Bishop's University

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

Bishop's University students playing football

(Courtesy of Bishop’s University)

Founded when many of the area’s residents were anglophones, Bishop’s University offers an English-language, liberal education in the bilingual Eastern Townships. Today, about a quarter of students are native French speakers and, while all classes are taught in English, students can write exams and assignments in French. Bishop’s offers a close-knit student community, and it’s not uncommon to see faculty and students sharing a drink at the local pub.

“Bishop’s is a student-centred university on a human scale,” says principal Michael Goldbloom. “We are committed to providing a sound and liberal education in an intellectually vibrant, ambitious and caring community.” In a suburb of Sherbrooke, Que., the university sits at the confluence of the Saint-François 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. Recent developments include a $17-million renovation to the Library Learning Commons and a $9-million revamp of the Johnson Science Building, which includes a state-of-the-art greenhouse on the roof. Coming up, Bishop’s will transform historic Divinity House into an Indigenous Students’ Gathering Space and Resource Centre. It will feature space for classrooms and offices, apartments for visiting Elders and a dedicated space for the Indigenous Cultural Alliance student club.

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Standout Programs
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: The focus is on social, economic and environmental aspects of agriculture. Topics include global food security and climate change. Opportunities for field experience exist.
Musical Theatre: This concentration can be added to a major in drama or music and offers training in voice, acting and dance, as well as musical theatre history.
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
• Arts Administration: The External and Legal Environment: Examine the legal aspects of arts administration, including board governance, funding and networking.
Motivation and Emotion: Explore the underlying causes of human behaviour, the role of emotions, and higher-level behaviours such as setting goals and self-regulation.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary expenses)
$4,329 ($9,892 out-of-province students)
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: 234
Graduates: Full-time: 252 · Part-time: 25
International Students: First-year: 31% ·
Graduate: 89.7%
Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 467 (693 last year with 533 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $9,856 to $10,744 · Apartment-style: $5,592

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