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Our Values

Starting as a collection of portables in 1968, Capilano University today has four locations, more than 100 programs and 70,000 alumni worldwide. Our values — quality education, a welcoming environment and a never-ending desire to do better — have always kept us grounded.

As the only post-secondary institution on the North Shore, our core value is providing a distinct educational experience students will not be able to get anywhere else.

The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are at the forefront of everything we do at CapU. From accessibility services to personal and academic counselling, we are here for you. 

We are continually challenging ourselves to improve the programs and courses offered at CapU, with minors making their debut in 2021 and microcredentials in various subjects starting soon. 

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“By adopting these values, we can be bold in our ideas, creative in our approaches and lead with wellness in mind. There is strength in our diversity and our connections with each other. Together, we can co-create life-enhancing university experiences for everyone at CapU.”
– Paul Dangerfield, President and Vice-Chancellor

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Our EDI Commitment

Find out about CapU's to support Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) for everyone, our students, employees and community partners.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)
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Well-Being at CapU

Your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual and environmental needs should be met to ensure success. Here's how we help.

Well-Being
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Community Development and Outreach at CapU

Learn more about how our Community Development and Outreach (CDO) department connects with learners who are often left out of post-secondary.

Community Development and Outreach (CDO)

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Envisioning 2030

Our goals for the next decade at CapU are centred on three essential yet equal components: imagination, community and distinct university experience.

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Illuminating 2030

CapU's 10-year academic plan, focuses on our commitments to learners, communities, education development and knowledge sharing.

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Our Brand

The CapU brand can be distilled to five words that capture how we started, who we are and who we will be. We are confident, unified, creative, enduring and luminous. See what we mean below. 

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Brand Essence

We are confident

Capilano University graduates are confident in their ability to affect positive change. Students are secure in the knowledge they have received the solid foundation required to achieve success. Reflecting this sentiment is our bold, broad-minded and proud presentation to the world.

We are unified

Diverse in thinking, but connected in our vision and mission, we work together to build the Capilano University community. Collaboration is key to the way we think and how we communicate our brand.

We are creative

Creativity is at the heart of Capilano University – visible in student output, academic programming and faculty collaboration. Our brand reflects our unique character, versatility and positive outlook.

We are enduring

We are proud of Capilano University's more than 50-year history, our relationship with local First Nations, the origin of our name, and the foundation all these elements create for our future. Our brand is forward-thinking, dynamic and embracing change – self-assured in our strong foundation.

We are luminating

Through education, our environment and world-class architecture, Capilano University is illuminated and authentic. Visually light and striving for sustainable attributes, our identity and brand radiates this commitment.

Capsule: Connecting through stories.

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Opening Doors to Cultural Perspectives

Open the lessons and wisdom carved into the wooden doors at the Lonsdale learning centre.

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We Believe: Julia Sors

Bursaries enable students to pursue their dreams of creating a more inclusive world.

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What Makes a Good Warrior

Learning from Elder Robert Joe of shíshálh Nation, a fierce warrior for Truth and Reconciliation.

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Connect with us

Alumni

CapU graduates are members of the Capilano University Alumni Association (CUAA), a community of 70,000 alumni.

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Careers

Come work with us at CapU. We are proud to be recognized as one of B.C.’s top employers in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Work with Us

Give to CapU

Donating to the Capilano University Foundation helps ensure students don’t have to go without to get an education.

Donate to CapU

Capsule

Take a deeper look at the people and stories that make up the CapU community in Capsule.

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Media Releases

Stay up to date on the latest official CapU news and announcements from our Communications department.

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Contact us

If you have a general question about CapU, these are the best ways to get in touch the campus community.

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Students entering the Cedar Building with the Here & Now mural behind them.
Winnipeg visual artist Jaime Black began the REDress project in 2010 with a public art installation that featured 600 donated red dresses hung in public places in Winnipeg and elsewhere across the country.
Winnipeg visual artist Jaime Black began the REDress project in 2010 with a public art installation that featured 600 donated red dresses hung in public places.