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Why Choose CapU?

Arrive at CapU with a dream and graduate with a plan to make it real. Learn more about what CapU has to offer.

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You belong at CapU.

Find your place in our supportive community of creative thinkers, builders and leaders.

If you’re looking to become a difference-maker, CapU is for you.

As a student here, you'll have opportunities to innovate, lead and turn ideas into plans of action.

In class, you'll gain the soft skills and hands-on abilities you need, with experiential learning built in to each program.

You'll also collaborate with fellow students while receiving guidance from our expert faculty.

Take the first step toward your future at CapU.

Creating sustainable solutions

Juvarya Veltkamp has dedicated her career to developing tools for business. She has worked on major public projects, including the City of Vancouver's green economy strategy.

Today, she helps businesses tackle climate change. Working at the Canada Climate Law Initiative, she helps companies achieve net-zero emissions.

Meet Juvarya

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I love the collaborative process of creating a shared vision and getting people excited about a common cause. It's the only way to turn a plan into action.
Juvarya, McRae International Management Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
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Apply your learning

At CapU, we celebrate the challenges and lessons that come with hands-on learning activities.

Classes are small and a mix of lectures, lively discussions and practical learning. Working with your classmates, you'll discover functional, applied solutions to complex problems. Our programs have local connections, so you'll gain work experience before you graduate.

If you are looking to explore, we have partnerships with more than 20 universities worldwide, with destinations including Australia, China, France, Switzerland, South Korea and more.

Engaging with the community

CapU students Rachel Wong and Haluka Yagi worked together on a research project with Indigenous entrepreneur Chastity Davis-Alphonse.

Chastity teaches a course on Canadian history through the lens of Indigenous women. With in-person events cancelled, she needed a new way to reach people with her curriculum.

Rachel and Haluka built an online platform to make her course available to everyone. They also created a brand blueprint for her consulting business.

Meet Haluka

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It’s very valuable to have these real-life experiences before we graduate... to practise project management, time management and speaking with clients.
Haluka, Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication Degree
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Experience student life

There are lots of activities on campus, with fitness classes, volunteer opportunities, student clubs and more.

Get involved, become immersed in our community and make lasting friendships.

Drop by the Student Life Hub to find out about maximizing your time on campus with workshops, events and meetups.

Visit the Capilano Students' Union (CSU), where you can join a club, hang out and relax, or learn more about student activism.

Sports more your thing? Take in a Blues home game or sign up for drop-in soccer, basketball, volleyball or cricket.

CapU campuses are a hub of activity all year. If you're looking for things to do, you won't get bored here.

Building community at CapU

What does success mean to you? Strong grades and a program that leads to a bright future are a start.

Feeling like you're a part of the community when you've come from another part of Canada — or the world — is a vital second step.

Cailey found a sense of solidarity at CapU, connecting with like-minded people who shared her vision.

Meet Cailey

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The people I call friends, I met in my program. It has a small class size and the activities we do are so experiential, which allowed us to share a lot. It's a rule that our classroom is a space of support and confidentiality.
Cailey, Bachelor of Music Therapy student
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Grow in a nurturing environment

At CapU, there is a team of people looking out for your personal well-being and academic success.

Faculty and staff at CapU want you to succeed. Our focus is on teaching. Your instructors are here to provide you with knowledge, guidance and clarity.

Need more support? Peer mentors can assist with writing, math and English in the Learning Commons.

We offer academic and personal counselling, financial aid, child care, academic advising, accessibility supports and other services.

CapU's culture of holistic support, mentorship and job-ready training serve as an incubator to help you learn, grow and flourish.

Mentoring for success

Harrison Smith began university intending to become a nurse. He fell in love with biology, inspired by instructors like evolutionary ecologist Tom Flower.

Harrison and Tom wanted to research the health of invertebrates in North Vancouver's Maplewood Flats. The pair worked together on the project proposal, research goals and methodologies.

Later, they secured research funding from CapU, with Tom guiding Harrison's field work.

Meet Harrison

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CapU has a very positive learning environment. The small classes allow for one-on-one time with profs and the laboratory and fieldwork opportunities are incredible.
Harrison, Associate of Science Degree (Biology) student
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Explore the city and nature

Our four campuses serve Metro Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, Sea-to-Sky corridor and Mount Currie.

Our main campus is in North Vancouver, a green community situated between the mountains and the sea. CapU Lonsdale is steps from dining, the arts and outdoor concerts in North Vancouver's Shipyards district.

Love the outdoors? Exceptional hiking, biking, skiing and beaches are minutes from both North Vancouver campuses.

Our kálax-ay campus in Sechelt is walking distance from downtown and offers academic upgrading and select courses.

Located in Mount Currie, the Tśzil Learning Centre, operated by the Líl̓wat Nation, features classes in Ucwalmícwts, culture and history.

Inspiring healthy lifestyles and mindsets

April Newman, owner of Break the Chain Fitness, is helping fellow members of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation live better.

Now in year five of her 10-year plan to get the community healthier, she empowers her clients to look past quick fixes and focus on lifelong wellness.

Meet April

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I was always taught to get an education and bring it back to the community. If you're not doing that, then you're working for yourself. I want to see my community be healthy and succeed.
April, Kinesiology (Human Kinetics) Diploma

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