Capilano University Student Success Guide | How to Succeed As a CAPU Student

Capilano University Student Success Guide: How to Succeed as a Capilano University Student | What you need to know about succeeding in your academics.

Capilano University Student Success Guide

From academic help and advice to personal support, everything’s in place to help Indigenous students succeed at CapU.

First Nations Student Services

There are direct services and support for students of First Nations, Inuit and Métis ancestry. These include:

  • help with choosing courses and registering at CapU
  • contact with First Nations Band education officers and CapU instructors
  • advising on special programs, and
  • advice and help with personal, health and school-based issues.

This assistance is available to students at our North Vancouver and Sechelt campuses.

Student Success workshops

Every term we hold workshops to help you prepare and cope with university life.  The workshops take place in the Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre. We cover tips and strategies on how to:

  • get ready to learn
  • keep focused
  • prepare for exams
  • and much more.


Faculty from the Math Learning CentreWriting Centre and Library provide free drop-in math, writing, and library research support for Indigenous students in the Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre during the Fall and Spring terms.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
10–11:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
1–2:30 p.m.

Library Research
1–2 p.m.

Writing Support
1–2:30 p.m.

Indigenous Peer Mentorship Program

What is the Indigenous Peer Mentorship Program?

The Indigenous Peer Mentorship Program supports new students enrolled in the University One for Aboriginal Learners Certificate Program with their transition to CapU. All students in the University One for Aboriginal Learners Certificate Program are matched with an upper year Indigenous student as a way to increase engagement, provide support, and foster a sense of belonging.

Indigenous Peer Mentorship for University One for Aboriginal Learners

Having a mentor during your first semester at CapU can help you successfully adjust to your new surroundings.  You will be matched with an upper year Indigenous student who will have the skills and knowledge needed to help you along your way as you get acclimated to CapU.  In addition, having a peer mentor is a great way to become connected to the campus, focus on your academic and personal growth, receive support from your peers, and make connections with other students.

Become an Indigenous Peer Mentor

Indigenous Peer Mentors are second year students or higher who meet with their matched University One student biweekly. Indigenous Peer Mentors share their experiences, provide guidance and support, and introduce incoming students to the opportunities, programs, and services available at CapU.

The Indigenous Peer Mentorship program builds capacity for mentors to gain valuable leadership and transferrable skills and career related experience through training, cultural events, and involvement in clubs and volunteering.

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is Friday, August 17, 2018.

Applications can be emailed to [email protected] or brought to the Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:

Cailin Lau
604 986 1911, ext. 3067
Library Building, room LB 196
[email protected]


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