Bishop's University

Founded 1843 | Lennoxville (Sherbrooke), QC

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 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 Michael Goldbloom, who is wrapping up 15 years as principal. “We are committed to providing a sound and liberal education in an intellectually vibrant, ambitious, caring and inclusive community.”In a suburb of Sherbrooke, Que., the university sits at the confluence of the Saint-François and Massawippi rivers. The 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, including excellent cross-country ski trails.

Recent developments include renovations to the Library Learning Commons and a revamp of the Johnson Science Building, which includes a rooftop greenhouse. A new 93-room residence opened this year. Plans are underway to transform historic Divinity House into Kwigw8mna, an Indigenous student centre. It will feature space for classrooms and offices, apartments for visiting Elders and a dedicated space for the Indigenous Cultural Alliance student club.

Standout Programs

• Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: This program focuses on social, economic and environmental aspects of agriculture with an emphasis on field experience. Topics include global food security and climate change.

• Arts Administration: Students take core courses in business as well as in arts administration, fine and performing arts, film studies and more. Students have access to internships and professional networking.

• Chemistry and Brewing Science: This program covers all aspects of the brewing process including the business side; features 200 hours of brewing experience.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary expenses)

$4,588 ($10,522 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: 2,297 Part-time: 296

Graduates: Full-time: 193 Part-time: 27

International Students: First-year: 22% Graduate: 90%

Male-Female Ratio: 43 to 57

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 562 (approx. 420 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Single room: $4,896 to $5,568 · Single room with meals: $10,096 to $10,984 · Apartment-style: $5,592

Cool Courses

• Motivation and Emotion: Explore the underlying causes of human behaviour, the role of emotions and higher-level behaviours such as self-regulation.

• Underwater Environment Assessment: Topics include invasive species, environmental monitoring and sample collection.

Student Life on Campus

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