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

Liberal Arts: This program covers the gamut of human culture in the Western world: art, literature, philosophy, music, science, society, politics, and religion. Students can participate in road trips to museums and theatres in New York, Boston, Montreal and Toronto.

Neuroscience: Focusing on the physiological aspects of psychology and the brain-behaviour relationship, this program is available as a major or honours concentration within the psychology program.

Arts Administration: Combining business and the arts, this program gives students the tools to work for non-profit arts organizations in drama, fine arts and music. Students are required to complete an internship with an arts organization of their choice.

Cool Courses

Shakesperience: Study four plays on the Stratford Festival lineup over three days in this intensive summer course. Finish with a trip to Stratford, Ont., to see six plays and enjoy backstage tours and workshops.

The Science of Cooking: Ever wonder what is happening at the molecular level when cooking ratatouille? This class explores baking, frying, mixing and the science behind your grandma’s tips and tricks.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 72.5%; R-Score 23
Science: 72%; R-Score 23
Commerce: 77%; R-Score 25
$3,710 ($8,610 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 34.7
3rd & 4th year: 18.9
Undergraduates: 2,679
Graduates: 51
685 (485 reserved for first years) Graduation: 73.3%
Retention: 83.6%

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