Capilano University

Capilano University

General Information

Capilano University has earned an international reputation for quality teaching, programs and services. We strive to instill the knowledge, skills, motivation and attitudes that will enable our students to become independent thinkers and learners, and to contribute effectively in a rapidly changing world.

Capilano 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.

Our main campus is in North Vancouver, located in a natural environment on the slopes of the North Shore and only a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The beauty of the campus and the quality of education attract students from around the world. Capilano University also has regional campuses in Squamish and Sechelt that serve the communities of Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast. The total number of students enrolled in credit programs totals approximately 7,500. An additional 7,000 students register in non-credit courses each year.

At Capilano University, students are safe, comfortable and challenged, and find the individual attention that can make a difference to their achievements. It is our goal to ensure that our students come first — not only at Capilano, but in all of their pursuits.

Degree Programs

Capilano has a growing number of degree programs in various disciplines, including the following:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behaviour Analysis – Autism
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Care and Education
  • Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal)
  • Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
  • Bachelor of Music Therapy
  • Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management
Career and Employment-Oriented Programs

Capilano offers a variety of employment-oriented programs leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees. These are constantly reviewed to ensure that you are taught the latest techniques and skills required in today's workplace. Advisory committees, composed of business and community leaders and employers, review and recommend the content of all career and vocational programs.

Preparatory Courses

Capilano University offers a full range of preparatory courses to assist you in meeting your educational and career goals, such as Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Special Education, and Alternative Career Training. After upgrading or refreshing your skills, you may seek employment or move into a career or university transfer program of study.

International Students

Currently, 703 international students from 52 countries are studying at Capilano. International students may select from any of our programs for which they are qualified.

Capilano also offers short-term language training programs that can be combined with recreational and cultural activities. For more information, call 604.984.4901.


Capilano was founded by the school boards and residents of North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Howe Sound through referendum in 1968. Classes that first year were held in a small building on the grounds of West Vancouver Secondary School.

Initial enrolment that first year was 784 students. Today, Capilano has blossomed into a publicly-funded learning institution that serves 7,000 credit and 7,000 non-credit students annually. It has approximately 785 employees.

In 1973, Capilano opened its permanent 13.76 hectare (34-acre) campus in the Lynnmour area of North Vancouver. That same year, it also established a regional centre in Squamish to serve the Howe Sound communities of Squamish, Whistler, Mount Currie and Pemberton. In 1977, Capilano opened the Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt to serve the communities of the Sunshine Coast.

In 2008, the provincial government changed Capilano College's designation to Capilano University.

Contact Details
General Inquiries
North Vancouver Campus and Administrative Offices
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C. V7J 3H5
Tel: 604.986.1911
TDD tel (for deaf and hard of hearing): 604.990.7848
Fax: 604.984.4985

Squamish Campus
Capilano University
P.O. Box 1538
1150 Carson Place, Squamish, B.C. V8B 0B1
Tel: 604.892.5322
Call toll-free from the Vancouver area: 604.986.1911, ext. 5800
Fax: 604.892.9274

Sunshine Coast Campus
Capilano University
P.O. Box 1609
5627 Inlet Avenue
Sechelt, B.C. V0N 3A0
Tel: 604.885.9310
Call toll-free from the Vancouver area: 604.986.1911, ext. 5900
Fax: 604.885.9350

Other Useful Numbers
University Switchboard: 604.986.1911
Conflict Resolution Advisor: 604.983.7547
North Shore Taxi: 604.987.7171
Parkway Towing: 604.929.1134
Pay Parking Services: 604.990.7887 (Fax)
Sunshine Cabs: 604.987.3333
TransLink: 604.953.3333

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