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Brock University’s Open House to get thousands of prospective students

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Campus will be buzzing this weekend with prospective students interested in learning about how they can break through at Brock.

For the first time since 2019, the University’s annual Open House will return in person on Sunday, April 2, with a packed calendar of tours, presentations and demonstrations running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event offers a glimpse into all aspects of the Brock student experience, highlighting the innovative programming, cutting-edge research and hands-on learning opportunities that have seen Brock continue to rise as a top choice for high school graduates.

Visitors will have the chance to meet faculty, staff and current students, and learn about how to get involved both in and beyond the classroom during the Information Fair in Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium. Program-specific presentations and demonstrations will also be held throughout the day, offering a deeper dive into topics of interest, as well as sessions geared towards transfer students, who also have the opportunity for on-the-spot admissions.

Tours of the main campus will see prospective students and their families explore labs, classrooms, athletic facilities and more, with specialty tours also offered that focus on residences, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines and the Goodman School of Business.

“We often have students coming to Open House with an offer in hand, so it’s an important opportunity for us to show them why Brock is a top choice for so many people,” says Carly Dugo, Recruitment Officer, Campus Initiatives. “We know the Brock experience is second to none, and this is our chance to give future Badgers a glimpse into what their life could look like come September.”

Although it will be a few months before universities know where students ultimately register, early signs have indicated that interest in Brock continues to grow for the coming Fall Term.

In January, Brock recorded a significant jump in the number of applications from Ontario high school students wanting to study at the University in September.

Applications for undergraduate programs rose by 13 per cent overall this year, with each of Brock’s six teaching Faculties seeing their own increases.

The rising interest in applying to Brock far outpaced the average increase to university applications across the province, which was 2.9 per cent.

“Brock’s reputation is gaining momentum as a place where students can break through and achieve success,” says Geraldine Jones, Registrar and Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services. “We have the programming, supports and opportunities in place to help students thrive, and we want them to know we’ll be here for every part of their journey.”

For students who are ready to accept their Brock offer, Open House will also feature presentations on steps to take between now and September to ensure they start the year on track, Dugo says. This includes guidance on residence applications, student awards and scholarships, course registration and orientation programs that will allow students to hit the ground running this fall.