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Requirements for Canadian Students

Applicants must have completed a secondary school diploma. A minimum overall average of 75% is required for admission consideration to the Concurrent Education and Criminal Justice programs. A minimum average of 70% is required for admission consideration for all other programs. Averages for all programs are based on the best six 4U/4M courses or provincial equivalent courses including program specific prerequisites. The admissions cut off averages for our limited enrollment programs (BPHE and Nursing) are determined each year and can be higher than the stated minimum above. College and university transfer applications should contact Nipissing University at for information on admission requirements.

Requirements for International Students

Admission requirements vary by program selected. Generally, applicants possessing the requirements necessary for admission to a recognized university in their home country may be eligible for admissions consideration. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide proof of proficiency in English. Nipissing accepts a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) or 213 (computer based) as proof of English proficiency.

International applicants do not typically qualify for transfer credit for previously completed at non-Canadian institutions, or for financial aid. Part-time university study is not available to international students.

Procedure for Canadian Students

Ontario secondary school students apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) 101 application process. A PIN number will be provided to them from their school guidance/student services office. Other applicants (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, university and college transfer applicants) applying to study full-time will apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) 105D application process. Visit Applicants for part-time study should visit

Procedure for International Students

International applicants apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) 105F application process. All international college and university transcripts must be assessed (Credential Evaluation Report, including a Course-By-Course Analysis) by World Education Services (WES). All applicants to Nipissing University undergraduate degree programs (excluding BEd) from countries where the dominant language of instruction is other than 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 three years in Canada, or a country where English is the dominant language may be exempt.

Applicants can demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. 1. Completion of three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending Nipissing University.
  2. 2. Completion of three 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. 3. Achieve the required proficiency level on one of the following tests of English language proficiency:

    1. a. 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. b. International English Language Test Service (IELTS): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0.
    3. c. The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): minimum overall score of 90%.
    4. d. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): minimum score of 60.
    5. e. Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: minimum overall score of 55 with a minimum score of 55 in writing.
    6. f. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 one 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.

Academic Year

Type of SystemSemester
Entrance DatesJanuary, May, September
Notes:Full-time students attend the Fall/Winter Session: September to April. Part-time admission is possible in January, May, and July. The only entry date for international students is September.
Language of InstructionEnglish
Modified on March 19, 2018

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