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Thompson Rivers University

Overview of Thompson Rivers University

At Thompson Rivers University, student success is our priority. We empower our students to
reach their goals with flexible learning options, individualized student services, hands-on
learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment.
For 45 years TRU has taken pride in providing an excellent education to every student that
comes to us—from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, at various stages of the
learning journey. Nearly 26,000 students study on our campuses in Kamloops and Williams
Lake, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning.
From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers over
140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning programs to choose from. Our students
apply what they learn in co-op work terms, study abroad, undergraduate research, field
schools and practicums, service learning and other opportunities — with guidance and
mentorship by our accessible faculty. Research, creation and innovation thrive in our open,
flexible learning environment. And so do our students.

Location

The TRU’s 250-acre main campus in Kamloops is located on McGill Road in the city’s southwest of Sahali district, overseeing the convergence of the North and South Thompson Rivers, from which the university takes its name. The campus has 40 acres of gardens and the largest arboretum in the BC interior. Residences provide accommodation for 880 students on the campus. Kamloops, a small town of 90,280 people, is located in the semi-arid grasslands of the Thompson-Nicola region of the southwestern interior of British Columbia, on the traditional lands of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) people. TRU has a satellite campus in Williams Lake, BC, Cariboo-Chilcotin, and a regional center in 100 Mile House, Clearwater, Barriere, Ashcroft, and Lillooet. The Open Education branch serves students around the world.

Alumni
  • Paul Bosco of Murphy Battista LLP
  • James Gill of Pacific Law
Fun Facts
  • You can work on and off campus for up to 20 hours / week while you're a student and work full time between semesters, including during the summer season. Graduates of a Canadian diploma or degree program may also be able to stay for work in Canada and may apply for permanent residence.
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