Fast Facts

A snapshot of Camosun's community and contribution to education and the economy.

Inspiring life-changing learning

  • Two campuses: Lansdowne and Interurban
  • Founded in 1971
  • 14,000+ learners every year
  • 1,700 international students from 70+ countries
  • 1,100 Indigenous students
  • 160+ programs
  • 1,223 Courses in more than 40 different subject areas.
  • 24 students: typical class size
  • 24 years: median student age
  • 78% of students are from Vancouver Island
  • 61 student-athletes on four Chargers teams that compete provincially and nationally in volleyball and basketball
  • 2,500 trades students 
  • 70,000+ alumni in various sectors from business to tech, trades, and tourism
  • 1,437 Camosun students go on to further studies at other B.C. post-secondary institutions
  • 1,838 graduates in 2022
  • 90% of grads are satisfied or very satisfied with their education
  • 94% of grads who go on to further studies say they were well-prepared
  • 1,400 faculty, staff, and administration
female trades student working in sheet metal lab

Work-Integrated Learning

  • Camosun has the largest college co-op program in B.C. and over 85% of co-op placements are with companies on Vancouver Island
  • Over 85% of courses and programs include experiential education and applied learning
  • In 2022, 47% of all college co-op placements in B.C. are completed by Camosun students

Additional Facts

Camosun College Foundation

  • 1,400+ students supported annually with bursaries and awards
  • $30.5 million in total assets
  • 14-member volunteer board
  • 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to Camosun causes

Economic Impact

  • $1 billion annual economic impact
  • The accumulated contribution of Camosun alumni to the regional economy is an estimated $700 million, or the equivalent of over 8,000 jobs

2023-2028 Strategic Plan

Camosun College’s Strategic Plan (2023-2028) was developed through a process of meaningful engagements, transparent practice, and continuous communications with all members of the college community. The plan builds upon the foundation of the past plan and places a strengthened emphasis on important priorities such as Indigenization, equity, diversity and inclusion, and responding to the climate emergency. At the heart of the plan are the four Rs of Indigenous Education, emphasizing individual responsibility and collective accountability.

The four Rs of Indigenous education are:

  • Relevance;
  • Respect;
  • Reciprocity; and
  • Responsibility.

Indigenization is a significant aspect of the new Strategic Plan, with local Indigenous ways of being, doing, and relating being foundational to its development. The plan incorporates local Indigenous semiotics, iconography, artwork, and language to acknowledge and honour the local Indigenous lands and territories on which Camosun is situated. Over the next five years, the plan is expected to have a positive impact on every aspect of the college community and contribute to healthier communities, stronger student outcomes, greater Indigenization, and ensure that students continue to be valued by employers.

“Our common focus is on students. We want to break down barriers so everyone has the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education, whether you are the first person in your family to graduate high school or a learner returning to the classroom with a new career goal.”

- Dr. Lane Trotter, President

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Industry Partnerships

  • 50 active Program Advisory Committees with close to 500 industry and business volunteers
  • Camosun Innovates supports applied research and development through advanced manufacturing, product design, testing, prototyping and technology access
  • Professional Studies and Industry Training offers a range of courses and programs including micro-credentials

Community Learning Partnerships

Community Learning Partnerships (CLP), a department of the School of Access, takes education to community-based sites to make it easier to begin or return to learning. CLP can be a starting point in getting ready to transfer to on-campus college programs.

Camosun’s community partners include:

  • Victoria Native Friendship Centre
  • Saanich Adult Education Centre
  • Bridges for Women
  • Island Community Mental Health

Inspired Learning

  • Largest dual credit program in B.C., supporting over 950 students each year with their transition into post-secondary education and training
  • Biggest trades school on Vancouver Island with 2,500 students in 30+ pre-apprentice and apprenticeship programs
  • Engineering bridge programs at Camosun are unique to only two post-secondary institutions in Canada
  • The Camosun Cuisine Machine is operated by students in the Professional Cook program and is only one of two in Canada, and the only one in Western Canada
  • Women in tades and Indigenous Peoples in trades exploration programs are breaking down barriers and opening the doors to careers in the skilled trades for under-represented groups.
  • Transferable courses in over 30 subject areas such as English, Math, History, Sociology, and Physics, as well as programs and courses in areas such as Visual Arts, Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, Criminal Justice, and Psychology
  • A long-standing partnership with the Victoria Conservatory of Music
  • Students edit and publish journals in Psychology and Creative Writing
  • Over one-third of Camosun students got started through a School of Access pathway
  • Longest-running Indigenous Advisory Council in B.C.
  • Single largest intake of family of nursing students in British Columbia
  • The B.C. Office of Human Rights Commissioner has granted 12.5% of seats in the School of Health and Human Services as dedicated, reserved for Indigenous applicants
  • Largest business school on Vancouver Island and the first college in B.C. to have a degree approved under the applied model with professional accounting in 2005
  • The only institution in B.C. offering Massage Therapy as an academic credit-based program
  • Largest and most comprehensive sport school of any college in the province and offers the only Kinesiology Degree program at a B.C. college
Three Camosun students on stairs

Institutional Accountability Plan & Report

Includes Strategic Plan