Brandon University

Brandon University | Brandon, Man. | Founded 1899

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Brandon University is a small school in a prairie city of about 50,000, a few hours’ drive from Winnipeg or Regina. Students enjoy an excellent student-to-faculty ratio. Despite its size, the school has a full complement of faculties, from fine arts to business to pre-professional programs in 19 areas, including law, dentistry and medicine.

“COVID challenged us to reimagine the way we provide education, and I’m proud that our fundamental belief in making close connections has continued to provide meaningful experiences for students and researchers, even when we haven’t been able to be in the same room,” says president David Docherty.

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, housed at the John E. Robbins Library. The library also serves as a gathering space on campus for cultural events and exhibitions. A transition initiative helps Indigenous students get the skills and prerequisites needed to enter the school’s nursing and psychiatric nursing programs in one year. Students have access to workshops, weekly check-ins, peer study groups and Elder support. A similar program for students entering business administration or science was introduced last fall, and the university seeks to expand the offering. Students who continue in the program will have the opportunity to become mentors or tutors to other Indigenous students. The campus offers modern fitness facilities at the Healthy Living Centre, which houses three gymnasiums and an indoor track.

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Standout Programs
• Public History: Projects are developed in collaboration with museums and historic sites. Students can network with professionals and may study media arts for one year at Assiniboine Community College.
• Music: The School of Music offers studies in performance and composition, as well as concurrent and specialist music education programs, which include one with a focus on teaching.
• Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies: The program combines a liberal arts education with physical and social science perspectives of disasters. Students prepare to tackle all aspects of emergency management.

Cool Courses
• Art of Indigenous Women in North America: Examine the continuity of artistic production from pre-contact to present day.
• Food, Communities and Justice: Geographies of Food: Examine the globalization and industrialization of food, fair trade, food justice and organic food movements.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$5,169
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 60% · Science: 60% · Commerce or Business: 60%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 2,470 · Part-time: 562
Graduates: Full-time: 232 · Part-time: 147
International Students: First-year: 12.2% ·
Graduate: 14.2%
Male-Female Ratio: 32 to 68
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 130 (375 last year with 200 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $8,075 to $9,637

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