96.4 % - Smart Start was a great experience!
Students will be able to:
- experience meeting other first year students who will be in your classes
- learn about services offered on campus
- enjoy meeting upper year Brock Students
- plan your courses and your timetable
- register for courses
- get your photo taken and receive your Brock Student ID Card
- tour the campus
- learn about on and off-campus living
- access your brock computer account
- become familiar with services on campus
- meet faculty members
- find out where your classes will be
- buy your Access Gold Card for Orientation Week
- get some Brock Swag at the Campus Store
Guests will be able to:
- explore the transition to university
- learn about first-year experiences from Brock students
- become familiar with programs, services and resources available to your student to help ensure their academic success
- tour the campus
- experience the academic environment and academic expectations
- meet other guests who have their students starting at Brock
- learn information about scholarships, bursaries and OSAP
- learn more about finances
- learn about on and off campus dining options
- find out about health and dental plans
- become familiar with public transportation and parking services
- explore banking options on campus
- learn about health services on campus
The Smart Start program is unique to Brock University ensuring that our first year students have a great transition to university life! Smart Start, Students Marking a Realistic Transition, is offered through a summer orientation program hosted by current students and the Brock Community. It is the ultimate way to become a Brock Student before the start of the September school year.
96.1% it was a good use of our time to attend
For the 2013 program, Smart Start will begin on Monday June 24 and finish on Friday August 9. There is also four Saturday dates that you may choose from as well: July 6, July 13, July 20, or 27th. We encourage you to book with your friends, guests and parents early to ensure a spot! The day will be filled with information, presentations, activities and most importantly fun!
The registration site for Smart Start will open mid February! The Registration link will be located on our home page. If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The fee for Smart Start is $45 for students and $15 for guests. The fee covers program materials, parking, lunch and refreshments. For your convenience, you may pay online when you register for the program. You may also pay when you arrive for your day by debit, credit, cash or cheque.
95.5% learned about resources regarding their academics
We will open the doors to the Walker Complex for you each morning of the program at 7:45 am so that you have plenty of time to check-in before our Welcome Session which begins at 8:35 am in Academic South 204. You will be finished and on your way home with everything you need to know and all your questions answered by 4:00 pm the same day.
Free parking is available for Smart Start participants and guests in Lot D when you show your Letter of Acceptance. You will enter the campus by the way of St. David’s Road and follow the parking signs to Lot D. The Red Shirts (Staff) will be waiting for you and will direct you to the Registration Area in the Walker Complex. You can view a campus map here.
93.6% knew what to expect academically
Each summer, over 5000 students, parents and guests attend the Smart Start program. It is a great way to “jump” into university life and be familiar with Brock and the Brock Community.
The Smart Start Team will be with you in the Computer Commons (also known as the “Fish Bowl”) to assist with course registration and check your courses to make sure that they meet your program requirements
94.9% knew how to find course information and schedule courses
We encourage you to register for your courses before attending the program. Course registration begins in mid-June and you will be able to view the first selection of courses, seminars, labs and tutorials.
Make sure you let us know if you are living in residence, if you are living off campus, or if you will be commuting, having a part time job, plan to participate in varsity sports or plan to get involved in the Brock community so that we can try to make the best class schedule possible for you.
96.7% knew how to register for courses
The Smart Start program is a great way to meet other students who will be in your major, your program of study and your first year courses. You will be able to meet other first-year students who are living on campus and in your residence as well as students who will be living in the local region.
92.2% knew what to expect socially
You will also be able to purchase an Access Gold Card during your Smart Start day which will allow you to participate in most Orientation Events during the first week of September. Remember Access Gold is available through the Student Union (BUSU) and sold only at Smart Start (limited quantities).
94.6% knew how to keep themselves physically and mentally fit
You learn about the features offered through Recreation Services, including the Zone Fitness Centre, that keep yourself active and involved within the athletic and recreational communities.
If you have dietary concerns you may speak directly with our Dining Services staff on campus who will be available during the day.
All paid students and guests will be having lunch in the Marketplace which features a wide variety of foods. You will select a meal from one of the following areas: the Rotisserie, Chef’s Specials, The Grill, Oven Creations (Gourmet Pizza), The Deli (Sandwiches and Paninis) and The 360 degree Mongolian Grill.
96.7% knew about campus activities and programs
We encourage all students with a diagnosed disability to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with a Disabilities Specialist during the afternoon of their Smart Start scheduled day. All appointments are private and confidential.
You may request a meeting with a Disabilities Specialist when you register online. Services for Students with Disabilities will be automatically notified of your appointment once you submit the completed registration form. During the afternoon of your Smart Start Orientation, you will meet with a case manager from Services for Students Disabilities to review your accessibility needs, discuss your assistive technology needs, and talk about course selection.
Please review appropriate documentation guidelines available on-line at www.brocku.ca/sdc/disabilities
Documentation must be submitted no later than one week prior to your scheduled appointment. It is important that we review this information prior to your appointment so that we can provide you with personalized information during your visit. If you have any questions give us a call at 905-688-5550 extension 3240.
92.2% knew how to manage their time effectively
Want to experience residence before you arrive in September? The Brock University Conference Centre offers accommodation during the summer months, so stay on campus during your Smart Start orientation. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit: brocku.ca/conference-services/smart_start_accommodations
96.4 % - Smart Start was a great experience!