Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is committed to facilitating student access to university education that combines the career benefits of an applied approach with opportunities for community-oriented, relevant research at both the graduate and undergraduate level, with seamless transitions between programs.
With program offerings ranging from university preparation to graduate programs, TRU has become a leader in providing students with opportunities to combine the scholarship and research of a first-class university degree with the career benefits of applied studies.
Now the fourth largest university in the province, TRU was created in 2005 when the University College of the Cariboo joined with the British Columbia Open University.
Centered in the heart of Kamloops, BC, TRU’s campus is one of Canada’s most beautiful university settings. A vibrant community of over 13,000 students from across Canada and around the world complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in addition to diplomas, apprenticeships, professional certificates, continuing studies and ESL. Another 10,000 students take advantage of TRU’s flexible learning options to study online or by distance through the Open Learning Division. Students can also take programs at regional centres throughout the interior of BC, a satellite campus in Williams Lake, and an Open Learning Centre in Vancouver.
TRU focuses on the individual student experience with small classes, accessible faculty, research opportunities for graduates and undergraduates, co-op and study abroad programs, and a global competency distinction. As fitting for a university located in Canada’s Tournament Capital Centre, TRU has 11 WolfPack varsity teams comprising of 200 athletes, participating in basketball, volleyball, golf, hockey, baseball, soccer, badminton and cross-country running. Another 600 students participate in an active intra mural sports program.
TRU is proud to serve Canada’s Aboriginal community. A variety of specialized Aboriginal educational programs and learning centres are offered in addition to TRU’s unique distance-learning opportunities that enable First Nations students to remain close to their home communities. The Aboriginal Education Centre in the new Brown Family House of Learning, and the recently expanded Gathering Place (Cplul’kw’ten) provide such services as assistance with transition to university, academic support, life skills coaching, and the Elder in the House Program.
In the Fall of 2011 Canada’s newest law school opened, standing as yet another example of TRU’s commitment to provide high quality, accessible education. Led by President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Shaver, and new Chancellor, the honorable Wally Oppal, Q.C., TRU continues to evolve and grow to meet the changing educational needs of Canada and our global community.