higher-level classes.

TRU’s main 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 in 2018 and the $37-million Chappell Family Building for Nursing and Population Health opened last year. TRU plans to convert a former ginseng processing warehouse into an early childhood education centre, complete with a non-profit daycare, as well as research and teaching spaces. A second, close-knit campus is located in Williams Lake, B.C. The campuses welcome a diverse student population that is 10 per cent Indigenous and 21 per cent international.

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Standout Programs
General Studies: This online program is highly customizable and has zero textbook costs; students’ previous work or industry training may be considered for credit.
• Nursing: This program prepares students for work in institutional, community and international settings, caring for people with diverse backgrounds and needs.
• Software Engineering: Students gain technical knowledge and skills as they learn to apply engineering principles to computer software. The program includes two required co-op terms.

Cool Courses
The Sociology of Popular Culture: Explore sociological issues associated with popular culture, including unequal consumption and representations of inequality.
Managing Festivals and Events: Develop organizational and business skills to manage a community celebration, including raising funds and developing themes.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
High school diploma; some programs require specific courses and higher grades
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 9,858 · Part-time: 8,685
Graduates: Full-time: 600 · Part-time: 208
International Students: First-year: 36% ·
Graduate: 63.3%
Male-Female Ratio: 47 to 53
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 1,157 (normally 1,308 with approx. 500 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room without meals: $5,310 · Apartment-style: $5,600 to $8,900

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