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. Founded in 1968, 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 97 programs, including 13 bachelor’s degrees as well as post-baccalaureate and undergraduate diplomas and certificates. To increase access to learning, in Fall 2019 the University is opening a new location, CapU Lonsdale, on the waterfront in North Vancouver. The University provides student residences near its main 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 third in 2018 and second 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 ratings in British Columbia, according to B.C. Student Outcomes Survey results for 2016 to 2018.

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
12,700
Enrolment Details

CapU enrolls approximately 12,700 students each year; 9,000 in for-credit programs, nearly 1,200 in non-credit courses and 2,500 international students.


Detailed Costs
Campus Locations

Main Campus

2055 Purcell Way,
North Vancouver, BC

kálax-ay Sunshine Coast Campus

5627 Inlet Ave.,
Sechelt, BC

CapU Lonsdale

250 - 125 Victory Ship Way ,
North Vancouver, BC

Main Campus

2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC

kálax-ay Sunshine Coast Campus

5627 Inlet Ave.
Sechelt, BC

CapU Lonsdale

250 - 125 Victory Ship Way
North Vancouver, BC

Nearby Highlights

North Vancouver, B.C., home to Capilano University’s main campus, is an inspiring setting in which to learn and grow. When the school day is done, the outdoor adventures begin. Minutes from campus, you’ll find hiking and mountain biking trails, secret beaches and world-class ski resorts with spectacular views of the Vancouver skyline. Further up the Coast, where CapU serves the communities of the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, you’ll discover even more ways to enjoy the active West Coast lifestyle.


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

Programs Programs


Featured Programs

Bachelor Motion Picture Arts

Lights. Camera. Action! Come and learn from industry professionals at CapU’s state-of-the-art Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. Combine practice with theory to create magic.

We'll give you all the tools to build your technical knowledge and creative confidence. You'll learn the theory and history of cinema and develop your critical thinking skills. At the same time you'll work through and gain skills in the different technical departments. Your collaboration with fellow students on a variety of projects will give you the chance to try out different filmmaking roles as you decide on your focus. You'll be working with up-to-date professional equipment that includes an 8000 sq. ft. sound stage, 3D camera rigs and a 3D editing lab.

Bachelor of Design and Visual Communications (IDEA)

Want to be part of the next generation of creative professionals? Learn your craft and develop your skill in visual expression at CapU.

The world of visual communication moves fast. At CapU we make it our business to keep up with industry trends and innovations – and take you with us. The curriculum is rigorous, industry-focused and responsive to cultural change and technology advances. You'll learn a broad range of design specialties such as branding, illustration, and interactive design. You'll engage with instructors who are professionals with years of experience and broad networks across the industry. Bring your talent, passion and goals to a program with a reputation for industry-ready graduates.

Associate of Arts Diploma - Global Stewardship

The Associate of Arts Degree in Global Stewardship is a unique program in British Columbia. Students have diverse career goals: local community development, journalism, teaching, politics, nursing and business as well as international development (NGOs and IGOs). But what they all share is the passion, compassion and commitment to make a positive difference in the world.

Through an innovative curriculum combining classroom study and engaged service learning, students gain the knowledge and skills to become change makers. Graduating students have many options available: some apply for an internship to gain further experience in the NGO sector; others complete Bachelor’s Degrees in areas such as geography, political studies, international relations, anthropology, international development or social work. Many students opt to stay and complete a degree at Capilano University, such as the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies.

Info on All Programs
Areas of Study Available
  • Business and Management
  • Communications
  • Visual, Performing and Fine Arts
  • Legal and Social Services
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Recreation, Tourism, Hospitality and Service
  • Upgrading Programs
  • Education and Library Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Health Related
  • Engineering and Electronics

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.

Study Abroad Info

Admissions Admissions


Basic Admissions Requirements

Basic admissions information is included in the printed and online versions of the Capilano University Program Guide. We also include this information on our individual program web pages.

