Brock University Profile
With nearly 19,000 students, Brock University has over 70 undergraduate and 47 graduate and doctoral programs. Located an hour west of Toronto, Brock is one of a handful of world universities that is situated in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The university is committed to being a partner of change for its host region: students and staff engage with Niagara communities through a full range of academic, cultural, and volunteer capacities. For more information, please visit https://www.brocku.ca/
The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. The Brock University virtual tour video can be found here.
Brock’s admission requirements are divided into different types of learners that include secondary school, transfer, and mature students. Each type has different requirements and admission policies. Select a category that describes you best and then check out the admission requirements specific to your category.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
During the academic year, university recruiters travel throughout Ontario to visit Aboriginal learners in many secondary schools and community organizations. These recruiters are part of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP), a collection of Aboriginal recruiters from Ontario and Quebec colleges and universities. They’ll have the most up-to-date information about applying to your university as an Aboriginal learner. The APSIP website includes information on events, resources for students, and contact information for the recruiters.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
Students Making A Realistic Transition (SMART) is Brock’s academic orientation program for all incoming first-year students. The SMART website provides a step-by-step guide on becoming a Brock student and features short videos for pre-orientation.
The annual STRATEGIES Conference is a four-day transition program designed to introduce students with learning disabilities to university life. Students are invited to stay overnight in residence; eat meals in the residence cafeteria; stay in private dorm rooms; become familiar with various lecture halls, seminar rooms, teaching styles; and get to know your way around campus.
Mindful Transitions Program
Mindful Transitions is a program designed for incoming first-year students with a diagnosed and documented disability. The program includes workshops and information to ease your transition to university life.
If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least two years, you might be considered a mature learner. Check out Brock’s Mature Learner Policy to find out how you can transition to university as a mature learner.
If you are interested in transferring to Brock from another university or college, Brock’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through ONCAT, an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is committed to the goal of understanding health to gain, maintain and restore it. You can choose from programs such as Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Recreation and Leisure, and Sports Management.
The Faculty of Education fosters a community of critical and reflective students who have a passion for learning and helping others to learn. The Faculty of Education has several centres such as the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, and the Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach. You can choose from programs such as Concurrent Education, Technological Education and Early Childhood Education.
The Faculty of Humanities allows you to explore the cultural, intellectual and artistic ideas of the world, while developing critical thought, problem-solving, and communication skills. You can choose from a range of programs that include Classics, English Language and Literature, Intercultural Studies and more.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Science advances your knowledge and skills in an environment that fosters innovation, creativity, respect, citizenship and collective achievement. You can choose from programs such as Biological Sciences, Computer Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Physics.
The Faculty of Social Sciences offers innovative and exciting fields of study that explore various social experiences through Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology as well as interdisciplinary fields such as Linguistics, Child and Youth Studies, Popular Culture, and Women’s and Gender Studies.
The Goodman School of Business is committed to graduating students who are innovative, articulate and ethical global citizens. The school delivers undergraduate and graduate programs that explore approaches to business and society, and offers business administration and accounting programs.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers graduate degrees in Applied Health Sciences, Education, Humanities, Social Science and Business. Brock’s 47 graduate programs create innovative learning experiences, and emphasize engagement in research, scholarship and professional development.
Be sure to check out all of Brock’s academic programs.
Brock offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. Below is a list of some of the academic services you can access at Brock.
A-Z Learning Services can offer you assistance while you are transitioning to university life. You can visit the Drop-In-Centre to go over assignments or discuss study habits, and attend workshops on topics such as essay-writing and avoiding procrastination.
University 101 is a non-credit program that gives you the chance to prepare for university in both an on-site and online environment. You can develop study skills and discover academic resources that will support you in your first year at Brock.
Workshops are available throughout the school year to help you develop skills in time management, reading and writing. You can also collaborate with your new Brock friends to order a workshop, for a group of four or more students.
The Drop-in Learning Centre is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and staff work collaboratively with you to develop your potential and confidence as a university student in areas such as essay writing, problem solving or general study skills.
For more information about Brock’s academic supports, please visit Brock Student Support Services.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Aboriginal specific scholarships and awards. Below are examples of two awards available at Brock:
The Brock Aboriginal Achievement Award is given to two Brock University students (one undergraduate, one graduate). To be eligible, you must demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, community activity and involvement at Brock.
