Admission Information

Access & Equity Admissions Policy

Nipissing University welcomes applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. We recognize that there are institutional processes and cultural differences that present barriers to some applicants obtaining access to university. Nipissing University is committed to diversity, equity and accessibility and has reserved spaces in our undergraduate programs for students from groups including but not limited to persons with disabilities, economically disadvantaged individuals, Franco-Ontarians, Indigenous persons, visible minorities, LGBTQ+ and those from northern/remote/rural areas. To be considered you must:

  • apply to year one of an undergraduate program (application to be submitted through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre, OUAC)
  • have completed the minimum prerequisite courses for admission
  • submit a letter to the Admissions Office outlining your circumstances and how you plan to be successful at Nipissing University.

Students admitted under this policy are required to meet the university and program standards for progression and graduation.

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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 (domestic or international) previously or presently attended, secondary schools, colleges and universities (Domestic and international applicants who have attended postsecondary institutions outside of North America must have their transcripts assessed (Credential Evaluation Report, including a Course-By-Course Analysis) by World Education Services – www.wes.org/ca.);
  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 all 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 undergraduate degree and post-baccalaureate programs (excluding BEd) from countries where the dominant language of instruction is other than English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English for admission consideration.

Permanent Resident applicants whose first language is not English may 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.

Applicants can demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. Completion of three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending Nipissing University.
  2. Completion of three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the dominant language.  These years must be immediately prior to attending Nipissing University.
  3. Achieve the required proficiency level on one of the following tests of English language proficiency:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):  minimum score of 83 (iBT) with a minimum score of 20 in reading, listening and writing, and a minimum score of 22 in speaking. The Nipissing University TOEFL institution code is #3614
    • International English Language Test Service (IELTS):  minimum overall band score of 6.5 with a minimum 6.5 in reading, listening, speaking and writing.
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:  minimum overall score of 58 with a minimum score of 56 in speaking, writing, reading and listening.
  4. Completion of an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with a minimum score of 5 or better in HL or SL English A: Literature or HL or SL English A: Language and Literature. 
  5. Graduate from a regionally accredited US secondary school and achieve a minimum score of 4 or better in Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition.
  6. Achieve a minimum grade of B in GCSE, IGCSE or GCE Ordinary Level English Literature or English Language, a minimum grade of C in GCE A Level or AS Level or AICE or CAPE English or English Language, or a minimum score of M3 in Cambridge Pre-U English.
  7. Achieve a minimum score of 75% or better in the All India Senior Secondary School Certificate (ISSC) Core or Functional English or the Indian School Certificate (ISC) English, issued by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). 

Applicants who have met all of Nipissing University’s admission requirements except for the English language proficiency requirement can enroll in an EAP program.  Applicants who enroll in one of the following programs will receive a conditional offer of admission.  By successfully completing the program level indicated below, applicants can begin their studies at Nipissing University without further testing.

UOIT English Language Centre:  Level 5

AYJ Global EAP Program:  Highest Level

Brock University’s Intensive English Language Program:  Level 5

Canadian as a Second Language Institute (CSLI):  Advanced Level 10

Capital English Solutions:  College/University Preparation Course (CUPIC)

CultureWorks:  Level 7

Applicants who have successfully completed EAP programs associated with other Canadian universities and obtained that university’s minimum level for admission consideration may also be considered to have met Nipissing University’s English language proficiency requirement.

Alternatively, Nipissing University may enter into an agreement with a Languages Canada accredited program/school to offer such services on its campus, with similar minimum levels of proficiency.

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How to Apply to Undergraduate Programs

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

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 midterm/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 midterm/interim and final) for these courses.

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

Fall/Winter – Full-time University Study

OUAC 105 applications are completed online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), at www.ouac.on.ca.

Fall Session – Part-time University Study

Applications can be found at www.nipissingu.ca/registrarforms.

Winter/Spring/Summer Session – Full-time or Part-time University Study

Applications can be found at www.nipissingu.ca/registrarforms.

International Applicants

Fall/Winter Session – Full-time University Study

OUAC 105 applications are completed online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), at www.ouac.on.ca.

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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