As a young and dynamic university with a wide range of Arts, Science, Professional and Graduate level programs, we get excited about delivering one of the finest post-secondary experiences in the country. Nipissing is a primarily undergraduate university located on an impressive 720 acres of natural Canadian Shield forest on the traditional territory of Nipissing First Nation, and within lands protected by the Robinson-Huron treaty of 1850. The city of North Bay, Ontario, is an easy 3.5 hour drive north of Toronto and 4 hours west of Ottawa. Our focus is on student success, which is assisted by an inclusive community culture, an average class size of 29 students, and by offering ample opportunities beyond traditional classroom learning for students to roll up their sleeves and learn by doing.
Nipissing is among the highest ranked in the category of quality of teaching and learning. We offer programs within the faculties of Arts and Science, Applied and Professional Studies, and the Schulich School of Education. Research excellence has increasingly become a priority for the University and, as a result, Nipissing has grown its research culture significantly over the past decade. Nipissing University is attracting tri-council funding, research grants, industry funding, as well as growing an impressive publication record. As a regional institution, Nipissing has a long history of creating access to education, especially for students from northern communities, and Indigenous, first generation, and international learners.
Nipissing University has earned a solid reputation for providing an exceptional student experience in all of our Arts, Science, Professional and Graduate level programs. Most widely known for our longest standing legacy, the Schulich School of Education is recognized as a leader in the field of education and offers Bachelor of Education Concurrent and Consecutive programs that are second to none. Although Nipissing has a rich history connected to over 100 years of teacher education, we are a diverse, undergraduate focused university with a wide range of programs. Students can earn degrees and explore courses in a wide variety of disciplines from traditional fields such as Math or English, they can explore innovative fields such as Computer Science or Gender Equality and Social Justice, or they can work towards their professional designation in programs like Nursing or Social Work.
Above all else we are experts in student support and experience.
Nipissing is consistently ranked top in the province and country for our student support services, residence life services and experience, as well as overall student experience. We're a small university, but that gives all of our students big opportunities. They receive more individualized education and opportunities that open a number of doors to pursue success in their future goals. We understand that every student is unique and we work to support you so you can get what you need out of your university education and experience.
At Nipissing University students will get the true Canadian experience. We are surrounded by the beauty of Canadian lakes and forests. We have warm sunny summers, and beautiful snowy winters. If you're looking to become a part of a community while you earn your university degree, then Nipissing might be the school for you.
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Nipissing University's residences have some of the best accommodations and award-winning programming in Canada. All bedrooms are private, and students who receive full-time admission directly from Ontario secondary schools are guaranteed a single bedroom in one of our suite-style apartment complexes with a shared kitchen, lounge, and bathrooms. It's easy to make fast friends within the Lakers community, and students, faculty and staff alike enjoy Canada's four seasons by taking advantage of city living, shopping, entertainment, cultural and recreational activities.
There is a variety of housing available in the city of North Bay. The Off Campus Housing Office in the Residence Department offers online off-campus housing lists, maps of the city, and bus schedules, to assist in finding suitable accommodations. The approximate average for off campus housing ranges from $400 to $800 per month. More details can be found at ocl.nipissingu.ca.
International students receive course descriptions and registration information after they have accepted their admission offer. Students are encouraged to contact an Academic Advisor by email or phone for assistance in selecting courses.
The University hosts special academic, residence and campus orientation programs at the start of the fall term.
The Nipissing University Student Development and Services Office provides a variety career counselling and planning services to students, including career planning seminars, drop in sessions, and one on one counselling.
Nipissing is the first school in Ontario to offer a comprehensive multi-year program FREE for students to enroll in as they complete their degree to assist with career preparedness. We call this program "The Nipissing Promise", because we promise that students who choose to enroll and take advantage of this program will be prepared for success in a competitive employment market when they graduate.
Varsity teams, called the Laker's, participate in men's and women's basketball, cross-country running, hockey, Nordic skiing, rowing, soccer and volleyball. Competitive club sports include cheerleading, men's lacrosse, women's ringette, squash, and dance. Find out more about our athletics and recruitment process please visit nulakers.ca.
Whether you're a gym enthusiast, a weekend warrior or a proper fan, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the up-to-the-minute facilities at the student athletics centre as well as the range of intramural, club and varsity sports. If that's not enough, the 20 km of hiking and Nordic ski trails leading out to the waterfall always promises an exciting adventure, right on campus. The campus also hosts two international sized squash courts, outdoor basketball/ tennis court, and a Frolf (Fisbee Golf) course.
Student clubs and organizations match cultural, social, recreational, academic, and other personal interests. A Club Fair, held each September and January, provides an excellent opportunity for students to sign up for whatever campus clubs interest them. Clubs include the Best Buddies, Relay for Life, Students on Stage, and many program-specific clubs. For a full list of current clubs visit the student union page, nusu.com.
Every Nipissing student automatically has an account providing access to the Internet and e-mail. Residence rooms are wired for high speed and direct access to the University computer network. Many library resources are available online. In addition, computer lab facilities are available for student use.
A variety of cultural events (concerts, theatrical performances, readings, art exhibits, and special lectures) are held on campus and throughout the city of North Bay each year. North Bay has a very active arts community providing Nipissing students with access to a wide range of programming.
Nipissing provides an accessible, barrier-free learning environment for students with disabilities (physical and mobility challenges, visual and hearing impairment, learning disabilities, and certain health conditions). The Enhanced Services program provides a wide variety of academic support programs for students with disabilities. The LOFT provides support for students with disabilities in their transition from secondary to post-secondary education. Furthermore, Nipissing University is wheelchair accessible.
In addition, students of Indigenous ancestry, with disabilities, and/or belonging to a visible minority group may be considered for admission under the accessibility program if they meet the minimum standards required for admission to Nipissing, but do not meet the admission average for the program to which they applied. There are also several scholarships and bursaries set aside for students with disabilities.
Nipissing offers certain programs jointly with Canadore College.
Through a program aimed at promoting scholarly activities and multi-cultural understanding, Nipissing University has exchange agreements with a number of universities including some in Australia, Barbados, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Campus tours are available Monday to Friday at 1:00 pm (except holidays) throughout the academic year. To register for a tour, please visit www.nipissingu.ca/future-students, call (705) 474-3450 ext. 4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If students are interested in personalizing their tour experience by attending a lecture, visiting a lab space, or meeting with a program representative, the Recruitment Office can organize this with at least two weeks notice to accommodate requests.
Nipissing also offers a Campus Tour Bursary for prospective students who travel more than 150 km to visit our campus in North Bay. Application information can be found at nipissingu.ca/tourbursary.