First Year Experience — Smart Start Orientation

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 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.

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 secondary school
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 pre-pay online during registration, or 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

Faculty of Humanities


  • Dramatic Arts
  • Music
  • Studies in Arts & Culture
  • Visual Arts — Studio Art

* General Humanities includes: Canadian Studies, Canadian Studies and French Studies, Classics, Comparative Literatures and Cultures, English and Contemporary Culture, English and Creative Writing, English Language and Literature, French Studies, Hispanic and Latin American Studies, History of Art and Visual Culture, Italian, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Philosophy, Studies in Arts and Culture

I am an incoming transfer, mature or part-time student
Register for Smart Transfer

Make a smart transition to Brock University and attend Smart Transfer summer orientation — a day to meet your specific and unique needs

Register for Smart Transfer

I am an International student
Register for Smart Start: International Edition

Making the transition to university life as an international student? We’re here to help.

Register for the International Student Orientation

We’ll be holding a Smart Start Special Edition for international students on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Register for Smart Start: International Student Edition

I am an incoming student interested in Badger Athletics
Register for Smart Start: Athletics Edition

Interested in joining Badger nation? You’ve come to the right place.

We’ll be holding an Athletic-oriented Smart Start program on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Register for Smart Start: Athletics 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
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: Jump start your Brock experience

The LEAP program provides an opportunity to meet other students, learn valuable skills, experience a night in residence, volunteer in the local community, and explore Brock’s campus. Led by experienced campus student leaders, LEAP is a great way to make friends and connections both on campus and in Niagara.

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 closer to the first week of classes.

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.