Smart Start

Join us at Smart Start for your first official day as a Brock student before your classes begin in September. This first-year academic orientation program is designed to assist in transitioning incoming students and their guests to the Brock community.

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What will I have the opportunity to do at Smart Start?

  • Register for your courses
    Finalize your class timetable with Academic Advisors.
  • Meet other first-year students
    Build your Brock support system before September.
  • Receive information about financing your education
    Learn about financial aid options available at Brock.
  • Tour our beautiful campus
    Visit numerous campus hotspots, including our award-winning residences.
  • Learn about academic success options
    Participate in seminars outlining ways to succeed in post-secondary education.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Brock community
    Learn tips and tricks from current Brock students about making a smooth transition to university life.
  • Take your photo for your Brock Card
    Beat the lines in the fall and have your photo taken for your student ID card at Smart Start

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Delicious Brock University cupcakes


When is Smart Start taking place?

June 23, 2014 — August 8, 2014
Students must register for Smart Start in advance.

To find out more about registering for Smart Start, click here.

To find out more about the available options for customizing your Smart Start experience, click here.

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Smiling Brock University Students at the annual Grape and Wine Grand Parade


How can I customize my day?

At Smart Start, we recognize that not every student and family is the same. That is why we have expanded our program offerings to better suit your individual needs.

Whether you’d like to attend the typical full-day Smart Start event, participate in an evening event, add on a leadership component and overnight stay in residence, or participate in an outdoor backpacking trip, the transition programs can be tailored to best fit your interests.

For more information about the available registration options, please refer to the dropdown sections below.

Smart Start Full Day Program — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us at Smart Start for your first official day as a Brock student before your classes begin in September. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other first-year students, finalize your course timetable, tour our beautiful campus, and make a smooth transition to the Brock community.

Costs:
Student $45
Guests $15 per guest
* Lunch will be provided.

Register for the Smart Start full day program

Smart Start Evening Program — 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join us at Smart Start in the evening for your first official day as a Brock student before your classes begin in September. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other first-year students, finalize your course timetable, tour our beautiful campus, and make a smooth transition to the Brock community. This condensed evening program is designed for transfer students and those that are unable to commit an entire day.

Costs:
Student $45
Guests $15 per guest
* Dinner will be provided.

Register for the Smart Start evening program

L.E.A.P. into Brock!

If you’re an incoming student interested in leadership and volunteerism, you can add to your transition experience by participating in L.E.A.P.

L.E.A.P. is an experiential leadership program designed to give you a head start on getting involved at Brock. You’ll get a first-hand look at our campus through the lens of our experienced campus leaders and mentors.

During LEAP, you’ll experience mini skill-building workshops geared towards supporting your transition to Brock, an orientation to downtown St. Catharines and the public transportation system, an overnight stay in residence, and a service-learning volunteer opportunity with a local community partner.

Register for L.E.A.P.

Brock BaseCamp

Brock BaseCamp offers rock climbing, canoeing and backpacking trips for incoming undergraduate and international students during the month of August. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the outdoors, travel and camp together, share stories, and end up with a great group of friends when you’re back on campus in the fall.

On your trip you’ll have the chance to ask questions about what being a university student is like, find out what it takes to make healthy choices while living away from home, and feel confident about yourself going into your first year. Plus, you get to have fun in some of the most beautiful places in Ontario. All trips are led by current, upper-year students who are the real experts on what it takes to be successful and to get involved at Brock — they love to share their insider secrets!

If you’re looking to start off your university experience in a unique way, think about a BaseCamp trip — See you this summer!

Register for Brock BaseCamp

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A Brock University graduate and her smiling family at a Convocation ceremony


How do I find out more about Smart Start?

If you are looking for more information about Smart Start, or there are questions about the program that are not addressed on this website, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help!

Please forward any inquiries to smartstart@brocku.ca

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A bird's eye view of the Schmon Tower at Brock University


Register for Smart Start

Please select the date that works best for you from the calendar below to reserve your spot in the Smart Start program.

Please note: Completing the Smart Start pre-registration will only reserve you a spot in the Smart Start program.
When the full Smart Start registration opens, you will be contacted via email to confirm your registration and make your payment.

To serve you better, we have reserved designated Faculty and student pathways dates of the Smart Start program.
It is strongly recommended that you register for Smart Start on the dates outlined for your respective Faculty or student pathway below.
If it is not possible for you to attend any of the reserved dates, we will of course accommodate you on any of the other program dates.

College Transfer, University Transfer, Part Time and Mature Student Pathways Calendar

To serve you better, we have reserved designated dates of the Smart Start program for college transfer, university transfer, part time and mature students. These pathway days are being offered on:

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Click here for more information and to register for Smart Start

Faculty of Education — Concurrent Education Calendar

Faculty of Mathematics and Science Calendar

Goodman School of Business Calendar

Full Smart Start Calendar

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