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Congratulations! Welcome to the Bishop’s community.

The web page contains all of the information that you need as an incoming student. Work through each of the steps below and check back regularly for updated information. This will ensure a smooth transition to the purple family.

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Your Next Steps

1. Accept your offer of admission

In order to reserve your place in the entering class and to ensure that you receive all university communications intended for incoming students, you must formally accept your offer of admission.

*Please note that if you are a Part-time General Interest Student, you do not need to accept your offer of admission.

Offer Acceptance Deadline

You must formally accept your offer of admission before the appropriate deadline:

June 1: Fall (September) semester

December 1: Winter (January) semester

Offer Acceptance Procedure

To accept your offer of admission, log-in to your myBU applicant portal and complete the “Accept My Offer” form. Pay your tuition deposit of $350 (not applicable to exchange students).

Deferring to a Future Semester or Declining your Offer of Admission

Students who receive an offer of admission have the option to request a deferral for defer one or two semesters in the future without needing to reapply. If you wish to defer your Offer of Admission to a future semester, you must first accept your offer of admission (see the process above). Once you have submitted the confirmation deposit, please send an email to admissions@ubishops.ca with your full name, date of birth and student number with the subject line “Deferring my Offer of Admission to a Future Semester”. Be sure to indicate to which semester you wish to defer. The deadline to submit a deferral request is the end of the add/drop period of the original semester to which you applied (September 15th for Fall and January 15th for Winter). If the request is accepted by the Admissions Office, a new offer of admission will be issued for the future semester.

Note: once the two-semester deferral limit is reached, students that are still not able to attend, for any reason, will have their admissions file closed. In order to again be considered for admission, a new application would need to be submitted.

If you will not be accepting your offer of admissions to Bishop’s, please send an email to admissions@ubishops.ca with your full name, date of birth and student number with the subject line “Declining My Offer of Admission”. Our Admissions team will then formally close your application. If we do not receive a response to your offer of admission by our deadlines, your file will be closed automatically.

Admissions Tuition Deposit Refund Policy

Fall semester entry: Between the time of accepting an offer with payment ($350 CAD), up until and including August 31st, there is a refund policy which allows for $100 CAD to be refunded to the applicant ($250 CAD is non-refundable). From September 1st onwards the $350 CAD becomes completely non-refundable.

Winter semester entry: Between the time of accepting an offer with payment ($350 CAD), up until and including December 31st, there is a refund policy which allows for $100 CAD to be refunded ($250 CAD is non-refundable). From January 1st onwards the $350 CAD becomes completely non-refundable.

Students who have deferred their admission from an earlier semester are not eligible to receive a refund of their $350 confirmation deposit.

2. Check the conditions of your offer of admission

Please refer to the conditions outlined on page-two of your Offer of Admission package.

For all applicants for any semester who have received a conditional offer of admission, unless otherwise outlined in your admission package, a final official transcript must be submitted by the admission conditions deadline (stated below). To be considered official, the transcript must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office by an administrator from the applicant’s previous institution. If submitted in person, the transcript must be in a sealed envelope with an official seal number.

Exceptions: CEGEP applicants who have submitted their Quebec Permanent Code and Ontario high school applicants who have submitted an OUAC reference number do not need to submit their final transcript. The Admissions Office will receive the update directly.

Deadline for Winter Semester (January): January 15th, 2023.

Deadline for Fall Semester (September) semester entry: September 15th, 2023.

Note that once you have accepted your offer of admission, an item on your checklist titled “Fulfillment of Admission Conditions” will appear in your myBU account.

It is only after you have completed the above process to the satisfaction of the Admissions Office that your full admission will be confirmed. 

After the Admissions Office has confirmed that you have satisfied the conditions of your admission, the “Fulfillment of Admission Conditions” will be cleared from your checklist.

3. Review our competitive scholarship selection process

Competitive scholarship recipients are chosen based on their academic performance. Our competitive scholarships range in value from $500 to $20,000 per academic year. Some of our scholarships are renewable throughout your Bishop’s career, some are one-time instalments, and others are available for continuing students only.

You will automatically be considered for scholarships as long as you submit your online application for admissions by March 1st and have all your supporting documents required to make an admissions decision (i.e. transcripts) to us no later than March 15th.

For an application to be considered complete you must:

  • Complete online application forms
  • Pay the online application fee
  • Send the Admissions Office all documents necessary to make an assessment (i.e. transcript)

See more on scholarship opportunities.

4. Apply for awards and bursaries

In Addition to competitive scholarships, Bishop’s University offers a number of awards and bursaries to new students who are admitted for Fall entry.

Our entrance awards and bursaries range in value from $800 to $8,000 per academic year. Unless otherwise indicated in the offer, the entrance awards and bursaries are non-renewable. Note that returning student awards and bursaries are available to students in the upper years.

