Capilano University



Nestled in the North Shore mountains and a mere 20 minutes from all that downtown Vancouver has to offer, Capilano University is a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts and urbanites alike. Founded in 1968, the University is best known for its jazz, film, animation and performing arts programs. CapU's business, paralegal, early childhood care and education, music therapy and design programs are also highly regarded. Capilano University offers 97 programs, including 13 bachelor's degrees as well as post-baccalaureate and undergraduate diplomas and certificates. To increase access to learning, in Fall 2019 the University is opening a new location, CapU Lonsdale, on the waterfront in North Vancouver. The University provides student residences near its main campus and also serves the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor.

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university. With an average of 25 students per class, learners at CapU are afforded individual attention. Many of our instructors balance teaching with professional practice and share real-world experiences and industry connections. It's not uncommon for a student's class to end on a Friday and their first professional employment to begin the following Monday. Quality of instruction at Capilano University is rated by bachelor's degree students at 97 per cent, one of the top ratings in British Columbia, according to B.C. Student Outcomes Survey results for 2016 to 2018.

Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh) Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Areas of Expertise

Alumni and instructors from Capilano University have been nominated for, and won, Juno Awards; alumni have worked on Oscar-winning animation teams; and, for the second year in a row, a film written and directed by a Motion Picture Arts students was included in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. Out of more than three hundred teams, CapU business students placed third in 2018 and second in 2017 in the American Marketing Association Collegiate Case Competition.

North Vancouver, B.C., home to Capilano University's main campus, is an inspiring setting in which to learn and grow. When the school day is done, the outdoor adventures begin. Minutes from campus, you'll find hiking and mountain biking trails, secret beaches and world-class ski resorts with spectacular views of the Vancouver skyline. Further up the Coast, where CapU serves the communities of the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, you'll discover even more ways to enjoy the active West Coast lifestyle.

On Campus Housing

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Female only:Lowest: $4,778Highest: $5,551
Male only:Lowest: $4,778Highest: $5,551

Starting at just $1,195 per month including your meals, your residence fees include a fully furnished room with a bed, storage, desk, chair and closet, unlimited high-speed wireless Internet, and access to laundry, washrooms and showers, as well as dedicated lounge and study spaces.

Four-month (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023) per semester costs:

  • Shared Double Occupancy Room = $4,778.29 (Update)
  • Single Occupancy Room = $5,551.34 (Update)
  • Application Fee = CAD$ 50
  • CAD$ 500 confirmation payment on acceptance is required
  • Estimated 2022-23 fees

Important Dates

  • April 10, 2022 - Priority Fall/Spring 2022-23 Application Deadline
  • May 31, 2022 – Late Fall/Spring 2022-23 Application Deadline
  • June 1, 2022 – Fall/Spring 2022-23 Waitlist Application opens
  • August 31, 2022 – Fall move-in day
  • October 17, 2022 – Spring Residence Applications open
  • February 1, 2023 – Summer 2023 applications open


Capilano University's sports teams are known as the Blues. A proud tradition built on excellence attracts elite athletes every year to the school's six teams.

The Blues have varsity programs for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's volleyball and men's and women's basketball. All teams compete provincially in the PACWEST conference which is part of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Since the inception of the Blues athletics program in 1973, CapU teams have claimed 61 provincial titles and 15 national championships including the 2020 men's volleyball national championship.

Blues sports provide an important part of campus life. With home soccer games at Lillooet Park and home basketball and volleyball games at the Centre for Sport and Wellness, there is opportunity most weekends to attend sports events at CapU and cheer on the Blues.

You can find the latest updates on Blues sports on Instagram @CapilanoBlues.

International Involvement

Internationalize your degree, your resume and your network by spending part of your studies at a partner institution in another country — for the same tuition fee you normally pay at CapU. Students typically apply in their second year of studies to go abroad in their third. View Study Abroad info on the CapU website.

Campus Tour


Enrolment Details

CapU enrolls approximately 12,700 students each year; 9,000 in for-credit programs, nearly 1,200 in non-credit courses and 2,500 international students.

Modified on December 01, 2022