Capilano University (CapU) is a public university based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. It was founded in 1968 as Capilano College by school boards and residents of the North Shore and Howe Sound based on the need for a public institution serving the local communities. Initial enrollment was 784 students. In 2008, the province changed Capilano College’s designation to a university and, as of 2018, it has grown to enroll approximately 8,500 students per year. Capilano University’s academic offerings include liberal arts, professional, and career programs which lead to certificates, diplomas, and degrees at the primarily undergraduate level.
Capilano University’s sports teams are nicknamed “The Blues”, and periwinkle blue is the official school colour. The Blues have won numerous national titles in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association, and even more provincial titles in the British Columbia Colleges Athletic Association.
he school boards of North and West Vancouver, Howe Sound and Sechelt formed a committee to determine the need for a community college to serve the North Shore. The proposal to build a college on the North Shore passed by a plebiscite in North and West Vancouver and the Howe Sound in 1968. However, the motion was defeated in Sechelt. The provincial government granted approval and Capilano College got its name selected from submissions made by North Shore residents. Capilano opened on September 10, 1968 with 784 students attending classes after hours at West Vancouver Secondary. The Capilano College Foundation was created in 1970 to provide scholarships and bursaries for students