Bishop's University

Bishop's University | Lennoxville (Sherbrooke), Que. | Founded 1843

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Bishop’s University. (Bishop’s University)

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. The region, flanked by heavily wooded mountains, features boundless outdoor activities. The campus is home to the oldest nine-hole golf course in Canada and excellent cross-country ski trails. In 2018, the school opened the new Library Learning Commons after a $17-million renovation. Last year, the school unveiled a $9-million revamp of the Johnson Science Building, which includes a state-of-the-art greenhouse on the roof. Recently announced funding will transform Bishop’s historic Divinity House into an Indigenous Students’ Gathering Space and Resource Centre.

Founded when many of the area’s residents were anglophones, Bishop’s offers an English-language, liberal education in the bilingual Eastern Townships. About a quarter of students are native French speakers—while all classes are taught in English, students can write exams and assignments in French.

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Standout Programs
Arts Administration: This program is for students pursuing careers in arts management. Students combine either music, fine arts, drama, public history or film studies with the core business program.
Psychology Neuroscience: Through physiological psychology, biology and biochemistry courses, this program explores the workings of the brain as it relates to human behaviour.
Criminology, Law and Social Policy: This sociology program is for students who are considering a career in Canadian law. The program examines crime, law and policy.

Cool Courses
An Edible History of Humanity: Study food and its various roles in societies throughout human history.
Canadian Sport System and Policy: Explore key sport policy and governance issues.

$4,074 ($9,470 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 80%; R score 24 · Science: 80%; R score 24 · Commerce: 80%; R score 24
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 2,450 · Part-time: 218
Graduates: Full-time: 185 · Part-time: 14
International Students: First-year: 29.7% ·
Graduate: 90.8%
Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 693 (533 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,008 · Single room with meals: $9,592 ·
Apartment-style: $5,504 to $5,536

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