101 – Nipissing University

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Last updated: October 3, 2016

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About Nipissing University

A young, dynamic university, Nipissing is known for placing priority on student success and for providing a top‑notch student experience. With approximately 4,000 full‑time students, our average class size is around 24 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, Nipissing is one of the highest ranked in quality of teaching and learning, and offers programs within the faculties of Arts and Science, Applied and Professional Studies and the Schulich School of Education. Undergraduate areas of strength are our Environmental Sciences, Criminal Justice, Physical and Health Education, Business, and Arts programs.

Nipissing also gained a reputation for professional programs in Education and Nursing. Graduate studies have expanded to include master 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.

Nipissing University is located in the city of North Bay on a stunning 291 hectares of Canadian Shield forest. We are a 3-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 26, 2017. You must return the Guaranteed Residence Application Form and applicable deposit by June 1, 2017.

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

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

Admission to studies at Nipissing is available at several entry points – September, January and May. For entry in January and May, you can apply directly to Nipissing.

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Student Accessibility Services

Nipissing actively promotes an accessible and barrier‑free learning environment. If you require student accessibility services, be sure to identify yourself as early as possible so that accommodations and support systems can be arranged prior to the beginning of classes. For more information about the services available and the documentation that is required, visit the student accessibility website.

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Additional Admission Information

Documented extenuating circumstances (for example, medical or special needs) may be taken into consideration if you do not meet the required admission averages. Please submit the Supplemental Application for Applicants with Extenuating Circumstances to the Office of the Registrar, as soon as possible.

If you are eligible for admission consideration but your average is below the minimum average for admission to full‑time studies (30 credits), you may be offered admission to the university through the First Year Foundations option, beginning on a full‑time reduced course load of 24 credits.

Admission to the Bachelor of Physical & Health Education and Bachelor of Science in Nursing is competitive due to limited enrollment.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Nipissing has 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 2017 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 six final 4U/M grades. No application is necessary.

Average Scholarship

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 $6,500 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

Nipissing University offers Concurrent Education in the primary/junior, junior/intermediate and intermediate/senior divisions with all its honours undergraduate degrees (except 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.

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Social Work

Nipissing is pleased to announce the launch of a new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. Offered through the Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies, the 4‑year degree is designed to provide 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 Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The Bachelor of Social Work features a 700‑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 considered general years.
  • In first year, you will be required to take Introduction to Social Work in addition to a variety of electives.
  • During the second year of the Bachelor of Social Work program, you must apply for admission consideration to the professional years.
  • Third and fourth year are considered the professional years of the program.

Admission to the first or second year of the Bachelor of Social Work program does not guarantee acceptance into the professional years.

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Language Requirements

All student visa (study permit) applicants are required to submit proof of English‑language proficiency.

Acceptable proof of proficiency:

  • the TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 PBT, or 80 iBT (minimum 20 in each section),
  • the MELAB with a minimum score of 90%,
  • the CAEL with a minimum score of 60,
  • the IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6), or
  • the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum overall score of 55 and a minimum score of 55 in writing.

An exception may be granted if you have lived in Canada for a minimum of 3 years and you present a successfully completed 4U English credit as part of your studies.

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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 during the months of December and April due to exams.

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. 4761
Fax: 705‑495‑1772
Email: admissions@nipissingu.ca

Admissions: ext. 4761
General Information, Campus Tours: ext. 4200
Residence: ext. 4855
Student Accessibility Services: ext. 4362
Scholarships and Financial Aid: ext. 4311

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