2021 Orientation Experience

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

Welcome to Brock! As an incoming graduate student, we are ready to support your Brock experience and success.

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

Be ready to experience...

ENGAGEMENT COMMUNITIES

Opportunities to meet other incoming students and receiveĀ 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.

BU101

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.

Academic Orientation

Get prepared for your academics and complete the BrockU 501 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 OUR VIRTUAL ORIENTATION EVENT.

On September 7th, from 9-11:30 a.m., you will have the opportunity to participate in our Virtual Orientation.

While you may have heard some of this information last year, it could be helpful to join as you may get introduced to information or services you didn’t know you needed.

You will hear from Brock President, Dr. Lynn Wells, GSA President, Chris Yendt, and Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Suzanne Curtin. There will be a keynote presentation, and the opportunity to meet the Faculty and staff members in the Faculty of Graduate Studies that will support you through your academic journey.

You will also be able to visit virtual lounges to meet connections from key supports on campus, such as reps from CUPE (your union if you are a TA or RA), Brock International and Student Wellness and Accessibility Services.

GRadUaTE EXPERIENCE

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 you how to get started with BU501.

Be sure you can access your Brock student email. For support accessing it, you can read about it or watch this video.

No. There will be no fee for students to participate in the BU501 orientation programs.

Our Academic Orientation is a 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 before September. 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.

On September 7th, from 9-11:30 a.m., you will have the opportunity to participate in our Virtual Orientation.

While you may have heard some of this information last year, it could be helpful to join as you may get introduced to information or services you didn’t know you needed.

You will hear from Brock President, Dr. Lynn Wells, GSA President, Chris Yendt, and Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Suzanne Curtin. There will be a keynote presentation, and the opportunity to meet the Faculty and staff members in the Faculty of Graduate Studies that will support you through your academic journey.

You will also be able to visit virtual lounges to meet connections from key supports on campus, such as reps from CUPE (your union if you are a TA or RA), Brock International and Student Wellness and Accessibility Services.

Students will receive an email from Student Life and Community Engagement with the link.