101 – Nipissing University

Last updated: October 1, 2020

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About Nipissing University

A young, dynamic university, we are known for prioritizing student success and for providing a top-notch student experience.

With approximately 4,000 full-time students, our average class size is around 29, and the faculty-to-student ratio is one of the best in Ontario. Small, interactive classes, combined with supportive, accessible professors encourage self-expression, collaboration and participation. They also offer ample opportunity for personalized attention, where professors get to know you by name, care about your progress and help you find your voice.

As a primarily undergraduate university, we are one of the highest ranked in quality of teaching and learning, and offer programs within the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Faculty of Education and Professional Studies. Undergraduate areas of strength are our Environmental Sciences, Education, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Physical and Health Education, Business, and Arts programs.

Graduate studies have expanded to include master’s programs in Education, Math, History, Kinesiology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science and Sociology. We also offer a PhD in Education with a focus on educational sustainability.

We are located in the city of North Bay on a stunning 291 hectares of Canadian Shield forest. We are a 3.5-hour drive north of downtown Toronto and a 4-hour drive northwest of Ottawa.

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Residence Accommodations

If you are a high school applicant, you are guaranteed a single room in residence if you receive a full-time offer of admission by May 27, 2021. You must return the Guaranteed Residence Application Form and applicable deposit by June 1, 2021.

Our top-rated residences are some of the best in Ontario. Our modern, convenient and well-maintained residences offer the choice of 6-bedroom townhouses or 4-bedroom suite-style living.

The facilities, staff support and program opportunities are ideal for making fast friends and learning to live independently.

Regardless of the building style, each fully furnished unit features private bedrooms, a kitchen with a fridge and stove, a living room and a full bathroom for every 2 or 3 students.

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Admission Entry Points

Admission to studies at Nipissing is available at 3 entry points:

  • September: Full-time or part-time
  • January: Full-time or part-time
  • May: Part-time

For entry in January and May, you can apply directly to Nipissing.

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Student Accessibility Services

We actively promote an accessible and barrier-free learning environment. If you require student accessibility services, identify yourself as early as possible so that we can arrange accommodations and support systems prior to the beginning of classes.

For more information about the services available and the required documentation, visit the student accessibility website.

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Additional Admission Information

We may consider documented extenuating circumstances (for example, medical or special needs) if you do not meet the required admission averages. Submit the Supplemental Application for Applicants with Extenuating Circumstances to the Office of the Registrar by April 1, 2021.

If you are eligible for admission consideration to Nipissing University, but your average is below the minimum average for admission to full-time studies (30 credits), we may offer you admission to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree program through the Foundations Pathway, beginning on a full-time reduced course load of 24 credits.

Admission to the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, Orientation to a Master of Arts in History (OMAH) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing is competitive due to limited enrollment.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

We have a variety of financial assistance opportunities available. Scholarships awarded for academic achievement, bursaries based on financial need and on-campus work-study employment are just a few of the opportunities you can take advantage of as a Nipissing student.

For further information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Entrance Scholarships for High School Applicants

High school applicants entering Nipissing in fall 2021 are eligible for entrance scholarships, ranging in value from $1,500 to over $19,000.

The following entrance scholarships are automatically awarded based on your best 6 final 4U/M grades. No application is necessary.

Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships

  • 80-84%: $1,500
  • 85-89%: $2,500
  • 90% and higher: First-year tuition value plus renewable at $3,000 each year

Applications are required for the $7,000 Schulich Scholarships, $10,000 Chancellor’s Award, Alumni Awards and many others.

View a list of all entrance scholarships, applications, details and deadlines.

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Concurrent Education

We offer Concurrent Education in the primary/junior, junior/intermediate and intermediate/senior divisions with all our honours undergraduate degrees (except OMAH, Nursing, Social Work and dual degrees).

A minimum 75% overall average on the best six 4U/M course combination (including prerequisites) is required for admission consideration. You must also have a minimum 70% in ENG4U and 60% in a 3U/M math.

For more information, view our Academic Calendar or email the Admissions Office.

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Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a highly competitive limited enrollment program.

  • To be eligible for admission consideration, you must have completed or be registered in all six 4U/M courses required for the program by April 1, 2021.
  • The OUAC or Nipissing University must receive midterm/interim grades for any in-progress courses by April 22, 2021.
  • You must complete all in-progress courses and offer conditions by June 30, 2021.
  • You cannot complete summer school courses to meet the conditions of your offer, unless you have received prior approval from Nipissing University.

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Orientation to a Master of Arts in History (OMAH)

The OMAH is a 5-year program that guarantees admission to the Master of Arts in History, provided you complete your degree, including the OMAH-specific courses, with a minimum 75% on your last 10 full-course equivalents. OMAH students receive a high-impact and exclusive degree in a small class setting.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty while studying in all the major areas of the History program, participating in the History Society and taking part in the experiential learning course, community or international placement, or research assistantship. As a graduate of both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History and a Master of Arts in History, you will be prepared for exciting careers or other graduate programs in transitional justice, conflict studies/state violence, history, law, politics, gender and environmental studies.

