University description (as per official university website)
At Trinity Western University, academics meets faith in a unique way. Here you will encounter a university with a deep commitment to rigorous liberal arts education. You will also find a university strongly committed to its identity as a faith-based institution, one that strives to be centered in the example of Christ. The result is an institution that emphasizes excellence in academic scholarship and pursuits, while always keeping in mind the ways in which the knowledge and understanding we gain through study can serve the world's deepest needs.
Trinity Western University is a faith-based institution—one inspired by Christ’s life and guided by his teachings. The result is a university that emphasizes excellence in academic scholarship, while always keeping in mind how the knowledge and understanding we gain through study can serve the world's deepest needs.
As a comprehensive liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies university, we are committed to continually building on our Educational Vitality. At TWU, Educational Vitality means:
FACULTY MEMBERS who unite reason and faith through exceptional scholarship and research.
STUDENTS who develop a lifelong love for knowledge and a call to compassionate service that addresses human need.
A COMMUNITY that grows in grace, maturity, and wisdom, possessing a deep appreciation for the created order and the Creator God.
AN INSTITUTION that adapts to new knowledge, marketplace opportunities, and global need.
The History of Trinity Western University
In 1957, a small group of people had an extraordinary vision to establish a Christian university in Canada. Today, TWU is Canada’s largest independent, Christian liberal arts institution, with a comprehensive total enrolment of 3,600 students and over 22,000 alumni in more than 80 countries around the world.
The vision began in 1957 when the Evangelical Free Churches of America (EFCA) appointed a committee to explore establishing a liberal arts college in the Fraser Valley. David Enarson, a Christian educator and church leader, with a vision for an accredited Christian university, was one of the guiding members of the committee. Members of the committee purchased the Seal Kap dairy farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley and developed plans to build the college. Trinity Western University started as Trinity Junior College in 1962.
First Graduating Class
Since its first days in 1962, Trinity Western has held a unique vision for Christian liberal arts and sciences education in Canada. The first president Dr. Calvin B. Hanson (1962-1974) helped shape the early vision. Two decades later, with 800 students enrolled, the college achieved two important milestones. In 1984, under the leadership of TWU’s second president, Dr. R. Neil Snider (1974-2006), Trinity Western was granted full membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), and in 1985, the British Columbia legislature granted the college a charter under the name Trinity Western University.
The next milestones for the University included incorporating ACTS Seminaries and the School of Graduate studies, which offer masters and doctoral programs in theological studies, counselling psychology, and humanities.
Dr Raymond Inauguration
TWU leads the way in Canada for liberal arts education, and offers 42 undergraduate and 16 graduate degree programs. TWU has earned national recognition in educational surveys for its overall quality of education reported in The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s magazine. TWU has three Canada Research Chairs: in Developmental Genetics and Disease; Interpretation, Religion, and Culture; and in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies.
Trinity Western University provides a wide array of learning experiences, whether degree or non-degree, in its satellite campuses and through its various schools and institutes:
Laurentian Leadership Centre, Ottawa, ON
Crow’s Nest Ecological Research Centre, Salt Spring Island, BC
Bellingham Campus, Washington State, USA
Richmond Campus (2013, Richmond, BC
School of Business
School of Education
School of Human Kinetics
School of Nursing
School of Graduate Studies
Centre for Ministry Excellence
Gender Studies Institute
Religion in Canada Institute
Centre for Entrepreneurial Leaders
Dead Sea Scrolls Institute