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 co-curricular activities. For more information, please visit http://www.nipissingu.ca/
The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. The Nipissing University virtual tour video can be found here.
Below 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 Admissions.
Nipissing’s admission requirements are divided into different types of learners that include secondary school, international, transfer, and mature students. Each type has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.
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 APSIP website includes information on events, resources for students, and contact information for the recruiters.
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 families can go on tours of the campus and residences, and learn about support services and resources available to you.
Summer Transition Program
The Summer Transition Program (STP) is a free, six-day program designed to provide new students registering with Student Accessibility Services an opportunity for skill development and an introduction to available supports and services essential to make your 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.
If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least two 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.
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 ONCAT, an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
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 Aboriginal traditions, culture, and heritage through the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program, Teacher of Anishnaabemwin as a Second Language Program, and Native 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.
Nipissing offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. Below is a list of 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 time management.
Academic Skills Drop-In Centres offer you peer and professional support through a campus-wide network in locations that include residences and libraries. You can talk to Peer Educators who can help you with general academic skills such as note-taking skills 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 Student Development and Services.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans, and Aboriginal specific scholarships and awards. Below you’ll find two 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.
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.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
The Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Enji Giigdoyang strives to be a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal learners 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. Below 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. Check out this year’s events calendar.
Indigenous Student Success Coordinator
The Student Success Coordinator holistically supports new and returning Aboriginal 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.
Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship Initiatives
Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship Initiatives (IMI) offers three programs that connect Aboriginal students at Nipissing with one another, youth, and local communities: Peer 2 Peer, Wiidooktaadwin, and Aasgaabitaadwin Indigenous Youth Leadership Conferences.
If you’re new to Nipissing, Peer 2 Peer IMI connects you with upper-year Aboriginal students. If you’re an Aboriginal secondary school student, the Wiidooktaadwin IMI connects you with upper-year Aboriginal students at Nipissing. Twice a year, the Aasgaabitaadmin Indigenous Youth Leadership Conference, hosted by Nipissing, brings together local secondary schools, Elders, Wiidooktaadwin University Student Mentors, and special guests for a day of cultural teachings, leadership activities, food, and reflection.
Biidaaban Community Service-Learning (BCSL) Program
The Biidaaban Community Service-Learning (BCSL) Program gives you the chance to work in not-for-profit organizations and other community settings on projects or activities. You could volunteer to provide academic support to Aboriginal youth at local elementary or secondary schools, to support events in the community or in local organizations.
Check out the Office of Indigenous Initiatives’ complete services.
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. Below you will find more about student life at Nipissing.
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.
Laker Academy sessions are open to all students and are included throughout Laker Orientation 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.
Laker 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.
Clubs and Societies
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.
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 Students’ Union.
Nipissing is home to the Lakers varsity sports teams: basketball, volleyball, hockey, Nordic skiing, cross country running and soccer. The Lakers participate both in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at Nipissing that includes try-out dates and important contact information.
Recreation and Intramurals
Nipissing offers recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports can 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-focussed or competitive. Try yoga, a spin class or a game of squash.
Student Accessibility Services
If you have 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.
Nipissing’s Health and Safety have 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.
Housing and 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.
Nipissing offers you your own private room in one of two styles of housing: three suite-style residences and one townhouse complex all within walking distance to campus. Check out Nipissing’s residence options.
Nipissing’s Off-Campus Housing offers housing rental lists, maps of the city, bus schedules, and telephones to help you in your search to find suitable accommodation.
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 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.
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 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.
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). Below are some of the services available to you through Nipissing’s 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.
Student Counselling Services supports 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.