SD: Top Post-Secondary Schools in Vancouver

The diversity of post-secondary education is what keeps the kids coming back. From dentistry to law, bakers to basket weavers, doctors to digital imagery, the highly rated institutions below will be more than happy to welcome you and unburden your bank account of those pesky tuition fees.

University of British Columbia

Year after year, UBC is ranked one of Canada’s top universities with one of the most beautiful campuses where lush foliage coexists with historic buildings and modern architecture. UBC offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees with tons of extra-curricular activities to keep everyone occupied. They also have great stadiums for music festivals and sports events.

Capilano University

Located about 20 minutes North of downtown Vancouver, Capilano is known for its Bachelor Degree programs in multiple fields such as business, education, and music. One of the first schools to bring in stress relieving dogs for students to chillaxe with.

Simon Fraser University


Spanning many disciplines in 8 faculties, SFU is a public research university that offers dual and double degrees and encourages international and domestic students to study at home and abroad. SFU has ranked for over 20 years as a leading provider of research intelligence and currently operates 3 campuses in Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey. They also have an award-winning pipe band.

Langara College

Langara provides University Studies, Career, and Continuing Studies to more than 20,000 students annually. The diversity of the programs and courses make Langara a favorite for students who want to focus on the arts, culture, humanities with some science and technology thrown in.


With 5 campuses in the greater Vancouver area – the main campus in Burnaby and the newest in the heart of downtown Vancouver – BCIT offers a range of full-time and part-time studies. This polytechnic academic institution even has aerospace and marine campuses and specializes in technology studies. Check out the ‘nap pods’ the library offers students for a brief respite from their studies.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Established in 1981 by the BC government, Kwantlen consists of four campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and way out in Cloverdale. They offer bachelor’s and associate degrees and other paper for over 200 programs including journalism, interior design, psychology and a well respected Fashion Design program.

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Internationally considered on the top art and design universities, ECUAD is growing and will soon move to Great Northern Way from their cool location on Granville Island which is in the middle of artist and yoga studios. With an average of 2,000 students per semester, ECUAD is more than art and digital studies, having formed partnerships with TED Talks, TRIUMF, and David Suzuki Foundation.

Vancouver Community College

Established in 1965 and known as VCC, this college has 3 locations, 1000+ teaching staff and offers over 140 career-oriented certificates and diploma programs. They take University Transfer and specializes in health, hospitality, and business courses.

While we know everyone thinks their school is the best at what it offers, this list may give you pause because what if what you are looking forward isn’t all about education? Post-graduation job placement and recruitment can be a powerful factor in the institution you chose to spend your best years at.

This piece on post-secondary schools in Vancouver by Helen Siwak was original published in

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