Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degree Programs Requiring Previous Post Secondary Studies

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) for Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Graduates

Successful completion of a two year Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) diploma with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 from one of the member institutions of the Northern Partners in Practical Nursing Education Consortium (Cambrian College, Canadore College, College Boreal, Confederation College, Northern College, Niagara College and Sault College), as well as successful completion of the Canadian Practical Nurses Registration Examination (CPNRE) or proof of eligibility to write and subsequently pass the CPNRE is required for admission consideration.

Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) or Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) College Partnership Program

Successful completion of a three year approved Business Administration diploma from either Centennial College, Algonquin College, Lambton College, Niagara College or St. Clair College with a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 (72%) or equivalent is required for admission consideration. Please note that the required GPA quoted is based on a standard GPA scale. We realize that not all schools use a standard scale. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for further information.

See the section Applicants from Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) for more information on the above programs.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Scholar Practitioner Program

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Scholar Practitioner Program (SPP) is very limited. Admission consideration is based on the following criteria:

A recognized undergraduate degree with a minimum overall average of 75% (calculated on the best 10 full course equivalents not including transfer courses). Applicants with final degrees containing less than 10 full course equivalents will not be considered.

  • Successful completion of one (1) course in anatomy and physiology and one (1) course in general psychology at the university level from a recognized university
  • CASPerTM assessment
  • Personal Statement
  • Reference Letter
  • Interview

Applications and further information can be found at www.nipissingu.ca/registrarforms

Bachelor of Social Work - Professional Years (3 and 4)

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work - Professional Years (3 and 4) is very limited. Admission consideration is based on the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits (10 full course equivalents) including SWRK-1007 (or equivalent), SWRK-2006 (or equivalent), SWRK-2106 (or equivalent), SWLF-1006 (or equivalent), 6 credits (one full course equivalent) in Humanities and 6 credits (one full course equivalent) in Science;
  • Minimum 70% overall average;
  • Personal Statement;
  • Analysis of a Social Issue;
  • Resume of Volunteer and Work Experience; and
  • One academic and one personal/professional reference

Applications and further information can be found at www.nipissingu.ca/registrarforms

Applicants who started Year 1 or 2 of the BSW program in 2015 or 2016 should contact the Office of the Registrar.

Applicants admitted to the professional years will be required to provide a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check.

Part-time Study Applicants and distance delivery, and Non-Degree Student Applications

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer Sessions

Applicants seeking admission to a degree program on a part-time basis or as a non-degree student should visit the Nipissing University website (www.nipissingu.ca/registrarforms) to select the appropriate application form. The form, required supporting documentation and the corresponding application fee must be received before an admission decision will be made. Also, some Nipissing degree programs are not available for part-time study.

Re-admission of Prior Nipissing Students to Full-time or Part-time study

Former Nipissing students who have not registered in Nipissing courses in more than the past twelve month period must apply for re-admission. Applications can be found at www.nipissingu.ca/registrarforms. The Application, required supporting documentation and corresponding fee must be submitted prior to the application being considered. Documentation of any educational studies pursued since the last registration at Nipissing will be required. Re-admitted students are required to meet current degree requirements. A meeting with an Academic Advisor is advisable to ensure current degree program requirements are met.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants from Ontario Secondary School

The minimum requirement for admission consideration to Nipissing University is the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), with a combination of a minimum of six 4U/4M courses including ENG4U. In addition, specific 4U courses are required depending upon the degree program applied to. The admissions average is calculated using the best grades as required including pre-requisite courses. The admissions cut-off averages for full-time (30 credits) status are at least 70% and can be higher. Please refer to the Admissions Chart for specific course requirements for Nipissing degree programs.

Admission is competitive and minimum cut-off averages are established each year. The admissions cut-off averages for undergraduate programs for full-time (30 credits) status are at least 70% and can be higher. A minimum of 75% is required for consideration for Criminal Justice and degrees with Concurrent Education. Those applying to any Nipissing undergraduate program, with less than 70% may be considered for admission with reduced course loads and possibly to alternate programs with our First Year Foundations option. Applicants must present a minimum overall average of 60% (calculated using the best grades including required courses) for consideration for admission to Nipissing.

Concurrent Grade 12 Applicants

Subject to certain conditions, a Grade 12 student may take a Nipissing course concurrent with a secondary school program, but credit will not be granted for a passed course until the admission requirements of the University are met.

Such a student must have obtained at least a “B” standing in their studies to date and have a positive recommendation from a guidance counsellor and/or school principal.  Grade 12 students may take up to six credits concurrently per term.  Their academic records will be reviewed at the end of each session.

Applicants from other Canadian Secondary Schools and CEGEPs in Quebec

Individual degree programs have specific course requirements. Please refer to the Admissions Chart for specific course requirements for Nipissing degree programs. A table showing high school courses for all provinces and territories that are equivalent to admission requirements for Ontario students can be found at www.nipissingu.ca/departments/admissions-registrar/admission-requirements/Documents/Out-of-Province-Admission-Requirements.pdf

Admission is competitive and minimum cut-off averages are established each year. Applicants must present a completed secondary school diploma. The admissions average is calculated using the best grades as required including pre-requisite courses. The admissions cut-off averages for full-time (30 credits) status are at least 70% and can be higher. A minimum of 75% is required for consideration for Criminal Justice and degrees with Concurrent. Those with less than 70% will only be considered for admission with reduced course loads and possibly to alternate programs with our First Year Foundations option.

Minimum Admission Requirements from Canadian Secondary School and Quebec CEGEP Students

Alberta/Northwest Territories/Nunavut

English 30 or ELA 30-1 plus four Grade 12 courses numbered 30 or 31

British Columbia/Yukon

English 12 plus three other academic Grade 12 courses (courses with % grades not letter grades). Provincial exams not required.

Manitoba

English 40S plus four other Grade 12 courses at the 40 level

New Brunswick

English 121 or 122 plus four academic Grade 12 courses numbered 121 or 122 (courses numbered 120 may be considered)

Newfoundland

English 3201 (2 credits) plus five two-credit academic courses at level 3000

Nova Scotia

English 12 plus four other academic or advanced Grade 12 courses

Ontario

ENG4U plus five 4U and/or 4M courses

Prince Edward Island

English 621 plus four Grade 12 courses numbered 611 or 621

Quebec*

One year of CEGEP completed with a minimum 12 academic subjects including English

*Applicants from Quebec who have completed more than one year of CEGEP (more than 12 academic courses) will be considered for admission with advanced standing. Applicants who have completed the DEC program with a cumulative average of 'B' or better will be considered for admission with advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits. Prerequisite subjects still apply.

Saskatchewan

English A30 and B30 plus four Grade 12 courses numbered 30 or 30A

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Applicants who have successfully completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) with at least six subjects, including three at the higher level, with a minimum final grade total of 24 (not including bonus points) will be considered for admission.

Advanced standing, to a maximum of 30 credits, may be granted for courses completed at the higher level with a grade of 5 or higher. Applicants need to present courses in specific subject areas as outlined on the Admissions Chart.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) courses are encouraged to submit their examination results. Official AP score reports must be sent directly to Nipissing University. Advanced standing will be granted for most AP courses completed with a grade of 4 or higher, to a maximum of 18 credits. Nipissing's DI code is 4149.

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International Applicants

Nipissing encourages qualified applicants from outside of Canada to consider applying to degree programs at Nipissing University. Interested applicants must apply for admission through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). Applications, the appropriate application fee and the required official documents (transcripts and other documentation) must be received by the Office of the Registrar by April 1 for September admissions consideration. International applicants are not eligible for consideration under Nipissing University’s Mature Student Admission Policy. 

All international college and university transcripts must be assessed (Credential Evaluation Report, including a Course-By-Course Analysis) by World Education Services –www.wes.org/ca.

Applicants will be expected to show proof of English language proficiency and must have completed courses in specific academic disciplines depending upon the degree program to which they have applied. International applicants may qualify for transfer credit for previously-completed studies at non-Canadian universities.

Once an admission offer has been made, it is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain the necessary documents required to study in Canada. A Study Permit is required to study at a Canadian university for periods of 6 months or longer. Note that citizens from some countries are also required to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada. For further information and application forms, international applicants should contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consular office or refer to the Citizenship Immigration Canada website www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study.asp

International students studying at universities in Ontario are required to purchase mandatory medical health insurance. The insurance is known as UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) and must be purchased upon arrival at Nipissing University.

Financial aid is not normally available to International applicants. International secondary school applicants are eligible for Nipissing’s Entrance Scholarships starting at $1,500 for “A” average students. Limited opportunities for on-campus employment are available for international students, after the first year of study is completed, via the International Work-Study Program. See Nipissing International for further details.

Minimum Admission Requirements for International Applicants

All applicants are considered on an individual basis. The meeting of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Refer to the Admissions Chart for specific subject requirements for each degree program.

Applicants can contact the Admissions Office at admissions@nipissingu.ca or visit International Admission Requirements for country specific admission requirements.

Applicants from Great Britain, the Caribbean and other countries with General Certificate of Education (GCE) equivalents

Applicants must present a minimum of the General Certificate of Education (GCE) with satisfactory standing in at least five subjects, two of which must be at the advanced level, or satisfactory standing in at least four subjects, three of which must be at the advanced level. Two Advanced Supplementary/Advanced Subsidiary (AS) subjects are considered equal to one Advanced Level subject for admissions purposes. Caribbean applicants may also present the Caribbean Examinations (CXC) Caribbean Secondary School Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). The completed CAPE Diploma must include a total of at least six units with grades 1, 2 or 3. All program specific prerequisites must be included at either the CSEC/O Level or at the CAPE/A Level. CXC papers must be at the General Proficiency Level with grades 1, 2 or 3. Advanced Standing credit may be awarded for A level results.

Applicants from Middle Eastern countries

Applicants must present a minimum of the Senior Matriculation Certificate and/or completion of first year at a recognized university depending upon the country.

Applicants from the United States

Admissions consideration will be given to applicants from the United States who graduate with a “B” average from Grade 12 at an accredited high school and present high SAT or ACT (minimum composite score of 24) scores and at least two SAT Subject Tests or AP/IB subjects appropriate to their proposed area of study. Applicants with AP examination credits may be eligible for admission with Advanced Standing credit. Nipissing’s SAT code is 4149 and ACT code is 5167.

Other applicants from the USA must have completed a minimum of one school year 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) at an accredited post-secondary institution. Applicants who have completed more than 30 semester credits at an accredited post-secondary institution will be assessed on an individual basis for potential transfer credit or advanced standing.

Other International Applicants

Applicants possessing the requirements necessary for admission to a recognized university in their home country may be eligible for admissions consideration.

Please visit International Admission Requirements for more information.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of qualifications or certificates not mentioned above must submit original official documents to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation. Certificates not written in English must be accompanied by notarized English translations from recognized sources.  All international college and university transcripts must be assessed (Credential Evaluation Report, including a Course-By-Course Analysis) by World Education Services –www.wes.org/ca.

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Applicants Possessing Post-Secondary Education

Admission with Advanced Standing or Transfer Credit

Applicants deemed eligible for admission with advanced standing or transfer credit must submit recently-dated transcripts of their academic record directly to the Office of the Registrar. An Academic Calendar from their former institution(s) containing descriptions of the completed courses may be required. Those applicants who are eligible for advanced standing or transfer credits will be notified of their eligibility.

The application of advanced standing or transfer credits to a degree program will vary depending on the degree program and major to which the applicant is admitted. Changing degree programs or majors may mean a loss of or change to the credits awarded. Nipissing University degree residency requirements will apply.

Applicants Transferring from Other Universities

Applicants who are attending or have attended another university may be considered for admission to Nipissing University with transfer credit for courses already completed.

Nipissing University, in accordance with the Council of Ontario Universities’ policy, agrees that any academic course offered for credit by an Ontario university shall be accepted for credit by another Ontario university when there is virtual equivalency in course content. If a specific equivalence to a course is not available at Nipissing, the University will attempt to award an unspecified, non-equivalent course. Transfer credit will not normally be granted for practical or clinical courses taken in specific areas such as Engineering, Education, Dance, etc. Credits for courses taken in the areas of Physical and Health Education or Nursing may be granted when applied to the same program at Nipissing. This policy also applies to those applicants who have attended other recognized Canadian universities.

Transfer credit will normally be awarded for a degree credit course provided a grade of “C” or higher was achieved. A course with a grade of “D” may be considered for credit only when there are an equal number of course credits with “B” grades or higher on the same transcript.

Applicants seeking advanced standing when admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program may only receive credit for required courses that have been completed within the last ten (10) years.

Admission of Students Who Were Required to Withdraw from a University

Applicants who have been required to withdraw from a university may apply for admission consideration to Nipissing University after “sitting out” for at least one full year.

Applicants from Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT)

Applicants to Nipissing University who have studied at an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology may qualify for admission if they meet the minimum admissions requirements outlined below. Specific subject requirements for particular degrees must be met through prior grade 12 studies or equivalent courses at the college level. Meeting the minimum requirements will not guarantee admission to certain programs. Admission to some programs is highly competitive and admission is selective.  Please note that the required GPAs quoted are based on a standard GPA scale. We realize that not all schools use a standard scale. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for further information.

a)   Three-Year Diploma Graduates

Applicants who have achieved a cumulative average of “B” or better in a three-year program will be considered for admission to Nipissing with advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits. Program specific subject requirements must still be met in order to be considered for some programs.

*See special policies outlined below.

b)   Two-Year Diploma Graduates or Two Years of a Three-Year Program

Applicants who have completed a two-year program or two years of a three-year program and who have achieved a cumulative average of “B” or better will be considered for admission with advanced standing to a maximum of 18 credits. Program specific subject requirements must still be met in order to be considered for some programs.

*See special policies outlined below.

c)   One Year of College or Certificate Program Graduates

Applicants who have completed the first full year (two semesters) of a CAAT diploma program or graduates of a one-year (two semester) certificate program with a cumulative average of “B” or better will be considered for admission on probation. Students will not be eligible for advanced standing. Program specific subject requirements must still be met in order to be considered for some programs.

d)   Special College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) Advanced Standing Policies

Early Childhood Education Diploma
Educational Assistant Diploma
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor Diploma
Mental Health and Addictions Worker Diploma
Social Service Worker Diploma
Developmental Services Worker Diploma
Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Arts

Applicants who have successfully completed two year Early Childhood Education, Educational Assistant, Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention, Mental Health and Addictions Worker, Social Service Worker or Developmental Services Worker diploma programs at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative average of “B” or better can be considered for admission to Bachelor of Arts programs with advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits.

Child and Youth Care Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Arts (Child and Family Studies)

Applicants who have successfully completed a three year Child and Youth Care diploma program at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above can be considerd for admission to a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits.

Applicants who have successfully completed a three year Child and Youth Care diploma program at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above can be considerd for admission to a three-year Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies with advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits.

Child and Youth Care Diploma
Social Service Worker Diploma
Developmental Services Worker Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Social Work

Applicants who have successfully completed a two year Social Service Worker (SSW), Developmental Service Worker (DSW) or Child and Youth Care (formerly Child and Youth Worker -CYW) diploma program at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program with advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits.

During Year 2 of the Bachelor of Social Work program, students must apply for admission consideration to the professional years (Years 3 & 4) of the program.  Admission to the first or second year of the Bachelor of Social Work program does not guarantee acceptance into the professional years.

Social Service Worker Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Arts (Honours Specialization or Specialization in Social Welfare and Social Development)

Applicants who have successfully completed a two year Social Service Worker (SSW) diploma program at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above can be considered for admission to an Honours Specialization or Specialization in Social Welfare and Social Development with advanced standing as follows:

3.0 GPA - 30 credits

3.5 GPA - 36 credits

3.7 GPA - 45 credits

4.0 GPA - 60 credits

Community and Justice Services Diploma
Police Foundations Diploma
Law Clerk Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Applicants who have successfully completed two year Community and Justice Services, Police Foundations or Law Clerk diploma programs at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative average of “B+” (3.5 GPA) or better can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program (Corrections, Policing or Legal Studies and Administration streams respectively) with advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits. Other programs can be applied to with a “B” average and a maximum of 30 credits of advanced standing granted.

Business Administration Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Business Administration

Applicants who are graduates of a three-year Business Administration diploma at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.2 GPA can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits.  Admitted students would be able to complete their program at Nipissing University in North Bay or through one of our college partners (Algonquin College, Centennial College, St. Clair College, Niagara College and Lambton College).

Applicants who are graduates of a two-year Business Administration diploma at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.2 GPA can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with advanced standing to a maximum of 42 credits.  Admitted students would be able to complete their program at Nipissing University in North Bay or at one of our college partners (Algonquin College, Centennial College, St. Clair College, Niagara College and Lambton College) by using a combination of online, and where available, blended delivery courses.

Degree completion for Bachelor of Commerce

Applicants who are graduates of a three-year Business Administration diploma at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.2 GPA can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Commerce degree with advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits.  Admitted students would be able to complete their program at Nipissing University in North Bay, through one of our college partners (Algonquin College, Centennial College, St. Clair College, Niagara College and Lambton College) or online as an independent learner.

Applicants who are graduates of a two-year Business Administration diploma at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.2 GPA can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Commerce degree with advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits.  Admitted students would be able to complete their program at Nipissing University in North Bay or at one of our college partners (Algonquin College, Centennial College, St. Clair College, Niagara College and Lambton College) by using a combination of online, and where available, blended delivery course

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Applicants who have successfully completed a six semester Edexcel BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Busines with 75 points on the best 75 credits or better can be considered for admission to the BBA or BComm degree program with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits towards the BBA and 45 credits toward the BComm.

Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA)

Applicants to the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration programs who have completed specific courses, with a minimum 60% average, through the Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA), will be eligible for advanced standing credit. Courses eligible for advanced standing consideration an be gound at www.nipissingu.ca/academics/faculties/applied-professional/school-of-business/Documents/CGA-CPA_BComm-BBA_Mapping.pdf

Post-Diploma Accounting Courses

Applicants with post diploma courses in Accounting where a grade of 70% or better has been achieved will be recommended to be of granted up to 15 transfer credits. The recommendation will be determined by the director or designate of the School of Business, decided by the Registrar’s Office and will be consistent with existing transfer credit practices.

Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Business Administration

Applicants who have successfully completed AFOA Canada's Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) diploma program with a minimum 65% in each course can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits.

Degree completion for Bachelor of Commerce

Applicants who have successfully completed AFOA Canada's Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) diploma program with a minimum 65% in each course can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) degree with advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits.

Technology Advanced Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Business Administration

Applicants who have successfully completed a three-year Technology Advanced diploma from an Ontario CAAT with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits.

Degree completion for Bachelor of Commerce

Applicants who have successfully completed a three-year Technology Advanced diploma from an Ontario CAAT with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) with advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits.

Fine Arts

Degree completion for Bachelor of Fine Arts

Applicants who have completed a three-year diploma program in Fine Arts from an Ontario CAAT with a minimum cumulative average of 70% (3.0 GPA) will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits. All students admitted to the BFA are required to successfully complete the BFA Portfolio review by March 1 of their third year of study in order to remain in the BFA program. Students who are required to withdraw from the BFA may be eligible to continue in the BA in Fine Arts program.

Degree completion for Bachelor of Arts

Applicants who have completed a three-year diploma program in Fine Arts from an Ontario CAAT with a minimum cumulative average of 70% (3.0 GPA) will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of (BA) program in Fine Arts with advanced standing to a maximum of 42 credits.

Applicants who have completed a two-year diploma program with a Fine Arts focus (i.e. Fine Arts, Visual and Creative Arts, Art and Design) from an Ontario CAAT with a minimum cumulative average of 70% (3.0 GPA) will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of (BA) program in Fine Arts with advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits.

Graphic Design

Degree completion for Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Art (Major or Specialization in Fine Arts - Studio stream)

Applicants who have completed an advanced three-year diploma program in Graphic Design from an Ontario CAAT with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Major or Specialization in Fine Arts (Studio stream) program with advanced standing to a maximum of 54 credits. All students admitted to the BFA are required to successfully complete the BFA Portfolio Assessment the year prior to their final year of study in order to remain in the BFA program. Students who are required to withdraw from the BFA may be eligible to continue in the BA in Fine Arts Major or Specialization program.

Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nipissing University offers Registered Practical Nurses a 3-year compressed BScN Program. The Post RPN to BScN compressed program will be offered through a full-time delivery model and will be six semesters in length.

Successful completion of a two year Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) diploma with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 from either one of the following colleges: Cambrian College, Canadore College, College Boreal, Confederation College, Northern College, Niagara College and Sault College, as well as successful completion of the Canadian Practical Nurses Registration Examination (CPNRE) or proof of eligibility to write and subsequently pass the CPNRE is required for admission consideration. This is a limited enrollment program.  The minimum GPA required for admission consideration may be higher than the stated minimum.  There is only one intake per year (September).

Nipissing University offers currently employed Registered Practical Nurses the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree through a blended delivery option.  Admission consideration will be given to applicants who have successfully completed a two year Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) diploma (not certificate) from an Ontario college with a minimum GPA of 3.0 within the last ten (10) years.  Applicants must also be a current registered member in good standing with the College of Nurses in Ontario (CNO) as an RPN and be an employee (with a letter of support) of one Nipissing’s partner health care agencies. This is a limited enrollment program. The minimum GPA required for admission consideration may be higher than the stated minimum. There are two intakes per year (January and September).

Advertising and Marketing Communication Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Arts in English Studies

Applicants who have successfully completed a two year Advertising and Marketing Communication diploma program at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in English Studies degree program with advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits.

