Capilano University



Capilano University's main campus (formerly Capilano College) is located in North Vancouver, nestled in a natural setting on the slopes of the North Shore Mountains.

Since it was founded in 1968, Capilano University has earned a reputation for excellence and innovation. Surveys indicate that one of the main reasons students choose Capilano is the quality of its teaching. The University is known for its expert faculty and its wide range of program offerings, including several bachelor degrees, Arts & Sciences courses, career and vocational programs, and English as a Second Language. Courses are offered in the fall (September), spring (January), and summer (May) terms.

Areas of Expertise

Capilano University specializes in bachelor's degrees in Business Administration, Jazz Studies, Music Therapy, Tourism Management, Early Childhood Care & Education, Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism, and Motion Picture Production. In addition, Capilano features Arts & Sciences transfer courses and associate degrees (Arts and Science), plus a variety of diplomas and certificates in programs like Commercial Animation, Studio Art, Theatre, and more.

On Campus Housing

Capilano University does not have housing, dormitories, or residences.

Off Campus Housing

Host family programs are available. The campus is located in a suburban area in which rental accommodation can be found within easy travelling distance. It is advisable to arrive early to arrange suitable accommodation. The Capilano Students Union provides a weekly accommodation listing on the website.

Incoming Students

At the beginning of each term, there are orientations, workshops, and information sessions.

Career Planning

Capilano University has a Careers Centre, which carries literature, brochures, and videos on different programs and careers. A computer based study skills program is available. The University also has a Student Employment Centre.


Sports facilities available to Capilano University include the Sportsplex and Fitness Centre. The Sportsplex features a large, showcase gymnasium with a hardwood-playing surface. The Main Gym accommodates approximately 1,700 spectators.


The University has the following club activities, which are available to students either for free or at a nominal charge: Basketball, Capoeira Club, Hip Hop Dance Club, Indoor Soccer (Futsal), Indian Dance Club, Juggling Club, Karate Club, N.S. Men's Basketball League, Racquet Wednesday, and Swing Dance Club.

Information Technology

A library lab and several additional computer labs are available to all students. Further, Capilano University provides wireless and wired connections for students, however, all notebook computers that require Internet access on campus must be registered with IT Services at a one time cost of $20.00.


Cultural facilities include the art gallery and the theatre where local, national, and international artists perform both music and drama regularly.

Special Services

The Capilano University Childcare Centre provides both full-time and part-time care for children aged three to five. Full-time care is available for infants and toddlers. Applications may be submitted at any time and priority is given to Capilano University students. Disability Support Services provides a variety of services including transition and educational planning, registration assistance, taped texts, interpreting services, note takers and scribes, and exam invigilation. First Nations Student Services offers a First Nations Student Advisor who provides assistance with educational planning, course selection, and registration. The advisor also provides information concerning University resources and acts as a liaison to First Nations Band education officers and university instructors.

International Involvement

Capilano University actively promotes student and faculty exchanges with colleges, universities, and other agencies outside Canada. The faculties have taken part in exchanges or professional development activities in many countries including Japan, China, and Italy. The University has several formal faculty exchange relationships as well as several annual student exchanges with overseas colleges and universities.

Campus Tour

Campus tours are a feature of the orientations, which are scheduled at the beginning of each term. Some additional campus information is available on the Web site. The University offers a 'Student for a Day' program, which pairs you up with a Capilano University student ambassador enrolled in a related program of study. You'll attend classes with your student ambassador, get a personal campus tour, and gain firsthand experience of university life. The program runs from November to mid March. For information sessions, go to the website and click on the appropriate school that you are applying for. Pre-registration for these sessions is usually required by RSVP.


Services and facilities available at Capilano University include the Advising Centre, the Counselling Department, the Mathematics Learning Centre, the Student Employment Centre, the Students' Union, the Women’s' Centre, the Writing Centre, a bookstore, food services, health services, a student store, and public transit.

Modified on February 04, 2019