Be connected. Be supported. Be ready. Be you.

At Brock, you are surrounded by people who care — we care about you and we are always here for you.

For incoming students in a year like no other, we want you to know that we are ready to support your Brock experience and success. We offer a series of online orientation experiences that will provide you with personalized support, from your transition to Brock and throughout your first year as a Badger.

With BrockU 4U, you can get the most out of your Brock experience.

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Opportunities to meet other incoming students and receive guidance to help you feel connected to one another, your academics, and your community at Brock and Niagara.


Personalized support

You will be connected to an upper-year, peer mentor who will help you navigate life at Brock through an individualized approach.


Academic Readiness

Before your courses begin, strengthen your academic skills and explore tips and strategies to succeed in your courses, whether they are online, in-person or a combination of both.


Exceptional first year experience

Your experience comes first! Throughout your first year, you will be connected to resources, support, staff/faculty, and co-curricular opportunities that will support your first year success. The BU4U team is here for you.

Welcome, the incoming class of 2020-2021!


Welcome Badgers!

You’ve accepted your offer and you’re ready to begin your Brock experience.

Smart Start

Prepare for the year ahead and learn from current students and campus partners during Smart Start. The online program will connect you to student supports and services, ways to be successful, campus life and the community, course registration support and our academic environment.



Get prepared for your academics and complete the BrockU 101 course on Sakai, the home of your online academic courses


Engagement Communities

Explore your Engagement Community during the first six weeks of the term and get connected with a small group of new students and a Peer Mentor. All new students beginning at Brock this Winter 2021 will be connected to an Engagement Community and students who started in Fall 2020 can opt-in.

Engagement Communities

Virtual Welcome Week

Join the incoming class of 2020/2021 and celebrate the new year and your journey at Brock by participating in Virtual Welcome Week – Frost Week 2021!

Frost Week


Throughout your first-year, the BU4U team is here for you! You will continue to receive support from a BU4U Peer Mentor until the end of the academic year. You will also continue to be connected to services, supports, and co-curricular opportunities that will help you succeed and call Brock home.

Ask Me

Frequently asked questions

If you are beginning your Brock experience this Winter 2021, your orientation starts November 2020 with Smart Start, a virtual orientation experience.

Registration for Smart Start is open now, please visit the Smart Start website.

A member of the BU4U team will contact you in December 2020 to describe how to get started on your BU4U experience or how to continue your BU4U experience if you started at Brock this Fall 2020. Make sure you check your Brock email!

For support accessing your Brock email, please review this information.

No. There will be no fee for students to participate in the BU4U orientation programs.

Smart Start is a free, online orientation experience for incoming students. Prepare for the year ahead and learn from current students and campus partners about student supports and services, ways to be successful, connecting to campus life and the community, course registration support and our academic environment.

Register for Smart Start now!

BU101 is an 8-hr free, non-credit, asynchronous online academic skills program to build your technology, scheduling, notetaking, and studying skills. Additional lessons help you prepare for university science, math, statistics, and academic writing.

If you are an incoming Undergraduate student

BU101 is open for undergraduate students!

Begin the undergraduate program

If you are GRADUATE student

BU101 is open for graduate students!

Begin the graduate program

Engagement Communities bring together small groups of incoming students from the same Faculty and similar academic programs. They are a place you can connect with other first year students, make friends, attend virtual events, ask questions and learn about resources.

Your Peer Mentor is dedicated to supporting your individual goals and needs and will connect you to services and resources for your success. In addition, your mentor will connect you to involvement opportunities and answer your questions related to life at Brock.

You will be connected to your Peer Mentor via an Engagement Community for the first six weeks of the Winter semester. You will continue to receive support throughout the entire academic year from a BU4U Peer Mentor on your Faculty Team (Microsoft Teams).

You will receive co-curricular credit as part of Brock’s Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) which is housed on ExperienceBU, Brock’s involvement portal and events calendar.

Frost Week takes place at the beginning of the Winter semester, January 11, 2021 and includes a full schedule of events and programming to welcome students starting at Brock in January and welcome back students who started in the Fall semester. Frost Week will provide students with opportunities to meet classmates, develop friendships, and learn everything about what Brock University offers in terms of academic services, student support services, and ways to get involved.

You can get involved outside the classroom using ExperienceBU to find opportunities to stay connected and engaged. You will also receive a bi-weekly Get Involved Newsletter from ExperienceBU to connect you to opportunities, events, and programs happening at Brock!

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