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Capilano University

North Vancouver, Canada

Public -1968

25 : 1

Student: Teacher Ratio


Acceptance Rate

Summer, Spring, Fall


38 : 62

Male: Female Ratio


International Student Rate

History, Affiliations and Rankings  

Capilano University was founded in 1968 by the residents of North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Howe Sound along with the School Boards and welcomed its first 783 students, who studied at night in the classrooms of West Vancouver Secondary School. The University established its independent campus in North Vancouver in 1973 and was elevated to its present status as Capilano University in 2008. Today, it is an acclaimed University situated across three campuses and educates over 12,700 students through innovative, challenging curriculums, applied learning and experiential learning opportunities. Capilano University is affiliated with Universities Canada (AUCC), Colleges and Institutes Canada (ACCC), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), and the Canadian University Press (CUP). 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The main campus of Capilano University is in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Other campus locations of the University are the kalax-ay Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt, and the newest CapU Lonsdale campus. In addition, there is also the Tzili learning Center engulfed in a rural landscape and surrounded by majestic mountains. While the Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast campuses are nestled within mountains and forest spaces, the Lonsdale campus is situated in a commercial setting, the partial reconstruction of the Shipyards "machine shop." At Capilano University, you can choose to study 100+ programs across 5 specialized Faculties, which are Arts and Sciences, Business and Professional Studies, Education, Health and Human Development, Fine and Applied Arts, and Global and Community Studies. Across these subject areas, CapU offers qualifications ranging from Associate and Bachelor's degrees to Master's, Graduate diplomas and certificates, pathways and opportunities to study abroad. Students are supervised by experienced faculty members and are also taken on field trips to businesses. Apart from academics, Capilano University offers exceptional athletics programs in basketball, soccer, and more.

Accomplishments and Alumni

There is a student organization at Capilano University named Capilano Student Union which takes care of the requirements of students, and it became a medium of communication between the students of the university and board members the university. It is independently operated by the student society. Capilano University encourages creative writing among students. Capilano University has an extensive alumni network consisting of 20,000 students. Godfrey Gao (Famous Canadian-Taiwanese Model and Actor), Elicia MacKenzie (Theater actress), Camilla d'Errico (Comic Book Illustrator), Charles Van Sandwyk (Renowned Writer) are just a few of the university's famous alumni.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

Each year, Capilano University enrolls about 12,700 students, with 9,000 in credit programs, roughly 1,200 in non-credit courses, and 2,500 international students who come from 80 countries worldwide. The University has more than 20 partner universities worldwide, including partnerships in Australia, South Korea, France, Switzerland, China and more. CapU students can choose to study a portion of their course abroad to gain global perspectives, and build connections around the world. Programs at Capilano University include a work experience component, which students are allowed to complete with the University's local industry connections. This allows them to graduate with career-ready skills and hands-on experience. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), lululemon, WildBrain, Telus, Atomic Cartoons, BC Hydro, Titmouse and others are the top companies where CapU graduates are known to work. 

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