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Capilano University

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea to Sky corridor. The University offers more than 100 programs, including 12 bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,000 students each year, 7,000 in for-credit programs and 4,000 in non-credit courses. Capilano University’s North Vancouver campus is located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) and Tsleil-Waututh Nations of the Coast Salish people.

Fast Facts

  • Capilano University aligns our program offerings with the BC Skills for Jobs Blueprint, ensuring student’s graduate career-ready for the province’s most in-demand jobs.
  • Capilano’s more than 1,000 international students are a vital part of our campus, maintaining a local presence with a global reach that extends to more than 55 countries.
  • Students are sought out by industry leaders before graduation. Our bachelor degree programs have a 96 per cent placement rate, of those graduates who responded to a provincial graduate survey.
  • Small classes and personal attention set Capilano University apart. Classes average 26 students, offering more personalized teaching and learning than typical classes of 100 or more at major research universities.
  • Capilano University is recognized as a leader in sustainable practices. We integrate sustainability into every aspect of campus life.




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    Total number of students
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Contribute to our Community

Through its unique, student-driven approach to sustainability, Capilano University is a leader in waste and energy reduction strategies among BC’s post-secondary landscape. By integrating sustainable practices in every segment of campus life, we have exceeded the Ministry’s carbon neutrality targets (energy, fleet, natural gas, paper) ranking Capilano University among the top eight post-secondary institutions in BC. We also create opportunities for students to lead, drive and support sustainability on campus through environmental awareness, local action and global thinking. Initiatives such as the bi-annual Waste Audit are integrated into the curriculum, providing a learning experience that will translate to real-world applications. Capilano University actively promotes environmentally sustainable behaviours on campus through waste and energy reduction strategies. These include our campus-wide zero-waste stations, which are intended to support Capilano’s ultimate goal of a zero-waste campus as well as elicit behaviours that will support the North Vancouver community and beyond.

Foster Student Success

“The instructors have great enthusiasm, which drew to me to the program. I didn’t really know I wanted to go into sales until I took courses such as sales and financial planning, which were both relevant to my interests.” Andrea Ma Sales Manager, AMS Conferences + Catering

“Opportunity abounds in the Bachelor of Tourism Management at Capilano U. Those who commit to the journey will be handsomely rewarded. I look no further than my fellow graduates and their success to understand I made one of the best commitments of my life with this program. Don’t miss it.” Jordan Kallman, Partner at the Social Concierge (TSC Agency)

He doesn’t enjoy equal status to the Godfather of Soul, but Capilano University’s James Brown continues to make a name for himself in the film industry alongside other graduates of the University’s Motion Picture Arts program (MOPA). Brown was one of four Capilano University alumni to be honoured at two respected film festivals within two months. Producers Diana Donaldson and Peter Harvey were two of 15 filmmakers featured at the 15th annual Whistler Film Festival in December 2015. View more here.

Partner with Business and Community


BlueShore Financial has long been one of Capilano University’s key partners. In 2011, the then North Shore Credit Union contributed $1 million to sponsor the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts. Additionally, the BlueShore Financial Business Award was established in honour of BlueShore Financial’s generous commitment to the School of Business. The award reflects the financial institution’s values and goes to students enrolled in business studies who are actively engaged in their campus and community. Many of Cap’s business graduates have become valued employees of BlueShore Financial, some of whom have returned to Capilano as program advisors, guest lecturers and panel members for programs and courses at the University.


Every year, Capilano University teams up with United Way of the Lower Mainland to raise funds to build stronger communities, move people from poverty to possibility, and help kids be all they can be. Capilano’s efforts on behalf of the United Way help provide families and individuals living in poverty with much needed support. This support is targeted to some of the most vulnerable people in our local communities and also helps address the root causes in order to break the cycle of poverty.

Support Indigenous Students

Capilano University acknowledges with respect the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations on whose unceded traditional territories we live, learn and work. We cultivate a respectful campus that is receptive to our Aboriginal students’ needs. Our Aboriginal Student Success Strategy will strengthen our program offerings, and further affirm, enhance and develop support for our Aboriginal learners.

Programs & Services of Interest

  • Indigenous Digital Filmmaking
  • Squamish Nation Language & Culture
  • Sechelt Language & Culture
  • Lil’wat Language & Culture

First Nations Student Services

Date modified: 2022-01-11