Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

TRU Spirit

Embracing diversity

TRU is enriched by diverse students from all walks of life, taking a broad variety of programs—from workplace skills training for students with cognitive disabilities, to apprenticeships, to academics right up to the graduate level. Our inclusive community includes many international and Aboriginal students, and we welcome the insights and intercultural understanding gained from different backgrounds and perspectives.

Welcoming community

Public events, continuing education programs and community-based service learning and research partnerships connect TRU to our active and involved community. IDays, Aboriginal Awareness Week, the President’s Lecture and Common Voices series and other free events, speakers, concerts, film screenings, theatre productions and more bring the community to campus.

TRU beauty

Study, work and play are more stimulating at our Kamloops campus thanks to stunning views of the North and South Thompson rivers, our park-like grounds and horticulture gardens, and lots of sunshine to get you outdoors. Award-winning buildings like Old Main and the Brown Family House of Learning take advantage of natural light and inspiring views.

Culture meets adventure

The great features of our location don’t stop at campus borders. Right next door are Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops’ largest recreational facility, and Kenna Cartwright Park, the largest municipal park in BC. Hiking and biking, snow and water sports, cultural and sporting events are minutes away in and around our small, friendly city of 85,000 residents.

Undergraduate research

TRU encourages students to explore research before graduate school with unique opportunities like the Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP)—a $4,500 scholarship for third and fourth-year students to complete an independent project with faculty mentorship—our annual Undergraduate Research Conference and the TRU Undergraduate Research Journal, research assistant positions and the research ambassador program.

Sustainable at heart

TRU is a sustainability leader among Canadian universities. In addition to projects by the Office of Environment and Sustainability, students get involved through clubs, courses, programs—from the Leadership in Environmental Sustainability credential to the Master of Science in Environmental Science—and research. TRU’s Sustainability Grant supports the development of new initiatives across campus.

Accessible faculty

Our dedicated faculty members are on a first-name basis with their students, and their doors are always open to offer support and guidance. They are creative teachers, providing students with hands-on projects on real-world issues. Students develop a passion for research by learning directly from faculty, often one-on-one and on community-based projects.

Aboriginal connections

Weytk. That’s Secwepemctsin for “Hello”. TRU has the largest Aboriginal student population among BC post-secondary institutions—from the Secwepemc on whose traditional territory TRU stands, to communities as far away as northern Labrador. We recognize and respect our Aboriginal connections with an array of programs and services to welcome, care for and support First Nation, Inuit and Métis students.

Global citizenship

IDays, a TRU tradition since 1993, celebrates all the cultures on campus and enhances intercultural skills and understanding with music, dance, food, workshops, info sessions on international opportunities, and lectures on globally important research. But TRU’s commitment to internationalization extends year-round through programs and services, including our award-winning International Student Advisors and our Global Competency credential.

Supporting well-being

Physical and mental well-being are critical for academic success. Workshops, educational campaigns and special events led by TRU’s Wellness Centre help students learn to manage stress and other challenges to their health. Therapy Thursdays is a popular stress-buster throughout the fall and winter semesters, featuring the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs.