Nipissing University

Nipissing University | North Bay, Ont. | Founded 1992

Students working on campus at Nipissing University. (Courtesy of Nipissing University)

Students working on campus at Nipissing University. (Courtesy of Nipissing University)

Nipissing University is located in North Bay, on a wooded escarpment overlooking the shores of Lake Nipissing. The university, rooted in a century-old teachers’ college, offers a welcoming atmosphere, a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1, and a host of opportunities for experiential learning. 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 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 and have access to common areas for socializing. The new NUSU Student Centre is slated to open this year, providing students with space to both study and socialize. The centre will also feature a restaurant and adjacent two-storey nightclub.

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Standout Programs
Environmental and Physical Geography: Enhanced by its location in the Canadian Shield with proximity to forests and protected natural areas, this program integrates math, biology, geology, chemistry and physics with geography-specific courses. In upper years, students can concentrate their studies on climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, biogeography and geology.
Psychology: Students can choose to complete their degree as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science; the two options offer different elective courses. The program challenges students with lab work and the opportunity to conduct primary research.
Sociology and Anthropology: Students explore social interaction and the human experience through a mix of theory and hands-on practical training. The program partners with the North Bay Regional Health Centre and the Correctional Service of Canada, among other organizations.

Cool Courses
Social Media: Untangling the Threads: In this course, students reflect on their own experience and consumption of social media while examining its effects on society.
Applied Interdisciplinarity: Solving Wicked Problems: Students work collaboratively to apply interdisciplinary scholarship to pressing problems facing society locally, nationally and globally; topics have included global poverty, homelessness and climate change.

$7,062 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,348 · Part-time: 1,082
Graduates: Full-time: 166 · Part-time: 4
International Students: First-year: 0.2% ·
Graduate: 2.4%
Male-Female Ratio: 30 to 70
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 1,000 (approx. 500 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $5,817 to $6,525

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