Capilano University was founded by the school boards and residents of North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Howe Sound through a referendum in 1968.

During our first year, all 784 enrolled students took their classes at night in the classrooms of West Vancouver Secondary School, with our main campus in the Lynnmour area of North Vancouver opening in 1973.

Today, Capilano University has blossomed into a publicly-funded learning institution that serves more than 9,000 students in credit programs, approximately 1,200 in non-credit courses as well as nearly 2,500 international students. The University also has more than 1,000 employees, faculty and staff.

To serve communities on the Sunshine Coast, Capilano University opened the kálax-ay Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt in 1977, with many programs and courses running on the coast today.  

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

Looking ahead, CapU Lonsdale, an extension of our main campus in the Shipyards development in Lower Lonsdale will welcome its first students in the fall of 2019.