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Bishop’s University

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

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, sequestered from the rumbling road into town. The region, flanked by heavily wooded mountains, features boundless outdoor activities. The campus is home to the oldest nine-hole golf course in Canada. 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.

READ: What life is like for a Bishop’s student

Standout Programs
Information Technology: Students take both business and computer science classes to develop their skills in information technology, management practices and organizations; co-op placements available for those with a minimum 70 per cent average.
• Pre-Medicine double major: Students complete the prerequisites required for medical school and professional health programs while specializing in any other discipline that Bishop’s offers.
• Popular Music: Covers the practical and academic aspects of modern music streams, including jazz, film, rock and pop. Students have access to on-campus recording studio space and can perform their work live on stage.

Cool Courses
• Canadian Sport System and Policy: Looks at key sport policy and governance issues in Canada, examining the organizations that regulate and deliver sport and analyzing their policies and governance models.
English Writers of Quebec: Study the works of Mordecai Richler, Joyce Marshall and Ralph Gustafson, among others, and consider topics ranging from “the Jewish Experience” to “English-French Relations.”

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 72.5%; R-Score 23
Science: 72%; R-Score 23
Commerce: 77%; R-Score 25
$3,710 ($8,610 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 34.7
3rd & 4th year: 18.9
Undergraduates: 2,679
Graduates: 51
685 (485 reserved for first years) Graduation: 73.3%
Retention: 83.6%

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