Thompson River University

At Thompson Rivers University (TRU), 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.


Why Thompson Rivers University

TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centered, environmentally responsible institution that serves it’s regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research, and scholarship.
TRU’s five priorities include:
  • Increasing student success – TRU will prioritize academic engagement and programs which fully develop our learners’ knowledge and skills and support student career success.
  • Increasing intercultural understanding – TRU will prioritize programs and practices that support diversity, inclusion and intercultural understanding between our Aboriginal, local, regional and global communities.
  • Increasing research capacity – TRU will prioritize the development and mobilization of scholarship, research, training, teaching innovation, professional practice, and creative capacity for the benefit of people.
  • Increasing entrepreneurial capacity – TRU will prioritize entrepreneurial collaboration and social enterprise that mutually benefits the university and the communities we serve.
  • Increasing sustainability – TRU will prioritize initiatives that mutually benefit the university and the communities we serve.


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