Brandon University

Founded in 1899, Brandon University (BU) is situated centrally in Manitoba’s second largest city. It attracts students both locally and globally who are interested in obtaining a personalized education in an environment geared to the individual. Our people, facilities, programs, services, and warm Prairie hospitality set us apart from other universities.

The City of Brandon (population 42,000) is a full service centre with a rich agricultural heritage and boasts amenities, conveniences and a cultural environment typically found in much larger centres. It is nestled along the Assiniboine River, 200 km west of Winnipeg and 100 km north of the United States border. Brandon is a progressive community with fine arts, music, recreation and entertainment that are the envy of larger cities.

Brandon University has rich traditions as a small liberal education university and is dedicated to the liberal arts and sciences. As well, BU has social science programs, interdisciplinary studies and a number of professional programs of study. BU is also building its capacity in graduate education and offers graduate degrees in music, education, rural development, and most recently, psychiatric nursing.

BU values excellence in teaching and research; creativity, performance and innovation; environmental sustainability; intellectual integrity; and community engagement and partnerships. Small class sizes, accessible faculty, integrated and aesthetically pleasing campus and diverse student population combine to form a stimulating, supportive and personalized learning experience. BU recognizes and celebrates cultural diversity and is particularly committed to the education of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. The Indigenous Health and Human Services (IHHS) Degree Program is a new and innovative program that provides instruction in Indigenous perspectives of holistic health and wellness; traditional approaches to healing; and Western intervention theories and skills. This program combines Aboriginal knowledge and spirituality with courses from the School of Health Studies, and the Faculties of Arts and Science.

BU offers a number of distributed learning courses using a variety of state-of-the-art technologies including video conferencing and a new Cisco Telepresence system. Brandon University is also a co-participant in Campus Manitoba, a distance education program which offers a selection of university-level courses in numerous rural Manitoba communities. Brandon’s liberal arts curriculum delivers rich content and educates students on how to apply knowledge so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1899
Total Number of Staff 184
Number of Academic Staff 257
Number of Students 4203
Focus Areas

Indigenous Arts, Humanities and Sciences, including Health and Human Services

Subarctic Plant Ecology

Environmental Sustainability