Theatre Arts Diploma

Degree completion for Bachelor of Arts in English Studies

Applicants who have successfully completed a three year Theatre Arts program at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in English Studies degree program with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits.

Applicants who have successfully completed a two year Theatre Arts program at an Ontario CAAT with a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in English Studies degree program with advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits.

e)   Special Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology Advanced Standing Policies

Environmental Protection Technician Diploma

Applicants who are graduates of the Environmental Technician – Protection and Compliance diploma program at Canadore College with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better can be considered for admission to an Honours Specialization or Specialization in Biology or Environmental Biology and Technology programs with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits.

Environmental Protection Technology Diploma

Applicants who are graduates of the former Environmental Protection Technology diploma program at Canadore College with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better can be considered for admission to Biology or Liberal Science programs with advanced standing to a maximum of 48 credits.

Applicants who are graduates of the former Environmental Protection Technology diploma program at Canadore College with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better will be considered for admission to the Environmental Biology and Technology degree program with advanced standing to a maximum of 69 credits.

Biotechnology Technician Diploma

Applicants who are graduates of the Biotechnology Technician diploma program at Canadore College with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better can be considered for admission to an Honours Specialization or Specialization in Biology or Environmental Biology and Technology with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits.

Biotechnology Technologist Diploma

Applicants who are graduates of the Biotechnology Technologist diploma program at Canadore College with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better can be considered for admission to Honours Specialization or Specialization in Biology or Environmental Biology and Technology with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits.

Strength and Sport Conditioning Diploma

Recreation Therapy Diploma

Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma

Applicants who are graduates of the Strength Conditioning, Recreation Therapy or Recreation and Leisure Studies diploma programs at Canadore College with a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE) program with advanced standing to a maximum of 42 credits.

f)    Special Georgian College Advanced Standing Policies

Fine Arts (Advanced) Diploma

Applicants who have completed a three-year diploma program in Fine Arts (Advanced) from Georgian College of Applied Art and Technology with a minimum overall 70% average (3.0 GPA) will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program with advanced standing to a maximum of 66 credits.

Applicants who have completed a three-year diploma program in Fine Arts (Advanced) from Georgian College of Applied Art and Technology with a minimum overall 70% average (3.0 GPA) will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Arts and Culture or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Arts programs with advanced standing to a maximum 48 credits.

All students admitted to the BFA are required to successfully complete the BFA Portfolio review within their first 30 Nipissing credits in order to remain in the BFA program. Students who are required to withdraw from the BFA may be eligible to continue in the BA in Fine Arts program.

Fine Arts Diploma

Applicants who have completed a two-year diploma program in Fine Arts from Georgian College of Applied Art and Technology with a minimum cumulative average of 70% (3.0 GPA) will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program or the Bachelor of (BA) program in Arts and Culture with advanced standing to a maximum of 42 credits. All students admitted to the BFA are required to successfully complete the BFA Portfolio review by March 1 of their third year of study in order to remain in the BFA program. Students who are required to withdraw from the BFA may be eligible to continue in the BA in Fine Arts program.

g)   Special Fleming College (Haliburton School of the Arts) Advanced Standing Policy

Visual and Creative Arts Diploma

Applicants who have completed a two-year diploma program in Visual and Creative Arts from Fleming College (Haliburton School of the Arts) with a minimum cumulative average of 70% (3.0 GPA) will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program or the Bachelor of (BA) program in Arts and Culture or Fine Arts with advanced standing to a maximum of 33 credits. All students admitted to the BFA are required to successfully complete the BFA Portfolio review by March 1 of their third year of study in order to remain in the BFA program. Students who are required to withdraw from the BFA may be eligible to continue in the BA in Fine Arts program.

h)   Special Humber College Advanced Standing Policy

Computer Engineering Technology Diploma

Applicants who are graduates of the Computer Engineering Technology (CET) diploma program at Humber College with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science (Honours Specialization or Specialization) in Computer Science with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits.

Electromechanical Engineering Technology Diploma

Applicants who are graduates of the Electromechanical Engineering Technology (EET) diploma program at Humber College with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better can be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science (Honours Specialization or Specialization) in Computer Science with advanced standing to a maximum of 60 credits.

i)   Toronto Film School Advanced Standing Policy

Graphic Design and Interactive Media Diploma

Applicants who have successfully completed a four-semester Graphic Design and Interactive Media diploma program with a cumulative 3.2 GPA or above can be considered for admission to a Bachelor degree.  Applicants pursuing a four-year degree will be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits.  Those pursuing a three-year degree will be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 18 credits.

