Thompson Rivers University

Founded 1970 | Kamloops, BC

TRU offers a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs and is profiled in both the Maclean’s Universities Guidebook and the Maclean’s Colleges Guide. To learn more about the school’s degree programs, see the Universities Guide profile.

This profile appears in the 2024 Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Colleges. As part of a partnership with Maclean’s, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has supplied additional photos and videos as indicated below. TRU did not have editorial input into the wording of the profile itself.

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Students attending the main campus of Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops are treated to spectacular views of the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers. The 250-hectare campus includes a university village with shopping, dining, residential developments and outdoor meeting spaces. TRU’s secondary campus is in Williams Lake, with regional centres in Ashcroft and Cache Creek, Barriere, Clearwater, 100 Mile House, and Lillooet and Lytton, and Williams Lake. TRU offers 140 on-campus programs and another 60 programs through its Open Learning division. The school also hosts the B.C. Centre for Open Learning, with 60-plus online programs.

TRU’s Chappell Family Building for Nursing and Population Health opened in 2020 and includes state-of-the-art equipment and simulation environments. The new 57,000-square-foot Industrial Training and Technology Centre, along with the Trades and Technology building, houses the school’s trade and technology programs.

The campuses welcome a diverse student population that is nine per cent Indigenous and 20 per cent international.

Popular Programs

• Bachelor of Arts General

• Bachelor of Health Science

• Bachelor of Science, General Science

• Bachelor of Business Administration

• Bachelor of Computing Science

School size



• Degree $5,686-$7,910

• Diploma $4,804-$8,434

• Certificate $4,569-$5,686

• Post-Grad $5,686

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Sport Event and Management Diploma: Students gain the business skills and event management expertise needed to organize and market successful and engaging sports events.

• Saw Filer Apprenticeship: TRU’s Williams Lake campus is the only training institution in BC that offers technical training in the saw trades, including saw fitting, circular sawfiler and benchperson.

• Respiratory Therapy Diploma: Students learn the latest in respiratory care theory and gain active, hands-on laboratory experience through state-of-the-art simulation labs.