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Douglas College

Founded in 1970, Douglas College inspires its students to do what they love and be good at it, providing educational experiences that challenge, enlighten, and open doors to lives of passion and purpose. Douglas College is one of the largest public colleges in British Columbia, with two main campuses – located in New Westminster (traditional territory of the QayQayt First Nation) and Coquitlam (traditional territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation) – as well as a Training Centre in Surrey. As an applied institution, Douglas College provides an undergraduate educational experience that fills a niche between universities and colleges. Students receive the well-rounded educational experience of a university and the employer-ready skills of a college, in a student-centred environment that cultivates academic and career success. Douglas College offers Bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, post-degree and graduate diplomas, and general university-transfer courses. Douglas College Faculties include Child, Family and Community Studies; Commerce and Business Administration; Health Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Language, Literature, and Performing Arts; and, Science and Technology.

Fast Facts

  • Douglas College Bachelor’s of Nursing program is one of the largest in B.C. welcoming 128 students each year.
  • Douglas College offers between three and five international field schools each year.

Our research specialization:

  • Animal health technologies
  • Energy resources (fusions)
  • Mental health (including patient/services interactions, and addiction)
  • Green buildings
  • Environmental renewal




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Contribute to our Community

The Institute for Urban Ecology (est. 1984) at Douglas College has been involved in myriad of community-based activities and projects including: an environmental outreach and education program that reaches about 2000 participants in schools and community organizations in Metro Vancouver each year. It also undertakes a variety of research projects related to urban sustainability issues, with a recent example of the Urban Bug Gardens, which examined beneficial insects in a community garden in Coquitlam in relation to different planting regimes in the test plots. Learn more.

The Digital Cultures Lab, located at a marketplace in the community, is a team of researchers at Douglas College and beyond who work with digital media in higher education. They invite the community to explore the effect emerging digital technologies are having on the practices of teaching, researching, and communicating. The Lab works to put students with technological skills together with faculty who want to build digital spaces for the dissemination and presentation of research projects. Learn more.

Foster Student Success

Iloradanon Efimoff

Watch a short video to find out how Douglas College’s small-class sizes and personable instructors provided Iloradanon the freedom to discover her passion. She’s now pursuing a Psychology degree which has her conducting applied research to determine the impact of caffeine on decision making. Learn more.

Daniel Kojder

Daniel discovered his interest in biochemistry after coming to Douglas straight out of high school. Now, as a university transfer student, he is earning credits that will count toward the first two years of a degree. After that, he plans to transfer to a local university to study biochemistry, finish his degree and pursue a career in medical research and development. For Daniel, it made sense to come to Douglas first. He likes the lower fees and smaller classes sizes. But there’s also a bonus for students who share his interest in the sciences. Learn more.

Cathy Wilomot

Watch a short video to see how Douglas College has supported Cathy in deciding to return to school as an adult learner to complete her BPA, which has allowed her to grow as a performer and pursue her dream of getting her MA. Learn more.

Support Indigenous Students

Douglas College embraces Aboriginal participation and perspective in its day-to-day operations, with the Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator as a respected member of the College Board. The College also recently approved funding for a permanent elders-in-residence program, which is available to all students and employees of the College. The Aboriginal Student Services Centre offers a number of services for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students, including culturally-appropriate supports, activities and events. The Aboriginal Gathering Place is a venue for traditional ceremonies and hosts classes, workshops, and meetings. Douglas College’s Faculty of Child, Family & Community Studies (CFCS) Aboriginal Stream, made up of four courses and a practicum taught by First Nations, Métis and non-Aboriginal Allied faculty with elders’ support, was developed with the guidance of our partners at Vancouver Native Health, Elders and our Advisory Circle.

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Date modified: 2016-10-26