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Nipissing University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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Nipissing University is a public university located in North Bay, Ontario. The university prides itself on providing world-class education in Arts, Science, Education, and Professional Programs.

With an average acceptance rate of 60-70 %, Nipissing University enrolled 5,100 students in the year 2019 in various undergraduate and graduate programs offered in the fields of Anthropology, Geography, Business, Fine Arts, Social Work, Sociology, History etc.

Nipissing University has come up with a unique initiative ‘Promise’ that invites students to return for another year (tuition-free for up to 30 credits) if they have not been able to secure career-related employment 6 months after graduation. Here are the facts one must consider before applying for admission at Nipissing University.

  • It invites admission applications for the September intake. International applicants must apply by April 1.
  • Students need a minimum of 75% in Class 12/ Bachelor’s to be able to apply for admissions.
  • All applicants are expected to accept the offer of admission by June 3.
  • International students enrolled at Nipissing University are provided with work-study programs, entrance scholarships, and upper-year awards and bursaries so that they can fund their education.
  • On account of the Covid19 pandemic, Nipissing University is accepting TOEFL Test Special Home Edition and Duolingo English Test for Spring/Summer 2020 and Fall 2020, for applicants who have not been able to sit for TOEFL and IELTS tests due to closure of venues.


Application PortalOnline Portal
Application FeeUG - 156 CAD; Graduate - 130 CAD
Average ACT Score28
Average SAT Score1180
GMAT/GRENot required
Academic CalendarSemester Based
Intake SessionSpring, Summer, Fall
Acceptance Rate 60 - 70 %
Graduation Rate85.9 %
Financial AidAvailable In The Form Of Scholarships, Awards, Bursaries, Loans And Work-study

Nipissing University Admission Deadlines

Students should apply before the given admission deadlines -

International Applicants (September Intake)April 1
Ontario Higher Secondary ApplicantsJanuary 15
Transfer Students, Senior Secondary Students From Canada, Barring OntarioApril 1

Nipissing University International Students Admissions

Nipissing University accepts international applicants, given that they have completed secondary education with a college preparatory curriculum, fulfilled the minimum grade point equivalency, provided required official academic records, met the appropriate deadlines, and verified adequate financial support. All applications ought to be submitted through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

Application PortalOnline portal

Application fee: 166 CAD

Admission Requirements: International applicants must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible for Nipissing University admissions-

  • A completed application
  • Official high school and college transcripts
  • ACT/ SAT and TOEFL scores to be directly sent to NU
  • Resume (Graduate)
  • Letters of Recommendation (Graduate)
  • Personal Statement (Graduate)
  • Verification of financial support
  • Affidavit of support
  • Copy of passport
  • Aspiring applicants must submit a letter to the Admissions Office outlining their circumstances and how they plan to be successful at Nipissing University.
  • Students must check the country-wise requirements before applying.

The required documentation can be mailed to Nipissing University - Office of Registrar or

English Proficiency Requirements For International Admissions

Students from non-native English speaking countries need to demonstrate their English Language Proficiency:

TestMinimum Score Required (Undergraduate)Minimum Score Required (Graduate)
IELTS6.5 +6.5+
Duolingo English Test110 115

International Students Visa Requirements

International students seeking admission to Canadian Educational Institutions are mandated to obtain a study permit to study in Canada, which is usually valid for the length of the program with 90 extra days for extension of stay or preparation to depart.

Applicants seeking admission to short term programs (less than 6 months are not required to have a study permit. International applicants from China, India, the Philippines, or Vietnam can apply online through Student Direct Stream.

Study Permit fee: 150 CAD

Documents requirements-

  • Acceptance letter from DSI (Designated Learning Institute)
  • Proof that the applicant has enough money to pay for tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation.
  • Applicant must obey the law, have no criminal record and get a police certificate (if required)
  • Health Certificate
  • Proof of Identity
  • Photographs
  • Additional requirements – Letter of explanation, CAQ (Certificat d'acceptation du Québec) and Custodian declaration (if applicable), etc.

After the study permit application is accepted, an Electronic Travel Authorization or a Visitor Visa is sent to the applicant so that he or she can enter Canada.

Nipissing University Undergraduate Admissions

Nipissing University offers undergraduate admissions in a wide range of programs like Anthropology, Gender Justice and Equality, Child and Family Studies, Commerce, Philosophy, Nursing, Mathematics, etc. Here are the admission requirements for NU undergraduate admissions-

Application Portal: Online

Application Fee: 156 CAD

Admission Requirements: Applicants must fulfill the following criteria to be eligible for Nipissing University admissions -

  • Official Transcripts (High School/Class 12 equivalent)
  • Students must meet the country-wise specific admission requirements. For India:
    • All India Senior School Certificate awarded by CBSE/Indian School Certificate (awarded by CISCE)
    • Year 12 State Board Exams with excellent results are considered individually.
  • 75% + or GPA of 3.0+
  • English proficiency scores for international applicants
  • ACT/SAT scores
    • Code: 4149
  • Additional program-specific requirements may include resume, Letter of intent, etc.

Nipissing University Graduate Admissions

Nipissing University offers graduate programs in History, Sociology, Education, Mathematics, Kinesiology, and Environmental Science. Students applying to any graduate program at NU must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 'B' grade.

Application Portal: Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC)

Application Fee: 130 USD

Admission Requirements: Given below are some detailed information of five popular graduate programs offered at Nipissing University.

CourseMA History M.Education MS. MathematicsM.Environmental ScienceM.Kinesiology
GMAT/GRENot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Essay/ Letter Of IntentLetter Of IntentLetter Of IntentLetter Of IntentLetter Of IntentLetter Of Intent
ResumeRequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Letter Of Recommendation23333
Other RequirementsSample Of Written WorkNoneBachelors In Mathematics With a minimum of 75 % scoreNoneNone

Admission to Nipissing University is not difficult if one meets all the admission requirements though the fulfillment of minimum scores requirement does not guarantee admission.

The admission requirements for graduate programs are quite similar and one must apply by January 15 to be eligible for scholarship consideration.

International applicants must check the country-specific admission requirements before applying. Admission decisions will be communicated to students via email.


Ques. How selective is Nipissing university?

Ans. It is slightly selective with an acceptance rate of 60 to 70%

Ques. Does my study permit allow me to work part-time in Canada?

Ans. Yes, students can work up to 20 hours per week through a study permit.

Ques. Why should I join Nipissing University?

Ans. Small classes, interactive learning, focus on extra-curricular activities and knowledgeable professors make Nipissing University a desirable learning place.

Ques. Do I need to submit a GMAT or GRE Score?

Ans. No, these scores are not mandatory but may be required in certain cases.

Ques. What is the minimum score requirement for undergraduate admissions?

Ans. Students must have scored at least 75% in their high school or Class 12 equivalent.

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