Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Individualized Student Supports

Meeting students where they are

Our approachable faculty members offer regular office hours and an open door policy. Students are on a first-name basis with their instructors, and receive guidance and mentorship to support their success and inspire them beyond the classroom. Our caring staff provide a network of services for our diverse student body—domestic and international students, those who are caregivers or working full-time, and students transitioning to university from high school or small communities or their first careers. Whether our students are starting their educational journey in University Preparation or about to defend their master’s thesis, we meet them where they are. Our commitment is simple: to support students to get the most out of university.

Accessible, dedicated faculty

From the classroom or shop floor to research labs and learning in the field, our faculty members make themselves available to students. Small class sizes mean faculty get to know their students by name, share their passion for learning, and provide support when needed.

Our faculty researchers mentor students one-on-one, on projects that apply their learning to solving real-world problems—and often approach their students with suggestions for independent research projects. Students get out in the field, join faculty at conferences, and are guided through the process of writing papers for publication. Just as our students are not faces in a crowd, our faculty are not in an ivory tower—they approach learning hands-on.

A network of student services

Choosing courses sets students on the path to their education goals. Academic advisors (domestic and international) help them choose wisely with info about programs one-on-one, workshops and online tutorials, timetabling and registration.

Physical and mental well-being is key to achieving academic and personal goals. The Wellness Centre offers free classes, workshops and resources, fun stress-busting events and a quiet place to relax or ask questions about health and wellness.

When students need help with academics, career development, or personal growth, the supportive staff at Counselling Services can provide confidential counselling in a safe and affirming atmosphere. Students can drop in, book an appointment, or use online resources.

At Cplul’kw’ten (the Gathering Place), Aboriginal students can speak to Elders, mentors and other members of our Aboriginal Services team, access study skills workshops, community resources, funding assistance and computers, and socialize in the kitchen and lounge.

Career Education offers career development and planning services and co-operative education (co-op)—paid experience, for credit. Students can explore careers, get one-on-one career counselling, learn résumé writing and interview skills, and access the job board, employer events and annual job fair.

Students living with a disability gain equal access to learning opportunities through Disability Services, which offers eligible students supports such as exam accommodation, alternate format text material, sign language interpretation, access to adaptive technology, and the facilitation of in-class note-taking.

From financing education and living costs to scholarships for academic excellence, our student finance advisors at the Student Awards and Financial Support office are available to discuss financial aid options as well as the many awards available to new and returning students.

From intercultural communications to fundamental academic skills, Student Success courses help students transition into university life. Five flexible, one-credit courses are offered throughout the semester.

Peer tutors and faculty at the Writing Centre and Math Help Centre are available to answer questions and provide valuable feedback and advice. Students will also find handouts, tutorials and online resources.

Students stay on track in challenging introductory courses with help from their peers. Supplemental Learning (SL) study sessions led by trained students provide skills and strategies for learning course content.

Diversity, nurtured

TRU welcomes students from all walks of life. Our accessibility supports many non-traditional learners—mature students, working students, caregivers and students from underrepresented communities. Diverse programming from university preparation and apprenticeships to bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees leads to a diverse student body. And our many Aboriginal and international students on campus add different cultures, backgrounds, world views and ways of knowing. We embrace new perspectives and prioritize intercultural understanding. Indigenization and internationalization are part of the curriculum. And we invite the community to join us as we celebrate our diverse, inclusive campus with annual events like IDays and Aboriginal Awareness week, and student initiatives through clubs like Pride and Model UN.