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FALL 2020 UPDATE: VP Education Rhys Andrews clarified on May 27th that Fall delivery will be blended, with theory delivered off-campus and experiential components in-person. Through the summer, program specifics will determine what will be online (asynchronous), remote (synchronous), in-person, or blended.  MORE INFORMATION


Nestled in one of the most spectacular locations in Canada, Selkirk College mirrors the communities it serves.

With an eclectic economy built on primary industry, tourism and small business, the West Kootenay/Boundary region of southern British Columbia is a mixture of small rural communities and incredible natural beauty. Selkirk College is integral to the region, offering a wide array of programs in face-to-face, on-line and blended delivery. Its internationally recognized faculty and intimate learning environments provide students with outstanding educational experiences. 

The mission of Selkirk College is to inspire lifelong learning, transform lives through education and training, and serve its communities. The college achieves this through focus on the learner, teaching excellence, community engagement, innovation, a healthy workplace and sustainability. With more than 60 nationally recognized programs and laddering opportunities at the certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, degree, and post-baccalaureate levels, Selkirk College ensures its graduates are career and life ready. 

Selkirk College values respect, quality, inclusivity, curiosity, service, accountability, collaboration and accountability in all its endeavours. The college serves more than 13,000 students in nine locations across the West Kootenay/Boundary. With 2,200 full-time domestic students, 500 international students and 9,000 community education learners, the college helps build futures by preparing graduates for challenging and exciting careers.


  • Selkirk College has six campuses and three learning centres in six different communities across the West Kootenay/Boundary region of southern British Columbia.
  • On average, Selkirk College two-year diploma graduates earn $402,800 more in their lifetime than someone with only a high school diploma. Selkirk College has six campuses and three learning centres in six different communities across the West Kootenay/Boundary region of southern British Columbia.
  • The trades-focused Silver King Campus based in Nelson is recently completed a $23 million renovation and upgrade which has modernized the facility that has been serving the region for more than 50 years.
  • Five campuses and three learning centres in six West Kootenay/Boundary communities.
  • 92% of students are satisfied with the quality of instruction in their program.
  • Selkirk College awards more than $380,000 in scholarships and bursaries on an annual basis.

General Info General Info

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Selkirk College offers more than 60 nationally recognized programs to 2,700 full-time students and more than 9,000 community learners in eight campuses and learning centres throughout the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

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Campus Locations

Castlegar Campus

301 Frank Beinder Way,
Castlegar, BC

Castlegar Campus

301 Frank Beinder Way
Castlegar, BC

Nearby Highlights

What to do while studying at Selkirk College:

Soak up the famous Kootenay Vibe

Discover a farmer’s market

Enjoy coffee on a patio with a friend

Paddle our waterways – raft the river, kayak the lake, discover by canoe

Rip down a mountain bike trail.

Catch a fish from the shores of the mighty Columbia River just steps away from your classroom door.

Hike the 9.8 km of spectacular trails on the Castlegar Campus and beyond.

Sooth with a Soak – Enjoy the healing waters and spectacular views at our region’s hot springs. (Watch for organized student tours.)

Discover a community that supports your health and wellbeing on our Healthy Campus

Take advantage of FREE and FUN campus fitness classes for students including yoga and martial arts.

Join a club. Be a Student Ambassador. Meet new friends.

Our ski hills are top-notch and waiting for you! Red Mountain Ski Resort has a new expansion this winter placing it among the top 10 largest ski resorts in North America. They’re ranked #1 for the most acres per skier with 110 runs, and everything from wide-open groomers to steep, powder-filled glades.

Whitewater Ski Resort is known for its deep, steep chutes, and glades with 81 marked runs, all beneath the ski resort’s majestic Ymir Peak. Powder magazine’s 2018 award for Best Ski Town in North America

Credentials Available
  • Associate Degree
  • Diplomas: 2-3 Years
  • Trades Apprenticeship
  • Certificates: 1 Year or Less
  • Continuing Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Career-Focused
  • Trades Foundation Certificate
  • Upgrading / HS Completion

Programs Programs

Info on All Programs
Areas of Study Available
  • Business and Management
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Health Related
  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Science
  • Legal and Social Services
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanical and Related
  • Recreation, Tourism, Hospitality and Service
  • Sciences
  • Visual, Performing and Fine Arts
  • Upgrading Programs
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • Construction and Precision Production

Study Abroad Opportunities

Every Selkirk College student can have an international experience as a part of their studies. The college is a member of the organization CONAHEC, through which students can participate in semester exchanges to many different countries. Selkirk College also has study abroad partners in a dozen other countries with opportunities that range from a few weeks to a semester or more.

