Capilano University | North Vancouver, B.C. | Founded 1968

Mural at Capilano University

Students walk to class next to Tierney Milne’s mural “Happy Accidents” on Jan. 13, 2020.

With class sizes averaging around 25, students at Capilano University benefit from individualized attention from their instructors. Many faculty members continue to work in their fields and can offer students access to up-to-date, practical instruction and industry connections. Capilano’s main campus is located at the foot of the North Shore Mountains, about 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. CapU Lonsdale, located on North Van’s waterfront, offers continuing education classes, while a regional campus in Sechelt serves the Squamish-Whistler area.

Degree programs tend to be career-​oriented in areas such as early childhood care and education, kinesiology, music therapy, motion picture arts, and legal studies, but broader-based programs, such as the bachelor of business administration and bachelor of arts in liberal studies, are also available. Capilano has a handful of post-baccalaureate diplomas and a wide range of certificate and diploma offerings, including a diploma program in costuming for stage and screen that combines motion picture and theatre costuming. The program prepares students to work in film and television production, as well as theatre, opera and dance.

Recently, Capilano developed the Indigenous Digital Accelerator project to provide resources such as technical advice and mentoring to help Indigenous students launch their own businesses, as well as to help existing Indigenous entrepreneurs to expand. “From the first moment our new students step onto campus, they feel supported and know their education truly matters,” says president Paul Dangerfield. “We are unified in providing exceptional experiences for students and ensuring the well-being of everyone in our campus community.”

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Standout Programs
Kinesiology: In either a four-year degree or two-year diploma, students prepare for careers promoting healthy individuals and communities.
• Early Childhood Care and Education: This bachelor program delivers theory, research and practice, and the program includes a focus on leadership and advocacy.
Jazz Studies: Students in this bachelor program receive an enriched liberal arts education while developing skills in performance, composition and music education.

Cool Courses
Leading With Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: Students identify strategies to improve personal and interpersonal effectiveness.
• Aboriginal Law: Topics include constitutional relations between governments, title and rights to land, citizenship, and the Indian Act and Indian Band governance.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts, Science: 63-66% · Commerce, Engineering: high school diploma with select course minimums
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 5,092 · Part-time: 1,356
International Students: First-year: 28.8%
Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence spaces: 175 (normal capacity is 300; first come, first served)
Residence costs: Single room with meals: $4,606

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