Fashion Design Diploma

Applicants who have successfully completed a six-semester Fashion Design diploma program with a cumulative 3.2 GPA or above can be considered for admission to a Bachelor degree.  Applicants pursuing a four-year degree will be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits.  Those pursuing a three-year degree will be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits.

Film Production Diploma

Applicants who have successfully completed a six-semester Film Production diploma program with a cumulative 3.2 GPA or above can be considered for admission to a Bachelor degree.  Applicants pursuing a four-year degree will be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits.  Those pursuing a three-year degree will be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits.

Writing for Film and Television Diploma

Applicants who have successfully completed a six-semester Writing for Film and Television diploma program with a cumulative 3.2 GPA or above can be considered for admission to a Bachelor degree.  Applicants pursuing a four-year degree will be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits.  Those pursuing a three-year degree will be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits.

Marketing for Fashion and Entertainment Diploma

Applicants who have successfully completed a six-semester Marketing for Fashion and Entertainment diploma program with a cumulative 3.2 GPA or above can be considered for admission to a Bachelor degree.  Applicants pursuing a four-year degree will be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 45 credits.  Those pursuing a three-year degree will be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 30 credits.

Applicants from Accredited Canadian Colleges

Applicants to Nipissing University who have studied at an accredited Canadian college may qualify for admission to degree programs if they meet the minimum admissions requirements as outlined in the Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) admission section above.

Bible College Applicants

Applicants from Bible Colleges and similarly religious based institutions that are accredited with the Association for Biblical Higher Education will follow the same policy for admission and advanced standing as for the CAATs.

No credit will be granted for courses in church education or administration, pastoral studies, or courses intended to promote a particular doctrinal or denominational belief.

Mature Student Applicants

Applicants who, according to the Office of the Registrar, do not qualify for undergraduate admission as a regularly qualified applicant may be considered for admission consideration as a mature student if they:

  • will be 20 years of age or older by the end of the semester in which they wish to enrol;
  • have been away from formal education (secondary school, community college, etc.) for at least the previous two years; and
  • are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Mature student applicants to Bachelor of Science degrees or Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science, Economics or Mathematics, must present the 4U or equivalent program specific prerequisites as listed in the Admission Chart in the Academic Calendar.

Mature student applicants to limited enrolment programs (Nursing and Physical and Health Education) are not able to apply for direct entry admission consideration to these programs. Mature student applicants interested in these programs may be admitted to another program and apply for transfer consideration for the following year. For transfer consideration applicants will need to present the 4U or equivalent program specific prerequisites as listed in the Admission Chart in the Academic Calendar.

Mature student applicants are still required to provide transcripts of marks for studies that have been previously completed or undertaken.

Mature students who qualify for admission can be admitted full-time on probation with a reduced course load to a maximum of 24 credits. Upon successful completion of the 18 credits and having cleared academic probation, mature students are eligible for a full 30 credit load status.

Aboriginal Advantage Program

Applicants may be considered for admission to the Aboriginal Advantage Program if they:

  • are of Aboriginal ancestry;
  • are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • two letters of reference (one personal and one professional;
  • an updated resume outlining educational and work experience;
  • a two-page statement explaining why they wish to attend university and how they plan on being successful in their academic pursuits; and
  • official secondary school and postsecondary (if applicable) transcripts

Applicants may also be asked to participate in an interview.

Admission to a degree program from the Aboriginal Advantage Program

Students who have successfully completed the Aboriginal Advantage Program are eligible to apply for admission consideration for degree programs at Nipissing University if they:

  • Have a minimum overall average of 60% on the best 18 credits attempted;
  • Have a minimum overall average of 60% on six of the following nine credits from the following courses:  ACAD-1501, UNIV-1011 and/or LEAD-1006

Students who have successfully completed the Aboriginal Advantage Program are eligible to apply for admission consideration on probation for degree programs at Nipissing University if they:

  • Have a minimum overall average of 55-59% on the best 18 credits attempted;
  • Have a minimum overall average of 55-59% on six of the following nine credits from the following courses:  ACAD-1501, UNIV-1011 and/or LEAD-1006

Students interested in admission consideration to Bachelor of Science degrees or Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science, Economics or Mathematics, must present 4U or equivalent program prerequisites as listed in the Admission Chart in the Academic Calendar.

Students interested in admission consideration to limited enrolment programs (Nursing and Physical and Health Education) may be required to have higher averages than those listed above in addition to presenting 4U or equivalent program prerequisites as listed in the Admission Chart in the Academic Calendar.

