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.
• 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.
• 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
|665 (525 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 73.8%