Capilano University

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university offering a wide range of programs and services that enable students to succeed in their current studies, in their ongoing education, in their chosen careers, in their lifelong pursuit of knowledge and in their contribution as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing and diverse global community.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Medicine & Health (2)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



Capilano University (then a college) was founded in 1968. In 1973, we opened our permanent campus in North Vancouver. Four years later, we opened kálax-ay the Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt and students will be welcomed to CapU Lonsdale in 2020.


Capilano University is well known for providing a solid academic foundation and is committed to developing new and innovative programs in response to market demand. We offer a complete range of preparatory courses, arts and sciences courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.


Through support and involvement in research we are creating an intellectually rich environment where educators and learners actively contribute to reimagining the ways of understanding and functioning in the world. Capilano University champions a broad range of research activities: individual, collective, multi- and trans-disciplinary scholarly work as well as student research.


Capilano University  assists students considering career options by providing information and reference materials on a wide variety of occupations. The Career Resource Centre is located in the Birch Building, Room 267. It houses a collection of  vocational literature and information on labour market trends. The Centre also contains calendars from Canadian and international universities and colleges, and free informational brochures on campus and community resources. Copies of  current course outlines for Capilano University are available for reference in choosing courses and instructors. 

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Student services

The Centre for Student Success provides each student with the foundation for discovering a meaningful path that will lead to academic and personal success for university and beyond. Student success programming provides critical skill building opportunities and support services to assist students in achieving their academic and personal goals while at Capilano University.

Housing services

A short distance from campus, the CapU Residence is a mix of furnished shared and single accommodations in a supportive and vibrant setting. Included in your residence plan is a fully furnished room, a meal plan (all-you-care-to-eat!), high-speed wireless internet, access to shared TV lounges, study rooms, laundry facilities in addition to events, programming and support. The CapU Residence offers you the opportunity to create friendships, connect with the residence community and receive individualized support to help you be successful. 

Library services

In 1974, the main Library was established at the east end of the B building, the second building constructed on the North Vancouver campus. Initially called the Media Centre, the name was changed in 1989 to “the Library.” This early Library included books, periodicals, a circulation desk, audio-visual materials and equipment, and study tables.  

ICT services

IT Services recognizes that the quality of our services is fundamental to the successful operation of Capilano University and its capacity to achieve its strategic objectives.

Capilano University offers a wide variety of services that are intended to enhance student success.

Medical services

General medical services are available to students at no charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Spring and Fall terms.

Student Life

Campus life

There are plenty of opportunities for getting involved at Cap U outside of the classroom. Join a committee, write for the student newspaper, see a performance, and more.

Immerse yourself in campus life from day one as a member of Capilano University’s first residence community, a supportive, affordable and safe housing option just minutes from the North Vancouver campus. The friendships you will build and the support you will receive will make for an unforgettable experience at CapU

Sports facilities

The North Vancouver campus of Capilano University is the site of one of the finest college sports complexes in Canada. The Sportsplex, which opened in 1991, is ultra-modern in design and features a large, showcase gymnasium with a hardwood playing surface. Seating is provided by individually-molded studio seats, complete with backs and armrests mounted on retractable platforms. The seating capacity accommodates approximately 1,700 spectators and the ceiling height is 30 feet. 

Student clubs

The CSU is a non-profit organization run by a democratically elected board of students that aims to improve every student’s university experience by organizing social, political, and cultural events and offering low-cost services that make life easier. The board of directors, who are independent from the University’s administration, also works to protect the rights of students. The CSU is dedicated to advancing the interests of students by working to achieve a system of post-secondary education that is accessible to all. The CSU works to advance post-secondary education policies in areas such as tuition fees and student financial assistance.


Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. 

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


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