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 virtual 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.

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Opportunities to meet other incoming students and 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 upperyear, 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.

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

September to October
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 ceremony and participate in various events to get connected to one another, staff, and faculty.

Check out ExperienceBU and begin the First Year Experience program with your Engagement Community and Peer Mentor.

Your First Year Experience

Your Peer Mentor will help you navigate your first year as a Brock Badger and ensure that you are connected to services, supports, and opportunities that will help you succeed and call Brock home. We are here for you!

Frequently asked questions

Orientation programming will begin in July 2020, with Smart Start, a virtual orientation experience.

Registration for Smart Start opens on June 1, please visit the Smart Start website.

A member of the BU4U team will contact you in June 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!

BrockU 101 is a free, non-credit, online academic skills program available in August. Get a head start and build your technology, scheduling, notetaking, studying, and writing skills to prepare for your courses. Explore at your own pace with opportunities to engage in group discussions.

Engagement Communities bring together students from similar academic programs, personal interests, and/or supports needed. Engagement Communities are a place where you can ask questions, make friends, and learn about resources. Peer Mentors are trained upper-year students that lead Engagement Communities and connect incoming students to create an exceptional Brock experience.

Your Peer Mentor will engage with you in August and throughout your first-year experience. You 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). ExperienceBU

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