Applying to Undergraduate Programs

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Admission Criteria by Program

I am a Canadian (Domestic) Student

I am an International Student

General admission requirements:

  • Senior Secondary school credential appropriate for entry to university in your home country;
  • Academically rigorous grade 12 year
  • Minimum B- average (higher for some programs);
  • English Language proficiency requirements must be satisfied

Admissions Criteria by Program.

International Curriculums and Academic credential requirements by country.

What we need to make an admissions decision

Brock will make an admissions decision upon receipt of an academic secondary school transcript that includes a summary of studies to date and includes:

  1. Final grades from the first term of senior year.
  2. An indication of courses being studied in second term of senior year.
  3. Predicted grades are acceptable.

We will accept a transcript or grade report from your secondary school guidance office for the purpose of assessing your application, but we will require a final official transcript from the institution as a condition of any offer.

If you are currently studying in a school offering the Ontario curriculum, whether here in Canada or in another country, you must meet the same admission requirements as Ontario secondary school students studying in Canada.

General admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • Minimum six Grade 12 4U or 4M-level credits, including program specific prerequisites;
  • A minimum admission average of 70% (many programs require a higher average);
  • You must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Admission Criteria by Program

Offer timelines

A select number of offers are issued in December and are based on a combination of Grade 11 and Grade 12 results. To be eligible for an early offer you must have 1.0 final Grade 12 result at the 4U or 4M-level, and five Grade 11 U or M-level credits. Averages are in the high 80s or 90s. The first major round of admission offers to Ontario applicants is in February. Admission averages are calculated using a minimum 3.0 first-semester Grade 12 4U or 4M finals, with registration in 3.0 additional 4U or 4M credits, including prerequisites. If you are in a non-semester school, we will use 6.0 mid-term grades at the Grade 12 4U or 4M level, including prerequisites. The final round of admission offers happens in May. If you do not receive an offer in February, or if you are still in studies and received an alternate program offer, we will automatically reassess you for eligibility for your preferred program in May. We will continue to make offers based on final grades, as well as summer school grades provided space in programs is available.

International Baccalaureate (IB) and OSSD studies

If you are completing the IB program and will graduate with the OSSD, your courses and IB grades will be translated to equivalent Ontario curriculum courses and grades. Your grades and courses will automatically be forwarded to us from your school via OUAC. You may be awarded up to 3.0 transfer credits for HL examinations completed at a minimum grade of 5 (one full year at Brock equals 5.0 credits). A scholarship worth $1,000 will also be granted. Applicants who successfully complete an IB certificate program with a minimum of six subjects, including prerequisites, may also be considered for admission and transfer credit. For information regarding transfer credit and course equivalencies, email futurestudent@brocku.ca.

Advanced placement (AP) and OSSD studies

If you are completing advanced placement courses as part of your OSSD, you may qualify for transfer credit with examination grades of 4, to a maximum of 2.0 Brock credits (one full year at Brock equals 5. 0 credits). An official AP transcript is required for the evaluation process. For information regarding course equivalencies, email futurestudent@brocku.ca.

Brock University has a long-standing tradition of welcoming applicants from provinces throughout Canada. As an international student studying in another province in Canada, you are subject to the same admission requirements as Canadian students.

General admission requirements

  • Secondary school diploma;
  • Grade 12 courses at the number and level specified for your province (see below);
  • A minimum average of 70% (many programs require a higher average);
  • You must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Admission Criteria by Program

How we calculate an admission average

  • Prerequisites are calculated in the admission average.
  • In provinces where provincial exams are written and passed, the better of the two grades (in-class grade versus final blended in-class and examination mark) will be used to determine an admission average. If an examination is failed, the final blended mark (in-class and examination mark) will be used.
  • There is one exception to the above rule: The final blended mark will always be used as the English prerequisite requirement.

What we need to make an admissions decision

Brock will make an admissions decision upon receipt of an academic secondary school transcript that shows a minimum 3.0 final Grade 12 results, and registration in second semester Grade 12 courses. We will accept a transcript or grade report from your secondary school guidance office for the purpose of assessment, but we will require a final official transcript as a condition of any offer).

Learn more about out-of-province secondary school equivalents

IELP/Undergraduate Program

Those who meet undergraduate admission requirements but don’t meet our English language proficiency requirements can apply to the IELP/undergraduate program. As an IELP/undergraduate student, you will first apply to Brock. You must submit an official English proficiency test score, such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc., with your application. Once at Brock, you will write the Brock CamLA placement test. Both tests will be reviewed and typically you will be placed in the IELP level that reflects the higher of the two test scores. Levels range from preparatory to advanced Level 5. Each level or term is 12 weeks long with 25 hours of instruction per week.

It’s common for students to take 1-3 terms to complete Level 5 IELP. Entry into undergraduate degree courses will be in the academic term (January, May or September) immediately following completion of the Level 5 IELP.

Why should you apply?

  • You have the peace of mind knowing that we’re holding a place for you in the undergraduate degree program before you arrive in Canada.
  • A single offer of admission to both IELP and undergraduate studies advances the process of accessing a study permit.
  • You will become familiar and comfortable with Brock University before you begin full-time undergraduate studies.

Submit your IELP Application

Academic Transitions (ACT)

ACT students test at an advanced English level. Academic Transitions (ACT) invites IELP students to register in undergraduate courses, while taking their ESL courses. Please contact eslbrock@brocku.ca for more information.

Attending a language school in Canada? You must meet academic requirements based on the last institution attended, whether secondary school, college or university. Depending on the specific language school, we may recognize your language school credential for meeting English language proficiency requirements. Contact international@brocku.ca with questions. 

Returning Brock Students

Can’t get enough of us? If you are a Brock student wishing to complete a second or subsequent degree or certificate, click the Student Forms and Service Request section on your student portal. You will be required to complete and upload the Second Degree form to your request.

Normally you must meet prerequisite requirements for entry to the degree or certificate, and have successfully completed your first degree with a minimum 65% average. Some competitive programs may require a higher minimum average. If your student portal is not active, call Brock Central at 905-688-5550 ext 3052 to reactivate your account.

Learn more about second degree or certificate regulations 

If you are a past or current Brock student and wish to apply for Nursing, you must apply via the 105D OUAC application. It opens in mid-September and closes in mid-January. 

You must meet the same admission requirements as new applicants. These include: English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry (minimum 75% in each). These can be Ontario Grade 12 4U-level, or degree-level credits. The minimum requirement for consideration is a 75% overall average on one year of degree-level study. 

The Nursing program has extremely limited enrolment and admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements. 

If you’ve attended another post-secondary institution and wish to pick up where you left off with your Brock degree, register for courses via your portal at my.brocku.ca. If you can’t remember your Brock ID number, email futurestudent@brocku.ca

If you have interrupted your studies for more than one calendar year by not enrolling in at least 1.0 credit, you become subject to the calendar regulations in effect at the time or your re-registration.

To be considered for transfer credit from another institution:

  1. Submit a Document Evaluation from Other Institution request
  2. Have your previous institution send an official transcript to:
    Office of the Registrar, Admissions
    1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way,
    St. Catharines, ON, L2S 3A1
  3. Upon request, submit an assessment payment of $25 (Admissions will notify you if required).

Transfer credit is not guaranteed and will only be considered if your overall average at your previous institution was at least 60%.

If you are returning from academic suspension, arrange to meet with an academic advisor in the Office of the Registrar. Book your appointment using your portal at my.brocku.ca. If you can’t remember your Brock ID number, which is necessary to access your portal, contact records@brocku.ca. 

Other Applicants  

Advanced placement courses may be used to determine admissibility and granting of transfer credit or exemption. If you have completed advanced placement courses as part of an appropriate secondary school credential, and submit an examination grade of 4 on individual results, you may be eligible to receive a maximum of 2.0 Brock credits. An official AP transcript is required for the evaluation process. 

Email futurestudent@brocku.ca for information regarding course equivalencies. 

Are you looking to get ahead in your studies or pick up credits missed along the way? We welcome visiting students and encourage you to consider becoming a Letter of Permission (LOP). Contact your Registrar’s Office or refer to your university calendar for important policies and guidelines related to studying at another university. Entry to a specific course(s) may be subject to meeting prerequisite requirements, as well as space availability. LOP applicants are encouraged to consider, and be prepared to register, in an alternate course(s) because entry to a specific course cannot be guaranteed. The application fee is non-refundable. APPLYING FOR A LETTER OF PERMISSION 

Submit the application and have your home institution: 

  • fax the LOP to Office of the Registrar, Admissions at 905-988-5488; or 
  • send the LOP by regular mail to
    Office of the Registrar, Admissions
    1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
    St. Catharines, ON
    L2S 3A1; or 
  • upload the LOP electronically in PDF format in your my.brocku.ca portal.

