Admission Information

Accessibility Admissions Policy

Nipissing University encourages applications from those of Aboriginal ancestry, visible minority and/or persons with disabilities. Applicants, who meet the minimum stated requirements for admission to the University but not the admission average for the program applied to, may apply for consideration under the accessibility policy. Such candidates should self-identify themselves in writing to the Office of the Registrar at the time they apply for admission. Eligible persons must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and applying to first year studies from high school or post-secondary education.

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Admission offers may restrict the number of courses for which an applicant may register and may require a certain average be maintained. Once the admission requirements have been satisfied, the student may register for a full course load.

Applicants seeking consideration under the accessibility policy are required to supply official documentation as outlined below:

Aboriginal ancestry – proof of aboriginal ancestry

Provide one of:

  • Copy of Status or Treaty card:
  • Copy of Nunavut Trust certificate card, roll number or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities;
  • Copy of membership card in a Metis registry recognized by the Metis National Council;
  • Proof that an ancestor’s name has been entered in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, or on the band list of an individual band, or on the Inuit roll;
  • Written confirmation of Aboriginal ancestry from the Department of Indian Affairs;
  • Written confirmation of membership in a band council that has its own membership code; or
  • Other acceptable documentation
  • Visible minority – a letter outlining the personal situation and verification from prior school official,
  • Persons with Disabilities – a letter outlining personal situation, verification from prior school official and medical/psychological documentation.

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Applicant Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each applicant to submit directly to the Office of the Registrar:

  1. official transcripts from all institutions previously or presently attended, secondary schools, colleges and universities;
  2. proof of name change, if academic documents show a name other than that under which application is made (i.e. marriage registration, notarized statements of legal name change or other legal documents); and,
  3. evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not the applicant’s first language.

Ontario secondary school applicants should ensure that they understand how information is processed through their school to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and the responsibility the applicant has in providing required information or documents directly to the OUAC and the University.

Applicants, who withhold, misrepresent or fail to provide information related to previous academic records may have their admission offer revoked or be required to withdraw from the University.

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Proof of Proficiency in English

All applicants to Nipissing University from countries where the dominant language of instruction is other than English, are required to supply proof of proficiency in English. International applicants studying in Canada on a student visa authorization who have successfully studied full-time at an Ontario secondary school or other Nipissing University approved school for at least the past three years may be exempt.

Permanent Resident applicants whose first language is not English may also be required to provide proof of proficiency in English. Permanent Resident applicants whose first language is not English but who have lived at least three years in Canada, or a country where English is the dominant language may be exempt.

Acceptable proof of English proficiency is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 80 (iBT) with a minimum score of 20 in each section of the test, or 550 (PBT). Other acceptable proof of English Proficiency includes the International English Language Test Service (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.0 (with no band below 6), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum overall score of 90%, the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) with a minimum score of 60 or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum overall score of 55 and a minimum score of 55 in writing.

Applicants should note the Nipissing University TOEFL institution code is #3614.

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How to Apply to Undergraduate Programs

All students must be admitted to the University prior to registering for courses.

First year, full-time enrolment is limited. Admission criteria are determined by the Nipissing University Senate. Please note that meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Applicants for admission who have questions regarding program choices, admission procedures, or current admission status should contact the Office of the Registrar.

Applicants currently attending an Ontario Secondary School as a full-time student

Fall/Winter Session – Full-time University Study

Information about applying online is available through high school guidance offices. Final and interim grades are sent to Nipissing University through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) by the school. Applicants completing secondary school courses through distance education while enrolled in an Ontario secondary school are responsible for ensuring that Nipissing University receives official course registration and grades (both interim and final) for these courses.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents not currently attending an Ontario Secondary School

Fall/Winter Session – Full-time University Study

OUAC 105 applications are completed online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), at

International Applicants

Fall/Winter Session – Full-time University Study

OUAC 105 applications are completed online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), at

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

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