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

Welcome to Brock! As an incoming student in a year like no other, we want you to know that we are ready to support your Brock experience and success.

BU4U is a series of online orientation experiences that will provide you with personalized support, from your transition to Brock in the summer and throughout your first year as a Badger.

Be ready to experience...



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.

We look forward to welcoming you, the incoming class of 2020!


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.

Register for Smart Start now!

BrockU 101 and Engagement Communities

Get prepared for your academics and complete the BrockU 101 course on Sakai, the home of your online academic courses. BU101

Explore your first year Engagement Community and get connected with other students in your Faculty and a Peer Mentor. Engagement Communities

Virtual Welcome Week

Join the incoming class of 2020 and celebrate the start of the academic year and your journey at Brock by participating in Virtual Welcome Week 2020!

Kick-off the week with thousands of new students at the New Student Welcome & Academic Orientation and participate in various online events to get connected to one another, staff, and faculty.


Sept – Ongoing
First Year Experience

Check out ExperienceBU, Brock’s involvement portal and events calendar, a platform which you will navigate with your Peer Mentor in your Engagement Community to get involved with virtual, co-curricular experiences including the First Year Experience program.

Your Peer Mentor and your Engagement Community will help ensure you have an exceptional first year experience by connecting you to services, supports, and opportunities that will help you succeed and call Brock home. We are here for you!

Your First Year Experience

Frequently asked questions

Orientation programming will begin in July 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 July to describe how to get started on your BU4U experience. 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, summer 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 will engage with you beginning in August. Your 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 a Peer Mentor via an Engagement Community. Your Peer Mentor may be in the same academic program and/or have similar interests as you.

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.

Virtual Welcome Week takes place the week of Labour Day (September 7th) and includes a full schedule of events and programming to welcome Brock’s incoming class. In Fall 2020, Virtual Welcome Week will provide students with online 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.

A program to help incoming Brock students get involved outside the classroom through engagement in a variety of themed online experiences that will occur over the first six weeks of the Fall 2020 term. Each week, students will attend a variety of events, workshops, and other online programming led by Peer Mentors within their Engagement Community, to build knowledge, networks, and skills that contribute to an exceptional first year experience.

After the First Year Experience program, you will continue to get involved outside the classroom using ExperienceBU to find opportunities to stay connected and engaged. Support will also continue throughout your first year, too.

The First Year Experience program kicks off during Virtual Welcome Week. Through your Peer Mentor and Engagement Community, you will receive all the information you need to get involved with the First Year Experience program.

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