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Nipissing is a young, dynamic institution in North Bay that alters the lives of students, graduates, faculty and communities.

Nipissing University Profile

Nipissing is a young, dynamic institution in North Bay that alters the lives of students, graduates, faculty and communities. Through innovation and a commitment to students, the University has grown to become a destination of choice for students seeking to reach their full potential. Nipissing is renowned for its ability to provide a personalized education marked by a supportive community. Undergraduate students can participate in original research and engage in enriching cocurricular activities. Read more about Nipissing University.

The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. View the Nipissing University virtual tour video.

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Admissions IconAdmissions

  • Overview
  • General Admissions
  • Aboriginal Learner Policy
  • Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
  • Mature Learner Policy
  • Transfer Student Policies



In this section you will find information about Nipissing’s admission requirements, policies and supports that are available to you.

To find out about Nipissing’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please visit Nipissing’s admission website.

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General Admissions

Nipissing’s admission requirements are divided into different categories of learners that include secondary school, international, transfer and mature students. Each category has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.

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Aboriginal Learner Policy

During the academic year, university recruiters travel throughout Ontario to visit Aboriginal learners in many secondary schools and community organizations. These recruiters are part of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP), a collection of Aboriginal recruiters from Ontario and Quebec colleges and universities. They’ll have the most up-to-date information about applying to your university as an Aboriginal learner. The Read more about APSIP.

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Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs

Aboriginal Advantage Program

The Aboriginal Advantage Program gives you the opportunity to earn university credits in an environment that encourages your growth and learning with your peers. A team of Elders, faculty and a Student Success Coordinator support you academically, culturally and personally throughout the program, and after completing your first year in the program you will have earned up to 24 university credits toward your university degree.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a full-day orientation program designed to introduce you to the academic expectations of Nipissing University. NSO days are organized according to academic programs, allowing you to meet your professors and fellow students early, and possibly connect with some classmates you’ll be sitting beside during lectures come September. You and your family can go on tours of the campus and residences, and learn about support services and resources available to you.

Accessibility Transition Program

The Accessibility Transition Program (ATP) is a free program designed to provide new students registering with Student Accessibility Services an opportunity for skill development and an introduction to available supports and services to make their transition from high school to university successful. The week combines academic, independent living and social components together to help familiarize you not only with Nipissing, but also with North Bay.

Mature and Transfer Student Network

The Mature and Transfer Student Network is a transition program that supports mature students, college transfer students, university transfer students and second degree students as they complete their degree at Nipissing University. Students in the network are put in contact with a resource person in Student Learning and Transitions to help connect them with on-campus resources. This resource person is also available for Academic Success Coaching.

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Mature Learners

If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least 2 years, you might be considered a mature learner. Check out Nipissing’s mature learner policy to find out how you can transition to university as a mature learner.

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Transfer Policies

If you are interested in transferring to Nipissing from another university or college, Nipissing’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.

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Academics IconAcademic Programs and Supports

  • Overview
  • Academic Programs
  • Academic Supports

Academic Programs and Supports


You can choose from a variety of academic programs at Nipissing and will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section lists some examples of the academic programs you can take at Nipissing.

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Academic Programs

The Schulich School of Education prepares you to be an education leader in learning environments such as classrooms, schools and other organizations. It also provides an opportunity to build a strong personal understanding of your Indigenous traditions, culture and heritage through the Indigenous Teacher Education Program, Teacher of Indigenous Languages as a Second Language Program and Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program.

The Faculty of Arts and Science offers you innovative programs in the Humanities, Sciences, Fine Arts and Social Sciences.

The Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies provides a solid theoretical and practical education and leadership training that helps develop and strengthen your independent thinking and problem-solving abilities. You can take programs such as Criminal Justice, Business, Social Work and Nursing.

The School of Graduate Studies supports excellence in graduate education by offering you programs that include a Master of Arts in History, Master of Education, Master of Environment Sciences/Studies, Master of Science Mathematics, Master of Kinesiology and PhD in Education.

