Thompson Rivers University, founded in 1970, is a public university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in addition to diplomas, apprenticeships, professional certificates, continuing studies and ESL.
Centred in the heart of Kamloops, British Columbia, TRU's campus is one of Canada's most beautiful university settings. BC's fourth largest university, TRU has a vibrant campus community of over 15,000 students from across Canada and around the world. Another 12,500 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 is accredited by the government of BC and has been granted the BC Education Quality Assurance seal.
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. Fitting for a university located in the Tournament Capital of Canada, TRU has 11 WolfPack varsity teams made up 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 (Cplulíkwíten) provide services such 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 Alan Shaver, and new Chancellor, the honorable Wally Oppal, QC, TRU continues to evolve and grow to meet the changing educational needs of Canada and our global community.