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
Pre-Medicine: Allows students to complete necessary prerequisites for medical and health-related professional schools while pursuing a liberal education, selecting a major from any discipline, such as psychology and neuroscience, business, music or biology.
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.
Sports Studies: Exposes students to the social, biological, political, business and economic aspects of sports in society. Students can choose to concentrate on health, business and society, or athletic development.

Cool Courses
• Psychology of Music: Learn how music and sound can affect emotion, memory and perception. Tackle questions like where musical talent comes from and how music was involved in the process of evolution.
Ecstasy and Excess: Examine the very nature of joy and how it relates to the human experience. Consider ecstasy from biological, philosophical, and even virtual perspectives.

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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