THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY - [TRU], KAMLOOPS

Kamloops, British ColumbiaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1970Established Year
  24954Enrollment

Thompson Rivers University is a public university in British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1970, it is commonly called as TRU. It is known for its research and vocational training programs.

Why Choose TRU?

  • Thompson Rivers University has a total of 140 on-campus course and 60 online courses
  • TRU has more than 25,000 students enrolled in full-time courses.
  • 10.2% students of the total are international students
  • TRU has a research funding of CAD 975,000 from NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR
  • TRU is affiliated with RUCBC which a major research council in the state of British Columbia.

Statistical Highlights

Type of UniversityPublic
Number of programs197
Faculty Members415
Number of Students25,754
Number of Undergraduate Students9,100
Number of Graduate Students335
Number of International Students2,839
Tuition Fee RangeCAD 6,900 - CAD 33,630
Test Scores AcceptedIELTS, TOEFL, MELAB, CAEL, CanTEST
Language usedEnglish
Minimum Test Scores RequiredIELTS – 6.5 bands TOEFL (IBT) – 88
Websitehttps://www.tru.ca/

Programs Offered 

Thompson Rivers offers degrees, diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships in 140 on-campus programs and 60 online programs. These programs are divided into 9 faculties and schools which are as follows:

  • Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Student Development
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Trades and Technology
  • School of Nursing

The programs offered at TRU campus can be categorized as given in the table below:

Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor’s 20
Major34
Pre-professional11
Diplomas & Certificates
Diplomas22
Certificates27
Post Baccalaureate17
Graduate9

Aside these, 15 apprenticeship and 12 foundation programs. There are also 3 preparation programs in English, Employment, and University Preparation.

The programs offered in TRU Distance Programs are as follows:

Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor’s 16
Major5
Diplomas & Certificates
Diplomas7
Certificates18
Post Baccalaureate3
Graduate3

Thompson Rivers University Campus

TRU has two campuses: in Kampoos and in William Lake.

Majority of the undergraduate and graduate programs are taught at the Kampoos campus while 18 certificate and apprenticeship programs are taught at the William Lake campus.

Programs at William Lake Campus:

  • Applied Sustainable Ranching
  • Administrative Assistant Certificate
  • Education and Skills Training Program
  • Human Service Programs
  • Nursing Programs
  • Open Learning Centre
  • Trades and Technology
  • University Courses
  • University Preparation

How to Apply?

  • Candidates, domestic or international, are required to apply on the official website.
  • The admissions are strictly based on merit and candidates must fulfill the requirements stated for each program by the University.
  • International Candidates can also apply using EducationPlannerBC Application Service.

Application fee

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident: CAD 28.68
  • International applicants: CAD 100.00

General Requirements for undergraduate programs

  • Candidate must at least be of 17 years in age.
  • Scanned copied of original transcripts of secondary school grades

General Requirement for graduate programs

  • Resume
  • Letter of intent
  • Proof of graduation (copy of degree, provisional certificate, etc.)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary studies
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if English is the official language)
  • Letters of reference (M.Ed only)

English Language Requirement

An international candidate must prove his/her proficiency in English through English Language Tests accepted by TRU. Following tests and scores are accepted by the University as a measure of English Proficiency: -

Test NameMinimum Scores Required
TOEFL570 –computer based
88 –Internet Based, with no part less than 20
IELTS6.5, with no band below 6.0
MELAB81, with no part below 80
CAEL70, with subtest below 60
CanTEST4.5, with no component score below 4.0
PTE58, with no communicative skills test scores below 55
Cambridge English: AdvancedGrade of 'C'

Candidates who are unable to obtain these scores may opt for ESL course at the university, to get admission.

