About Cap

      • Mission Statement

        Capilano University is a teaching-focused university offering a wide range of programs and services that enable students to succeed in their current studies, in their ongoing education, in their chosen careers, in their lifelong pursuit of knowledge and in their contribution as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing and diverse global community.

        General Information

        Capilano University has earned an international reputation for quality teaching, programs and services. We strive to instill the knowledge, skills, motivation and attitudes that will enable our students to become independent thinkers and learners, and to contribute effectively in a rapidly changing world.

        Capilano University is well known for providing a solid academic foundation and is committed to developing new and innovative programs in response to market demand. We offer a complete range of preparatory courses, arts and sciences courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.

        Our main campus is in North Vancouver, located in a natural environment on the slopes of the North Shore and only a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The beauty of the campus and the quality of education attract students from around the world. Capilano University also has a regional campus in Sechelt that serves the community of the Sunshine Coast. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,600 students each year, 8,300 in for-credit programs and 3,300 in non-credit courses. The University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Sechelt (shíshálh) Nations.  

        At Capilano University, students are safe, comfortable and challenged and find the individual attention that can make a difference to their achievements. It is our goal to ensure that our students come first - not only at Capilano, but in all of their pursuits.

        Undergraduate Degree Programs

        Capilano has a growing number of degree programs in various disciplines, including the following:

        Graduate Programs

        Career and Employment-Oriented Programs

        Capilano University offers a variety of employment-oriented programs leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees. These are constantly reviewed to ensure that you are taught the latest techniques and skills required in today's workplace. Advisory committees, composed of business and community leaders and employers, review and recommend the content of all career and vocational programs.

        Preparatory Courses

        Capilano University offers a full range of preparatory courses to assist you in meeting your educational and career goals, such as Adult Basic Education (ABE), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Adult Special Education, and Alternative Career Training. After upgrading or refreshing your skills, you may seek employment or move into a career or university transfer program of study.

        International Students

        Approximately 1,100 international students from 74 countries study at Capilano University. International students may select from any of our programs for which they are qualified.

        Continuing Studies & Executive Education

        Continuing Studies & Executive Education offers lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students who enrol each year in non-credit courses for personal and professional development or pure enjoyment.

        Continuing Studies offers courses for a broad array of learners, from youth to adults and seniors. Topic areas include careers and vocational, computers and technology, art, languages and more. We also offer custom programs for domestic and international groups. Executive Education offers non-credit courses, workshops and programs in fundamental management and business topic areas such as leadership, business strategy, project management, financial management, marketing, strategic communications, human resources, operations, entrepreneurship and much more. We offer open enrolment courses for individuals and custom solutions for domestic and international organizations.

        For more information visit www.capilanou.ca/csee.


        Capilano University was founded by the school boards and residents of North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Howe Sound through referendum in 1968. Classes that first year were held in a small building on the grounds of West Vancouver Secondary School.

        Initial enrolment that first year was 784 students. Today, Capilano University has blossomed into a publicly-funded learning institution that serves 7,000 students in for-credit programs and 4,000 in non-credit courses annually. The University has approximately 785 employees.

        In 1973, Capilano University opened its permanent 13.76 hectare (34-acre) campus in the Lynnmour area of North Vancouver. That same year, the University also established a regional centre in Squamish to serve the Howe Sound communities of Squamish, Whistler, Mount Currie and Pemberton. In 1977, Capilano University opened the Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt to serve the communities of the Sunshine Coast.

        In 2008, the provincial government changed Capilano College's designation to Capilano University.

        Learn more at Pivotal Moments at Cap (PDF).

        University Growth/Campus Development

        A master site plan outlines the most recent development of the North Vancouver campus:

        • Construction of a new Film Centre was completed in 2011.
        • Capilano University's new Child Care Centre was completed in 1996. At 7,100 square feet, it can accommodate 79 children, from infants to five-year-olds.
        • The Birch building was completed in 1996. It houses a 380-seat performance theatre, classrooms and student services and also provides teaching space to accommodate 400 full-time students.
        • In September 1994, Capilano's Squamish campus held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of a new campus, which opened in May 1995.
        • The new Library building opened in 1993, tripling the size of the existing library space.
        • The Sportsplex was completed in the fall of 1991. This marked the beginning of the development of the south campus.
        • Construction of the Cedar building was completed in 1991, adding three floors of classroom and faculty office space, plus a 90-seat lecture theatre.