Brandon University

Brandon University | Brandon, Man. | Founded 1899

Brandon students having coffee in the campus quad

(Brandon University)

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. “Now is a very exciting time to come to Brandon University, as we continue our strong recent growth and look to an ambitious future,” says David Docherty, Brandon’s new president as of May 2019. “Students and faculty here all benefit from our diverse and welcoming culture, as well as our genuine engagement with the community.”

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Standout Programs
• Psychiatric Nursing: Students learn about primary mental health care and the skills needed to provide psychiatric nursing care. Graduates have a very high success rate passing the national licensing examinations on the first try—98 per cent in 2017.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education Integrated Program: This revised five-year program provides students with unique field experiences starting in first year; each year of study has an overarching theme that is the focus for courses and fieldwork.
Visual and Aboriginal Arts: Students are encouraged to participate in the art world by exhibiting their own works while learning about art movements that have shaped contemporary practice; courses in Aboriginal arts present Indigenous art forms and their development.

Cool Courses
Anthropology of Food: This course examines food patterns and behaviour from an anthropological stance, including the relationships between food and ethnicity, social status, politics, religion and body image.
Sex and the State: Students in this course will explore how the state regulates love, intimacy and sexuality, touching on topics such as intimate partner violence, reproductive justice, sex work and human trafficking, and pornography.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 60% · Science: 60% · Commerce or Business: 60%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 2,431 · Part-time: 590
Graduates: Full-time: 224 · Part-time: 166
International Students: First-year: 13.6% ·
Graduate: 18.4%
Male-Female Ratio: 31 to 69
Residence Spaces
421 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $6,889 to $8,474 · Single room with meals: $7,869 to $9,620

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