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 50,000, 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 20 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 Indigenous focus, reﬂected in language courses in Ojibwe, Cree, Dakota and more, as well as in the impressive collection of Indigenous literature—one of the largest in North America—housed at the John E. Robbins Library. A recently introduced initiative helps Indigenous students get the skills and prerequisites needed to enter the school’s nursing and psychiatric nursing programs. Fitness buffs will gravitate to the Healthy Living Centre, a modern facility that includes three gymnasiums and an indoor track. “Enrolment has grown by 22 per cent over the past five years, and students are telling us they like our supportive, welcoming environment and the personalized education they receive,” says interim president Steven Robinson. “Our low tuition, commitment to student success and collaboration with Indigenous communities have helped us to make a quality university education accessible to students from many different backgrounds.”
• 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.
• Anthropology: Covers socio-cultural anthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology; provides students with opportunities for hands-on experience in excavation, mapping and working with artifacts.
• Gender and Women’s Studies: An interdisciplinary program that considers gender in a global, historical and cultural context. Students explore how gender intersects with race, class and sexuality.
• Sociology of Folk, Blues and Roots Music: Students learn about the social context behind these music genres, examining topics such as cultural marginalization and the subculture of folk traditions.
• Indigenous Storytelling in a Digital World: Students use digital web tools to study Indigenous storytelling as an art form, a tradition and an important way to preserve culture and communicate knowledge; advanced computer skills are not required.
|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%