Who We Are

COVID-19 UPDATE: Get the latest information for Selkirk College students and staff HERE from our Website.

FALL 2021 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

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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.

FAST FACTS:

  • 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


Enrolment Total
2,700
Enrolment Details

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.


Detailed Costs
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 admission requirements for the college and for the program you wish to enrol in.

Selkirk College’s Admission Requirements
  • 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
  • Read more about admission requirements according to Policy 8611

First-time applicants may be required to take the College Readiness Tool (CRT). Please refer to your acceptance letter to determine if you need to take the CRT.

Program Admission Requirements

All programs offered at Selkirk College have established academic requirements that must be satisfied by students seeking admission. Program academic requirements are listed on each program’s web page or can be viewed on our Program Admission Requirement Chart. Some courses are listed as ‘or equivalent’ for a complete list of course equivalents view our Equivalency Chart.

Don’t quite have the admission requirements you need? Selkirk College can work with you to help get you started anyway. Our Student Recruiters can help direct your inquiry. Contact Us…


English 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.
  • Selkirk College has approved, on an interm basis for Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and if required Spring 2021, the acceptance of Duolingo English Test to meet college and program admission requirements. Accepted English Duolingo scores for Selkirk College are 110 = IELTS 6.5 and 105 = IELTS 6.0.

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

Applying is made easy through the ApplyBC portal:

HAVE QUESTIONS?! Reach out to our student recruiters by clicking the “Find out More” form here. 

 

 


Admissions Contact Email
Admissions Contact Phone

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, student 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.

In both the Kekuli House and the Tenth Street Student Housing there are larger kitchen spaces available for use.

 

Total Average Residence Cost
Average $600 per month (not including meal plan)
Residence Cost Details

Kekuli student housing (Castlegar) is approx. $590 per month.

Tenth Street student housing (Nelson) is approx. $520-$620 for shared dorm/pod and $750 for single dorm.


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
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.
  • Selkirk College has approved, on an interm basis for Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and if required Spring 2021, the acceptance of Duolingo English Test to meet college and program admission requirements. Accepted English Duolingo scores for Selkirk College are 110 = IELTS 6.5 and 105 = IELTS 6.0.

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.

More International Student Info

International Students Contact Email
International Students Contact Phone

Indigenous Student Supports & Services Indigenous Student Supports & Services


Indigenous Student Supports & Services Info
At Selkirk College you will find friendly and helpful support with our Indigenous Services team. We help all prospective and current Indigenous students by providing financial aid and sponsor advice, counselling support and shared cultural teachings and activities.

Territorial Acknowledgement

Selkirk College acknowledges our respect for and deep gratitude to the First Nations of the West Kootenay and Boundary regions: the Sinixt (Lakes), the Syilx (Okanagan), the Ktunaxa, and the Secwepemc (Shuswap) peoples on whose traditional territories we are honoured to operate.

Learn more about our policy explaining this acknowledgement… Search Policy 1100 Territorial Acknowledgement.

Cultural Support

Attend an event on campus connect with the Elders’ Program…

  • Cultural Connections with Anne-Marie (Castlegar, Nelson)
  • Drumming Circle with Donna (Castlegar)
  • Storytelling with Gerry (Castlegar)
  • Walk it and Talk it with Muhri (Castlegar & Zoom)

Our events are at our online calendarUse the Indigenous filter…

Cultural Space

The Gathering Place is on the Castlegar Campus and is devoted to enhancing services, and providing a welcoming and supportive environment to learners. Everyone is invited to attend the events at the Gathering Place and at the other campuses throughout the year. Learn more about our Gathering Place.

Get your education started at Selkirk College

Now that you’re ready to choose a post-secondary institution for your educational goals, let us make it easy for you to discover all that Selkirk College has to offer. Learn more about how to Get Started today.

More Indigenous Student Info

Accessibility Supports & Services Accessibility Supports & Services


Accessibility Supports & Services Info

for Students with Disabilities

At Selkirk College, we are committed to providing an accessible learning environment where all students feel wel­come, can access learning and can demonstrate their knowledge. We recognize that every student has unique needs and abilities.

**During COVID-19 our Accessibility Services team is still here to support you, just remotely. We understand this may not be what you are used to. Advanced planning is needed for academic accommodations such as test and exam accommodations. Other academic accommodations also take time to implement.

Please reach out to our coordinators and assistants who are found here: Accessibility Services or book an appointment

Our Mission

In Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities, we help students with documented disabilities find the supports they need to reach their educational goals.

We recognize that the impact of disabilities can make attending College more challenging. We are committed to working with you to maximize the accessibility of your learning experience at our college. The supports offered through Accessibility Services are intended to ensure that you, as a student with a disability, can participate fully in your course or program.

We work collaboratively with you and your instructors to remove barriers and foster learning by providing access to reasonable academic accommodations and other learning supports so that the learning environment is more responsive to your abilities and learning needs.

What is a Disability?

Disabilities can include a range of medical/health situations.

  • Students may experience physical, cognitive, developmental, learning, sensory (ex., visual, hearing), and mental health related disabilities or medical conditions that have an impact on the way they learn or their ability to demonstrate their knowledge.
  • Disabilities may be permanent or temporary. For example, a student may temporarily access services while they use a wheelchair to recover from a motor-vehicle accident.
  • Disabilities can be visible to others, such as someone who is visually-impaired who uses a white cane or service dog, or invisible, such as someone who experiences anxiety or a learning disability.

What to Expect From Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities

In Accessibility Services, expect to find an open, respectful environment. We are here to learn from you about your educational goals and to work together with you to develop a plan that will support your educational experience. As such, we work together as a team with you, instructors, college staff members, and community members to support your learning. We value a proactive solution-based approach, and recognize that every student’s situation, experiences, and goals are unique.

We recognize that the information you share about your disability or medical condition is private. This information remains confidential.

What Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities Offers

For students with a documented disability, Accessibility Services offers a wide variety of helpful academic accommodations, and other supports and resources crafted to meet your unique needs. Accessibility Services are available on all campuses and Extension Centres.

Please note that your eligibility for academic accommodations is based on the information provided in your documentation of disability (please see Documentation of Disability for more details on our documentation requirements).

Services available include:

  • Transition planning support: whether you are graduating from high school, have been away from school for some time, or are planning a new educational or career direction
  • Information on student funding and grants for students with disabilities
  • Connections to learning and counseling supports at the college
  • Facilitating conversations between you and your instructors to address disability-related barriers or concerns
  • Information on relevant community resources and supports
  • Information about assistive technology to help you learn, such as text to speech or voice dictation software
  • Supports and information for instructors, college staff members, and families

Potential Academic Accommodations include:

  • Access to textbooks and study resources in different formats, like e-texts or audio
  • Exam supports to decrease distractions and support exam-writing success
  • Classroom supports such as note takers, audio recording lectures, and specialized seating
  • Access to adaptive technology to assist you in completing course readings, assignments and exams
More Accessibility Info