Nipissing University’s main campus 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 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 new Harris Learning Library features spacious group-study rooms. The brand-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.
• Biology and Geography: Nipissing’s location offers opportunities for field research to students in both disciplines. As one example, undergrads helped to collect and analyze data for a project involving ecologically managing the bioresources of the boreal forest.
• The Schulich School of Education: The program integrates mobile technology in the curriculum; faculty research the use of emerging technologies, such as iPads and smartphones, in the classroom. International teaching practicums are also available.
• Harry Potter: This course analyzes the Harry Potter novels and looks at the series (books and films) as a cultural phenomenon.
• Dirt; Sloth; Water: Designed to promote innovative thinking, this series of three courses takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining all angles and implications of these words. Dirt launched the series in 2013; Sloth followed last year; Water is coming up.
|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%