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