Nipissing University

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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 postsecondary experiences in the country. Nipissing is a primarily undergraduate university located on an impressive and natural 720 acres of Canadian Shield forest within the city of North Bay, Ontario —an easy 3.5 hours north of Toronto and 4 hours west of Ottawa. Our focus is on student success, which is assisted by an inclusive community culture, a student to faculty ratio of 23:1, small class sizes that are taught by accessible professors, and by offering ample outside-of-the-classroom opportunities 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. Nipissing has gained a solid reputation for professional programs in Criminal Justice, Education, Nursing, and recently expanded its social sciences to include the Bachelor of Social Work. The School of Graduate Studies offers master programs in Education, Environmental Studies and Environmental Science, History, Kinesiology, Math, and Sociology. It also offers a PhD in 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’s residences have some of the best accommodations and award-winning programming in Canada. All rooms are private, and students who receive full-time admission directly from secondary school are guaranteed a single room in one of our suite-style apartment complexes. 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.

Whether you’re a gym enthusiast, a weekend warrior or a proper fan, you will have 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. Students are the most reliable supporters of their peers on the Nipissing Lakers varsity teams that compete in men’s and women’s basketball, Cross-country running, hockey, Nordic skiing, rowing, soccer and volleyball.

Areas of Expertise

Nipissing University has earned a solid reputation for providing an exceptional student experience in all of our Arts, Science, Professional and Graduate level programs. Perhaps best known for the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing is recognized as a leader in the field of education and offers Bachelor of Education Concurrent and Consecutive programs that are second to none. Renowned for graduating exceedingly well-prepared and professionally-minded teachers, the Schulich School of Education will prepare you for teaching in traditional and non-traditional environments, and will provide you with transferable communication and collaborative skills that are essential to all careers. Both programs offer an exciting 19 weeks of in-the-classroom practicum, plus 60 hours of community leadership experience that will allow you to put all of the theory you’ve learned into practice under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

Nipissing’s Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program fosters the development of future community leaders who promote healthy, active lifestyles. Graduates can go on to graduate school, including Nipissing’s own Master of Kinesiology program, or a career in teaching, recreation sports management, personal training, coaching, athletic therapy or sports medicine, and can register in the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. Community placements provide the opportunity for students to work within local sports organizations, contributing to their development as leaders, and nurturing vital relationships with the community.

You can imagine, due to Nipissing’s geographic location and the natural beauty of such a diverse ecological landscape, how picture-perfect the environment is for studying Biology, Geography and any of the Environmental Sciences. It is also an ideal setting for studying health-oriented and lab-based forms of Biology thanks to the advantages of small class sizes, hands-on opportunities, close attention from instructors, and access to special courses that enhance research and career-related skills. There are opportunities for outdoor-field experience at one of several Field Camps. Research skills are enhanced by doing a one-to-one thesis course; a directed study course with a favourite Professor; or by sampling a future career choice through an internship course that includes an apprenticeship in a professional workplace such as an environmental consulting firm, a veterinary clinic, or a hospital.

Nipissing’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice examines the social, political, and economic factors that have played a part in shaping the criminal justice system from past to present. Students have the option of focusing on one of four streams in Policing, Corrections, Criminology, or Criminal Justice Studies. The flexible program is designed to provide a balanced combination of theory and practice. Field placements, projects and research offer ample opportunities to work alongside criminal justice professionals. Courses examine the Canadian legal system and provide a foundation in criminal law, justice policies, and statistical analysis. Students develop criminological research methods, analyze crime trends and prevention, and learn to apply legal concepts that include search, seizure, use of force, and criminal liability. Nipissing works collaboratively with Canadore College (conveniently located on the same campus) to offer the Policing and Corrections streams, so that graduates receive both an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and a College Diploma (in Police Foundations or Community and Justice Services).

The Bachelor of Social Work program at Nipissing is grounded on the principles of social justice and we place an emphasis on the historical and contemporary position of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, as well as rural and Northern contexts. The program is characterized by its approach to the study of social justice, which examines systems of oppression, domination and discrimination between diverse and intersecting topic areas of, among others, ability, ethnicity, age, and sexuality. The degree will help you develop the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to advocate for change and social improvement. The field education practicum provides you with the opportunity to apply theoretical learning to supervised work in a health and social care setting.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:Lowest: $5,767Highest: $6,475

Secondary school students are guaranteed residence accommodation if they have received full-time admission to Nipissing by June 1 and have returned the residence application with the $400.00 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 average off-campus price range is: $400 to $800 per month.

Incoming Students

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a one-day orientation program for all new students and their supporters, designed to introduce the Nipissing University services and programs available to support student success, and build connections to the Lakers community. As the first step in your transition to Nipissing University, we strongly encourage all new students to participate.

Career Planning

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.


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 Recruitment Office at least two weeks in advance.

Modified on March 19, 2018

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