Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Facts and Figures

At TRU you’ll find many paths to learning — on-campus and online, in and out of the classroom, across programs, even around the globe—leading to careers in trades, healthcare, hospitality or technology. Entrepreneurship, law, science, social work or the arts. Welcome to hands-on learning and research in our supportive, inclusive environment. To empower, inspire and transform.

The numbers below are from the 2017/2018 Factbook.

Founded 1970 - Read our History
Naming TRU takes its name from the North Thompson and South Thompson Rivers, which converge at Kamloops
Leadership Dr. Alan Shaver, President & Vice-Chancellor



On Campus 15,019
Open Learning 14,983
Dual Enrolled 1,458
Unique Total 28,544

Students by program

Baccalaureate Students Total: 8,635 (30% of unique total, 37% of On Campus)
Continuing Education Students On Campus: 3,723 (25%)
Trades Students On Campus: 1,444 (10%)
Graduate Students 772 (3%)
Law Students 339

Female to male ratio

  Total On Campus Open Learning
Female 54% 46% 65%
Male 44% 52% 35%

Majority age group: 19-24, 46% On Campus, 36% Open Learning

Average age on campus: 25

Average age in Open Learning: 30

Domestic students

  • 23,965

Aboriginal students

  • 10% (2016-2017)

International students

  • 4,579 (16%)
  • 23% On Campus, 11% Open Learning
  • Top 3 Countries: India (33%), China (30%), and Nigeria (3%)


Canadian 33,000+
International 15,000+
Total 49,000+

Athletics and clubs

  • Varsity Athletics: 8 WolfPack teams — men’s and women’s volleyball, basketball, and soccer; co-ed swimming and cross-country running
  • Athletic Clubs: 4 teams — baseball, curling, cheerleading and women's rugby
  • Student Clubs: 100 clubs including Aboriginal Drum Circle, Eco, Enactus, India, Pride, Toastmasters


Details and numbers

Location Kamloops, on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc peoples
Kamloops campus area 250 acres
Learning Spaces 25 buildings, 1 million square feet
Gardens 40 acres, including teaching horticulture garden and arboretum
Housing on-campus housing for up to 880 students
Wireless zones on campus entire campus
Regional centres Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Clearwater, Barriere, Ashcroft, Lillooet
Research Field Station Wells Gray Wilderness Research & Education Centre at Wells Gray Provincial Park
Population of Kamloops 85,000
Climate semi-arid grassland with 4 seasons, over 2,000 hours of sunshine and less than 25 cm of rain annually

Closest major centres

  • 168 km to Kelowna
  • 355 km to Vancouver
  • 507 km to Seattle
  • 525 km to Prince George
  • 620 km to Calgary
  • 800 km to Edmonton


Average class size (academic courses)

All undergraduate: 31 | Lower level courses: 33 | Upper level courses: 29

Faculties and schools

Open Admission

Faculty of Arts, School of Business and Economics, and Faculty of Science offer open admission to new undergraduates in first year.


Faculty and staff

Total employees, including faculty, support staff and administration: 1,543

Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty: 415


Number and percentage of active faculty holding external funding 44 and 28 percent
Total dollar amount of Tri-Agency grants and external contracts $4.3 million
Total dollar amount of external grants and contracts supporting student research training $389,995
Number of students involved in supervised research projects 156
Number of students enrolled in research-based graduate programs 220 on campus, 152 online
Dollars committed to internal grant awards to support faculty $403,000
Number of completed student undergraduate research experience projects 29


Cost of tuition and fees (domestic undergraduate, full-time, 2 semesters) $5,091.24
Total amount available in scholarships, bursaries and awards for undergraduate students annually $2.5 million
Largest scholarship offered to incoming undergraduates: Alvin & Lydia Grunert Entrance Scholarship $30,000
Average amount of scholarship money given to incoming undergraduates $2,634