Brock University

Brock University

Imagine a special place that helps you grow “both sides of the brain”. Brock University is that place. Part of what sets us apart from the rest is our philosophy of taking students beyond the pursuit of academic excellence. Brock is a place where left-brain and right-brain thinking come together, where students develop rational/analytical thinking in concert with their emotional/creative sides. We view community involvement as crucial to developing intelligent, well-rounded members of society.

That may help explain our popularity. For a decade, Brock has had the second-highest growth of students of any Ontario university.

It also doesn’t hurt that we have a park-like setting atop the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario’s Niagara peninsula. (Brock is the only Canadian university that is part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve).

Or that Brock graduates have one of the highest employment rates of all Ontario universities — 97.5 per cent.

Brock also gets top marks for our culture, our approach to learning and the array of programs across seven Faculties. When students gave their ratings to the Globe and Mail 2009 Canadian University Report, Brock was one of Canada’s top medium-size institutions in terms of quality of education, quality of teaching and most satisfied students.

With 17,000 full-time students and nearly 600 faculty, we’re small enough to be intimate, big enough to be world-class and in demand among international students.

Our rigorous undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs include experiential learning opportunities and one of Canada’s largest co-op programs. Our cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs offer multi-faceted degrees that enhance the career prospects of students.

Brock provides opportunities for social and academic growth that don’t exist at larger universities. Like access to professors. Our emphasis on moderate class sizes in seminar settings makes more students full participants in the learning experience.


Opened in 1964, Brock University is named for Maj.-General Sir Isaac Brock, who died at nearby Queenston Heights in the War of 1812. His last words — “Surgite! Push on!” — have become the University’s motto.

But the seeds of the University were sown long before the doors first opened. Brock’s story is about a community that rose up and built the institution it wanted for its future.

In the late 1950s, there was growing public discussion about how Niagara should have its own university. Its founders wanted young people to get a good education without having to leave the area.

The grassroots sentiment became a movement when, in November 1957, the Allanburg Women’s Institute asked the Ontario government to “favourably consider the placing of a university in the Niagara Peninsula.”

Momentum spread. By fall 1962, the Brock Founders Committee was incorporated. They received approval to create a new university, then developed an administrative and academic plan. Then they began raising money.

After years of meetings and fundraising, Brock opened in September 1964. It had 127 students in a refurbished refrigeration factory at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment in St. Catharines. In 1966 the landmark Brock Tower was completed, and faculties began moving “up the hill” to the University’s permanent home atop the escarpment.

Residence Life

The residence system at Brock University accommodates almost 2,400 students in six residence residence buildings or complexes.  Approximately two-thirds of the beds in the residence system are in single rooms; the remainder are in double rooms. (There are no triple or quadruple occupancy rooms.) About half the beds are in traditional style residences and the other half are in townhouses. There are four traditional style residences: DeCew, Vallee, Earp and Lowenberger.  There are two townhouse style residences: Village and Quarry View. Each residence has its own distinct characteristics; however, there are many similarities amongst all residence facilities.

Besides the friendly faces in the Department of Residences, there are some fantastic opportunities to get involved in residence life. Throughout the year there are many activities and events to participate in as well as the opportunity to participate in educational programming. Brock also has a strong commitment to student services, ensuring that our students have the highest quality experience both in and out of the classroom.

Our residences are a community — a community based on respect. The success of our community relies on the thoughtful consideration residents demonstrate for their roommates, suitemates and/or neighbours.

Remember – you have the rest of your life to live off campus. Take advantage of all the opportunities of residence living while you have the chance!

Recreation Services

From swim lessons to yoga, fitness to first aid, intramural underwater hockey to ballroom dancing, the Department of Recreation Services offers a wide range of recreational programs for Brock University students, staff, faculty and people from the community. Memberships to the Walker Complex are available to community members, or you can register for a specific program.

The Department of Recreation Services operates the facilities in the Walker Complex, including three gymnasia, the recreational 200m track, squash courts, the Zone fitness centre, the Eleanor Misener Aquatic Centre (50m pool) and the Leo LeBlanc Rowing Centre. Outside, are four tennis courts and seven playing fields. Recreation Services offers programs in aquatics, intramurals, fitness, dance and much more.

Memberships to the various facilities are available to Brock students, staff, faculty and community members.

Non-credit instructional programs offered to Brock students, staff, faculty and the community include aquatics, fitness, dance, coaching, wellness, first aid, pilates, children’s gym programs and much more.

Intramural sport programs for Brock University students include more than 60 leagues and involve more than 6,100 participants.


In any community, sport is an integral part of understanding human potential and the concepts of collaboration and leadership. It’s also a great way to develop interests and skills outside of the classroom and in so doing acquire a well-rounded education.

The Brock Badgers are the athletics teams that represent Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. To date the Badgers have won 27 National Championships and 48 Ontario Championships, and are members of the OUA, CIS, CUFLA and CURC.
They have varsity teams in Rugby, Baseball, Basketball, Wrestling, Rowing, Cross-Country, Curling, Fencing, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Volleyball.

Centre for the Arts

For 40 years, the Centre for the Arts has fulfilled our artistic mission to showcase Canadian and internationally acclaimed and emerging artists while emphasizing diversity, quality, and quantity.

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