Once we are receive the LOP, you will be issued a Brock student ID number, which is required to register. 

Apply as an upgrading student if you have completed a degree and wish to upgrade to enter graduate programs or professional schools.

Fall term entry: You must provide a final official transcript (directly from the awarding institution) showing your degree awarded no later than August 20.

Winter term entry: If you are completing studies during the summer and will not graduate until the Fall term, you will be admitted for Winter entry only.

While studies are normally completed on a part-time basis, applicants may complete their upgrading on a full-time basis if space is available. International students must study full-time.

You may wish to audit a course. No credit is granted or assessment of performance takes place. Permission of the instructor is required and is not normally granted until after the first day of lectures.

The charge for auditing a course is 50% of the normal course. Upon admission you will be provided with next steps.

There are no formal admission requirements for entry as an auditing student.

Brock University welcomes applications from home schooled students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. We understand the nature of homeschooling, and the fact that no two applicants will present the same academic preparation. For this reason creating a single admission policy and admissions criteria guidelines can be challenging. We encourage you to contact us well before the Grade 12 year for guidance.

Prerequisite subject requirements/average guidelines

Preference will be given to those applicants who complete their grade 12 studies over a period of one academic year (rather than part-time over a period of several terms or years). Applicants are strongly encouraged to include Canadian content in their studies. Chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology courses should be completed during the final year of study leading up to entry to university (not during the eleventh year of study).

In order for us to determine eligibility you must first decide whether you are a Category A or Category B home schooled applicant. If you have trouble deciding, or you need clarification regarding any of the information below, contact 905 688 5550 x4293 or futurestudent@brocku.ca.

Homeschooled Category A

This category is reserved for those that complete the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), complete the final year of secondary studies through an Ontario Ministry of Education inspected school, and present six 4U or 4M Ontario Grade 12 credits, including prerequisites. The 4U/4M credits may be completed in any combination of correspondence, on-line learning, night school, or day school. Admissions decisions can be made once a minimum of three final grades and evidence of registration in three additional Grade 12 4U/4M credits are submitted to the Admissions Office.

Canadian out-of-province applicants with equivalent preparation in the home province will be given equal consideration.

YOU MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF:

  • Four years of secondary schooling equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma;
  • Six Ontario Grade 12 4U or 4M- level credits completed through an Ontario Ministry of Education inspected school authorized to grant credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • Meeting the minimum admission average;
  • Meeting prerequisite subject requirements;
  • 40 hours community service (or in the process of completing).

Homeschooled Category B

All other home schooled applicants who do not fall into the above category will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Normally, admission is limited to Humanities General Studies, Social Sciences General Studies or Sciences General Studies. Upon successful completion of first-year studies at Brock University, applicants may apply to declare a specific major.

Canadian out-of-province applicants with equivalent preparation in the home province will be given equal consideration.

YOU MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF:

  • Four years of secondary schooling equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma;
  • The equivalent of six Ontario Grade 12 4U or 4M- level credits;
  • Meeting the minimum admission average;
  • Meeting prerequisite subject requirements;
  • 40 hours community service (or in the process of completing).

OPTIONAL:

  • Satisfactory Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT 1) or ACT test result.

Application Checklist for Homeschooled Applicants

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This special category is used to consider applicants who do not have an academic credential for us to assess. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Admitted students will be limited to part-time study in a General Studies program.

A minimum 60 percent overall average on the first 2.0 (full or equivalent) credits must be achieved before applying for full-time study and entry to a specific major. Otherwise, students will be placed on academic probation, required to pass all courses and to achieve a 60 percent average, while proceeding on a part-time basis.

You may wish to take a course as an Open Studies student. This is a non-degree pathway. Permission of the instructor may be required.

The charge for a course is regular UG tuition. As an Open Studies student, you will be able to enroll in part-time studies, and may take up to a maximum of 4.0 credits total.

There are no formal admission requirements for entry as an Open Studies student. The application fee is $55, and the deadline to submit your application is two weeks before the start of term.

To apply, please click here.

Update your skills and credentials with micro-certificates at Brock University.

If you wish to apply for a micro-certificate and you are a NEW student to Brock, apply here. The application fee is $55.

You will use this application for micro-certificate offerings that have no admission criteria or pre-requisites.

If you are a current student, please do not complete this application. Instead, contact the academic department delivering your micro-certificate of interest.

For more information on the micro-certificates available and the academic department delivering them, please visit the 2021/22 Academic Calendar.