Who We Are

Nestled in the North Shore mountains and a mere 20 minutes from all that downtown Vancouver has to offer, Capilano University is a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts and urbanites alike. Now in its 50th year, the University is best known for its jazz, film, animation and performing arts programs. CapU’s business, paralegal, early childhood care and education, music therapy and design programs are also highly regarded. Capilano University offers 101 programs, including bachelor’s degrees and post baccalaureate and undergraduate diplomas and certificates. The University provides student residences near its North Vancouver campus and also serves the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor.

Alumni and instructors from Capilano University have been nominated for, and won, Juno Awards; alumni have worked on Oscar-winning animation teams; and, for the second year in a row, a film written and directed by a Motion Picture Arts students was included in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. Out of more than three hundred teams, CapU business students placed second in 2016 and third in 2017 in the American Marketing Association Collegiate Case Competition.

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university. With an average of 25 students per class, learners at CapU are afforded individual attention. Many of our instructors balance teaching with professional practice and share real-world experiences and industry connections. It’s not uncommon for a student’s class to end on a Friday and their first professional employment to begin the following Monday. Quality of instruction at Capilano University is rated by bachelor’s degree students at 97 per cent, one of the top two ratings in British Columbia, according to B.C. Student Outcomes Survey results for 2014 to 2016.

Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh) Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

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Enrolment Total
8,300 students in for-credit programs and 3,300 in non-credit courses annually.

Detailed Costs
Campus Locations

2055 Purcell Way,
North Vancouver, BC

2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC

Credentials Available
  • Associate Degree
  • Certificates: 1 Year or Less
  • Diplomas: 2-3 Years
  • Upgrading / HS Completion
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Career-Focused

Programs Programs

Info on All Programs
Study Abroad Opportunities

Internationalize your degree, your resume and your network by spending part of your studies at a partner institution in another country — for the same tuition fee you normally pay at CapU. Students typically apply in their second year of studies to go abroad in their third.

Admissions Admissions

Basic Admissions Requirements

Career and Limited programs each have specific admission requirements. Arts or Sciences programs require BC Secondary School Graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (60%) calculated on English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and two (2) academic Grade 12 courses selected from the list on website: : www.capilanou.ca/admissions/apply-to-capu/admission-requirements/

IB and AP Credits

AP courses are eligible for admission consideration and will also be considered for transfer credit or advanced standing. International Baccalaureate students are eligible for admission on the basis of successful completion of the IB Diploma and transfer credit or advanced standing will be awarded for IB courses.

English Proficiency Requirements

If you don’t meet the admission requirements for English language skills but you believe you do have the necessary skills, you may submit an English Language Waiver Form. If the University then decides you need additional instruction in English, you will be asked to take an English examination suitable to the program area in which you wish to enrol. If English is your second language and you need help to bring your English language skills to the required level you can apply to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.

Application Deadline

Fall Semester: Early Deadline – March 31; Supporting Documents – May 31.

Application Fee


How to Apply

All students apply online through the link to EducationPlanner on the Admissions web page. If you are unable to apply online, you may complete an Application for Admission or Readmission form (pdf. on web page) and deliver it by hand or mail to the Registrar’s Office.

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Financial Aid Financial Aid

Entrance Scholarships Deadline

Applications open in October 2018 and close in early 2019

Entrance Scholarships Info
Other Scholarship Info
Student Loan Info

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Residence Residence

First Year Residence Spots
No guaranteed spots
Residence Options

The CapU Residence provides an affordable, safe and convenient housing option for full-time students, supported by live-in residence advisors, just a short distance from the campus.

Total Average Residence Cost
Residence fees range from $1,100 to $1,500 month depending on type of room, and includes a mandatory meal plan, offering healthy, nutritious meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
Residence Cost Details

Four-month [2018-19] per semester costs: Shared [Double] = $4,417; Single = $5,131; Studio Apartment = $6,049. Application Fee [$50] plus $500 deposit on acceptance required.

Residence Application Deadline

The first round of residence applications closes on March 31 for the Fall semester. Students who have applied by this deadline will receive first priority for residence rooms and are likely to receive an offer of residence at an earlier date than other applicants.

How to Apply

Apply online: www.capilanou.ca/student-life/campus-community/capu-residence/how-to-apply/

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International Students International Students

International Student Info

Capilano University is a “home away from home” for more than 1,900 international students from 73 countries around the world, supported by a team of dedicated international education professionals who guide students throughout the CapU experience.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must take one of the following English language assessment tests: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); ELA (English Language Assessment Test); Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System); CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test); PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English – Academic). Minimum requirements are on the Admissions web page: www.capilanou.ca/admissions/apply-to-capu/admission-requirements/

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