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Recti cultus pectora roborant

Bishop’s University’s official motto is translated from the Latin to mean “sound learning strengthens the spirit.” This is one of the many things you can discover while browsing through the historical timeline.

The university has played an instrumental role in the education of generations of young leaders, and in the development of the social and cultural landscape of the Eastern Townships region of Quebec. Now one of Canada’s leading primarily undergraduate institutions, Bishop’s University has grown from a humble campus – with only one building and ten pupils – to a 550-acre campus with 25 buildings and a student body numbering 2,808 (as of Fall 2021).

Bishop’s is a place with a history as unique and interesting as each of the individuals who make up its close-knit community. The following historical timeline showcases the university’s evolution and important milestones over the past 175 years.

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Anna M. Grant, University Archivist
819-822-9600, ext. 2609

Bishop’s Remembers: War records project

Bishop’s Remembers is a collection of the histories of Bishop’s students and alumni who died in service. The lives of those who served and sacrificed are linked together by their common alma mater.

This collection is a special tribute to those war heroes who, at one time or another, called Bishop’s home.