Nipissing University

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Nipissing University is a young, progressive university offering undergraduate degree programs in the arts and sciences, business, computer science, environmental studies, and social sciences, and is home to the renowned Schulich School of Education. Graduate programs are also available in the arts, sciences, and education. Small classes, led by professors, allow students to actively participate and get assistance and guidance from their professors as they pursue their studies. Nipissing University has top-rated residences and our campus' natural setting features a small lake, a waterfalls, and hiking/biking and Nordic ski trails. Nipissing University also has a satellite campus in Bracebridge, ON, in the heart of the Muskoka region, and in Brantford, ON. Students can support the Nipissing Lakers varsity teams that compete in hockey, basketball, volleyball, soccer, Nordic skiing, and cross-country running for both men and women. Intramural sports and clubs are available for students to join in the fun using our new state-of-the-art athletics centre. Nipissing University shares a 350-hectare campus with Canadore College; a unique partnership that has led to a number of joint degree/diploma programs and shared facilities and resources like the new Harris Learning Library. North Bay, located approx. 350 km north of Toronto and 400 km west of the nation's capital, Ottawa, is a small city with a population of approximately 56,000. Situated between two large lakes (Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake) the area experiences Canada's four seasons and students are able to enjoy the advantages of city living, including shopping, entertainment, cultural and recreational activities all while surrounded by our beautiful natural environment.

Areas of Expertise

Nipissing University offers undergraduate degrees in arts, science, business, nursing, and teacher education. It is especially well known for its strength as a centre for teacher education and its renowned Schulich School of Education. In its previous incarnation as the North Bay Normal School, Nipissing has been graduating teachers since the 1900s.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:Lowest: $5,682Highest: $6,380

Secondary school students are guaranteed residence accommodation if they have received full-time admission to Nipissing by June 2 and have returned the residence application with the $300.00 deposit by the deadline. Accommodation is provided in suites with four bedrooms and a shared kitchen, lounge, and bathroom(s) or in townhouse style complexes.

Off Campus Housing

There is a variety of housing available in the city of North Bay. The Student Residence Office offers off-campus housing lists, maps of the city, bus schedules, and telephones to assist in finding suitable accommodations. Nipissing University and Canadore College jointly maintain a Web site to assist students in finding off-campus housing. The approximate off-campus price range is: room $285.00 to $350.00 per month; bachelor $375.00 to $500.00 per month; and one bedroom $500.00 to $600.00 per month.

Incoming Students

First year students participate in a summer orientation program called NSO (New Student Orientation), which provides academic advising, first year course registration, an introduction to student service areas, and academic support. Newly admitted students and their families are invited to attend NSO on one of the dates scheduled in July.

Career Planning

The Nipissing University Student Affairs Department provides a variety career counselling and planning services to students, including career planning seminars, drop in sessions, and one on one counselling.


A variety of sporting activities are available including hockey, basketball, volleyball, indoor and outdoor soccer, and floor hockey. Varsity teams, called the Laker's, participate in cross country running, soccer, and volleyball. Students also have access to the RJS Student Athletics Centre, which has a gymnasium, a squash court, and a fitness centre.


Nipissing's campus includes almost 20 kilometres of natural trails for anyone who enjoys hiking, running, mountain biking, and/or cross country skiing. Nipissing students have access to downhill skiing, a variety of water sports activities, and paved trails for inline skating and biking within the city of North Bay. As well, the Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU) organizes events all year long including concerts at the campus pub and a three day winter carnival.


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 whatever campus club interests them. Clubs include the Environmental Sustainability Club, the NUSU Knights Chess Club, Students on Stage, the Sun Circle, the Biology Society, Habitat for Humanity, Students for Literacy, the Psychology Society, the Film Discussion Society, the Free Spirits Film Club, and the Outdoors Society.

Information Technology

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. Library resources are available online. In addition, computer lab facilities are available for student use. Students enrolled in the B.Ed. program are required to participate in the ITeach program and lease to own a laptop computer from the University.


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. The University maintains a Web site with a listing of cultural events and institutions available to students.

Special Services

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 wheel chair accessible. Students should contact Disability Services for more information. In addition, students of Aboriginal 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.

Affiliated Institutions

Nipissing offers certain programs jointly with Canadore College.

International Involvement

Through a program aimed at promoting scholarly activities and multi-cultural understanding, Nipissing University has exchange agreements with universities in Mexico, Germany, the United States, England, Kathmandu, Finland, Chile, Japan, South Africa, and Barbados.

Campus Tour

Campus and residence tours are available weekdays (except holidays) at 1:00 p.m. throughout the year. For students who wish to visit on a weekend, guided tours are available at 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays (except on holiday weekends) during March, April, May, October, and November. To book your tour, please contact the Liaison Office at least two weeks in advance.

Modified on December 13, 2017

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