Available awards and bursaries fall into three categories:

  • Leadership
  • Regional
  • Financial Need

The deadline to complete your online Awards and Bursaries Application is March 1st.

Check out more on awards and bursaries web pages.

5. Apply for residence and pay the deposit

At Bishop’s University an important part of the student experience is being a part of the residence community. That is why, as long as the application deadline is met, we will guarantee all first-year students a spot in residence. Residence rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

You must submit an application, and pay the first deposit of $500 before June 15th for a fall (September) semester entry. The second deposit of $800 has a deadline of August 7th.

In order to submit an application to residence, you must have received and accepted your offer of admission to Bishop’s University.

Complete your application to live in residence online.

6. International and exchange students: obtain your CAQ, study permit and health insurance

We are thrilled to welcome you to Bishop’s, and to Canada!!

Please visit BU International for all the details you need on study permits, insurance requirements, and more. You will also find links to book info sessions with the BU International team to support you in your journey.

Bishop’s International

7. Participate in the Bishop’s community before you arrive

Join the Conversation

Follow #UBishops on social media to discover life at your new home away from home.

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8. Familiarize yourself with key dates and deadline

You have decided to join Bishop’s University as a new student, and we are actively preparing for your arrival. Keep an eye on the key dates below, also available on our Sessional Dates web page.

Fall (September) Entry:

March 1:

Deadline to submit an undergraduate online application for Fall and be considered for Competitive Entrance Scholarships.

Deadline to submit the Entrance Awards and Bursaries application.

May 15: Preliminary document deadline for all applicants

June 1: Deadline to accept your offer of admission (refer to step one for guidance)

June 15: Deadline to apply to residence + 1st deposit

August 5: Deadline to pay residence 2nd deposit fee

September 2 (tentative): Residence Move-In Day

Early September: Classes Begin

September 15: Deadline to submit all final documents (including fulfilment of admission conditions and birth certificate)

September 30: Deadline to pay tuition fees for Fall semester

It is important to refer to the Sessional Dates section of the Academic Calendar. This link will take you to an online active calendar, which you can refer to throughout your time as a Bishop’s student. Here you can find important dates, deadlines, scheduled holidays, and events.

Winter (January) Entry:

November 1: Application Deadline

November 15: Deadline to submit supporting documents

December 1: Deadline to accept your offer of admission (refer to step one for guidance)

9. Connect with your Academic Advisor

Connect with your Academic Advisor to discuss your program, program options, courses, and academic pathway plans. View our Academic Advising webpage for more information.

10. Prepare for course registration

Course registration for the Fall term typically occurs during June and August. Course registration for the Winter term typically occurs during November and December.

Many students will be pre-registered in courses but will be required to select a few courses to complete their schedule. Take a look at the Academic Calendar and watch your Bishop’s email account for more information. Visit our student records website for the most up-to-date registration instructions.

11. Pay your tuition and residence fees before the deadline


In order to avoid late payment fees and to ensure a smooth registration process, read the information below carefully and respect all listed deadlines.

All students must pay their tuition and fees before the appropriate deadline each semester:

August 5th: $800 CAD residence deposit due (in addition to the $500 CAD paid when applying).

September 30th: Tuition payment due.

*A late payment fee of $65 CAD is applicable to payments or promissory notes submitted after the stated deadlines.


Tuition and School Fee Payments

Canadian students must:

  • pay school fees in full by the deadline; OR
  • submit the online Promissory Note by the deadline in order to pay with a government loan.

If you are being billed international tuition rates, we have not received your Canadian birth certificate. Submit a copy to admissions@ubishops.ca as soon as possible.

International, non-exchange students must:

  • pay school fees in full by the deadline.

If you are applying for USA student aid, contact Ms. Jamie Berwick (jamie.berwick@ubishops.ca or 1-819-822-9600, ext. 2205) for detailed, individualized information


Tuition and School Fee Calculation

Once you have completed the online registration process, you will be able to view the total amount due for your first semester tuition and compulsory fees:

  1. Visit Self-Service in myBU;
  2. Click on the Finances tab;
  3. Click on Balance.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

If you have been awarded an entrance scholarship, a bursary or other financial award from Bishop’s, you should manually deduct half of the total amount awarded (the award is split over two semesters) from the Total Charges line on your account statement.

For refund and other important information regarding your fees and funding, visit the Fees and Funding section of the website.

12. Get ready for Orientation Week!

The Bishop’s University Orientation Week

The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) hosts both a Fall and Winter orientation for new students. Watch the SRC website for more information.

You can follow the planning of Orientation Week activities via the Facebook Group Bishop’s University Orientation Week.



If you have any questions after you have worked your way through the steps above, feel free to contact us directly.