Online Program Guide | capilanou.ca/request-viewbook
Programs & Courses | capilanou.ca/programs

Admission to Arts & Sciences | Final acceptance is based on grade 11 grades and proof of registration in grade 12 courses. A minimum GPA of 2.0 (60%) calculated on English 11, BC English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 and 2 academic Grade 11 or 12 courses.

Admission to Business Administration | High School graduation; English 11 (C+) with proof of registration in English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12; and MATH 11 (C) or other listed Math requirements for Business Programs | capilanou.ca/business

Admission to other faculties / career programs | Programs may require a portfolio, supplemental documents, audition, particular academic subjects, a minimum GPA or have a selective or competitive admission process.

Full admission requirements can be found at capilanou.ca/programs


IB and AP Credits
IB Diploma applicants

International Baccalaureate students are eligible for admission on the basis of successful completion of the IB Diploma. Capilano University English Language Requirements and program specific requirements must also be met. For those students who are completing both the IB Diploma and another high school curriculum, Capilano will use the credential which offers the applicant the best advantage. Transfer credit or advanced standing will be awarded for IB courses. Check the Transfer Credit section of the Capilano University Calendar (pdf) for a table of credit awarded for IB course work, or consult the BC Transfer Guide.

IB Certificate applicants

In order to meet admission requirements applicants must successfully achieve high school completion (or the equivalent). Capilano University English Language Requirements and program specific requirements must also be met. For IB students not completing the IB Diploma it should be noted that IB certificate courses at both the standard and higher level can be used for admission in conjunction with another high school curriculum. IB certificate courses will also be considered for transfer credit or advanced standing. Check the Transfer Credit section of the Capilano University Calendar (pdf) or the BC Transfer Guide for more information.

Advanced Placement applicants

In order to meet admission requirements, applicants from the Advanced Placement program (AP) must successfully achieve high school completion (or the equivalent). Capilano University English Language Requirements and program specific requirements must also be met. AP courses are eligible for admission consideration and AP course grades may be combined with an approved high school curriculum to meet Capilano’s admission requirements. AP courses will also be considered for transfer credit or advanced standing. Please see the Transfer Credit section of the Capilano University Calendar (pdf) for a table of credit awarded for AP course work, or consult the BC Transfer Guide.

English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL 83 (internet), 560 (paper)

ELA 145

IELTS (academic) 6.5 overall, no one score less than 6

LPI Level 4 with an essay score of 26

Other ways to meet the language requirements: capilanou.ca/requirements


Application Deadline

Applications for admission for Fall term (September) can be submitted commencing early October; one year prior of the intended intake. Applications for admission for Spring term (January) can be submitted commencing early February; one year prior of the intended intake. There are however, early application deadlines for specific programs. For these application dates refer to the program website at capilanou.ca/programs

Application Fee

$50.00 | New domestic applicants and all applicants applying for readmission
$135.00 | New international applicants

How to Apply

Step 1. Check the admission requirements

Before you apply, check to make sure you meet the admission requirements for the program you’ve chosen.

Use the BC Transfer Guide to see if you have credits that cover a prerequisite or count toward your program.

Step 2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program

Check the specific program page for application and document deadlines.

Step 3. Complete and submit your application

All students apply online through the link to EducationPlanner on the Admissions web page.


Admissions Contact Email

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

Financial Aid Contact Email

Residence Residence


First Year Residence Spots
No guaranteed spots – for prioritization criteria, see ‘how to apply’ tab at capilanou.ca/residence
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 [2020-21] per semester costs:

Shared Double Occupancy Room = $4,551*

Single Occupancy Room = $5,293*

Application Fee [$50] plus $500 deposit on acceptance required.

*Estimated 2020-21 fees.


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/


Residence Contact Email
Residence Contact Phone

International Students International Students


International Student Info

Capilano University is a “home away from home” for more than 2,500 international students from 80 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/

More International Student Info

International Students Contact Email
International Students Contact Phone