History, Affiliations, and Rankings
Brandon University is Canada’s finest Regional University, which was established in 1899 as a Baptist institution, called the Brandon College. Established as an affiliate of McMaster University, it was chartered to the status of the University in 1967. Today, Brandon University is one of numerous Liberal Arts and Sciences universities in Canada that cater primarily to Undergraduate students. A University committed to indigenous education, Brandon The university is affiliated with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), as well as the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate (CUSID) and U Sports. Brandon University was placed 18th overall among Undergraduate universities in Canada in the 2021 Maclean's rankings.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
Set in a vibrant, urban infrastructure, Brandon University's main campus is located in Manitoba’s second largest city, Brandon. There is as much cultural life as green spaces that one can find on and around the Brandon University campus. Academics are offered across 6 Faculties and Schools of specialization. These are - Arts, Education, Science, Health Studies, Music and a School of Graduate Studies. Apart from the courses at Bachelor’s and Master’s level, Brandon offers pre-professional and certificate programs as well to assist students as well as local professionals. Students also get the opportunity to enroll in the Brandon University Co-op program, which is a specialized program to bridge the gap between classroom academics and professional skills through a paid, summer work placement.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Brandon University is Canada’s finest Regional University that was #1 in western Canada and #2 in Canada to establish a Native Studies Department. Further, quite recently, the University started the Destination: BU challenge on social media inviting international students to document their journey to Brandon University. Posts came from as far away as Africa, Oceania and the Caribbean and garnered significant engagement. The University’s Professor Dr. Alison Marshall was listed as a cultural consultant on the Disney/Pixar movie “Turning Red.” The University’s list of achievements is growing with its growth as an institution of higher education. The alumni network of Brandon University is called the BU Café and includes names of notable personalities, such as Henry Champ, Canadian Broadcast Journalist, Tommy Douglas, Father of Medicare, and the Greatest Canadian (as voted by CBC viewers), Stanley Knowles, New Democratic Party Member of Parliament and others.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Brandon University educates approximately 3,000 students annually, which includes a significant number of international students who attend the University from worldwide. The University also welcomes indigenous students and recently, celebrated the Indigenous Excellence through a series of online events, to foster knowledge about the indigenous communities on the campus. Throughout the year, there are over 200 social events and recreational activities held on campus. Brandon University significantly invests in the career development of its students. It recently partnered with RBC under the RBC Future Launch program to create 450+ new spaces for co-op students on the campus.