105 – Nipissing University

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Last updated: September 19, 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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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, 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.

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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 advanced standing and transfer credit. Official transcripts from all 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. For further details, see the Document Evaluation Fee.

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. See the Deadlines section for details.

Letter of Permission and Special Student (non‑degree) applicants should apply directly to Nipissing University.

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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.

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Canadian High School Applicants

If you are a 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, 2018.

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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 in which you wish to enroll;
  • 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.

Mature students who qualify for admission 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. See the Admission Deadlines section for details.

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International Applicants

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, 2018, to be considered for fall 2018 admission.

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You are encouraged to apply early. Nipissing University should receive applications and documentation by April 1, 2018, to ensure consideration for September admission.

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

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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 as a Second Language programs on its campus and to collaborate with CII for the delivery of an EAP program.

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Concurrent Education

Nipissing University offers Concurrent Education in the primary/junior, junior/intermediate and intermediate/senior divisions with all its 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 or equivalent. University and college transfer applicants are welcome to apply. For more information, contact admissions@nipissingu.ca.

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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 the following:

  • 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) with 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.

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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.
  • CASPer™ assessment
  • Personal Statement
  • Reference Letter
  • Interview

More information, including CASPer test dates, can be found in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SPP) Supplemental Application Package. Applicants must apply by February 1, 2018, and Nipissing University must receive all supporting documentation by 4:30 pm on February 6, 2018.

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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.
  • Third and fourth year are considered the professional years of the program.
  • 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.

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 (one full course equivalent) in Humanities and 6 credits (one full course equivalent) in Science;
  • Minimum 70% overall average;
  • Personal Statement;
  • Analysis of a Social Issue;
  • Resume 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.

More information can be found in the Bachelor of Social Work Professional Years Supplemental Application Package. Applicants must apply by February 1, 2018, and Nipissing University must receive applications and all supporting documentation by 4:30 pm on February 6, 2018.

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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 you receive a full-time offer of admission by May 29, 2018.

The Guaranteed Residence application and applicable deposit must be received by June 1, 2018. Other applicants may apply to residence but a place is not guaranteed.

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Financial Aid

You are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Administrator if you require information about 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.

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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 December and April due to exams.

To ensure a rewarding tour, contact us 1 week in advance of your visit. 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
Email: admissions@nipissingu.ca

Admissions: ext. 4761
Student Accessibility Services: ext. 4600
General Information, Campus Tours: ext. 4200

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