The Burman Love Family Award is given annually to a student of Aboriginal descent in any year of study and in any program, although enrolment in the Aboriginal Studies program is preferred.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
Finding part time work on campus is a great way for you to get experience, develop skills for future careers, and make money while studying at Brock. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Aboriginal Student Centre.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services strives to be a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. Below are just some of the services you will find at Brock and Aboriginal Student Services:
The goal of Aboriginal Student Services is to help all Aboriginal students (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) make the transition to the Brock University community. You can find social and academic support in a culturally sensitive manner, including visits with the Elder in Residence.
Gathering Place for Good Minds
The Gathering Place for Good Minds consists of several rooms that house a computer lab, student lounges, and a community space for larger gatherings. You’ll find a home-like environment with Aboriginal art, comfortable couches, and staff members who are there to help you.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. Below you will find more information about student life at Brock.
Find out more about Brock’s Student Life and Community Experience.
Brock’s Orientation Week, O-Week, is a jam-packed week of events, fairs, volunteering opportunities, and more. Be sure to register!
Clubs and Societies
Brock has a variety of clubs and societies, ranging from cultural, religious, and international clubs to social, recreation, and activities clubs. Examples of some clubs you can join are Brock Dance, Brock University Geology Club or Everything Yarn.
Aboriginal Learners’ Clubs
The Aboriginal Student Organization (ASO) provides a supportive, positive environment for Brock’s Aboriginal learners. ASO promotes cultural awareness and can help you in adjusting to university life. It also gives you a chance to join a community, actively participate in it, and take on leadership roles in later years.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Brock, you are represented by the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU).
Brock is home to the Brock Badgers varsity sports that range from fencing to golf. The Badgers participate both in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Find more information on varsity athletics at Brock including try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
Brock offers recreational sports and leagues at many skill levels. These include recreational sports such as hockey, baseball and squash. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD)
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For information on the supports you can access at Brock, visit the SSWD website.
Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)
Brock’s Positive Space Campaign is intended to help create a campus that fosters a welcoming atmosphere and is free from discrimination on the basis of sexual and gender identities. Positive space workshops offer training and information on creating positive spaces on campus.
Brock’s Faith and Life Centre provides you with opportunities for friendship, education, spiritual counselling and personal growth. Facilities include the Campus Ministries Lounge, which holds a small library of sacred texts from various religious traditions, a Muslim Prayer Room and a Meditation Room.
Campus Security Services at Brock works in partnership with the Niagara Regional Police Service, as well as the student-led Foot Patrol, to keep you and everyone in the university community safe on campus.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation:
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Brock gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also get information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
Brock offers several styles for student accommodations: four traditional-style residences and two townhouse-style residences. Check out Brock’s residence buildings and amenities.
Brock’s Off-Campus Living offers year-round housing information to students, landlords and residents of the Niagara region that include neighbourhood resources and community outreach.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with Brock’s meal plans that give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Brock’s selection of meal plans and prices.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check out at residence life at Brock.
You have several transportation options to get to Brock: regional transportation systems such as Via Rail, GO Bus/Train services, and Greyhound; as well as local buses such as St. Catharines Transit and Niagara Transit.
Parking Services looks after the management, maintenance, and planning of campus parking. If needed, you can access paid and permit parking. Learn more about parking fees and parking locations.
Wellness in mind, body, and spirit is important to your success at university. Brock’s Health Services is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and wellness educators). Below are some of the services available to you through Student Health Services (SHS):
Student Health Services (SHS) is committed to delivering high-quality health-care services in a professional and confidential manner. Maintaining optimal health – both mental and physical – will help you to be more successful in meeting your educational goals. The Student Health Services offers appointments, forms, resources, and a Health and Well-Being Hub.
Confidential mental health support is available to all Brock students to help you lead a healthier and more balanced life. Working collaboratively with the SHS physicians and nurses, the mental health nurse, psychiatrists, and eating disorder specialist provide assessment and counselling to help you understand what you are experiencing, and then discuss options for support and treatment. Learn more about Brock’s personal counselling services.