To be considered for admission to the OMAH, you must have a minimum 80% overall average on your best six 4U/M courses, or equivalent, in addition to meeting the requirements for a BA in History. The OMAH is a limited enrollment program. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who are not admitted to a BA Honours Specialization in History with OMAH may still receive an offer of admission to a BA Honours Specialization in History, but not with OMAH. Applicants who do not receive admission out of high school may apply for Upper Year Admission to the OMAH during their first year at Nipissing. Application does not guarantee admission.

The application deadline is April 1, 2021.

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Social Work

Our 4-year Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program provides a professional social work experience for students.

The program is grounded in principles of social justice, with a particular emphasis on the historical and contemporary position of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The Bachelor of Social Work features a 900-hour practicum at its core, designed to develop practical skills and the integration of theoretical knowledge with practice.


  • The first 2 years of the program are general years.
  • In first and second year, you must take Social Work-specific courses, plus a variety of electives in other disciplines.
  • During the second year of the Bachelor of Social Work program, you must apply for admission consideration to the professional years.
  • Admission to the first or second year of the Bachelor of Social Work program does not guarantee acceptance into the professional years.
  • Third and fourth year are the professional years of the program.

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Language Requirements

All applicants to Nipissing University undergraduate degree programs (excluding BEd) from countries where the dominant language of instruction is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English for admission consideration.

We may require permanent resident (landed immigrant) applicants whose first language is not English to provide proof of proficiency in English. Permanent resident applicants whose first language is not English but who have lived at least 3 years in Canada, or in a country where English is the dominant language, may be exempt.

Applicants can demonstrate proficiency in 1 of the following ways:

  1. Completion of 3 or more consecutive years of full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending Nipissing University.
  2. Completion of 3 or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the dominant language. These years must be immediately prior to attending Nipissing University.
  3. Achieve the required proficiency level on 1 of the following tests of English-language proficiency:
    • International English Language Test Service (IELTS): Minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no band below 6.5.
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum overall score of 58 with a minimum score of 56 in each subsection.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum score of 83 (iBT) with a minimum score of 20 in Reading, Listening and Writing, and minimum score of 22 in Speaking. Our TOEFL institution code is #3614.
  4. Completion of an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with a minimum score of 5 or better in:
    • Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL) English A: Literature or
    • HL or SL English A: Language and Literature.
  5. Graduate from a regionally accredited US high school and achieve a minimum score of 4 or better in Advanced Placement (AP):
    • English Language & Composition or
    • English Literature & Composition.
  6. Achieve:
    • a minimum grade of “B” in General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level English Literature or English Language;
    • a minimum grade of “C” in GCE A Level or AS Level, Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) or Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) English or English Language; or
    • a minimum score of M3 in Cambridge Pre-U English.
  7. Achieve a minimum score of 75% or better in the following, issued by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE):
    • All India Senior Secondary School Certificate (ISSC) Core or
    • Functional English or the Indian School Certificate (ISC) English.

Applicants who have met all our admission requirements except for the English-language proficiency requirement can enroll in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. Applicants who enroll in 1 of the following programs will receive a conditional offer of admission. By successfully completing the program level indicated, applicants can begin their studies at Nipissing University without further testing.

  • Ontario Tech University English Language Centre: Level 5
  • AYJ Global EAP Program: Highest Level
  • Brock University’s Intensive English Language Program: Level 5
  • Canadian as a Second Language Institute: Advanced Level 10
  • Capital English Solutions: College/University Preparation Course
  • CultureWorks: Level 7

We may also consider applicants who have successfully completed an EAP program associated with another Canadian university and obtained that university’s minimum level for admission consideration to have met our English-language proficiency requirement.

Alternatively, we may enter into an agreement with a Languages Canada-accredited program/school to offer such services on campus, with similar minimum levels of proficiency.

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Campus Tours

Most students who come for a campus tour choose to call Nipissing home. We encourage you to visit and discover why Nipissing is right where you belong.

Campus tours:

  • Monday to Friday at 1 pm (except holidays)
  • Saturdays at 1 pm in October, November, March and May (except holiday weekends)

Note: Tours of residence are not available in December and April due to exams and from August 21 to September 25 due to move-in preparations.

To ensure a rewarding tour, contact us 1 week before your visit. Book a campus tour.

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Contact Information

Nipissing University
Office of the Registrar
100 College Drive, Box 5002
North Bay ON  P1B 8L7

Telephone: 705-474-3461, ext. 4600
Fax: 705-495-1772
Email: admissions@nipissingu.ca

Admissions: Ext. 4600
General Information, Campus Tours: Ext. 4200
Residence: Ext. 4855
Student Accessibility Services: Ext. 4362
Scholarships and Financial Aid: Ext. 4311

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