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 law, dentistry and veterinary medicine. 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. In addition, a recently introduced initiative helps Aboriginal students get the skills and prerequisites needed to enter the school’s nursing and psychiatric nursing programs. “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 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.
• Crime and Community: A stream in the sociology department, this specialized program focuses on criminology topics such as law enforcement, corrections and the justice system. Graduates often go on to get jobs involving government policy or social work.
• Jazz Studies: Students in this bachelor of music program study everything about jazz music, from performance practices to theory to composition—and even improvisation. The school focuses on small-group ensembles so that students can work as closely as possible with the faculty.
• Beer, Books and Sex: Examine the ethical aspects of being a university student by analyzing case studies involving topics such as drinking, sex and academic integrity.
• Disaster Movies: Fact or Fiction: Study how public perception is informed by the way disasters and emergency management are portrayed in films.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Number of students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|$4,252 (arts); $4,540 (science)||1st & 2nd year: 29.9
3rd & 4th year: 12.5
|375 (first come, first served)||Graduation: 47.7%