Capilano University: Maclean's College Profile

Capilano University

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


Capilano University Campus

A former community college, Capilano is now a teaching-focused university offering degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Capilano University’s faculty focuses on teaching rather than research. Many faculty continue to work in their fields and can offer students access to up-to-date, practical instruction and industry connections. Students benefit as well from more individualized attention from their instructors, with class sizes capped at 35 students. The main campus is located at the foot of the North Shore mountains in North Vancouver, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

A second campus is located in Sechelt, on the Sunshine Coast, with regional offerings in the Squamish/Whistler area. The university has most of the services one would expect, with one exception: there are no residences on campus. Degree programs tend to be career-oriented in areas such as early childhood care and education, motion picture arts, tourism, legal studies, communications and jazz, but broader-based programs, such as the bachelor of business administration and bachelor of arts in liberal studies, are also available. “Capilano University alumni have gone on to win Junos and Oscars and to be named members of the ‘Power 50’ in the Canadian business world,” says president Paul Dangerfield. “We prepare students to excel on a global stage.” A bonus: at $4,742, undergraduates pay about 25 per cent less in tuition and fees than at Vancouver’s two research-intensive universities.

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%


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