Be sure to check out all of Nipissing’s academic programs.

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Academic Supports

Nipissing offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are some of the academic services you can access at Nipissing through Student Development and Services.

The team at Student Learning and Transitions offers learning and development opportunities in academic skills development, transition programming and career development education.

The Peer Tutoring Program pairs you with another student who can help you build your academic skills within a particular subject or skill area.

Student Success Workshops are designed to help you transition into university and build academic skills. You can take workshops in areas such as conducting research, preparing for exams and managing your time.

Academic Skills Drop-In Centres offer you peer and professional support through a campus-wide network of locations that include residences and libraries. You can talk to Peer Educators who can help you with general academic skills such as note-taking and time management strategies.

The Academic Success Program sets up monthly meetings with Academic Success Program Facilitators to develop your Academic Success Plan, which will help you to develop academic strategies, build on your academic strengths and improve your experience at university.

The Career Development and Education website offers resources and information about employment and career development to assist you in your career and future planning.

For more about Nipissing’s academic supports, please visit the Student Development and Services website.

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Financial Aid Icon Financial Aid

  • Overview
  • Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
  • Financial Aid Services

Financial Aid


Investing in your future may require some help along the way. Nipissing offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal learners.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans, and Aboriginal-specific scholarships and awards. The following are 2 examples of awards available at Nipissing.

The Nipissing University Arts and Science Aboriginal Award is given annually to a second-year Aboriginal learner who is enrolled in an Arts and Science degree program and demonstrates financial need.

The Nipissing University Bachelor of Education Aboriginal Award is given annually to an Aboriginal learner who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program and demonstrates financial need.

Check out Nipissing’s list of scholarships and bursaries for high school students or in-course students, or visit the Office of Indigenous Initiatives for information about financial aid available to you.

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Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

A student loan through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is 1 of the ways that you can finance your postsecondary education. The Student Financial Services Office at Nipissing can help you apply for OSAP.

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Work Study Program and Part-Time Work

The Nipissing University Work Study Program (NUWork) can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

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Financial Aid Services

To find information on other financial aid available specifically to Aboriginal students, contact Student Awards and Financial Aid or Nipissing’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

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Aboriginal Student Services IconAboriginal Student Services

  • Overview

Aboriginal Student Services


The Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Enji giigdoyang, strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students within a campus community of Elders, youth, students and their families. You can connect with other students in the Enji giigdoyang lounge, join in activities or attend cultural events. The following are just some of the services you will find at Nipissing and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

Social and Cultural Events

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives organizes social, cultural and educational activities and workshops throughout the year. Past events have included ceremonies, film screenings, singing groups, land-based teachings, monthly luncheons and speakers ranging from authors to political leaders, artists and scholars.

Indigenous Student Success Coordinator

The Student Success Coordinator holistically supports new and returning Indigenous students in a number of a ways: Recognizing your strengths, identifying your needs and seeking the supports you need to ensure your academic success at Nipissing. The Coordinator can help you with your application to university and your transition to university life. Be sure to reach out for help if you need it.

Enji giigdoyang Indigenous Mentorship Initiatives

Enji giigdoyang offers 3 programs that connect Indigenous students at Nipissing with one another, youth and local communities: Peer 2 Peer Indigenous Mentorship, Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship Initiatives and the Aasgaabitaadwin Indigenous Youth Leadership Conferences.

If you’re new to Nipissing, Peer 2 Peer connects you with upper-year Indigenous students. If you’re an Indigenous secondary school student, Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship Initiatives connect you with upper-year Indigenous students at Nipissing. Twice a year, the Aasgaabitaadwin Indigenous Youth Leadership Conferences, hosted by Nipissing, brings together local secondary schools, Elders, Wiidooktaadwin University Student Mentors and special guests for a day of cultural teachings, experiential learning activities and reflection.

Biidaaban Community Service-Learning (BCSL) Program

The Biidaaban Community Service-Learning (BCSL) Program gives you the chance to volunteer in not-for-profit organizations and other community settings on projects or activities. You could volunteer to provide academic support to Indigenous youth at local elementary or secondary schools, or to support events in the community or at local organizations.