Application Deadline

Candidates must send their applications and all the required documents on before the dates mentioned below:

SemesterDeadline
JanuaryOctober 1
MayFebruary 1
SeptemberMay 1

Costs and Expenses

The tuition for all the courses is to be paid once per academic year. The range of tuition fee is:

Undergraduate coursesCanadian students: CAD 1,700 - CAD 6,300
International students: CAD 6,900 - CAD 19,750
Graduate coursesCanadian students: CAD 5,195 - CAD 11,720
International students: CAD 14,000 - CAD 33,630

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Thompson Rivers University provides a number of sources to fund its students’ education. The same are as follows:

Scholarships: TRU provides following scholarships to its enrolled students. Students applying for UG scholarship must have 80% or more in Grade 12 and for Graduate scholarship must have a GPA of 2.0 in UG.

ScholarshipAmountMinimum Awards
Alvin & Lydia Grunert Entrance ScholarshipCAD 30,000 (renewable over 4 years)one
TRU Ambassador's Entrance ScholarshipCAD 22,000five
TRU Leadership Entrance ScholarshipCAD 5,00010
TRU President's Entrance ScholarshipCAD 5,00015
TRU Community Engagement Entrance ScholarshipCAD 2,00015
TRU Relocation Entrance ScholarshipCAD 50014
Ken Lepin Research Graduate Student AwardCAD 6,0008
Dr. Sherman Jen Graduate Entrance AwardCAD 6,0008
TRU Potential Entrance AwardsCAD 4,0005
TRU Regional Entrance AwardsCAD 3,00020
TRU MBA Entrance Award-15

Bursaries: These are small amounts of money intended to supplement other funding sources. Bursaries are awarded only to Canadian students in financial need.

Government student assistance: These are of two types: Loans and Grants. Students are provided interest-free loans to fund their education at TRU. Grants are given to meritorious students in financial need.

Thompson Rivers University Work-Study Program

TRU provides part-time and full-time employment opportunities to its students to help them fund their studies.

Students can work on and off campus through this program. They can work up to 20 hours per week per semester and full time during the breaks in the academic year.

Students need to fulfill the eligibility criteria to be considered for the program. Students get to avail the following out of the work-study program:

  • Get paid career-related work experience while studying at TRU
  • Earn academic credits and transcript distinction
  • Earn on average CAD 2,400–CAD 3,000 per month (up to CAD 4,000)
  • Maximize job opportunities upon graduation
  • Choose to work between one and up to five semesters

Student Accommodation 

TRU provides residence to over 800 students at its campus. There are two residencies:

TRU Residence: Home to 570 students, this 11 storey building has two bedroom and four bedroom suites. The residence is guaranteed to first-year students.

McGill Housing: It has 300 self-contained rooms divided into 75 units Each unit is shared by 4 students.

Off-Campus Housing: TRU helps its students find residence around the campus and also provides passes to ride access free bus transit to campus.

Residence Rates

Room TypeSummer Semester PriceWinter Semester PriceFall Semester Price
Two-bedroom suite CAD 2,700CAD 3,750CAD 7,500
Two-bedroom deluxe suite-CAD 4,125CAD 8,250
Four-bedroom suite-CAD 3,750CAD 7,500
One-bedroom suite CAD 3,400CAD 4,325CAD 8,650

Alumni Network of Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University has strong alumni network with more than 49,000 students so far. Out of these, more than 15,000 are International alumni. It offers a number of benefits to its alumni like access card to avail discounts at partnered stores and services, insurance assistance, etc.

Alumni also receive alumni association scholarships and bursaries and career resources when needed.

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AVERAGE COST
Average Tuition Fees (Annual)
$ 16,331
Bachelors Tuition Fees$16331
Post graduate Tuition Fees$16331
Accomodation Fees (Annual)
$ 4,325
CAMPUS LIFE
Total Enrollment
24,954
International Students
2,839
Male : Female Ratio
43:56
Student : Faculty Ratio
60:1
ADMISSION DEADLINES ( SPRING SEASON )
Application Deadline
May 01, 2019
Start of Application process December 01, 2018
End of Application process May 01, 2019
Application Fee
$ 100
Application website www.tru.ca/future/...
Accepts common App No
Direct Application Yes
ADMISSION STATISTICS
Acceptance Rate
87 %
Min. 6.5
Total Applications
-
Min. 88
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    #51
    Ranking Criteria
    66/100
    Academics
    80.4/100
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