First Year Experience — Smart Start

Making the transition to university can be overwhelming.
That’s why we created the Brock University First Year Experience program.
Simply follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way to becoming a full-fledged Brock University student!

Step 1: Check out our pre-orientation How-To videos

You can get familiar with Brock even before your orientation date. Watch these short videos for tips on how to become a Brock Badger!

Check out all of our How-To pre-orientation videos

Delicious Brock University cupcakes

Step 2: Register for your Smart Start visit!

Smart Start is your first official day as a Brock student before your classes begin in September. This first-year academic orientation program is designed to assist in transitioning incoming students and their guests to the Brock community.

What will I do at Smart Start?

  • Register for your courses
    Finalize your class timetable with Academic Advisors.
  • Meet other first-year students
    Build your Brock support system before September.
  • Receive information about financing your education
    Learn about financial aid options available at Brock.
  • Tour our beautiful campus
    Visit numerous campus hotspots, including our award-winning residences.
  • Learn about academic success options
    Participate in seminars outlining ways to succeed in post-secondary education.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Brock community
    Learn tips and tricks from current Brock students about making a smooth transition to university life.
  • Take your photo for your Brock Card
    Beat the lines in the fall and have your photo taken for your student ID card at Smart Start.

Smiling Brock University Students at the annual Grape and Wine Grand Parade

Step 3: Prepare for your Smart Start visit

Before you arrive on campus, there are some things you should look over. Review our pre-orientation checklist, get directions to Brock, and print off your parking map to prepare for your Smart Start visit.

Review your pre-orientation checklist

Things to do before your Smart Start date

  1. If you haven’t done so already, register for your Smart Start date. You will need your seven-digit Brock Student ID number located on your offer of admission.
  2. Register for your courses. Closer to your Smart Start date, there will be a tutorial video found in Step 1. Check back soon!
  3. Print your Smart Start registration confirmation email. This email will be your complimentary parking pass for your Smart Start visit.
  4. Plan to arrive early on your Smart Start date! You’ll have an opportunity to have your photo taken for your student ID card, meet current students and staff, enjoy some refreshments and socialize with other new students.

Parking information and directions to Brock

Not sure how to get to Brock?

Smart Start is held at Brock University
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way,
St. Catharines, Ontario, L2S 3A1

Get directions to Brock University

Wondering where to park on campus?

Smart Start - Parking Map for 2015 - Park in Visitor Parking Lot D, Walk to Walker Complex

A Brock University graduate and her smiling family at a Convocation ceremony

Step 4: Add to your transition by customizing your orientation experience

After your day of Smart Start, you can add to the experience with a smaller group component. The LEAP program allows you to continue your Brock orientation with an overnight stay in residence and community engagement opportunities.

Learn more about our LEAP program!

Smiling Brock Badgers fans

Step 5: Take your orientation experience outdoors

Looking for a fun way to meet new people and learn about what being a first-year student at Brock is all about? Brock BaseCamp offers rock climbing, canoeing and backpacking trips for incoming students in August.

Learn more about BaseCamp!

Smiling Brock Badgers fans

Step 6: Welcome to Orientation Week

For the latest information on Brock University’s Orientation Week — presented by the Brock University Students’ Union — please visit the O-Week website.

Learn more about O-Week at

An architectural rendering of the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines

Step 7: BLAST Off!

Brock’s Leadership, Academic & Student Transitions Program is designed to support your transition and enable you to maintain important connections with members of the Brock community once your first semester begins.

The first six weeks of both the fall and winter semesters will offer BLAST Off programming focused on delivering pertinent information when it’s immediately relevant to you as a Brock Badger. Support services, important information and a variety of activities taking place across campus and online will ensure you are maintaining a healthy student lifestyle academically, socially and emotionally. Each week will offer a different theme to better assist you as you advance along the exciting path of the student experience.