Welcome to Corpus Christi
Founded in 1990, Corpus Christi College is a Catholic post-secondary institution located in Vancouver, BC, right beside the University of British Columbia (UBC). We provide our students with excellent academic programming, a nurturing community, leadership skills, and service learning opportunities. Corpus Christi is more than a College – it’s a community dedicated to providing students with the best start to their university education.
Corpus Christi College is an Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designated institution. The designation is awarded to public and private institutions in B.C. that meet or exceed quality assurance standards set by the province of B.C.. To learn more, click here.
What we offer
Along with a engaging student experience, we offer first- and second-year university courses in arts, business, and science. Students can opt to take a variety of courses of their own choosing, or follow a specialized area of interest. Students have the option of earning up to 60 transferable credits with us, which can be transferred for credit at most post-secondary institutions. Those who opt to study at Corpus Christi for two years can earn an Associate of Arts degree.
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Where do our students go after Corpus Christi?
After studying at Corpus Christi for up to two years, the vast majority of our students go on to successfully complete their Bachelor’s degrees at post-secondary institutions in BC, across Canada, and around the world.
A word about our Catholic identity
We welcome students from all faith backgrounds. Our inclusive community of learning shares a rich, 2000-year old intellectual tradition with Catholic institutions around the globe. As a Catholic college, Corpus Christi strives to be an incomparable center of creativity and dissemination of knowledge for the good of humanity, dedicated to research, teaching, and the education of students who freely associate with their teachers in a common thirst for knowledge. Along with every other university and college, Corpus shares the endeavour of searching for, discovering, and communicating truth in every field of knowledge.
A Brief History of Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi is created as an undergraduate Catholic College, offering a two-year undergraduate program. Under the leadership of Vancouver’s Archbishop Adam Exner, OMI, the College is associated with Saint Mark’s College, a Roman Catholic theological college affiliated to the University of British Columbia and founded in 1956 by the Congregation of St. Basil.
14 students enrol and start classes at the Corpus Christi campus, located at Saint Mark’s College, just steps from UBC.
Corpus Christi College receives program approval from the University Presidents' Council, thereby becoming an institutional member of the BC Transfer System.
Corpus Christi receives full accreditation from BC's Private Post-Secondary Education Commission (PPSEC). Students are therefore eligible for student loans through the StudentAid BC Program.
The province’s Minister of Advanced Education confers on Corpus Christi the ability to grant a two-year Associate of Arts degree. This is a major step in fulfilling the College's long-term goal of granting accredited and recognized degrees as a stand-alone Catholic Liberal Arts College in the province. This same year, Corpus Christi is also granted membership status in the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada (ACCUC), a group representing Canada's leading Catholic institutions of higher education.
Dr. Gerald Sylvester (Executor Director), 1998-2000
Dr. David G. Sylvester, 2000-2009
Dr. John J. Stapleton, 2009-2011
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Hagemoen (now Bishop Hagemoen), 2011-2013
Dr. Paul C. Burns, 2013-2014
Dr. Peter M. Meehan, 2014 - 2020
Dr. Michael W. Higgins, 2020 - present