101 – Nipissing University

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Last updated: October 3, 2017

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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 28 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 3.5-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 29, 2018. You must return the Guaranteed Residence Application Form and applicable deposit by June 1, 2018.

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 2018 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 $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

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 offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program through the Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies. This 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 and second year you will be required to 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.
  • 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 applicants to Nipissing University undergraduate degree programs (excluding BEd) from countries where the dominant language of instruction is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English for admission consideration.

Permanent Resident applicants whose first language is not English may be required 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 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:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score of 86 (iBT) with no score below 20 in any section. The Nipissing University TOEFL institution code is #3614.
    2. International English Language Test Service (IELTS): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0.
    3. The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): minimum overall score of 90%.
    4. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): minimum score of 60.
    5. Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: minimum overall score of 55 with a minimum score of 55 in writing.
    6. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum overall score of 176 with no less than 176 in each skill (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) and Use of English.
  4. Completion of an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with a minimum score of 5 or better in HL or SL English A: Literature or HL or SL English A: Language and Literature.
  5. Graduate from a regionally accredited US secondary 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 GCSE, IGCSE or GCE Ordinary Level English Literature or English Language, a minimum grade of C in GCE A Level or AS Level or AICE or 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 All India Senior Secondary School Certificate (ISSC) Core or Functional English or the Indian School Certificate (ISC) English, issued by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).

Applicants who have met all of Nipissing University’s admission requirements except for the English language proficiency requirement can enroll in an 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 below, applicants can begin their studies at Nipissing University without further testing.

UOIT 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 (CSLI): Advanced Level 10

Capital English Solutions: College/University Preparation Course (CUPIC)

CultureWorks: Level 7

Applicants who have successfully completed EAP programs associated with other Canadian universities and obtained that university’s minimum level for admission consideration may also be considered to have met Nipissing University’s English-language proficiency requirement.

Alternatively, Nipissing University may enter into an agreement with a Languages Canada accredited program/school to offer such services on its campus, with similar minimum levels of proficiency. Note: Nipissing University has entered into an agreement with the Canadian International Institute (CII) to offer English Second Language programs on its campus and to collaborate with CII for the delivery of an EAP program.

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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. 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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