Brescia University College

Brescia University College

:"This article is about the women's college in London, Ontario. For the university in Owensboro, Kentucky, see Brescia University"Infobox_University
name = Brescia University College
motto =
established = 1919 Ursuline College. Subsequently named Bresica University College.
principal = Dr. Theresa Topic
mascot = bee
city = flagicon|Canada London
state = Ontario
country = Canada
undergrad = 922 full time + 135 part time
faculty = 42
affiliations = AUCC, IAU, COU, ACU, WCC
fightsong =
colours = blue color box|#072B61 and gold color box|#FDD017
nickname =
publictransit = On a bus route
coor =
telephone =
address = 1285 Western Road, London, Ontario, Canada, N6G 1H2
website = []

Brescia University College is a Catholic liberal arts college for women located in London, Ontario, Canada. Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, Brescia is the only university-level women's college in Canada. It has approximately 1,100 undergraduate students.

Mission Statement

Brescia University College:
* is a Catholic college in the Ursuline tradition,
* educates women to think critically and to participate actively in society.
* is a student-centred community,
* prepares graduates to respond with wisdom, justice and compassion to a changing world.


The theme of Brescia's Strategic Plan for May 2006 - April 2009 is Learn, Live, Lead.
* To advance learning and scholarship in a student-centered environment.
* To be a vibrant organization that touches the mind, body and spirit.
* To be a strong voice for increasing the scope and visibility of women's leadership.


* Bachelor of Arts
* Bachelor of Management & Organizational Studies
* Bachelor of Science (Foods & Nutrition)
* Bachelor of Arts (Human Ecology)
* Bachelor of Science (Human Ecology)
* Master of Food and Nutritional Sciences
* Certificate in Community Development
* Certificate in Religious Education

Brescia also offers a Pre-University Year programme. According to the Brescia website, the [ Preliminary Year] is a one-year university preparatory programme taught by university professors on the College campus. The programme is a bridge; students are able to acquire the academic courses required for successful entry into university. This programme is co-educational.

The College also offers and English as a Second Language programme called [ CultureWorks] .

Admission Requirements

* With the exception of the Preliminary Year program which is co-educational, Brescia only admits women into its programs of study. All classes at Brescia are open to both male and female students.

Research and Partnerships

*Just steps away from the University of Western Ontario's main campus of 30,000+ students, Brescia has a vibrant university community of 1000 students. This partnership means students benefit from small classes and personal attention while enjoying the amenities of a large university.

Student Life

*While residence and registration at Brescia are restricted to females, all courses are accessible to UWO students, male or female, including students from Western's two other affiliated university colleges. As such, it is not uncommon for male students from Main Campus, Huron University College or King's University College to take courses at Brescia.


The Mother St. James memorial building is the main building on campus. It houses classrooms, offices, the Beryl Ivey Library and computer lab, the Mother St. James Memorial Auditorium, and the Circle Women’s Centre resource centre. The Ursuline hall is the residence for 170 female students.


Brescia was founded in 1919 as Ursuline College by the Ursulines. It was founded as a Roman Catholic affiliate of the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. [ [ University of Western Ontario ] ] The Ursuline Sisters named the Roman Catholic college after the Italian city of Brescia where their religious order was founded. Brescia University College is the only university-level women's college in Canada). It was renamed "Brescia College" in 1963, and was recently re-named "Brescia University College". Brescia's mascot is a Bee.

ee also


* Murray Llewellyn Barr 'A century of medicine at Western: a centennial history of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario' (London: University of Western Ontario, 1977)
* John R. W. Gwynne-Timothy 'Western's first century' (London: University of Western Ontario, 1978)
* Ruth Davis Talman 'The beginnings and development of the University of Western Ontario, 1878-1924.' (MA Thesis, University of Western Ontario, 1925)


External links

* [ The Official Website]
* [ Financial Aid Website]
* [ Housing and Residence Website]
* [ Special Needs Website]
* [ The Ursuline entry in "The Catholic Encyclopedia"]
* [ Brescia University College]

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