105 – Brescia University College at Western University

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Last updated: September 17, 2020

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About Brescia University College

Brescia University College was established in 1919 by the Ursuline Sisters of the Chatham Union who set out to create a world-class postsecondary institution for women, at a time in history when access to educational opportunities were uncommon and limited.

Over the years, we have focused on providing continued access to quality education for women, directly reflected in the classroom teaching style. Often, learning is interactive whereby we utilize class discussion and dialogue over traditional lectures, encouraging you to have an opinion and speak your mind. We highly encourage development of leadership skills and community involvement, which are woven throughout curriculum and student life.

We are affiliated with Western University, meaning you graduate with a Western degree and have access to the facilities offered at a research-intensive institution, student clubs, and intramural and varsity athletics, while maintaining our close-knit community, smaller class sizes, and personalized and supportive atmosphere. There are approximately 1,500 students in the Brescia student body.

We recognize that students require a safe and comfortable place to live and in 2013 opened our beautiful residence, Clare Hall, with guaranteed spots for all students. Mercato, our dining pavilion, has 6 interactive food stations so that we can address multiple dietary preferences and restrictions.

Financial assistance is an important component when you choose an institution and we offer generous scholarships and bursaries for our incoming and continuing students. Automatic entrance scholarships for incoming Brescia students begin at an 80% admission average.

We offer an array of academic programs within the 4 schools:

  • Humanities
  • Foods & Nutritional Science
  • Behavioural & Social Sciences
  • Leadership & Social Change

Examples of modules that you can complete within these schools include:

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Leadership Studies
  • Non-Profit Management
  • French for Teaching
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Additionally, we offer 2 programs with Western: Kinesiology and Health Sciences. There is also a co-educational program, the Preliminary Year, a pre-university qualifying year if you are missing courses or components for consideration into first-year university.

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The Brescia Competencies

The Brescia Competencies are the building blocks of the Brescia experience. They help students think critically and participate actively in society. Our 7 competencies include:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Inquiry and Analysis
  • Problem Solving
  • Self Awareness and Development
  • Social Awareness and Engagement
  • Valuing

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Residence at Brescia

Opened in September 2013, Clare Hall accommodates approximately 300 students conveniently on campus, steps from classes and the library. Located in the centre of campus, this gorgeous building is organized into “houses” of small groupings of students. Composed of mainly single accommodations, each room features a queen-size bed, floor-to-ceiling closets, an ensuite bathroom, individual climate controls and a window seat. The Mercato — our marché-style dining pavilion — offers fresh, made-to-order dishes with emphasis on local, seasonal foods. We guarantee residence space for all incoming students.

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Important Deadlines

We assess 105 applications on a rolling basis. For us to consider you for fall admission, you should apply by May.

We offer winter admission for select programs; we should receive applications no later than October 31, 2020.

Find additional scholarship dates and deadlines on the Admission Scholarship website.

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Admission Information

If you feel that your average will fall below our admission requirements for your program of choice, you can submit an Applicant Profile in addition to your official application.

Find the Applicant Profile on the Admission Requirements web page.

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Submission of Documents

We will send an acknowledgement to you detailing the documents required to complete your application for admission to Brescia. We must receive all requested supporting documents before we can make an admission decision.

It is your responsibility to ensure that institutions submit all required documentation directly to the Admissions Office at Brescia University College.

Read more about admission requirements and submitting documents.

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Transfer Credit Eligibility

We will assess students who hold a college diploma or previous university education for transfer credit on courses with a minimum grade of “C” (60%). A Brescia Admissions Officer will be in contact for additional course information (such as a course syllabus), if required.

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English Proficiency

We are an English-speaking university. If English is not your first language and you have not lived or studied in an English environment for a minimum of 4 years, you must write an English proficiency test or complete your English as a second language (ESL) studies with one of our ESL pathway partners.

Our ESL pathway partners: You may complete English-language studies at Culture Works, Western’s English Language Centre or Fanshawe College’s English as a Second Language program.

Read more about English-language proficiency.

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Student Accessibility Services

If you have a disability or disabilities and require academic accommodation (e.g., special arrangements for exams), you must notify Student Accessibility Services at Western’s Main Campus of your needs so that they may consider accommodation and related support. Email Student Accessibility Services or call them at 519-661-2147.

Procedures for requesting academic accommodation and information about related support are available on the Student Accessibility Services website.

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Contact Information

Brescia University College
Admissions, Office of the Registrar
1285 Western Road
London ON  N6G 1H2

Telephone: 519-858-5151
Email: brescia@uwo.ca

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