Study Abroad Info

Admissions Admissions

Basic Admissions Requirements

In order to attend Selkirk College, you must meet the pre-requisites for the college and for the program you wish to enroll in. Most first-time applicants are required to take the College Readiness Tool (CRT). All programs have established academic pre-requisites that must be satisfied by students seeking admission, but you can still be admitted by taking a combination of university and upgrading courses during your first year. Selkirk’s prerequisites require that you have graduated from a BC Senior Secondary School [or equivalent] or be 19 years of age or over at the time of application or be under 19 years of age but have a written recommendation from your Secondary School Principal.

English Proficiency Requirements

Most first-time students are required to take the College Readiness Tool to assess language and math skills. Some students may be exempt from the CRT if they have taken English 12 and/or a qualifying math (for programs that require both English and math) within the last two years and received a grade of “B” or better. In some programs, such as Trades and Nursing, there are no exemptions.

English Language Program Admission Requirements:

Students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age, or
  • Have completed high school, or
  • Receive special permission from Selkirk International

There are no English language proficiency requirements for entry into the English Language Program.

College Program Admission Requirements:

For direct entry into Selkirk College programs, students must meet  the  English Language Program requirements listed above as well as:

  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements
  • Meet program and course prerequisite requirements including Math requirements
  • For some programs, take the Computerized Placement Tool (CPT) test

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If your first language is not English, you must meet the following English Language Proficiency requirements for entry in to Selkirk College University Transfer, Diploma or Degree programs:
  • completion of BC English 12, or equivalent; or
  • completion, with a grade of “C+” or better, advanced core courses in the Selkirk College English Language Program and Provincial Level English 51; or
  • submission of a TOEFL score of IBT 80 or better; or
  • submission of an IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band less than 5.5 or better; or
  • submission of an acceptable score on the Language Proficiency Index score of 4 or better.

Students applying to Selkirk College through the SDS (Study Direct Stream) from India, China, Vietnam, or the Phillipines must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.

Post Graduate Diploma programs and a few other programs have a higher English Language Proficiency requirement (6.5 IELTS).

There are no minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry into the English Language Program.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted for most programs starting 12 months before the start date. Competitive admission programs will post their deadline dates on the website. Apply early to ensure a seat in your program as some popular programs have a wait list.

Important information for program start dates and Selkirk College events:

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee ($40) is payable as part of the online application.

How to Apply

Most programs accept applications 12 months before the start date. Acceptance to these programs is based on application date and completion of program admission requirements. Apply early to ensure a seat in your program. Late applications to open enrolment programs will be considered, subject to availability of spaces. Where programs are designated as competitive entry both the opening and closing application dates will be posted. Completed applications and documentation must be received within this timeframe.

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Financial Aid Financial Aid

Entrance Scholarships Deadline

Applications open February 15th and close March 31st.

Entrance Scholarships Info
Other Scholarship Info
Student Loan Info

Financial Aid Contact Email
Financial Aid Contact Phone

Residence Residence

First Year Residence Spots
Our student housing is home to almost 250 students (both locations - Castlegar & Nelson)
Residence Options

Depending on which campus you are attending, housing is available at Kekuli House (Castlegar), which offers standard single rooms with a shared washroom, or at the Tenth Street (Nelson) Student Housing, which offers a variety of accommodation from single dorm style units with shared washroom and kitchen facilities to “pod” communal units with a choice of 3 or 5 bedrooms.

Total Average Residence Cost
$2000 per semester
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Residence Application Deadline

Applications are accepted beginning in January. In early June you will receive an offer of accommodation for Student Housing. Once that offer is received, a $400.00 deposit is due. There is an application fee of $50.00 that is to be submitted with an application. Applications are accepted from students taking a minimum of 50% course load at Selkirk College. Full-time students requiring accommodations for the entire academic year are given preference. Room assignments are made on the basis of application date.

How to Apply

Apply using the Housing Application Form available on the website.

Here is the link for the Castlegar student housing http://www.selkirk.ca/services/campus-services/student-housing-services/kekuli-house-castlegar

Here is the link for the Nelson Tenth Street student housing http://www.selkirk.ca/services/campus-services/student-housing-services/tenth-street-student-housing-nelson

Here is a link to our off campus housing list http://www.selkirk.ca/services/campus-services/residence-services/campus-housing-list

International Students International Students

International Student Info

Students who meet the entrance requirements can apply to Selkirk College’s 60+ post-secondary certificate, diploma and associate degree programs. Selkirk International provides assistance with admission requirements and advising. Upon completion, transfer your Selkirk College credits to universities worldwide to complete your degree.

English Language Requirement

BC English 12, or equivalent, with a grade of “C+” or better, or a TOEFL score of IBT 80 or better; or an IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band less than 5.5 or better; or submission of an acceptable score on the Language Proficiency Index score of 4 or better.

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International Students Contact Phone