All other admission requirements

There are special categories of admission that do not tend to fall into the traditional undergraduate category.

Audit a class

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.

Homeschooled

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. However, the link below provides guidelines that you should find helpful:

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 Admissions at 905 688 5550 x3052 or central@brocku.ca. We encourage you to contact us well before the Grade 12 year for guidance.

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).

This category is reserved for those that complete the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the equivalent of six 4U or 4M Ontario Grade 12 credits. These equivalent 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 equivalent 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;
  • 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.

Scholarships

The Director of Admissions will consult with Student Awards to determine eligibility for a Brock Scholars (Entrance) Award.

Grading scales

Applicants who complete studies will have grades translated into equivalencies for admissibility and scholarship eligibility. A pass is 50%. The grading scale is as follows:

  • A = 87%
  • B = 75%
  • C = 65%
  • D = 55%
  • F = Fail

Information on Ontario curriculum

Be sure the school you are considering clearly states the following: “Offers credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.”

Examples of on-line learning accredited by the Ministry of Education:
Independent Learning Centres Virtual High School
Canada E School
Virtual Learning Centre

No one program/virtual school is endorsed by Brock University. These are examples only.

Mature students

This special category is used to admit applicants who are not eligible for admission in any other admissions category.

We’ll admit you as a mature student if:

  • you have been out of school for at least two years;
  • are at least 21 years old;
  • are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Initially you will be limited to part-time study in a General Studies program. A minimum 60% 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 and be required to pass all courses and to achieve a 60 percent average while proceeding on a part-time basis.

Part-time students

Applicants, who wish to study part-time at Brock, must meet the same admission criteria as full-time applicants. Eligibility is determined by academic background. See the Admissions Criteria Chart for details.

Applicants not meeting any of these criteria should apply under the Mature Applicant category.

Returning Brock students

Welcome home! If you have previously attended Brock and left for a period of time, we’re glad to have you back.

Can’t get enough of us? If you wish to complete a second degree or certificate, fill out the application. 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.

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 February.

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 at Brock.

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. Have your previous institution send an official transcript to:
    Office of the Registrar, Admissions
    1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way,
    St. Catharines, ON, L2S 3A1
  2. Submit an email to futurestudent@brocku.ca indicating a transcript is being sent from XX institution. Include your full name and birthdate in the email.
  3. Upon request, submit an assessment payment of $25 (admissions will notify you if required).

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

Returning to Brock and now want to audit a course, follow the steps:

  • Complete the Course Audit Form;
  • Submit the form to the instructor for approval to audit. Refer to the appropriate online registration system guide for the instructors name, or refer to the online directory and contact the relevant department;
  • Upon instructor approval, take the form to Brock Central (Schmon Tower, 3rd Floor) to pay fees. You will be added to the class list (you are not required to register).

If you are returning from academic suspension, arrange to meet with an academic adviser. 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 futurestudent@brocku.ca.

Upgrading your degree

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 1.

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.

Incoming 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
  • send the LOP electronically in PDF format to futurestudent@brocku.ca but only if your institution has an electronic LOP policy.