Bishop’s campus is home to the junction of Massawipi and St. Francis Rivers, which makes the scenery a part of the architectural landscape of the campus. Popularly named “Oxford on the Massawippi”, the campus is known for its beautiful architecture, which has Gothic influences. Construction on campus has been ongoing, and its most recent building is the Paterson Hall which was built in 2003. Its library contains around 600,000 items, which include more that 20,000 online and printed periodicals and atlases/maps. Its special collections are inside the John Bassett Memorial Library.
The University has around 130 full-time faculty members with a 16:1 student faculty ratio. Students who want to live inside the campus can choose from 7 residence halls which have immediate access to the library, academic buildings, athletic complex, recreational facilities and other support services. These halls include Paterson, Munster, Kuehner, Abbott, Mackinnon, Pollack, and Norton.
Bishop’s University offers the following services: Counselling, Special Needs, Career And Employment Services, Leadership Development And Success Coaching, The Writing Centre, Student Affairs, Campus Ministry, Health Services, Residence Life, Athletics, and Security.
Bishop’s University Students’ Representative Council is an independent organization that represents the full-time students of the campus, including most committees in the Academic Senate and the University Board of Governors. Through the Social Department, the council helps fund the academic and non-academic clubs. It also produces many publications, such as the Mitre Literary Journal and the Quad Yearbook and organizes various events on the campus (Orientation Week, Frosh Week and Graduation Formal). The Board of Directors of the Council is composed of the President, VP Academic,VP Student Affairs, VP Social, Director of Finance, and General Manager. There are also four Student Affairs Representatives, four Student Event Coordinators, five Student Senators, and one Corporation Representative.
There are three categories that offer different levels of athletic competition of students. They are: Inter-university Athletics, Intramural Sports, and Recreational Instructional Program. Inter-university Athletics is a part of the Canadian Inter-university Sport and the “Federation Quebecoise du Sport Etudiant”. They compete in Men’s and Women’s Rugby, Women’s Basketball, Football, and Men’s and Women’s Golf. The Intramural Sports is another competitive level in co-educational and individual sports, such as volleyball, tennis, squash, softball, soccer, water-polo, ice hockey, golf, touch football, broomball, basketball, ball hockey, and badminton. Recreational Instructional Program offers various life-enhancing and non-competitive activities, such as yoga, martial arts, and aerobics. The John Price Sports and Recreation Centre has a double gymnasium suitable for volleyball, basketball, and volleyball. It can seat around 1,200 people. It also has a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool with one metre diving board, outdoor tennis, squash courts, combative aerobics, facilities for gymnastics, weight training, and indoor jogging. There is also a cafeteria lounge that leads to the outdoor patio. Other sports facilities include the Coulter Field Stadium, the W.B. Scott Memorial Rink, ten outdoor tennis courts and a 9-hole golf course.
The University offers primarily undergraduate courses. It also offers graduate courses, M.Ed., and M.A. degrees in Education, M.Sc in Physics and Computer Science. There are several programs from five academic divisions: William's School of Business, School of Education, Division of Social Sciences, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Division of Humanities. Each division strives to give the students a well-balanced academic experience as a whole.
There are many famous alumni of the University. They are: Alex Paterson — Senior Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP ; Order of Canada, former Chancellor of Bishop's University, Damian Pettigrew — film director, Francis Reginald Scott — poet, constitutional expert, Galt MacDermot — musician, arranger, composer of 60's rock musical Hair (musical), Jamall Lee - American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, Jim Corcoran - singer, songwriter and radio host, John Bassett — publisher of the Montreal Gazette Johnny Reid — country music singer, Keith Godding - CFL wide receiver, Montreal Alouettes, Larry Smith — President of the Montreal Alouettes, former commissioner of the Canadian Football League Maude Abbott — one of Canada's earliest female medical graduates, founder of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, Michael Ondaatje — poet, writer, and Nick Arakgi — CFL football star and CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award winner.
Sherbrooke is a city in south-eastern Quebec, Canada. Located at the confluence of the Saint-François and Magog rivers, Sherbrooke is in the centre of an important agricultural region with many dairy farms. There is also some industry in the region. An important business is the manufacture of ice hockey sticks: more of these are made in Sherbrooke than anywhere else in the world.
Sherbrooke has become known as a major student city. With four major colleges and two universities, its student population is one of its defining features.