For 55 years, Trinity Western University has carried on the proud tradition of many of the world’s great universities that are founded on faith-based principles. Inspiring both hearts and minds through “high-touch” teaching, Trinity Western sets itself apart as a leader in higher education through innovative programs.
TWU in Numbers.
97% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid from TWU. This includes a combination of scholarships and grants.
In 2017, TWU ranked among the highest in the nation out of 100+ schools in a number of areas according to campusrankings.com including Academic Counselling (#2), Happiest Students (#3) and Health Services (#3).
SERVING THE ENVIRONMENT
The University owns and maintains environmental study properties totaling approximately 157 acres on its Langley campus, a dedicated ecological research property on Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands chain, and the Blauuw Ecological Forest located adjacent to the Fraser River near campus. Because of the unique positioning of our footprint in the Lower Mainland, TWU offers a strong environmental experience for students, from enjoying local hiking trails, to preserving forested areas like the Blauuw Forest, a habitat to rare species.
SERVING OUR STUDENTS
Trinity Western University is known for its inclusive, respectful, and exciting campus community. University is not only a time for students to develop academically but as a whole person. TWU offers resources within the Wellness Centre such as onsite counseling, mental health services, a full-time physician and nursing staff, recreation services, a writing centre, and an office of disabilities and equity of access. Most of these resources are offered free of charge.
The on-campus improv group 11:07 gives students a comedic break from studying and exams.
The School of Arts, Media + Culture is known in the community for producing professional-quality, thought-provoking, and emotive shows that span a range of topics and themes. In addition, their reputable choir has held performances anywhere from Parliament Hill to Carnegie Hall.
Trinity Western has developed one of the most competitive university athletic programs in the nation. Teams successfully compete at the highest levels in university sports against public universities with student populations 10 times the size of Trinity Western.
SERVING FIRST NATIONS
For countless generations the Kwantlen people of the Coast Salish indigenous culture from the Pacific Northwest inhabited thriving villages in the resource-rich Fraser Valley, including along the Salmon River that runs through the Trinity Western University grounds. We remember and respect that the beautiful and special land that we at Trinity Western University call home has a rich legacy as part of the traditional territory of the Kwantlen and Sto:lo people.
In 2017, TWU is pleased to have 60 indigenous students from across Canada call its campus home. Patricia Victor, University Siya:m, has a passion to build bridges into the Aboriginal community through education.
Serving Diversity and Research
Trinity Western University provides excellent academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students through six professional schools—Business, Nursing, Education, Human Kinetics, Arts, Media + Culture, and Graduate Studies—as well as the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural and Applied Sciences.
Trinity Western University is the only faith based university in Canada to offer a minor in Gender Studies, which it offers through its Gender Studies Institute. The Institute is co-directed by Allyson Jule, Ph.D., who was recently awarded the 3M Teaching Fellowship for excellence in teaching and leadership. In 2012, Dr. Jule developed an innovative course on gender in education—the only undergraduate course of its kind in the country. She is also President of the National Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF).
Trinity Western professors hold grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as well as foundations and international agencies that provide an allocation of three Canada Research Chairs. Faculty members have been recognized nationally as 3M National Teaching Fellows and as a Royal Society Scholar.
The Dead Sea Scrolls Institute (DSSI), founded in 1995 by Craig A. Evans, Ph.D., DHabil, is the flagship research institute of Trinity Western University and an important resource for scholarly research and collaboration on Qumran studies.
The Director of the Institute, Andrew Perrin, Ph.D., focuses his research on the transmission and reception of biblical traditions, particularly in the Qumran Aramaic literature. He has been awarded three SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) fellowships for scrolls research, was a past fellow of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, and is an editor of the Eerdmans Commentaries on the Dead Sea Scrolls series. His published work includes journal articles in Dead Sea Discoveries, Journal of Biblical Literature, Revue de Qumran, Vetus Testamentum and his book The Dynamics of Dream-Vision Revelation in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls. This book was one of ten awarded the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise.
SERVING THE WORLD
Trinity Western students want to impact the world. That is why Trinity Western provides opportunities like its “Best Semester” and Laurentian Leadership Centre programs to help students develop a global worldview through participation in travel studies. Opportunities also include international, program-specific trips to places like Japan, Italy, Hawaii, Australia, Taiwan, Southern China, as well as Prague and Vienna.
In the last year, students have visited five countries for social justice and global project service trips. These trips span the globe, from the USA, Colombia, Honduras, Malawi, and the Philippines, to Israel and Palistinian Territories, India, Fort Babine (Indigenous Reserve), Honduras, Romania, Turkey, and Brazil.
Almost 27,500 Alumni span the globe in every sector of the marketplace, including nursing, teaching, law, and medicine. Many are involved in giving back to their own communities and effecting global change. Following his graduation, Richard Taylor (’02, ‘11) returned to Africa, where he had grown up, to start The Wellspring Foundation with fellow TWU alumnus Jeffrey Komant (’02). Read more amazing alumni stories here.
Trinity Western University was approved to offer its International Masters of Business Administration degree (known as the Great Wall MBA) in partnership with Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (TJUFE). Closer to home, Trinity Western offers a Masters of Leadership program conducted wholly in Mandarin at its Richmond campus.
In August of 2016, Trinity Western University signed an agreement to collaborate with the Government of Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to develop diplomats through its Foreign Service Academy.
SERVING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
The TWU School of Education was the first program to offer a Special Education Minor and, for many years, was the only program to require all future teachers to take a special education course.
The B.Ed. program is especially proud of its small class sizes, the excellent faculty with PhDs/Ed.Ds who have all taught in the K-12 system, and the practicum experiences in the concurrent program – more than any other provincial Teacher Education Program. 95% – 100% of each year’s graduating class are hired in the local school districts, other provinces that they often return to, as well as in the States and across the world.
Education students can specialize in Indigenous Education, Gender and Education, and Special Education.
Our school is also the only Teacher Education program that offers a Gender and Education course at the undergraduate level, preparing students to understand the complexity of gender and sexuality in the classroom.