Learn about CapU’s general admission requirements, as well as requirements for specialized programs. Find out how credits from unique high school programs count, and what to do if you’re a mature student or coming from another school.

Students at CapU write assignments, follow class lectures and take part in class discussions in English.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English you must take one of the following English language assessment tests:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • Required minimum marks:
      • online test (TOEFL iBT®): 83
      • paper-delivered test: 560
    • Capilano University TOEFL code: 0505
  • ELA (English Language Assessment Test)
    • Required minimum mark: 145
  • Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Required minimum mark: 6.5 overall, with no single score below 6
    • Alternate contact: ielts@sfu.ca
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test)
    • Required minimum mark: 70
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English – Academic)
    • Required minimum mark: 56
Other ways to meet the English language requirement
  • six credits of post-secondary English that transfer to Capilano University; or 
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples with a final mark (including provincial exam) of C+ or higher and two years of high school in Canada, or
  • Advanced Placement English Language/Composition or English Literature/Composition with a minimum mark of 4, or
  • International Baccalaureate English Language A Higher Level with a minimum mark of 5, or
  • Language Proficiency Index Level 4 with an essay mark of at least 26, or
  • Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum mark of B+ (77%) in each course, or
  • four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in Canada, or in a country other than Canada where English is the principle language, or
  • four or more years at an eligible international high school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English, or
  • graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language. 
  • Students who graduated from a recognized degree program or completed four years of full-time study in English in the countries listed below will have met Capilano University’s English language proficiency requirements.

American Samoa

Anguilla

Antigua & Barbuda

Australia

Bahamas

Barbados

Bermuda

Belize

Botswana

British Virgin Islands

Canada *

Cayman Islands

Dominica

Falkland Islands

Fiji

Gambia

Ghana

Gibraltar

Grenada

Guam

Guyana

Ireland

Jamaica

Kenya

Lesotho

Liberia

Malta

Mauritius

Montserrat

New Zealand

Nigeria

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

South Africa

St. Helena

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Trinidad & Tobago

Tanzania

Turks & Caicos Islands

Uganda

United Kingdom

USA

US Virgin Islands

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Applicants from Quebec may be required to provide proof of English language proficiency.

If you don’t meet the admission requirements for English language skills but you believe you do have the necessary skills, you may submit an English Language Waiver Form (pdf) to the attention of Admissions in the Registrar's Office. If the University then decides you need additional instruction in English, you will be asked to take an English examination suitable to the program area in which you wish to enrol.

If English is your second language and you need help to bring your English language skills to the required level you can apply to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.

To book a testing appointment, contact the EAP department: 604 986 1911 ext. 4791.

To apply for the Adult Basic Education program you must be at least 18 years old and have been out of school for at least one year. Only the Adult Basic Education department can approve any exceptions.

There are no formal academic requirements for this program. Students are placed in courses after taking a writing and math skills assessment test.

Find out more about Adult Basic Education at CapU.

In order to meet admission requirements, applicants from the Advanced Placement program (AP) must successfully achieve high school completion (or the equivalent). Capilano University English Language Requirements and program specific requirements must also be met.

AP courses are eligible for admission consideration and AP course grades may be combined with an approved high school curriculum to meet Capilano’s admission requirements.

AP courses will also be considered for transfer credit or advanced standing. Please see the Transfer Credit section of the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf) for a table of credit awarded for AP course work, or consult the BC Transfer Guide

AP Grade Conversion

We will convert your AP scores into percentages for the purpose of admission and transfer credit. If you are completing an AP course and the related high school course, we will use the higher of the two grades for admission.

