Get to know us here at Capilano University, from our history to our current events, with a tour through our campuses.

The beauty of CapU’s campus and the quality of education attract students from around the world.

CapU enrols approximately 11,600 students each year, 8,300 in for-credit programs and 3,300 in non-credit courses.

The 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 traditional and ancestral territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Sechelt (shíshálh) Nations.  

Our campuses

CapU’s main campus is located in North Vancouver, with other educational facilities located in  Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.

To learn more about getting here, parking, carpooling, public transit, or getting around campus, visit Our Campuses.

Our history

Capilano University was founded in 1968. In 1973, we opened our permanent campus in North Vancouver, and a regional centre in Squamish. In 1977, we opened the Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt.

We began originally as Capilano College, but in 2008, the provincial government changed our designation to Capilano University.

News and events

There’s lots going on at CapU every day. Check the latest news and find out what’s happening at CapU’s events calendar.

You’ll also find a variety of performances scheduled at our BlueShore Financial Centre for Performing Arts.