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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1843
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • Liberal Arts School 1
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 2600 College Street, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
    • Phone:
    • +18198229600
    • Setting:
    • Rural

The History of Bishop's University

Bishop's College was established by Bishop George Jehoshaphat Mountain on December 9, 1843, in Lennoxville, Quebec, for the education of members of the Church of England and erected into a university in 1853. The school was founded by Bishop Mountain, the third Anglican bishop of Quebec, as a liberal arts college. In 1845, instruction began, and in 1854, the first degrees were granted.

In 1845, the Reverend Jasper Hume Nicolls, a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford was appointed first principal of Bishop's College. In 1853, he and Bishop Mountain obtained the Royal Charter through which the college became a university. He led Bishop's for 32 years, through several financial crises.

A faculty of medicine, known as Bishop's Medical Faculty, Montreal, was established in Montreal in 1871, and closed in 1905 when it amalgamated with McGill University.

Academic Highlights

Bishop’s boasts some of the smallest class sizes in the country, and passionate, supportive professors who truly care about the success of their students. The result is that all BU students receive personalized attention and valuable support throughout their studies.

Bishop’s connects its students to an array of outstanding learning opportunities, including internships and exceptional training experiences. These opportunities enable students to strengthen their skills and obtain valuable professional experience, all while working to complete their studies.

Bishop’s creates a unique social environment for its students, one that fosters personal growth and development. This caring and supportive atmosphere nurtures students, and helps transform them into confident and skilled leaders who are ready to make a difference in this world.

Primarily undergraduate, Bishop's University also offers graduate courses and M.A. and M.Ed. degrees in education and M.Sc. in computer science and physics. Bishop's offers several programs from five academic divisions.

Life in Bishop's University 

In football, the Gaiters have made five appearances in CIS semifinal bowls, most recently the 1994 Churchill Bowl. In basketball, the Gaiters won women's national championships in 1982-83 and 1983–84 and the men's national championship in 1997-98. For both genders, the Gaiters are the last Quebec-based school to win a national championship. 

School Ranking

Bishop’s ranked #1 in Student Satisfaction. Bishop’s ranked #1 in Quality of Instructors. Bishop’s ranked #1 for Residence Living. Bishop’s ranked #2 for Extracurricular Activities. Bishop’s ranked #2 for Professors that know your name.


Notable Alumni

  • Douglas Abbott — Former Minister of National Defence and Minister of Finance, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Maude Abbott — one of Canada's earliest female medical graduates, founder of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada
  • Nick Arakgi — CFL football star and CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award winner. Honourable mention to his son Jason Arakgi who is also a CFL player, but a graduate of McMaster University
  • John Bassett — publisher of the Montreal Gazette, owner of the Toronto Argonauts, 1961–1971
  • Peter Blaikie — Rhodes Scholar, prominent lawyer, former President of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, television commentator
  • Leroy Blugh- CFL player and CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award winner, defensive assistant coach Ottawa Red Blacks
  • Allen Chastenet – Prime Minister of St. Lucia

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