AP Grade % Equivalent
5 96
4 86
3 80
2 70

Our Arts or Sciences programs require British Columbia Secondary School Graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (60%) calculated on English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and two (2) academic Grade 12 courses selected from the list below: 

All Advanced Placement courses

Information Technology 12 or one of the following: ICTC 12, ICTM 12, ICTP 12, ICTS 12, ICTX 12

All International Baccalaureate courses

Japanese 12

Accounting 12 or Financial Accounting 12

Korean 12

Applications of Mathematics 12

Law 12

Applications of Physics 12

Mandarin 12

BC First Nations Language 12

Marketing 12

BC First Nations Studies 12

Philosophy 12

Biology 12

Philosophy and Religion 12

Calculus 12

Physics 12

Chemistry 12

Pre-calculus 12

Comparative Civilization 12

Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12

Economics 12

Principles of Physics 12

English Literature 12

Psychology 12

Foundations of Mathematics 12

Punjabi 12

French 12 or Français-Langue Seconde 12

Social Justice 12

Geography 12

Spanish 12

Geology 12

Sustainable Resources 12

German 12

Writing 12

History 12

 

We calculate your admission average on the required senior English course or courses (group requirement 1) and on the two best academic courses (group requirement 2) as shown below.

Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Applicants must supply evidence of academic grade 12 completion leading to graduation and include at least three five-credit courses, selected as follows:

  1. English Language Arts 30-1, and
  2. At least two additional courses selected from:

    Aboriginal Studies 30, Biology 30, Blackfoot 30, Chemistry 30, Computer Science, Advanced Level CTS (5 credits), Cree 30, English 35, Français 30, French 30, French 31A/B/C, French Language Arts 30, German 30/30S, German 31, Gonawo K'e 35, Inuktitut 35, Inuktitut Studies 35, Italian 30/30S, Japanese 30, Latin 30, Mathematics 31, Physics 30, Pure Math 30, Science 30, Social Studies 30, South Slavey 35, Spanish 30/30S, Tilcho Yati 25, Ukrainian 30/30S, Ukrainian Language Arts 30.

Your admission average will be based on English Language Arts 30-1 and the two best courses in group two.

Saskatchewan

Applicants must supply evidence of completion of academic level three (grade 12) leading to graduation, including at least four academic courses selected as follows:

  1. English A30 and B30, and
  2. At least two additional 30 numbered courses selected from:

    Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Computer Science 30, Economics 30, Français fransaskois A30, Français fransaskois B30, Français immersion 30, French 30, Geography 30, Geology 30, German 30, History 30, Latin 30, Law 30, Mandarin 30, Mathematics A30, B30, or C30, Native Studies 30, Physics 30, Psychology 30, Social Studies 30, Spanish 30, Ukrainian 30, Ukrainian Language Arts 30.

Your admission average will be based on English A30, B30 and the two best courses in group two.

Note: English is a double course so this average is over four courses but only three subject areas.

Manitoba

When you apply you must supply evidence of completion of an academic program which will lead to graduation and includes at least three courses selected as follows:

  1. English Language Arts 40S, and
  2. At least two additional courses selected from:

    Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Chinese 40S, Computer Science 40S, Deutsch 40S, Economics 40S, Filipino 40S, Français 40S, French 40S, Geography 40S, German 40S, Hebrew 40S, History: Western Civilization 40S, Icelandic 40S, Italian 40S, Japanese 40S, Latin 40S, Physics 40S, Polish 40S, Portuguese 40S, Pre-Calculus 40S, Social Studies: World Issues 40S, Spanish 40S, Ukrainian 40S.

Your admission average will be based on English Language Arts 40S and the two best courses in group two.

Ontario

When you apply you must supply evidence of completion of the new Ontario Grade 12 graduation, including the following:

  1. ENG4U, and
  2. At least 2 additional 4U/M courses selected from:

    Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Canadian and International Law (CLN4U), Canadian and World Politics (CPW4U), Canadian Geography (CGW4U), Earth and Space Science (SES4U), Current Economic Issues (CIA4U), Geomatics (CG*4M), World Geography (CGW4U), World History (CHY4U), Ancient Greek (LVLGCU), Classical Civilization (LVV4U), Latin (LVLCU), Other Languages (L**DU), Physics (SPH4U), Studies in Literature (ETS4U), The Writer's Craft (EWC4U), Core French (FSF4U), Extended French (FIF4U), French Immersion (FSF4U), Exercise Science (PSE4U), Interdisciplinary (IDC4U & IDP4U), Mathematics and Data Management (MDM4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Aboriginal Governance: Emerging Directions (NDG4M), Indigenous Peoples (NDW4M), Science (SNC4M), Religious Education (HRE4M), Technological Design (TDJ4M). 

