Okanagan College

Founded 1963 | Kelowna, BC

Serving the beautiful Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen valleys, Okanagan College boasts campuses in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna. Its mission is to transform lives and communities, and the school aims to inspire and empower individuals and communities to strengthen and sustain the social, economic, environmental, and cultural resiliency of the region for current and future generations. It delivers more than 150 programs to nearly 20,000 students. Approximately 10 per cent of students are Indigenous and around 10 per cent are from outside Canada.

The college offers various university transfer, health, engineering technology, trade, vocational, adult basic education and continuing studies programs. It also provides two bachelor degrees—business administration and computer information systems—along with four post-baccalaureate diplomas. Students who wish to pursue a science degree can get credit for their studies at a number of universities. In 2021, OC welcomed students into its new applied bachelor of arts degree in community research and evaluation, as well as the new common first-year engineering program. 

Okanagan recently completed construction on the $18-million Health Sciences Centre at its Kelowna campus, which is now open to students. The Penticton campus is home to a growing suite of viticulture and wine studies, and many graduates go on to work in the region’s wine industry.

Popular Programs

• Adult Academic and Career Preparation

• Associate of Arts Degree

• Bachelor of Business Administration

• Business Administration Diploma

• Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate

School Size



• Degree $4,566-$5,829

• Diploma $4,300-$12,000

• Certificate $3,700-$10,500

• Post-Grad $3,700-$5,700

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Tourism and Hospitality: Instructors bring real-world experience into the classroom, and students acquire a solid grounding in all areas of business, along with knowledge and skills specific to the tourism sector.

• Women in Trades Training Foundation: In as few as five months, students prepare to enter the labour market with credit for Level 1 technical training in their chosen trade.

• Diploma in Writing and Publishing: This two-year diploma blends study in English, creative writing, editing, and communications theory with applied technical skills in graphic design, typography, coding, and book publishing.