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Brock University

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Overview

Overview

Located in the vibrant Canadian city of St Catharines, Brock University is a forward-thinking public research institution with nearly 60 years of educational heritage and plenty to offer, both in terms of academics and university experience.

Brock University has courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and also offers a variety of accredited professional programs. There are roughly 19,000 students of which approximately 17,000 are undergraduates. It has the fifth largest co-op program in Canada and provides exciting programs with hands-on experiential learning opportunities.

The university has a lively international community of around 2,500 students who represent a diversity of nationalities and cultures from around the world, bringing various perspectives and lifestyles to the campus. Based in the awe-inspiring Niagara Region, Brock University is only minutes from the natural wonder Niagara Falls and is one of the only universities in Canada located inside a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. There is much to discover, with beautiful natural landscapes across the region offering outdoor activities and adventures throughout the year.

The university provides an excellent range of student services with strong academic support and a focus on wellbeing. Brock has been ranked first in Canada for mental health services for three years running and consistently ranked in the top three for student satisfaction in Canada. There are plenty of options for financial support including scholarships, bursaries and access to government funding schemes.

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What's new

What's new

Brock recently launched several new undergraduate and graduate programs including a BA in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice, a combined Bachelor/Master's in Nursing, and new pathways for international students in education. A new Engineering program was also announced and hopes to launch in the coming years.

Brock has recently opened new facilities, including a new building for the Goodman School of Business, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, new residences, and many new spaces for studying and recreation.

Brock University fosters a strong culture of sports at both recreational and competitive levels. The university has invested in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to ensure that its students have every opportunity to train as individuals or as a team. The Brock Badgers are the university's athletics team and represent the university in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

The Badgers have had an historic run of recent successes, with five teams qualifying for this season's national championships. The women's volleyball and basketball teams completed their playoff runs at the nationals, with ongoing campaigns for a further three sports teams schedules in the coming weeks. Games will be broadcast directly through U SPORTS or via CBC Sports.
Brock athletes have won over 90 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) provincial titles and over 50 national titles in various in sports and athletic pursuits.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Brock University has built a reputation for delivering comprehensive and innovative academic programming, preparing its students for further study or their future careers.

The institution is widely known for the quality of its curriculum and the high level of expertise of its academic staff. Their teaching faculty currently includes twelve Canada Research Chairs and nine recipients of the 3M Teaching Fellowship Award, a national award which recognizes both excellence and leadership in education. Many of the faculty staff have taught and worked overseas and are able to communicate their experience to students from all backgrounds. Students benefit from an education which embraces the latest learning methods and teaching technologies. Many tutors are involved in ongoing professional work, giving students a great opportunity to gain industry insights which can inform their career pathways.
In the ten years between 2008-2018, the university has recorded an average first to second year retention rate of 87.4 per cent, significantly higher than the national average.

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Department structure

Department structure

Brock University has developed a comprehensive portfolio of more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and nearly 50 graduate programs, distributed across eight academic faculties and schools and spanning a breadth of subject areas. Each faculty has a distinct approach towards learning, while encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration between departments, subject areas and research groups. Academic departments include:

  • Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Goodman School of Business
  • Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

Additionally, Brock University is home to the fifth-largest co-op program of universities in Canada, as well as an increasing number of international programs.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Brock University employs a minimum academic credential system for undergraduate admission consideration. This depends on the national curriculum students have studied previously, so they are encouraged to check the university website for full information and equivalence lists of the credentials required to apply. Students who meet the minimum requirements are not automatically guaranteed admission. Admission is also based on academic performance, course prerequisites and English language proficiency, as well as other factors.

If a student does not meet the requirements of their preferred program, Brock will automatically assess them for an alternate offer of admission. Should they not meet the English language requirements, Brock will refer them to Brock's own English as a Second Language program.

There are different admission requirements for specific degree programs and entry points. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the course-specific information pages on the university website for full details before submitting an application.

In the 2021/22 academic year, the university had a general acceptance rate of 73 per cent.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Brock University is committed to the success of its students, and with the help of its expanded network of professional sponsors and alumni contributes over CAD4 million to financial awards programs for them.

The university runs one of the most extensive financial support programs in Ontario, with a variety of scholarships, bursaries and grants designed to ensure that every Brock student has the financial security to focus fully on their studies and realize their academic and personal potential

Students are encouraged to apply to the OneApp, which automatically applies them to hundreds of awards at the same time. There are specific awards for international students, and Brock dedicates millions of dollars to student support each year.

Further details for the funding schemes available can be found online, but the largest award offered is the Brock Scholars award which is available to all international and domestic students. Students are automatically considered during course placement, providing that the student is enrolled on their first undergraduate program. The amount awarded is based on the final grade score of the application upon admission, and can be calculated as such:

  • 93 per cent or above - CAD 4,000 per year, renewable for 3 years
  • 90.0 - 92.9 per cent - CAD 2,500 per year, renewable for 3 years
  • 85.0 - 89.9 per cent - CAD 1,500 per year, renewable for 3 years
  • 80.0 - 84.9 per cent - CAD 1,000 per year, renewable for 3 years

The Brock Scholars award is renewable based on continued academic performance.

Brock also has many other awards available for international students including:

  • $1,000-$4,000 Emerging Market Entrance Awards
  • $1,000 International Curriculum Award
  • $4,000 Caribbean International Scholarship
  • $4,000 International Education Fund
  • $2,500 International Bridging Scholar Award

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Facilities

Facilities

The Brock University campus is situated on top of the stunningly picturesque Niagara Escarpment. The campus is a haven of green space and biodiversity and is an extremely safe and self-contained learning environment, with all the facilities and resources needed for success conveniently located within easy walking distance.

In addition to fully modernized classrooms, laboratories and lecture halls, there is free fast WiFi throughout campus and courses are supplemented with the latest teaching technologies. The main library has a huge selection of books, academic journals and digital resources, as well as state-of-the-art IT services. Brock is big on sports and has invested in outstanding training and performance facilities which are available to all students, whether participating at recreational or competitive levels.

The university offers a range of on-campus accommodation options, with around 2,800 places available each year and four styles of residence to choose from. Campus accommodation is a great way to meet people from the wider university community and make lifelong friends. Brock University ranks 3rd in Canada for residence living, and the university guarantees placement in one of their residences for all undergraduate students providing they apply and submit their application fee by June 1 for fall start.

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Brock University Brock University
Rated4/5based on2 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Brock University - by, 2020-01-08
5.0/ 5 stars
Brock University Brock University
Rated4/5based on2 student reviews
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