Your admission average will be based on English 4U and two acceptable courses from group two.

Quebec

CEGEP: Applicants from a CEGEP must present either a completed DEC or at least one year of an approved academic program.

Grade 12: Applicants from Quebec Grade 12 must present the following:

  1. English 12, and
  2. At least two additional courses selected from:

    Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Languages, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Social Sciences. 

Your admission average will be based on English 12 and the two best courses in group two.

If your first language is French, and you have four years or more of full time study in a Canadian school system and English 12 (or equivalent) is among the courses you have successfully completed, you will satisfy the language requirement for admission to Capilano University.

New Brunswick

When you apply you must supply evidence of completion of an academic (i.e. college preparatory) program which will lead to graduation and includes at least three courses as follows:

  1. English 121 or 122, and
  2. At least two additional Grade 12 academic (college preparatory) courses selected from:

Advanced Mathematics 120, Biology 120, Calculus 120, Canadian Geography 120, Canadian History 121, Canadian History 122, Canadian Literature 120, Chemistry 121, Chemistry 122, Economics 120, Environmental Science 122, French 121, French 122, Mathematics 121, Mathematics 122, Physics 121, Physics 122, Political Science 120, Science 122, World Issues 120.

Your admission average will be based on English 121 or 122 and the two best courses in group two. 

Prince Edward Island

When you apply you must supply evidence of completion of an academic or advanced academic program which will lead to graduation and includes at least three academic and/or advanced academic subjects selected as follows:

  1. English 611 or 621, and
  2. At least two additional courses numbered 611 or 621 from:

    Animal Science 621A, Biology 621A, Chemistry 611A, Chemistry 621A, Computer Science 621A, Economics 621A, Exploring Civilizations 621F, Francais 621M, Francais 621F, French 621A, French 621F, Global Studies 621A, History 621A, History 621B, Math 611B, Math 621A, Math 621B, Political Science 621A, Oceans 621A, Physics 621A, Sociology 621F.

Your admission average will be based on English 611 or 621 and the two best courses in group two.

Nova Scotia

When you apply you must supply evidence of completion of an academic (i.e. university preparatory) program which will lead to graduation, including at least three subjects selected as follows:

  1. English 12, and
  2. At least two additional Grade 12 courses selected from:

    Advanced Biology 12, Advanced Chemistry 12, Advanced Math 12, Advanced Physics 12, African Heritage Literature 12, Biology 12, Canadian Lit 12, Chemistry 12, Computer Related Studies 12, Economics 12, Geography 12 or Global Geography 12, Geology 12, History 12 or Global History 12, Language 12, Math 12 or Precalculus Math 12, Physics 12, Political Science, Francais Immersion 12, French Core 12, Gaelic 12, Latin 12, Spanish 12, Sociology 12, LD Academic.

Your admission average will be based on English 12 and the two best courses in group two.

Newfoundland and Labrador

When you apply you must supply evidence of completion of an academic program which will lead to graduation and includes at least three subjects selected as follows: 

  1. English 3201, and
  2. At least two additional Grade 12 courses selected from:

    Biology 3201, Biology 4221, Chemistry 3202, Chemistry 4222, Computer Technology 3200, Computer Science 4220, Earth Systems 3209, Environmental Science 4225, Environmental Science 3205, European History 3205, Folk Literature 3203, Francais 3202, French 3200, French 3201, French 3202, French 4220, Global Issues 3205, Government and Politics 4227, Histoire Mondaile 3231, Inuktitut 3225, Mathematics 3204, Mathematics 3205, Mathematics 3207, Physics 3204, Physics 4224, World Geography 3202, World History 3201, World History 4224, World Literature 3216.

Your admission average will be based on English and the two best courses in group two.

International students are eligible for admission to Capilano if they have completed the equivalent of secondary school graduation (Grade 12) in British Columbia. 

Individual programs have different admission requirements. Check the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf) for complete admission requirements of each program, or visit the program page of the program you’re interested in.

