Thompson Rivers University
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Types of Admission

Admission Processes

Open Admission

Admission decisions are made on a first-applied basis using the date by which the application was received.

Note: If you lack high school English, math or science requirements, you may begin your first-year university studies while taking University Preparation courses to meet these requirements.

Limited Admission

Admission decisions for programs with limited seats are made on a first-qualified basis using the date by which applicants have met all of the admission requirements.

Selective Admission

Competitive programs have a limited number of seats and a set application deadline. Applications may continue to be accepted after the application deadline if space permits. Applications will be assessed using criteria that may include an admissions average, interviews, questionnaires, and letters of reference.

Admission Categories

British Columbia High School Students

The basic requirement to apply to TRU is the completion of grade 12 (or equivalent) or mature student status, with grade 12 English 73% (B). Students should be aware there are specific course prerequisites. It is strongly recommended that students become familiar with these prerequisites, available in the TRU Calendar before applying for admission.

Canadian Out-of-Province High School Students

Applications from all provinces are treated equally, and fees are the same for all Canadian students. See the out of province admission requirements for program specific requirements.

Mature Student Admission

If you are at least 19 years of age with a minimum of two years out of secondary school and are lacking requirements for a program, you will be considered for mature student admission status. Students admitted as a mature student must still present individual course prerequisites for the program they are applying to. If you are less than 19 and a full year out of school you will be assessed individually. You may be required to take courses before being admitted to a program.

University Preparation

Students lacking specific high school course requirements for TRU programs can take University and Employment Preparation courses in English, Math, Sciences, Computing, Business, and Social Sciences to upgrade or complete these requirements. If you are applying to an Open Admission program you may be able to start your first year while taking U-Prep courses.

Dual Admission Agreements

TRU has dual admission agreements with specific colleges, allowing you to apply for admission to university transfer study at the college and to a TRU degree program at the same time. Once you have completed at least 30 credits at the college, you can move seamlessly to the TRU degree program with full registration priority as a TRU student.

Start University Early with TRU Start

BC high school students have the opportunity to take one or two TRU courses for dual high school and university credit during their grade 12 year.