105 – Nipissing University

Last updated: December 16, 2020

University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.

Quick Links


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, Criminal Justice, Physical and Health Education, Nursing, 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.

Top of Page


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.

Top of Page


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.

Top of Page


Postsecondary Applicants

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. We will charge you 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.

Top of Page


Document Evaluation Fee

If you have attended a postsecondary institution (e.g., university, college, technical institute), you must submit a $60 non‑refundable document evaluation fee to the OUAC.

Top of Page


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, 2021.

Top of Page


Mature Student Applicants

If you do not qualify for undergraduate admission as a regularly qualified applicant (according to the Office of the Registrar), we may consider you 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;
  • have been away from formal education (high school, community college, etc.) for at least the previous 2 years; and
  • are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant).

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, Orientation to a Master of Arts in History [OMAH] 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.

Read more about deadlines.

Top of Page


International Applicants

If you completed or are currently completing studies outside of Canada, you must 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). You must arrange for a WES Credential Evaluation Report, including a course-by-course analysis, to be sent directly to Nipissing University.

Applications and documentation must be received by April 1, 2021, for us to consider you for fall 2021 admission.

Top of Page


Deadlines

We encourage you to apply early. Unless otherwise indicated, we should receive applications and documentation by April 1, 2021, to ensure consideration for fall admission. We will consider late applications on an individual basis.

Some programs have earlier deadlines. They include:

Refer to the appropriate sections for further information about deadline dates.

Top of Page


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 (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.

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.

Top of Page


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 or equivalent.

University and college transfer applicants are welcome to apply.

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

Top of Page


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) – 4-year Collaborative Program

We offer a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program in collaboration with Canadore College.

For us to consider you 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. We do not consider you to have met the Biology and Chemistry prerequisites upon successful completion of a Pre-Health or RPN program.

Notes:

  • 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, 2021.
  • We 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 us.
  • All other applicants must submit all transcripts and proof of registration in 4U Biology and 4U Chemistry by April 1, 2021.
  • We must receive midterm/interim grades for 4U Biology and 4U Chemistry by April 22, 2021.

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, 2021.

Top of Page


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) – Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Bridging Program

We offer 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 70% grade point average [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 (including official transcripts showing completed and/or in progress courses to date) deadline is April 1, 2021.

If you are interested in our part-time blended delivery RPN Bridging program, you can find applications on Nipissing’s website.

Top of Page


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) – Scholar Practitioner Program (SPP)

In partnership with a health care institution consortium from Toronto, we offer 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 SPP is very limited. Admission consideration is based on these 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, we will not consider you.
  • Successful completion of 1 course in anatomy and physiology and 1 course in general psychology at the university level from a recognized university. We must receive proof of completion or current registration in prerequisite courses by the document deadline.
  • CASPer®

More information, including CASPer dates, can be found in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SPP) Supplemental Application Package. You must apply by February 1, 2021, and we must receive all your supporting documentation by 4:30 pm on February 8, 2021.

Top of Page

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.

The application deadline is April 1, 2021.

Top of Page


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.

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 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.

Admission to the professional years (Years 3 and 4) of the Bachelor of Social Work is limited. Admission consideration is based on these 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;
  • A minimum grade of 70% in each of SWRK-1007 (or equivalent), SWRK-2006 (or equivalent), SWRK-2106 (or equivalent) and SWLF-1006 (or equivalent). Current Nipissing students in Year 2 BSW should review the supplemental application for additional information regarding this requirement;
  • Minimum 70% overall average;
  • Statement of Interest;
  • Analysis of a Social Issue;
  • Resumé of Volunteer, Work and Educational Experience; and
  • 1 academic and 1 personal/professional reference.

If you are a current or former Nipissing University student, you must apply using the BSW Professional Years Application.

View a list of approved course equivalencies for Nipissing University’s SWRK-1007, SWLF-1006, SWRK-2006 and SWRK-2106 [PDF].

If you completed course(s) not listed and want us to evaluate them for equivalency, email the Admissions Office. We recommend that you send your request before submitting an application. We may ask you to provide detailed course outlines when you request the equivalency.

View examples of subject areas that can satisfy Humanities and Science requirements.

More information can be found in the Bachelor of Social Work Professional Years Supplemental Application Package. You must apply by February 1, 2021, and we must receive applications and all your supporting documentation by 4:30 pm on February 6, 2021.

If we offer you admission to the Bachelor of Social Work (Professional Years), you must provide a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check prior to beginning the program.

Top of Page


Residence Accommodations

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 they 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. Other applicants may apply to residence, but a place is not guaranteed.

Top of Page


Financial Aid

We encourage you to contact the Financial Aid Administrator if you require information about the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) or our financial aid program.

Canadian and international high school applicants are eligible for our 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.

Top of Page


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.

Top of Page


Contact Information

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

Telephone: 705‑474‑3461, ext. 4600
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

Top of Page