Students interested in admission consideration to Concurrent Education will be required to meet the admission requirements for Upper Year Admission to Concurrent Education as outlined in the Academic Calendar.

Home-schooling Applicants

Applications for admission to undergraduate studies will be considered for those who have completed their high school education through a program of home-schooling. The type of program, measurable results (i.e. SAT/AP/ACT scores etc.) and other factors (including letters of reference, personal interview) may be taken into consideration in the admission decision of such applicants. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for more information.

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Other Applicants

Admission to Degree Upgrading for Nipissing University Graduates

Students who have graduated with a Nipissing three-year General degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) may upgrade their major subject to either an Honours Specialization or Specialization according to the criteria outlined below.

Upgrade to an Honours Degree with an Honours Specialization

Students who have graduated with a Nipissing three-year Bachelor of Arts or three-year Bachelor of Science degree, and who wish to upgrade to an Honours Bachelor of Arts or an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, with an honours specialization in the same subject of study, may apply for readmission to the University indicating their intent to pursue an Honours upgrade in the same subject of study on the application for re-admission.

To graduate with an Honours Bachelor degree students must meet the current published requirements for the Honours degree and the Honours Specialization as specified in the Academic Calendar for the year they are re-admitted.

Upgrade to a Bachelor Degree with a Specialization

Students who have graduated with a Nipissing three-year Bachelor of Arts or three-year Bachelor of Science degree, and who wish to upgrade to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in the same subject of study, may apply for readmission to the University indicating their intent to pursue an upgrade in the same subject of study on the application for re-admission.

To graduate with Bachelor degree students must meet the current published requirements for the Bachelor degree and the Specialization as specified in the Academic Calendar for the year they are re-admitted.

Admission to a Second Degree Program

Students possessing an undergraduate degree may proceed to a second undergraduate degree program in another area of study. Students may be admitted to a second degree program if they hold a recognized university degree from an accredited university. A second degree in Nursing may require the repeating of core credits taken in the first degree, if they are more than 10 years old.

Exceptions to Normal Admission Requirements – All Undergraduate Degree Programs

The Undergraduate Standing and Petitions Subcommittee (S&P) may consider requests to modify admission requirements for applicants who do not meet admission requirements, but whom in its opinion, deserve special consideration. In all cases, the Committee reserves the right to impose special conditions on such candidates, in the interest of students and for the protection of the University’s academic standards. Candidates requesting modification of admission requirements must present their cases to the Committee, in writing, and produce documentary evidence as appropriate, of their eligibility for special consideration. The Committee’s decision is final.

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Admission to Non-Degree Studies

Auditors

To audit a university course, applicants must be admissible to a Nipissing degree program. Auditors must have completed prerequisite courses or equivalent for the course which they want to audit. Courses that are more practical in nature such as (but not limited to) computer science, nursing, languages, physical education, music and fine arts are not open to auditors. Degree students have priority in registration for limited enrolment courses. Application forms for admission are available from the Office of the Registrar.

Letter of Permission Applicants

Students enrolled at other recognized universities may apply for admission on a Letter of Permission and be admitted to Nipissing for purposes of transfer of credit to their home universities. Documentation required for admission is the Nipissing University Application Form and a Letter of Permission issued from the home university specifying the course(s) to be taken. Letter of Permission Applicants must apply directly to Nipissing for each term they wish to register for. The Letter of Permission must be received at Nipissing prior to the start of classes being registered for. Some courses are not open to students on Letter of Permission. There is no guarantee that a student on a Letter of Permission will be able to register in a courses simply because they have received a letter of permission. Nipissing degree students take precedent over non-degree students in limited enrolment courses.

It is the responsibility of the visiting student to order an official Nipissing transcript to be sent to the home university after the course is completed.

Special Student Admission

The holders of recognized university degrees may be admitted as Special Students (i.e. non-degree) with the intention of taking courses for interest, upgrading, a qualifying year, or for the purpose of meeting the requirements for a professional designation etc. Course prerequisites must be met. Contact the Office of the Registrar for information.

Special Interest Admission

Applicants wishing to complete courses on a special interest basis are welcome to apply.  Students can complete up to 18 credits on a special interest basis. Once students have completed 18 credits they must apply for admission consideration to a degree program if they wish to continue taking courses. Contact the Office of the Registrar at admissions@nipissingu.ca for further information. 

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