Trinity Western University

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Trinity Western University

Trinity Western University is a 157-acre campus located outside Langley, BC, Canada. Its location is 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver and an hour from the North Shore mountains. Housing undergraduate and graduate programs, the campus includes residences, food services, health services, fitness centres, mail resources, sports facilities, a bookstore, a library, and an ecosystem study area.

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.


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.

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.

Campus Life

TWU has an extensive and broad range of leadership opportunities including: student government, chapel and extension ministries, cross-cultural missions, community outreach, international student ministries, sports, fine arts and social concerns clubs.

University Services

University Bookstore and computer store; Conference Centre; English as a Second Language Institute; Canada Institute of Linguistics; Web site with on-line research information are just a few of the services available to the students, staff, and faculty of TWU.

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