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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

Named for Sir Isaac Brock, a hero from Canada’s past, Brock University offers a dynamic environment fixated on the future. Brock’s 21st-century transformation has launched expanded research activity and increased graduate offerings. New world-class infrastructure includes the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Almost 600 faculty—many from among the latest generation of scholars—teach 72 undergraduate and nearly 50 master’s and Ph.D. programs. More than 18,000 students study across seven faculties in a culture that promotes experiential learning and community outreach. The school is located in a UNESCO biosphere reserve in the scenic Niagara region. Brock’s huge co-op program places more than 2,150 students annually and enjoys a 98 per cent work-term placement rate—one of the highest in Canada. More than 95 per cent of co-op grads find work with a previous employer. “Brock aims to support student success through excellence and leadership in teaching and learning, co-op and experiential education programs, research and scholarship, and community engagement,” says president Gervan Fearon. “Outstanding student experience is our key focus. Our graduates achieve significant professional success and [contribute] to organizations and communities across the country and beyond.”

READ: Check out Brock through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs
• Labour Studies: Offering practical and relevant courses as well as co-op, this program prepares students for careers in labour relations, human resources, mediation, public policy, social justice advocacy and more.
• Child and Youth Studies: This interdisciplinary program has roots in psychology, education, sociology, cultural studies and criminology, and considers children within the context of family, school, peer group and community; includes field placements.
Sport Management: This bachelor program incorporates fieldwork experience, preparing students for sport industry careers including management, marketing, PR, and facility and event management. Many grads go on to work for professional sports leagues or major international sporting events.

Cool Courses
• Social and Cultural Aspects of Digital Gaming: A critical examination of digital gaming, exploring the interrelationships among past and present games, culture and media.
Introduction to Wines: A survey of the world’s wine-producing regions and the principles of wine production, this course covers the health aspects, classification, regulation and marketing of wine.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 82.4%
$7,265 1st & 2nd year: 94.1
3rd & 4th year: 35.3
Undergraduates: 16,813
2,475 (2,200 reserved for first years) Graduation: 74.4%
Retention: 87.6%

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