Brock University

Brock University | St. Catharines, Ont. | Founded 1964

Brock University students

The Brock Badgers University mens rugby team practice in the morning on the west grounds playing field on campus at Brock University. Photograph by Cole Garside


Brock University is named for Sir Isaac Brock, who died in 1812 while repelling American invaders at Queenston Heights, about 15 km from campus. Brock’s own history is still unfolding. “We’re not U of T. We don’t have 175 years of development,” says outgoing president Jack Lightstone. The university has something else: a youthful staff that’s “completely remade Brock” in a single decade. The university has more than doubled its size during this time to over 18,800 students, and most faculty members have been hired since 1999. The influx of young professors has changed what was once a locally focused, mainly social sciences school to one that offers 42 graduate programs with a community of more than 500 researchers, many based in the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex. The cadre of young scholars has also fuelled Brock’s growing reputation for community outreach and experiential learning. Brock’s huge co-op program sees more than 2,150 students participating annually and enjoys a 98 per cent work-term placement rate—one of the highest in the country. Graduating students gain up to 20 months of work experience and more than 95 per cent of grads find permanent employment with a previous co-op employer.

READ: Check out Brock through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs
Sport Management: This unique program prepares grads for sport industry careers in management, marketing, PR, event management, sales and program development. Grads go on to work for major sports organizations, including Major League Baseball and the Canadian Olympic Committee.
• Accounting: This four-year bachelor program in the Goodman School of Business has a strong reputation among employers. A co-op option allows students to acquire 16 to 20 months of practical work experience toward their designation as chartered accountants in Ontario.
• Fine and Performance Arts: The new $24-million Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts offers a full range of degrees that span the arts, from performance to production to artisan support. The facility is equipped with a full-production theatre, music teaching studios, digital media labs, visual arts studios, scenery and costume shops.

Cool Courses
• Game Discourses and Criticism: Discuss games as a cultural artifact using game criticism, theoretical literature, and new media tools.
• Power, Politics and Policy in Sports: Race, national identity, gender, disability, doping, violence and more all come into play in this examination of sports policy.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 82.4%
$7,096 1st & 2nd year: 84.2
3rd & 4th year: 34.2
Full-time: 14,911
Part-time: 2,243
2,475 (2,200 reserved for first years) Graduation: 74.5%
Retention: 87%

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