Impassioned individuals from across our region came together with a shared purpose to bring this institution to life 45 years ago. They envisioned a place of opportunity and bold ideas, connected to community needs—opening doors and opening minds.

TRU to our roots

We’ve grown and evolved, but these values still infuse the educational experience we offer, the types of research we pursue, and the quality of our graduates who go out into the world to do a world of good.

We meet you where you are

At TRU, you’ll find many paths to learning, a hands-on approach and a supportive, inclusive environment. To empower, inspire and transform.

Whatever place you’re starting from, you can find your path at TRU. We open doors with options like open admission and Open Learning. We expand horizons with our breadth of exceptional programs—from certificates and apprenticeships to bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Learn by doing. From co-op placements with industry leaders, to applied research projects mentored by faculty members. Volunteering in the community. Studying in another country. TRU takes you beyond the classroom to find your passion through real-world experiences.

We recognize your unique background, interests and ambitions. Our faculty members excel at guidance, mentorship and inspiration, one-on-one. And our support network—from advising and counselling to career planning and wellness—is here when you need it. Find your connection in our welcoming community. Diversity, nurtured.


Thompson Rivers University is a community that values sustainability. Environmental. Economic. Social, cultural and creative. We come together to foster intercultural understanding, welcoming Aboriginal, local, regional, national and global perspectives. And in partnering with our wider community, we embrace innovation, entrepreneurship and research that creates knowledge for the benefit of all. In everything we do, we cultivate our students’ success.

Here, when you pursue your path, your passion, your connection, you’ll find your TRU.