Note: some programs require a portfolio, supplemental documents, audition, particular academic subjects, a minimum GPA or have a selective or competitive admission process. For example, Arts and Sciences programs require the equivalent of BC High School graduation (EN12 included)  as well as a minimum of 2 academic subjects at the grade 12 level with a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (60%).

Official, original or school certified transcripts are required for all programs. Transcripts show a list of subjects and grades in each. If graduation is not shown on the official transcript, please provide official proof of graduation as well. These documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

If you are currently in your final year of secondary school, a mid-term report of grades is acceptable until final graduation grades are submitted.

Vocational streams of secondary school completion will be considered for certain programs.

Check the International Secondary School Equivalencies (pdf) for your country.

Please check the individual program requirements in the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).

Secondary students with superior academic records may apply for limited admission, which will allow enrolment in one or two Arts and Sciences courses while still attending secondary school.

The Concurrent Studies Consent Form (pdf) must be co-signed by your parent or legal guardian, with supporting comments provided by your high school principal (or their designate). The completed form must be accompanied by an official copy of your high school academic record.

For more information contact the Registrar’s Office: 604 984 4900.

 

Home schooled applicants must provide proof that they have met secondary school graduation requirements from a recognized educational jurisdiction and also program specific minimum subject and academic admission requirements.

In addition, all applicants are required to take provincial exams, or equivalent, for all courses in which they are mandatory.

In cases where applicants do not meet the above-mentioned requirements, they must submit a Letter of Intent outlining the reasons for not being able to meet these requirements and provide SAT scores and/or any other relevant documentation for admission consideration.

IB Diploma applicants

International Baccalaureate students are eligible for admission on the basis of successful completion of the IB Diploma. Capilano University English Language Requirements and program specific requirements must also be met. 

For those students who are completing both the IB Diploma and another high school curriculum, Capilano will use the credential which offers the applicant the best advantage. 

Transfer credit or advanced standing will be awarded for IB courses. Check the Transfer Credit section of the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf) for a table of credit awarded for IB course work, or consult the BC Transfer Guide.

IB Certificate applicants

In order to meet admission requirements applicants must successfully achieve high school completion (or the equivalent). Capilano University English Language Requirements and program specific requirements must also be met.

For IB students not completing the IB Diploma it should be noted that IB certificate courses at both the standard and higher level can be used for admission in conjunction with another high school curriculum.

IB certificate courses will also be considered for transfer credit or advanced standing. Check the Transfer Credit section of the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf) or the BC Transfer Guide for more information.

IB grade conversion

We convert your IB exam scores into percentages for admission and transfer credit.If you are completing an IB course and the related high school course, we will use the higher of the two grades for admission.

IB Exam Grade

% Equivalent

7

96

6

90

5

86

4

76

3

70

Applicants nineteen (19) years of age or older who meet the University English Language Requirement but do not meet the minimum program academic admission requirements may apply as mature students.

Students applying to programs with other admission requirements (such as portfolio submission, interview, etc.) must complete these requirements as part of the admission evaluation process.

BC Secondary students applying to Capilano University will not require optional provincial exam results for admission to the University. However, students must have written provincial exams in any subject where it is mandatory to meet the BC Graduation Program requirements.

For those students who choose to write an optional examination, Capilano University will consider the higher of the school mark or the blended school and exam mark for admission purposes.

Students who have successfully completed 12 or more credits in an academic program at a recognized college or university will be granted admission to the Arts and Sciences program based on the work completed.

Transfer students will be assigned their registration priority (Registration Time Ticket) based on their most recent term GPA from the transfer institution.

A student wishing to take a course at Capilano University to transfer back to their home post secondary institution may do so by applying to the University as a visiting student and submitting a Letter of Permission from their home institution to Capilano University.

The Letter of Permission must indicate the course the student is permitted to take at the University and how it will transfer back to the home institution. The Letter of Permission must also specify the term in which the course may be taken.

Official transcripts will be requested of Visiting Students depending on the course taken at the University. Permission to register as a Visiting Student must be approved on a term-by-term basis.

  • British Columbia Adult Dogwood Graduation Diploma, or
  • General Education Diploma (GED), or
  • Mature or Discretionary Student Status

Registrar's Office Hours

Monday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.