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 for 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.

Now that you’re familiar with Smart Start, it’s time to register.

But don’t worry — we know that not every incoming student is the same. That’s why we’ve designed a number of Smart Start orientation programs to specifically suit your needs. Pick from the list below and register for the Smart Start program that best works for you. Don’t wait — spaces fill up quickly for all sessions and dates!

I am an incoming first year student coming to Brock from a secondary school in Canada
Register for Smart Start

Choose your program from the list below to find the Smart Start date that is best for you!

Please note: There is a fee of $50 per student for Smart Start. There is also a guest fee of $15 per person. The fees cover the costs of program materials, refreshments, parking and lunch. You may pay by cash, cheque made payable to Brock University, debit card or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) upon arrival at registration.


Faculty of Education


Goodman School of Business

* Includes French Studies, Hispanic and Latin American Studies, Italian Studies, and Studies in Comparative Literatures and Cultures.



I am an incoming transfer student from an Ontario university or college
Register for Smart Start: Transfer Student Edition

We understand that transferring from a college or university to Brock can be tricky.

That’s why we’ve put together two transfer student-specific Smart Start days. One will take place during the day on a weekend, and the other will take place during the week in the evening.

Select the date and time that works best for you, and register now!

I am an incoming part-time or mature student
Register for Smart Start: Part-time and Mature Student Edition

Making the transition to university life as a part-time or mature student? We’re here to help.

We’ll be holding a part-time and mature student-specific Smart Start program on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Register for Smart Start: Part-Time and Mature Student Edition

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
500 Glenridge Avenue,
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

Looking to get involved and meet friends before you start classes? Interested in leadership and volunteerism?

Sign up for our L.E.A.P. 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.

Sign up for BaseCamp!

Smiling Brock Badgers fans

Step 6: Welcome to Orientation Week

Stay tuned for Brock University’s Orientation Week festivities the first week of school!

More information coming soon.

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.

More information coming soon.