Institutional research is a broad category of work done at universities to inform campus decision-making and planning in areas such as admissions, financial aid, enrolment management, student life, curriculum, finance, staffing, facilities, athletics, and alumni relations.

Institutional researchers collect, analyze, report, and warehouse quantitative and qualitative data about their institution's students, faculty, staff, curriculum, course offerings, and student outcomes. They are involved in collecting and reporting information to government bodies.


Office of Institutional Research aim to align Capilano University (CapU) towards its mission and vision by informing and supporting our decision makers and the university strategic planning process. With CapU’s mission and vision central to the functions of the office, the office provides performance metrics, as well as a broad spectrum of research and analysis about the university to decision makers and partners.  As a key resource of the institution, the office also provides centralized CapU analytics, key performance metrics, and system level comparison that measures accountability at the provincial and institutional level.

Student Statistics

2017/18 Academic Year

  • 10,185 students
  • 8,115 domestic students
  • 2,070 international students
  • 425 Indigenous students
  • 59% Female and 41% Male
  • 73 countries represented
  • 96 students studying abroad
  • 101 programs to choose from
  • 25 average class size

Credentials Awarded

2017/18 Academic Year

  • 105 Graduate & First Professional Credentials Awarded
  • 465 Bachelor Degrees Awarded
  • 730 Diplomas Awarded
  • 365 Certificates Awarded
  • In total, CapU awarded 1660 credentials 2017/18 academic year

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