With a historic campus not far from the downtown and the Assiniboine River, Brandon University is a small school in a prairie city of about 46,000, a few hours drive from Winnipeg or Regina. Despite its size, there is a full complement of faculties, from fine arts to business to pre-professional programs in 19 areas, including agriculture, dentistry and veterinary medicine. The school of music has a strong reputation. Brandon’s students enjoy an excellent student-to-faculty ratio and one of the lowest tuitions in Canada. There’s a large focus on Aboriginal Canadians, reﬂected in language courses in Ojibwe, Cree, Dakota and more, as well as in the impressive collection of Aboriginal literature—one of the largest in North America—housed at the John E. Robbins Library. “Brandon University’s strengths lie in its focus on academic success and the student experience,” says president Gervan Fearon. “We support post-secondary educational needs within the western Manitoba region and beyond with a strong collaboration and engagement with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities to deliver customized educational programs.” Fitness buffs and athletes will gravitate to the new Healthy Living Centre, which includes three gymnasiums and an indoor track.
• Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies: Introduces students to the technological, cultural and environmental risks of disaster with an emphasis on the social and physical factors involved. Grads are skilled for work in all aspects of emergency management.
• Education: The integrated B.A./B.Ed. program is based on the need for highly skilled teachers in northern communities. In the program for the education of Native teachers (PENT), students work as educational assistants in their community schools during fall and winter terms and come on campus for intensive coursework over the summer.
• Gender and Women’s Studies: Combines courses from several disciplines into a rigorous interdisciplinary program. Students are encouraged to challenge and rewrite accepted notions of women, men, gender, sexuality and power in courses such as the sociology of marriage, representations of sexuality, women writers, and feminist theory.
• Playwriting: Writing exercises, weekly readings, scriptwriting, and dramaturgy assignments make up this course in screenplay writing for short plays.
• Jane Austen: Study the author’s works and explore her response to the historical context in which she lived. A cultural, historical, and feminist approach is taken.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|$4,208 (arts); $4,493 (science)||1st & 2nd year: 26.7
3rd & 4th year: 11.6
|354 (first come, first served)||Graduation: 56.1%