105 – Nipissing University
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Last updated: September 19, 2019
- About Nipissing University
- Admission Entry Points
- Student Accessibility Services
- Postsecondary Applicants
- Document Evaluation Fee
- Canadian High School Applicants
- Mature Student Applicants
- International Applicants
- Language Requirements
- Concurrent Education
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) – 4-Year Collaborative Program
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) – Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Bridging Program
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) – Scholar Practitioner Program (SPP)
- Orientation to a Master of Arts in History (OMAH)
- Social Work
- Residence Accommodations
- Financial Aid
- Campus Tours
- Contact Information
About Nipissing University
A young, dynamic university, Nipissing is 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, Nipissing is one of the highest ranked in quality of teaching and learning, and offers programs within the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of 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 has also gained a reputation for professional programs in Education and Nursing. 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.
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.
Admission Entry Points
September: Full-time or part-time
January: Full-time or part-time
Admission to studies at Nipissing is available at several entry points – September, January and May.
Student Accessibility Services
Nipissing actively promotes an accessible and barrier-free learning environment. If you require student accessibility services, 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 required documentation, visit the student accessibility website.
If you have attended, or are currently attending, a recognized Canadian postsecondary institution, you may be considered for admission and/or may be eligible for transfer credit. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended must be submitted directly to Nipissing University; high school transcripts may also be required. You will be charged a document evaluation fee.
If you have attended a postsecondary institution outside of North America, you must have all your foreign transcripts assessed by World Education Services (WES). You must send a WES Credential Evaluation Report, including a course-by-course analysis, directly to Nipissing University.
Students from a recognized College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) should refer to the college transfer website.
If you already possess an undergraduate degree, you may apply to complete a second degree. Read more about deadlines.
Letter of Permission and Special Student (non‑degree) applicants should apply directly to Nipissing University.
Document Evaluation Fee
If you have attended a postsecondary institution (e.g., university, college, technical institute), you are required to submit a $60 non‑refundable document evaluation fee to the OUAC.
Canadian High School Applicants
If you are a Canadian high school applicant, you are responsible for sending official transcripts from your school showing all final grades and midterm grades for courses in progress to Nipissing University by April 1, 2020.
Mature Student Applicants
If you do not qualify for undergraduate admission as a regularly qualified applicant (according to the Office of the Registrar), you may be considered for admission as a mature student:
- if you will be 20 years of age or older by the end of the semester you wish to enroll in;
- if you have been away from formal education (high school, community college, etc.) for at least the previous 2 years; and
- if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Mature student applicants to Bachelor of Science degrees or Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science, Economics or Mathematics must present the 4U (or equivalent) program-specific prerequisites as listed in the Admission Chart in the Academic Calendar.
Mature student applicants to limited enrollment programs (Nursing, and Physical and Health Education) cannot apply for direct-entry admission consideration to these programs. Mature student applicants interested in these programs may be admitted to another program and apply for transfer consideration for the following year.
For transfer consideration you will need to present the 4U (or equivalent) program‑specific prerequisites as listed in the Admission Chart in the Academic Calendar.
Mature student applicants are still required to provide transcripts of marks for previously completed studies.
If you qualify for admission, you can be admitted full-time on probation with a reduced course load to a maximum of 24 credits. Upon successfully completing the 24 credits and having cleared academic probation, you are eligible for a full 30 credit-load status. Documentation on all prior education is required.
If you completed or are currently completing studies outside of Canada, you are required to submit official transcripts of your studies directly to Nipissing University to be considered for admission. High School transcripts or certificates not presented in English must be accompanied by certified English translations.
If you have attended a postsecondary institution outside of North America, you must have all your foreign transcripts assessed by World Education Services (WES). A WES Credential Evaluation Report, including a course-by-course analysis, must be sent directly to Nipissing University.
Applications and documentation must be received by April 1, 2020, to be considered for Fall 2020 Admission.
You are encouraged to apply early. Unless otherwise indicated, Nipissing University should receive applications and documentation by April 1, 2020, to ensure consideration for Fall Admission.
Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.
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 in a country where English is the dominant language, may be exempt.
Applicants can demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways:
- Completion of 3 or more consecutive years of full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending Nipissing University.
- 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.
- Achieve the required proficiency level on one of the following tests of English-language proficiency:
- 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. The Nipissing University TOEFL institution code is #3614.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 English for Academic Purposes program. Applicants who enroll in one 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.
- 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 (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.
Nipissing University offers Concurrent Education in the primary/junior, junior/intermediate and intermediate/senior divisions with all its honours undergraduate degrees (except Orientation to a Master of Arts in History [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 or equivalent.
University and college transfer applicants are welcome to apply.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) – 4-Year Collaborative Program
Nipissing University offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program in collaboration with Canadore College.
