101 – Nipissing University

Last updated: September 14, 2021

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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 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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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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Offer of Admission Timeline and Average Calculations

We begin to make admission offers in November and continue on a rolling basis as we receive midterm/interim and final grades. We do not make admission decisions for the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) programs until late April/early May.

We calculate admission averages using the best six 4U/M marks (midterm/interim and final), including prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses must be at the 4U level.

You may be eligible to receive an offer of admission to select programs based on Grade 11 results, provided you complete a minimum of four 3U/M courses and are registered in the required six 4U/M courses for the program you applied to. We will use the corresponding Grade 11 course for the Grade 12 prerequisite course when we calculate the admission average.

Starting in February, we typically calculate admission averages based on a minimum of three 4U/M course final grades (6 current grades, including prerequisites for non-semestered schools). You must be registered in a total of six 4U/M courses, including prerequisite courses.

In May, we calculate admission averages using six 4U/M courses (midterm/interim and/or final grades), including prerequisites. We continue to make admission decisions after May. We can make decisions based on final grades and any summer school/night school/online grades received by August 15, provided space is still available in the program you applied to.

All admission offers are conditional upon successfully completing the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and a minimum of six 4U/M courses, including prerequisite courses, as specified, by the end of June. Offers are also conditional upon maintaining a minimum average (stated in an offer of admission) on final grades presented as of June 30, 2022.

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Alternative Offers

If you do not meet the admission requirements or admission averages for programs you applied to, we you will automatically consider you for an alternative program that you do qualify for.

  • If you are not admitted to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics, we will automatically consider you for a BA (Undeclared major).
  • If you are not admitted to a BA in Computer Science or Mathematics, we will automatically consider you for a BA (Undeclared major).
  • If you are not admitted to a BA in Criminal Justice, we will automatically consider you for a BA in Sociology.
  • If you are not admitted to a BA in History with an Orientation to a Master of Arts in History (OMAH), we will automatically consider you for a BA in History.
  • If you are not admitted to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science, Mathematics or Psychology, we will automatically consider you for a BA in the corresponding discipline first and a BA (Undeclared major) second. If you are not admitted to any other Science discipline, we will automatically consider you for a BA (Undeclared major).
  • If you are not admitted to Concurrent Education, we will automatically consider you for the undergraduate degree (i.e., BA, BSc, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Fine Arts, BPHE) you applied to with Concurrent Education.
  • If you are not admitted to a BPHE, we will automatically consider you for a BA (Undeclared major).
  • If you are not admitted to Nursing, we will automatically consider you for a BSc in Biology first and a BA (Undeclared major) second.
  • If you are not admitted to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), we will automatically consider you for a BA in Social Welfare and Social Development.

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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 (under the heading “Supplemental Forms”) to the Office of the Registrar by April 1, 2022.

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 BA (Liberal Arts) or BSc (Liberal Science) degree program through the Foundations Pathway, beginning on a full-time reduced course load of 24 credits.

Admission to the BPHE, OMAH and BSc in Nursing is competitive due to limited enrollment.

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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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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)

Our BScN is a highly competitive limited enrollment program. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • 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, 2022.
  • The OUAC or Nipissing University must receive midterm/interim grades for any in-progress courses by April 28, 2022.
  • You must complete all in-progress courses and offer conditions by June 30, 2022.
  • 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 (MA) 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 BA in History and an MA 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, 2022.

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Social Work

Our 4-year 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 BSW features a 900-hour practicum at its core, designed to develop practical skills and the integration of theoretical knowledge with practice.

Notes:

  • 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 BSW program, you must apply for admission consideration to the professional years.
  • Admission to the first or second year of the BSW program does not guarantee acceptance into the professional years.
  • Third and fourth year are the professional years of the program.

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Foundations Pathway

If you have completed a minimum of six 4U/M courses, including ENG4U, and your average falls between 60% and 70%, you may apply for admission consideration to our BA Liberal Arts or BSc Liberal Science Foundation Pathway programs. If you wish to be considered for admission to the Liberal Science option, you must also present 2 of SCH4U, MCV4U, MHF4U or SPH4U.

The Foundations Pathway supports the transition from high school to university. You will have an opportunity to take unique courses that inspire curiosity and provide open dialogue for discovery. This pathway is intended for students who are determined to earn a university education but have faced challenges in the academic environment.

In first year, you will take a reduced full-time course load and receive support from a team focused on teaching the skills required to thrive in an Arts or Science degree. Upon successful completion of the Foundations Pathway, you will have earned up to 24 credits towards your Arts or Science degree. This strong foundation will provide tools and strategies that ensure continued academic success at Nipissing.

Read more about the Foundations Pathway.

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Language Requirements

All applicants to Nipissing University undergraduate degree and post-baccalaureate programs (excluding the Bachelor of Education) from countries where the dominant language of instruction is other than English will be required to achieve the required proficiency level on 1 of the following tests of English-language proficiency for admission consideration:

  • Cambridge English Qualifications: A C1 minimum overall score of 176 with a minimum score of 169.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL/CAEL Online): Applicants to all programs except Nursing require a minimum overall score of 60 with no band less than 60. Applicants to Nursing require a minimum overall score of 70 with no band less than 60.
  • International English Language Test Service (IELTS): Applicants to all programs except Nursing require a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with a minimum 6 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. Applicants to Nursing require a minimum overall band score of 7 with a minimum 6.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Applicants to all programs except Nursing require a minimum overall score of 58 with a minimum score of 56 in Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening. Applicants to Nursing require a minimum overall score of 63 with a minimum score of 60 in each section.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Applicants to all programs except Nursing require a minimum score of 83 (iBT) with a minimum score of 20 in Reading, Listening and Writing and a minimum score of 22 in Speaking. Applicants to Nursing require a minimum score of 93 with a minimum score of 20 in Reading and Listening and a minimum score of 22 in Writing and Speaking. The Nipissing University TOEFL institution code is #3614.

Permanent resident (landed immigrant) applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide proof of proficiency in English. Permanent resident (landed immigrant) 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.

English-language Policy Exemptions

To be exempted from providing proof of English-language proficiency you must satisfy 1 of the following criteria:

  • Complete 3 or more consecutive years of full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending Nipissing University.
  • Complete 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.
  • Complete 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 or 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.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

If you enroll in an EAP program with 1 of Nipissing’s pathway partners, you will receive a conditional offer of admission. If you successfully complete the level indicated in the partner agreement, you can begin your studies at Nipissing without further testing.

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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 2022 are eligible for entrance scholarships, ranging in value from $4,000 to over $24,000.

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% (IB 30-32): $4,000 ($1,000/year)
  • 85-89% (IB 33-35): $6,000 ($1,500/year)
  • 90-94% (IB 36-38): $10,000 ($2,500/year)
  • 95%+ (IB 39+): >$24,000 (free domestic tuition/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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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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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, 2022. You must return the Guaranteed Residence Application Form and applicable deposit by June 1, 2022.

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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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 are offered on a regular basis. You must register before attending a campus tour. To find the best date and time that will work for you, register on our Visit Us page.

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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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