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 cross-country ski trails certified by the FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski). Last year, the school opened the new Library and Learning Commons after a $17-million renovation.
Founded when many of the area’s residents were anglophones, Bishop’s offers an English-language, liberal education in the bilingual 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.
• Business Administration, Global Management and Leadership Concentration: Study leadership and human resources while learning how to work and conduct business in a global environment.
• Criminology, Law and Social Policy: This program examines crime, law and policy within a sociological framework for those considering a career in Canadian law.
• Political Studies and French as a Second Language: This double major is ideal for students interested in careers in politics or working in government; it takes advantage of Bishop’s bilingual environment, both in and outside the classroom.
• Sports and Games in the Ancient World: Study ancient Greek, Roman and Mediterranean societies by analyzing their sports, and discover what they reveal about the culture and traditions.
• Malt and Malting: Part of the graduate certificate in brewing science, this course covers the malting process from the farm to the brew house.
$3,929 ($9,105 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 77%; R score 24 · Science: 77%; R score 24 · Commerce: 82%; R score 25
Undergraduates: Full-time: 2,415 · Part-time: 270
Graduates: Full-time: 91 · Part-time: 15
International Students: First-year: 29% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
626 (500 reserved for first-year students)
Double room with meals: $8,832 to $9,216 · Single room with meals: $9,408 to $10,066 · Apartment-style: $6,014