University description (as per official university website)
Brescia University College is Canada’s women’s university. Since our inception in 1919, we’ve been committed to educating passionate, creative, intelligent women — like you — who want to lead boldly in a rapidly changing world.
So what does it mean to attend a women’s-only university? It means you’ll:
Receive an education tailored to you
Be comfortable sharing your opinions, insights, and ideas in class
Get to really know your classmates — women who desire to be educated in the true sense of the word
Be surrounded by women in leadership positions, from your Academic Dean to your Principal
A 2009 study by the University of California, Los Angeles, provided solid evidence that women who graduated from girls-only high schools had a significant edge over their coed peers. The majority reported:
Successful academic performance
Higher self confidence
Outstanding writing and public speaking skill
Success in historically male-dominated areas, such as mathematics, computers, engineering, and politics
Affiliation with Western
Because of Brescia’s affiliation with The University of Western Ontario, Ontario’s third-largest university, you’ll have the opportunity to take classes with both men and women.
Brescia University College is a student-centred community that educates women to think critically and to participate actively in society. A Catholic college in the Ursuline tradition, we prepare our graduates to respond with wisdom, justice and compassion to a changing world.
Brescia will be the university college of choice for women seeking an inclusive community of learning that combines academic excellence with opportunity for service and leadership.
Our mission at Brescia University College is governed by the following core values.
We value women and their potential for leadership in society.
We value pedagogical initiatives that encourage women's learning styles and enable them to develop their voices, confidence and leadership skills.
We value creative, holistic education.
We value academic excellence.
We value experiential learning.
We value the celebration of the spiritual dimension of the human person.
We value the building of community in participative and collaborative ways.
We value the struggle to raise social awareness and to promote social change.
We value the physical environment that enhances the spiritual search for truth and beauty.
For 90 years, Brescia has provided the milieu in which thousands of women have received unparalleled opportunities for leadership and self-discovery while absorbing the values of volunteerism and compassion.
The Ursuline Sisters of Chatham began the story in 1919, founding Brescia as a liberal arts college for women and creating an intimate learning experience that encouraged students to think creatively and critically about the world. Today's committed professors and staff continue this legacy by fostering the development of analytical skills and communication expertise that enables Brescia students to take leadership roles in Canadian society.
The College maintains its Catholic identity, recognizing that faith and mature spirituality are the bedrock on which lives of service and achievement are built. Students continue to find common cause in social justice initiatives, an ongoing legacy of our Ursuline heritage.