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.
• 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.
• 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||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%