The success and wellbeing of students always comes first at Brock University. Then comes extraordinary experience; then graduates with high rates of career success.

The southern Ontario school is a story of growth and achievement. And judging by surging demand for admission, people are taking notice.

Brock is a comprehensive university located in a scenic, welcoming community. With more than 19,000 students immersed in over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, Brock’s academic excellence is able to flourish among world-class facilities and experiential learning opportunities.

Flourish it does. At a time when the Ontario-wide pool of high school graduates is in decline, applications to Brock are trending the other way, its reputation attracting record demand for admission this fall. All the while, academic grade averages increased.

The dynamic is global, as some 2,000 international students have come from more than 100 countries to attend Brock.

“It’s a growing reputation for providing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment that offers great programs and courses taught by our engaged and committed faculty,” said Greg Finn, Brock’s Provost and Vice- President Academic.

“Staff and faculty are dedicated to putting students first, and this year’s numbers suggest that the word is getting out.”

Against this backdrop of excellence in teaching and research, the students themselves voice their own pride and gratification. When the Canadian University Survey Consortium conducted research at 12 mid-sized Ontario universities, Brock students exceeded the provincial rate for positive responses on topics like:

  • satisfaction with their choice of university
  • personal safety on campus
  • concern showed to students as individuals
  • university experience exceeding expectations, and
  • choosing Brock because of career- related programs and career prospects.

Set in the Niagara region, part of Brock’s appeal is also its location. Nestled in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the brow of the Niagara Escarpment, the campus is just an hour’s drive — and a world away — from the congestion and pressures of the GTA. It’s an even shorter hop down the road from Hamilton.

But academic strength is what attracts most people. Brock is top 5 among all Ontario universities for the number of prestigious 3M Teaching Excellence Awards won by its faculty. It is also home to nine Canada Research Chairs.

With more than 70 undergrad degrees, the scope of signature programs ranges from nursing and accounting to psychology, digital humanities, sport management, child & youth studies, biological science, teacher education, grape & wine research and more.

And Brock keeps a careful eye on keeping pace with the need for modern facilities. In the past decade, more than a quarter-billion dollars has been invested in student and learning space — such as the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, where you’ll find Canada’s only CL3 lab on a university campus.

Importantly, Brock also offers a renowned student experience beyond the labs and lecture halls. It’s a Fair Trade campus, and a place where students are encouraged to engage with or volunteer in their surrounding communities.

For spirit and pride, the Badgers athletic teams have won more than 100 Ontario and national championships, a startling measure for any university. Students sell out the 5,000-seat Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines for hockey and basketball games, making these among the most electrifying university events in Canada.

Career power? Brock students build their resumés before they graduate. And when they do, according to the Ontario government, Brock grads have a 93.8-per-cent employment rate two years after graduation — again, ahead of the provincial average for universities.

The evidence is even more striking in Brock’s renowned co-op program, where more than 95 per cent of students are hired by one of their co-op employers.

Plan a visit on Fall Preview Day this Nov. 4. From 11 am to 4 pm, you can tour the campus, see the programs and meet the people who are behind Brock’s success.

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