Your life at Brock begins here.

We want you to know that we are ready to support your Brock experience and success. As a new student at Brock, your orientation experience will begin this summer and continue throughout the year

Through a series of programs, your orientation experience will provide you with opportunities to meet your classmates, develop friendships, and learn about the academic and student support services Brock University offers, and ways to get involved.

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Prepare for the year ahead by learning from current students and campus partners about course registration, finances, campus life, and much more!



Meet other incoming students and receive guidance to help you feel connected to one another, your academics, and your community.



Receive support through an individualized approach as you begin to navigate life at Brock.



Strengthen your academic skills and explore tips and strategies to succeed in your courses.



Be connected to resources, staff/faculty, and co-curricular opportunities that will support your success.

Welcome Badgers!

Smart Start

Prepare for the year ahead and learn from current students and campus partners during Smart Start. Join us on-campus to connect with student supports and services, learn how to be successful, explore campus life and the community, receive course registration support, and learn more about our academic environment.



With LEAP – it is all about connection – connect with other students, student leaders, and campus supports and services! Our small group orientation program for new Brock students, with both in-person and online offerings, provides the opportunity to get to know new people while experiencing some of the many amazing things that Brock and Niagara have to offer – including an overnight stay in Residence!



Prepare for your courses by taking the free, non-credit BU101 course on Brightspace, your academic course hub. BU101 will help you get to know university expectations and practice your academic skills. Available to undergraduate students on July 1st, 2023.


New Student Welcome & Academic Orientation

The New Student Welcome and Academic Orientation (NSWAO) is your official welcome to Brock University! Connect with your faculty, department and upper year students and learn about your program, expectations, and supports to help you succeed academically.


Welcome Week

Join the incoming class of 2022-2023 and celebrate the new year and your journey at Brock by participating in Welcome Week! Welcome Week will take place during the first week of classes in September and includes a schedule of campus-wide events and activities to welcome you! 

Welcome Week

Brock is here for you. You will receive support throughout the entire year.

You will also continue to be connected to services, supports, and co-curricular opportunities that will help you succeed and call Brock home. We can’t wait to meet you!

Frequently asked questions

If you are beginning your Brock experience this Fall 2022, your orientation starts this summer 2022!

Orientation at Brock includes a series of experiences designed to support you from the summer and throughout your first year. Check your Brock email account over the summer to learn more, including registration information, program launch dates, and next steps. For support accessing your Brock email, please review this information.

To get started now, you can register for Smart Start beginning May 1.

No. There will be no fee for students to participate in Orientation at Brock, unless otherwise stated.

Smart Start is a free, in-person 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.

Can’t make it to campus? Don’t sweat – register for online access to our exclusive content and support from our team.

Register for Smart Start opens May 1 at

BU101 is a free, non-credit, asynchronous, online academic skills program designed to explore Brightspace and learn key strategies for scheduling, note-taking, attending lectures and seminars, studying, researching, and writing!

BU101 will be available on July 1, 2023 for undergraduate students! GRAD 101 is now available for all graduate students! Click here to self-enroll!

LEAP is a small group orientation experience for incoming Brock students. Led by upper year students, LEAP provides you with the opportunity to meet other students, gain valuable skills, get to know the Niagara community, and connect with on-campus services that will support your success at Brock. This year, LEAP is being offered in-person and online!

Learn more on the LEAP site

Off-Campus Communities bring together small groups of incoming students from similar academic programs and personal interests. Students living off-campus can connect with other first year students, make friends, attend events, ask questions, and learn about student services and resources, and be connected with a Peer Mentor who facilitates your Off-Campus Community. Engagement opportunities with your Off-Campus Community will be offered in-person and virtually.

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 Peer Mentor will connect you to involvement opportunities and answer your questions related to life at Brock. You will be connected to your Peer Mentor and Off-Campus Community at the end of August and will receive support from them throughout the entire academic year.

Welcome Week takes place during the first week of classes in September and includes a full schedule of exciting events and programming to welcome students starting at Brock. Welcome 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, and ways to get involved.

Through Orientation at Brock, you will have opportunities to build connections and explore new ways of learning. By participating in programming, you’ll also get to connect with other incoming students, upper-year students, faculty and staff, and learn about the resources and supports available to support your success.

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.

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

If you have any questions about Orientation at Brock, you can email