Nipissing University is located in North Bay, on a wooded escarpment overlooking the shores of Lake Nipissing. The university is rooted in a century-old teachers’ college. True to those roots, roughly a third of Nipissing’s students are in the Schulich School of Education. Nipissing has a welcoming atmosphere, offering dedicated staff for ﬁrst-generation students, professors who are well-trained in learning disabilities, and a hub for the five per cent of the student population who identify as Aboriginal. Undergrads have the opportunity to participate in original research to discover their intellectual passions and find their “eureka” moments. “[Students are] receiving education with a lot of quality interaction with professors, and a strong focus on undergraduate research,” says president Michael DeGagné. Nipissing’s campus boasts hiking and snowshoeing trails, cross-country skiing—even a waterfall. The Harris Learning Library features spacious group-study rooms. The new athletic facilities have basketball and volleyball courts, a fitness centre and lab space for researchers in the physical health and education program. Residence rooms are all singles, with access to common areas for socializing.
• Criminal Justice: Students receive a foundation in criminal law and justice policies, develop research methods and analyze crime trends and prevention. Graduates in the policing and corrections streams get a combined bachelor of arts degree and a college diploma from Canadore College in police foundations or community and justice services.
• Environmental Sciences: Nipissing’s northern locale, nestled between two lakes and surrounded by forest, is a plus for environmentally minded students interested in studying biology or geography; they can conduct key field research right in the university’s backyard.
• Physical and Health Education: This bachelor program provides opportunities for students to work with local sports organizations, as well as participate with professors in research on issues as diverse as improving quality of life for cancer patients, recovery from concussion, and helping kids be more active.
• Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film: Examine how these films expose our deeply rooted fears of invasion by others, environmental destruction, and interaction with artificial intelligence.
• Makeover Culture: Through film, print and online texts, analyze how gender, race, class, sexuality, ability and agency figure in makeover culture. Themes of transformation, good citizenship, self-discipline, beauty, freakishness and consumerism will be explored
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Arts: 70% to 75%
|$7,030||1st & 2nd year: 26.8
3rd & 4th year: 20.3
|1,025 (approx. 800 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 71%