Check out the Office of Indigenous Initiatives’ complete services.

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Student Life iconStudent Life

  • Overview
  • Orientation Week
  • Clubs and Societies
  • Athletics
  • Student Services
  • Security

Student Life


At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more about student life at Nipissing.

Check out student life at Nipissing or visit Nipissing’s Student Development and Services website for a complete listing of resources.

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Orientation Week

Frosh Week will introduce you to Nipissing University, North Bay and your fellow students. There are various activities that you can participate in, including the “muddy Olympics”, movie nights, a boat cruise, special guest speakers and live bands.

Lakers Academy sessions are open to all students and are included throughout Accessibility Transition Program (ATP) programming to assist new students with developing and enhancing academic and life skills to foster personal and academic success throughout students’ studies at Nipissing University.

Lakers Re-orientation: Student Development and Services partner with support services across campus and throughout the community to promote continued success through workshops, information fairs and opportunities to (re)connect with the Laker community.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

Extracurricular clubs are a great way to become involved at Nipissing. You can meet new people, connect with fellow students who share similar interests and have fun. You can join an existing club or even start your own. Check out the list of student clubs at Nipissing.

Student Union

Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Nipissing, you are represented by the Nipissing University Student Union.

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Varsity Athletics

Nipissing is home to the Lakers varsity sports teams: Basketball, volleyball, hockey, Nordic skiing, cross-country running and soccer. The Lakers participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Find more information about varsity athletics at Nipissing that includes try-out dates and important contact information.

Recreation and Intramurals

Nipissing offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include flag football, ultimate Frisbee and hockey. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one. Nipissing also offers recreational activities that are not team-focused or competitive. Try yoga, a spin class or a game of squash.

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Student Services

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Student Accessibility Services

If you have a temporary or permanent disability and require academic accommodation and support, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For more information about supports that you can access at Nipissing, visit the SAS website.

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Nipissing’s Health and Safety has set programs and services to provide a safe and secure environment for everyone: Students, staff, faculty and visitors. These initiatives include a campus whistle program, campus safety walk program, emergency telephones and emergency response programs.

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Aboriginal Student Services IconHousing and Transportation

  • Overview
  • Housing
  • Transportation

Housing and Transportation


Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Nipissing gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also get information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.

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On Campus

Nipissing offers you your own private room in 1 of 2 styles of housing: 3 suite-style residences and 1 townhouse complex, all within walking distance to campus. Check out Nipissing’s residence options.

Off Campus

Nipissing’s Off Campus Living offers housing rental lists, maps of the city, bus schedules and telephones to help you in your search to find suitable accommodation.

Meal Plans

Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Nipissing’s meal plans and prices. Meal plans are not mandatory.

Residence Life

Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check out residence life at Nipissing.

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Public Transportation

If you’re a full-time student, your student card is also your bus pass for North Bay City Transit, which will get you around North Bay and to your classes. For bus routes and schedules, visit the North Bay City Transit website.

Parking Services

Parking on campus is available for students and visitors. You can purchase a parking permit or pay at parking machines. Racks are also provided for bicycles.

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Wellbeing IconWell-Being

  • Overview



Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university. The Campus Health Centre is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and wellness educators). The following are some of the services available to you through Nipissing’s Health Services.

Health Services

You can meet with a medical team at the Campus Health Centre. Health services that you can access include emergency care, annual physical exams, immunizations and referrals.

Counselling Services

Student Counselling Services support your mental and emotional well-being throughout your academic journey at university. Attending university can be an exciting and challenging experience. Student life often involves long hours, too little sleep, too much caffeine and a changing environment. Sometimes coping with one or more of these stressors can be a lot to handle. Nipissing offers you free and confidential personal counselling by appointment to help you lead a healthier and more balanced life.

For more information on the well-being services provided by Nipissing, contact Health Services. You can also visit the Office of lndigenous Initiatives for information on the cultural aspects of health.

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