Brandon University

Founded 1899 | Brandon, MB

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, the university has a full complement of programs; they range from fine arts to business to pre-professional programs in 19 areas, including law, dentistry and medicine.

“The unique, personal experience we provide students and our community has never been more relevant. Our strengths of being agile, being courageous and being inclusive are traits that serve our graduates and our society perfectly in a time of great change,” says president David Docherty.

There’s a large Indigenous focus, reflected in communication courses in Ojibwe, Cree and Dakota, 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 for cultural events and exhibitions. The university helps Indigenous students get the skills and prerequisites needed to pursue further programs in any faculty in just one year. Students have access to workshops, weekly check-ins, peer study groups and Elder support. 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.

Standout Programs

• 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.

• Program for Education of Native Teachers: This integrated B.A./B.Ed. program aims to prepare teachers for northern communities. It delivers a large dose of practice by combining educational assistant work in community schools during the school year with on-campus courses.

• Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies: The program combines a liberal arts education with physical and social science perspectives on disasters. Students prepare to tackle all aspects of emergency management.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 62% | Science: 54% | Commerce or Business: 66%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 2,354 | Part-time: 470

Graduates: Full-time: 204 | Part-time: 183

International Students: First-year: 9.2% | Graduate: 13.7%

Male-Female Ratio: 32 to 68

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 300 (290 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $7,231 to $8,931 | Single room with meals: $8,700 to $11,139

Cool Courses

• Pottery Analysis: Examines the materials and production techniques of archaeological pottery, with a special focus on pottery made by First Nations people.

• Crime, Law and Media: Students consider the media’s role as a dominant institution and how that can influence cultural perceptions of crime and the law.

Student Life on Campus

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