Capilano University’s namesake is Chief Joe Capilano, who was a respected leader of the Squamish Nation. Capilano has about 460 Aboriginal students, and its three campuses are set on the traditional territories of the Squamish, Sechelt, Tsleil-Waututh, Lil’wat, and Musqueam Nations. The main campus is in North Vancouver, while the two regional campuses are in Squamish, at the north end of Howe Sound, and Sechelt, which is on the Sunshine Coast. Since there is no on-campus residence, students typically stay in home stays or rentals.
Capilano offers more than 140 programs, including diplomas, certificates, and 12 bachelor degrees. The programs are broken into five faculties: arts and science, business and professional studies, fine and applied arts, education health and human development, and global and community studies.
Capilano’s Aboriginal Student Centre at the North Vancouver campus is called Kéxwusm-áyakn, a Squamish phrase meaning “a place to meet.” It includes a study space as well as information and resources for Aboriginal students, including elders-in-residence. Capilano also features Indigenous-themed courses like Aboriginal politics in Canada and First Nations literature and film.
Capilano’s roughly 800 international students have access to the Wong-Trainor Centre for International Experience, where they can connect with a student mentor. The centre also connects local students to international opportunities.
Aspiring filmmakers take note: Capilano’s school of motion picture arts includes the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, a 72,000-sq.-foot facility with an editing lab, 3D camera rigs and full lighting rigs, and a high definition 3D theatre, among other features. The school is home to the largest full-time film degree program in Western Canada.
|Fall full-time enrolment||Tuition (f/t degree)||Tuition (f/t diploma)||Tuition (f/t certificate)||Students direct from high school|
|5,423||$3,925 to $9,970||$3,925 to $18,070||$3,925 to $8,930||35%|
100 words from the president
“The Cap difference: it’s something you feel when you’re here. It’s in our tight-knit community, the scent of fir trees and smiles across the hallway. When you attend Capilano, you become part of the Cap community: dedicated people who take time to learn your name, while equipping you with the skills you’ll need to succeed. Whether you aspire to be on stage or seated in a boardroom, we have a program for you. Our small classroom size gives you more time with instructors and a deeper connection with your peers. Welcome to Capilano University. We can’t wait to meet you.”
-President Kris Bulcroft