Selkirk College

Founded 1966 | Castlegar, BC

Outdoor enthusiasts love the setting of Selkirk College. The West Kootenay–Boundary region has mountain trails, rock climbing and water activities such as kayaking, fishing and paddle boarding. The Red Mountain and Whitewater ski hills are close to Selkirk College’s campuses in Castlegar and Nelson, respectively. A stunning mountain bike trail system runs through all of the college’s communities. 

The college’s main campus is in Castlegar, with three more in Nelson, one in Trail and three learning centres in Grand Forks, Kaslo and Nakusp. Selkirk offers more than 60 associate degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in areas that range from ceramics and forest technology to engineering and nursing. The school also incubates talented musicians in its contemporary music and technology program. 

The Tenth Street campus in Nelson offers dorm-style residences, while single-room, suite-style accommodations are available at Castlegar. The trades-based Silver King campus in Nelson recently completed a $22-million refresh. It features modern shop spaces, a new Student Commons Building, and a hair salon where hairstylist students can get real-world experience. Selkirk received more than $1 million from the B.C. government to create a child care centre at Silver King, which opened in 2021.

Popular Programs

• Adult Basic Education

• Business Administration

• Recreation, Fish and Wildlife

• Forest Technology

• Nursing

School Size



• Degree $4,620-$7,000

• Diploma $3,740-$7,820

• Certificate $1,140-$6,190

• Post-Grad $1,900-$7,000

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Rural Pre-Medicine Program: For professionals who want to practice in rural, remote and Indigenous communities, this three-year diploma provides students with mentoring and community service opportunities, so they can go on to apply to pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, physical therapy, midwifery, veterinary medicine, naturopathy, and more.

• Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Program: In this two-year diploma program, students receive practical training that includes computer systems, ecosystem health and management, fish and wildlife identification, parks and recreation management, avalanche awareness, and backcountry navigation and travel.

• Ski Resort Operations and Management: Students in this program get an in-depth look at the business and logistics of the ski industry on the Nelson hilltops of British Columbia.