Nipissing University

Nipissing University | North Bay, Ont. | Founded 1992

Nipissing University students conversing in front of Harris Learning Centre

MACLEANS-NIPISSING UNIVERSITY-09.29.11-NORTH BAY, ONTARIO: Students converse in front of the newly renovated Harris Learning Centre at the Nipissing University campus in North Bay, Ontario. (Photograph by Cole Garside)

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, 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, with access to common areas for socializing.

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Standout Programs
• Criminal Justice: Students receive a foundation in criminal law, justice policies and statistical analysis, developing research methods and analyzing crime trends and prevention. Nipissing works collaboratively with Canadore College to offer the policing and corrections streams so that graduates receive both an honours bachelor of arts and a college diploma in police foundations or community and justice services.
Physical and Health Education: This bachelor’s 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.
• Gender Equality and Social Justice: This interdisciplinary program examines how race, class, colonialism, ability, sex and gender intersect in everyday acts of power, oppression, activism and resistance; students learn to think critically about who has power in the world, and why.

Cool Courses
Introduction to Game Design and Development: Study fundamental issues in computer game design, development, interfaces and programming; topics include storytelling and graphical representation of scenes.
• Sociology of Human Sexual Behaviour: Love, Sex and Intimacy: Students examine the physical, emotional, sexual and social foundations of close relationships, affection and intimacy.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,344 · Part-time: 1,303
Graduates: Full-time: 152 · Part-time: 33
International Students: First-year: 0.2% ·
Graduate: 0.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 30 to 70
Residence Spaces
1,000 (approx. 800 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Apartment-style: $5,817 to $6,525

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