Trinity Western University (TWU) is a private Christian liberal arts university in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. It is accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and is recognized by the United States Department of Education. Founded in 1962, it enrolls approximately 3,500 students and sits on a suburban-rural 157-acre (64 ha) campus near the historic village of Fort Langley, British Columbia. Trinity Western is Canada's largest privately funded Christian university. It has a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies curriculum, offering 45 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and post-graduate programs. It has a student to faculty ratio of 16:1 with an average first-year class size of 37 and overall average class size of 15. Trinity Western is a member of the Royal Society of Canada. Its varsity teams, known as the Spartans, are members of Canadian Interuniversity Sport. According to Universities Canada, the non-profit national organization that represents Canadian universities and colleges, TWU's domestic tuition is the most expensive of any university in Canada. Trinity Western University traces its history back to 1957, when a committee was established by the Evangelical Free Church of America to study and consider the feasibility of a liberal arts college on North America's Pacific Coast. The committee decided on a location between Vancouver and Seattle in rural British Columbia, in what is now the Township of Langley. Trinity Junior College began as a two-year college in 1962, and its name was changed to Trinity Western College 10 years later, following a significant period of growth in enrollment and program options. After 20 years as a transfer college, Trinity Western began awarding baccalaureate degrees in 1980. In 1985 the British Columbia Provincial Government legislated the institution to its current position as a privately funded Christian university and it became known as Trinity Western University. It is the fourth-oldest university in the province of British Columbia after the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Trinity Western University's motto is Turris Fortis Deus Noster. The Latin motto is translated as "A Mighty Fortress is Our God". The university's colours are gold and blue.