2021 Orientation Experience

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

Welcome to Brock! As an incoming graduate 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 graduate student.

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.


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


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


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

Engagement Communities

Complete the Engagement Community Interest Form to tailor your graduate student orientation experience. Your Engagement Community will get you connected with other students in your Faculty and a Peer Mentor.

Kick off your Graduate School Experience with an interactive professional development workshop.

Maximizing Relationship and Understand Self Through

Personality Dimensions is a fun, interactive self-assessment tool that focuses on self discovery.  Spend the workshop learning more about your strengths, areas for growth and temperament style. You will have the opportunity to explore your “colours” and gain a better understanding of people you interact with on a daily basis.


As the Career Education Manager at Brock University, Pauline has over 20 years of experience working in the field of career and employment counselling. Managing a team of career professionals allows Pauline to see the commitment the campus career team has to helping Brock students realize their potential, build their career plans and make valuable connections with employers. Pauline has a passion for helping students increase their understanding of how their skills and experience intersect with what employers are looking for and loves seeing the drive and excitement that students have for the future.



5:00 – 7:00 PM


9:00 – 11:00 AM

To maximixe your takeaways from this session, an on-line Personality Dimensions assessment must be completed prior to participation. A personalized link will be sent to you a few days after you have registered.


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

Frequently Asked Questions

Be on the lookout for e-mails to your Brock student account that will tell yo how to get started with BU4U.

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.

BU101 is an free, non-credit, asynchronous online academic skills program to build your technology, scheduling, notetaking, and studying skills. There will be additional modules on academic writing and statistics.

Engagement Communities bring together incoming students into small groups, and are a place you can connect with other graduate students, make friends, attend virtual events, ask questions, and learn about resources.

Your Peer Mentor will engage with you beginning in January. 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 Faculty or academic program as you, and may also share similar interests.

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 Winter 2021 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 Six Weeks, 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.

Stay tuned – more details will be coming soon!