To be considered for admission, you must have successfully completed 4U Biology (SBI4U) and 4U Chemistry (SCH4U), or equivalent, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements for admission consideration for Nursing. You are not considered to have met the Biology and Chemistry prerequisites upon successful completion of a Pre-Health or RPN program.
If you are a high school applicant, you must have completed or be registered in all six 4U/M, or equivalent, courses required for the program by April 1, 2020. Midterm/interim grades for any in-progress courses must be received at Nipissing University by April 23, 2020. All in-progress courses and offer conditions must be completed by
All other applicants must submit all transcripts and proof of registration in 4U Biology and 4U Chemistry by
This is a highly competitive limited enrollment program. The average required for admission may be higher than the stated minimum. The program has 1 intake per year (September). The application and document deadline is April 1, 2020.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) – Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Bridging Program
Nipissing University offers registered practical nurses a 3‑year compressed BScN program. The 6‑semester Post‑RPN to BScN compressed program is offered through a full‑time delivery model.
To be considered for admission, you must have successfully completed:
- Canadian Practical Nurses Registration Examination (CPNRE) or provide proof of eligibility to write and subsequently pass the CPNRE; and
- a 2‑year Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) diploma (minimum 3.0 GPA) from Cambrian College, Canadore College, Collège Boréal, Confederation College, Northern College, Niagara College or Sault College.
This is a limited enrollment program. The GPA required for admission may be higher than the stated GPA for admission consideration. The program has 1 intake per year (September). The application and document deadline is April 1, 2020.
If you are interested in our part-time blended delivery RPN Bridging program, you can find applications on Nipissing’s website.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) – Scholar Practitioner Program (SPP)
Nipissing University, in partnership with a health care institution consortium from Toronto, offers a 2-year nursing degree program to students who completed a university degree in another discipline.
This program is offered in the health care institution consortium through a blended delivery model and is 6 semesters in length over 2 years.
Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Scholar Practitioner Program (SPP) is very limited. Admission consideration is based on the following criteria:
- A recognized undergraduate degree with a minimum overall average of 75% (calculated on the best 10 full course equivalents, not including transfer courses). If your final degree contains less than 10 full course equivalents, you will not be considered.
- Successful completion of 1 course in anatomy and physiology and 1 course in general psychology at the university level from a recognized university. Proof of completion or current registration in prerequisite courses must be received by the document deadline.
- Personal Statement
- Reference Letter
More information, including CASPerTM dates, can be found in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SPP) Supplemental Application Package. You must apply by February 1, 2020, and Nipissing University must receive all your supporting documentation by 4:30 pm on February 6, 2020.
Orientation to a Master of Arts in History (OMAH)
Open to direct from high school applicants only.
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.
Nipissing’s 4-year Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program 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 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 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.
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 considered the professional years of the program.
Admission to the professional years (Years 3 and 4) of the Bachelor of Social Work is limited. Admission consideration is based on the following criteria:
- Successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits (10 full course equivalents) including SWRK-1007 (or equivalent), SWRK-2006 (or equivalent), SWRK-2106 (or equivalent), SWLF-1006 (or equivalent), 6 credits (1 full course equivalent) in Humanities and 6 credits (1 full course equivalent) in Science;
- Minimum 70% overall average;
- Personal Statement;
- Analysis of a Social Issue;
- Resumé of Volunteer and Work Experience; and
- 1 academic and 1 personal/professional reference.
If you are a current or former Nipissing University student, you are required to apply using the BSW Professional Years Application.
If you completed course(s) not listed and wish to have them evaluated for equivalency, email the Admissions Office. We recommend that you send your request before submitting an application. You may be asked to provide detailed course outlines when requesting the equivalency.
More information can be found in the Bachelor of Social Work Professional Years Supplemental Application Package. You must apply by February 1, 2020, and Nipissing University must receive applications and all your supporting documentation by 4:30 pm on February 6, 2020.
If you are offered admission to the Bachelor of Social Work (Professional Years), you will be required to provide a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check prior to beginning the program.
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.
Current Canadian high school applicants and international student applicants will be guaranteed a place in residence if you receive a full-time offer of admission by May 27, 2020.
You must return the Guaranteed Residence Application Form and applicable deposit by June 1, 2020. Other applicants may apply to residence but a place is not guaranteed.
You are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Administrator if you require information about the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and Nipissing’s financial aid program. Canadian and international high school applicants are eligible for Nipissing’s Entrance Scholarships starting at $1,500 for students with an 80% average.
Information on additional scholarships, awards and bursaries can be found on our Student Financial Services website.
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.
- 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 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.
Admissions: Ext. 4600
General Information, Campus Tours: Ext. 4200
Residence: Ext. 4855
Student Accessibility Services: Ext. 4362
Scholarships and Financial Aid: Ext. 4311