Bishop’s University

Bishop’s University | Lennoxville (Sherbrooke), Que. | Founded 1843


Bishop’s University Campus

Established in 1843, Bishop’s University is older than Canada itself. To this day, it remains a small, mainly undergraduate university with a close-knit student community. Most classes have fewer than 30 students, and it is not uncommon to see faculty and students sharing a drink at the local pub. “Bishop’s is not the place where you can disappear into the background,” says principal Michael Goldbloom. “Bishop’s has a very clear identity and mission, which is to focus on undergraduates.” In a suburb of Sherbrooke, Que., the university sits at the confluence of the St. Francis and Massawippi rivers. Cheekily known as “Oxford-on-the-Massawippi,” Bishop’s campus has several Victorian-era red-brick buildings surrounded by groves of pine trees, sequestered from the rumbling road into town. The region, flanked by heavily wooded mountains, features boundless outdoor activities, and the oldest nine-hole golf course in Canada lies just behind the campus. Founded when many of the area’s residents were anglophones, Bishop’s offers an English-language, liberal education in the Eastern Townships. About 25 per cent of students are native French speakers; while all classes are taught in English, students can write exams and assignments in French.

READ: What life is like for a Bishop’s student

Standout Programs
Physics: In addition to research employment opportunities and very small class sizes, the program has a high rate of graduates being accepted to grad schools. Some even go straight into their Ph.Ds.
• English: More than a standard literature program, this specialization allows students to delve into the gangster-film genre, science fiction, media studies and children’s literature. It emphasizes “out-of-the-classroom” learning, with poetry nights, dinners with profs, creative-writing contests and the publication of a literary journal, the Mitre.
• Psychology: Taught by award-winning faculty, students can choose to study general or applied psychology, or neuroscience.

Cool Courses
• Experiential Learning in Brewing: Gain experience in brewing beer from scratch through recipe development and alteration. Cheers!
• From Aliens to Zombies: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Horror But Were Afraid to Ask: Students delve into a broad range of “monster movies,” and how the inhuman are imagined by different cultures at different times.
• Happiness Marketing: Students study why and how the practical application of positive psychology can help consumers and marketers.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 72.5%; R-Score 23
Science: 72.5%; R-Score 23
Commerce: 72.5%; R-Score 23
$3,832 ($8,569 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 33.0
3rd & 4th year: 19.8
Full-time: 2,293
Part-time: 326
665 (525 reserved for first years) Graduation: 73.8%
Retention: 83.8%

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