BU at a glance
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Bishop’s University is a predominantly residential, undergraduate university. Our primary concern is offering students a quality education in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business and education. The residential aspect of our small size (2,400 full-time students) encourages students to immerse themselves in the complete Bishop’s experience.


Bishop’s is located in the bilingual community of Lennoxville, a suburb of the city of Sherbrooke, Quebec, located about 1.5 hours southeast of Montreal. The Eastern Townships region is known for offering a safe and welcoming atmosphere, exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities, and a great quality of life.

To learn more about Lennoxville and the surrounding areas, visit our Lennoxville, Sherbrooke and surrounding areas page.

Downtown Sherbrooke


Bishop’s University’s 550-acre campus features 25 buildings, including seven residences, two libraries, two theatres, outstanding classrooms, laboratories, athletic facilities, a sports and recreation centre that includes three gyms, an indoor pool and an 800-seat arena, a historic chapel, a music recital hall, and a daycare. A duck pond and wildlife refuge, 10 tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a golf course are also found on the campus.

For additional information about the Bishop’s campus, visit the Our campus page.

Overview of Bishop's campus


Bishop’s University was founded as Bishop’s College in 1843, under the sponsorship of the Right Reverend G.J. Mountain, the Anglican Bishop of Quebec, with the assistance of a group of clergy and laymen from the Eastern Townships.

In 1853, the University received a Royal Charter granting it the right to confer degrees. Bishop’s remained under the aegis of the Church of England until 1947, when the Corporation of the University was reconstituted as a nondenominational body. Since this time, Bishop’s University has welcomed students from all backgrounds, cultures and creeds.

To learn more about the University’s history, visit our Historical timeline page.

Enrolment Profile

Fall 2018:

Full time Undergraduate Students = 2,340

Part time Undergraduate and Special Interest Students = 219

Incoming Exchange Students = 109

Graduate Students (FT & PT) = 199

Total Student Population = 2,867

Full time Students Breakout by Gender:

Females = 1,458 (55%)

Males = 1,177 (45%)

Full time Student Breakout by Division/School:

Williams School of Business = 22% of total population

School of Education = 14% of total population

Division of Humanities = 15% of total population

Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics = 16% of total population

Division of Social Sciences = 33% of total population

Full time Student Breakout by Geographic Regions:

International Exchange Students = 5% of total population

International Degree Students = 20% of total population

Canada = 75% of total population

Canada Breakout:

Quebec = 46%

Ontario = 21%

British Columbia = 3%

Western Canada and Territories = 1%

Atlantic Canada = 4%

Top Five International Student Source Countries:

China = 6.8% of total population

USA = 5.3% of total population

France = 3.4% of total population

India = 0.6% of total population

Germany and UAE = 0.5% of total population

In total 69 countries are represented amongst our student body.


Bishop’s University boasts some of Canada’s best university professors. Our 115 full-time faculty members are involved in extensive research and publishing endeavours. However, they have chosen to work at Bishop’s because they love teaching and working with undergraduate students.

We put great emphasis on personal contact between students and professors, and favour small classes and frequent seminars, laboratories and tutorials.


Bishop’s alumni groups are among the most cohesive and supportive in Canada. Our alumni branches are scattered around the world, and host events throughout the year for graduates and friends of the University.

To learn more, visit our Alumni and Advancement page.

Academic profile

Bishop’s is an English-language undergraduate university that offers a selection of more than 100 programs across 3 faculties and schools:


Bishop’s University offers bachelor’s (B.A., B.B.A., B.Ed., and B.Sc.) and master’s (M.A., M.Ed., and M.Sc.) programs through three faculties.

Visit the Academic programs page to learn more about our extensive program offerings.

Class sizes

Average size of:

  • 1st year classes: 32
  • 2nd year classes: 27
  • 3rd year classes: 13
  • 4th year classes: 6.5

(Statistics for Winter 2015)

Interesting facts

  • There are students enrolled from every Canadian province and territory, 30 US states, and from 69 countries worldwide.
  • The average entering high school student in 2017 had an 82.6% average.
  • The average entering CEGEP student in 2017 had a 26 R-score.
  • 85.3% of our 1st year students return as sophomores.
  • Our graduation rate is 76%.
  • Over 84% of our students are active in clubs, or varsity or intramural sports.
  • 97% of our students live within walking distance of campus.
  • 70% of our first-year students live in our on-campus residences.
  • Average class sizes in 1st and 2nd year are 36 students.
  • The student to faculty ratio is 19:1
  • $120 million has been invested in campus renovations in the past five years.

Did you know?

Over 19,000 individuals around the world proudly claim Bishop’s University as their alma mater. Go Bishop’s!

Learn more

For additional information about the Bishop’s campus, visit the Our campus page

To learn more about the University’s history, visit our Historical timeline page.