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Vancouver Island University

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Established in 1969, the Vancouver Island University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Nanaimo (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), British Columbia. This institution also has branch campuses in Duncan, Parksville and Powellriver. Officially recognized by the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills of British Columbia, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational Canadian higher education institution. Vancouver Island University (VIU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 54-year-old Canadian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 60-69% making this Canadian higher education organization a moderately selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. VIU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


Vancouver Island University's Control Typepublic


Vancouver Island University's Entity Typenon-profit


Vancouver Island University' Size by Total Enrollmentlarge-sized


Vancouver Island University's Selectivity by Acceptance Ratemoderately selective

University Identity

Acronym VIU
Founded 1969
Motto Love where you learn
Colours Blue and green

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University Location

Address 900 Fifth Street
V9R 5S5 British Columbia
Vancouver Island University's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
Vancouver Island University Phone Number +1 (250) 740 6315
Vancouver Island University Fax Number +1 (250) 740 6472
Other locations Duncan, Parksville and Powellriver

Fields of Study / Degree Levels


What is the difference between generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.

Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following Vancouver Island University's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify Vancouver Island University's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


Yearly tuition fees refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. Read our guide article about tuition fees and financial aid options to learn more.

Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This Vancouver Island University's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at Vancouver Island University.

Vancouver Island University: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
5,000-7,499 US$
(4,555-6,830 Euro)
17,500-19,999 US$
(15,950-18,225 Euro)
10,000-12,499 US$
(9,110-11,390 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(18,225 Euro)

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Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic Vancouver Island University's admission information.

Vancouver Island University's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Vancouver Island University's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has Vancouver Island University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

Vancouver Island University's acceptance rate range is 60-69% making this institution a moderately selective higher education institution.

Vancouver Island University's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Vancouver Island University's Admission Office Admission Office

900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo V9R 5S5
(250) 740 6315

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Size and Profile


University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university or assessing its value. Here are some potential reasons why University size and profile can affect students when choosing a university.

Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for Vancouver Island University.

Vancouver Island University's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

Vancouver Island University has an enrollment range of 15,000-19,999 students making it a large-sized institution.

Vancouver Island University's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 2,000-2,499 academic employees (Faculty).

Vancouver Island University's Control Type Control Type

Vancouver Island University is a public higher education institution.

Vancouver Island University's Entity Type Entity Type

Vancouver Island University is a non-profit higher education institution.

Vancouver Island University's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.

Vancouver Island University's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.

Religious Affiliation

Vancouver Island University does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


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University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of Vancouver Island University's main facilities:

Vancouver Island University's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit Vancouver Island University's Library

Vancouver Island University's Housing University Housing

This institution provides housing services such as on-campus residences or dormitories.

Vancouver Island University's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of Vancouver Island University's main services:

Vancouver Island University's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

Vancouver Island University's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Vancouver Island University's Distance Learning Distance Learning

This institution provides a distance learning mode for certain programs or courses.

Vancouver Island University's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

Not reported

Vancouver Island University's Career Services Career Services

Not reported

Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... read our article about university accreditation and recognition to learn more.

Vancouver Island University's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

Vancouver Island University is legally recognized and/or accredited by: Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills of British Columbia

Year of first Recognition or Accreditation


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Vancouver Island University's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation Canada (CDAC)
  • Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (NCASN)
  • Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB)

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Memberships and Affiliations


University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons... read our article about university affiliations and memberships to learn more.

Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Vancouver Island University's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • Universities Canada (UC)
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
  • Canadian University Press (CUP)

Academic Structure


Most higher education institutions' first-level academic divisions are, depending on the country, one of the following...

  • Colleges
  • Faculties
  • Schools
  • Institutes
  • Academies
  • Departments
  • Divisions
  • Centers

Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of disciplines and fields of study a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure.

Academic Structure

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Social Media


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Social Media

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Twitter X (Twitter)

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TikTok TikTok


Free Online Courses

Open Education Global Open Education Global

This higher education institution is not a member of the Open Education Global (OEGlobal) organization that is developing, implementing and supporting free open education and free online courses. View a list of Open Education Global members by country.

Video Presentation

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