Offers of Admission

Basic Requirements for Admission

Admission decisions are made on evidence of enrollment in 4U/M courses, including prerequisite courses. The minimum average for full-time admission consideration for most degree programs at Nipissing is at least 70% and may be higher. The cut-off average for some specific programs and/or majors is at least 75%, with some limited enrollment programs having an even higher cut-off average.

Failed and Repeated Courses

Nipissing will take the higher grade of any repeated course.

Timing and Process for Admission Decisions

Nipissing University begins to make admission offers in November, and continues to make offers as midterm/interim and final grades are received. Admission decisions to BPHE and Nursing are not made until late April/early May. 

Admission average calculation: Admission averages are calculated using the best six 4U/M marks (midterm/interim and final), including prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses must be at the 4U level. Applicants may be eligible to receive an offer of admission to select programs based on Grade 11 results provided that they have complete a minimum of 4 Grade 11 U and/or M courses and are registered in the required 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses for the program applied to. The corresponding Grade 11 course for the Grade 12 prerequisite course will be used when calculating the admission average. Starting in February, admission averages are typically calculated based on a minimum of 3 Grade 12 and/or M course final grades (6 current grades including prerequisites for non-semestered schools). Applicants must be registered in a total of 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses, including prerequisite courses. In May, admission averages are calculated using 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses (midterm/interim and/or final grades), including prerequisites. Nipissing continues to make admission decisions after May. Decisions can be made based on final grades and any summer school/night school/online grades received by August 15 provided space is still available in the program applied to.

All admission offers are conditional upon successfully completing the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a minimum of six 4U/M courses, including prerequisite courses as specified, by the end of June. Offers are also conditional upon maintaining a minimum average (stated in an offer of admission) on final grades presented as of June 30, 2020.

Alternative Offers: If you do not meet the admission requirements or admission averages for the programs you apply to, you will automatically be considered for an alternative program that you qualify for.

Applicants not admitted to a BA in Economics will automatically be considered for a BA (Undeclared major).

Applicants not admitted to Criminal Justice will automatically be considered for a BA in Sociology.

Applicants not admitted to a BA in History with an Orientation to a Master of Arts in History will automatically be considered for a BA in History.

Applicants not admitted to a BSc in Computer Science, Mathematics or Psychology will automatically be considered for a BA in the corresponding discipline. Applicants not admitted to any other Science discipline will automatically be considered for Liberal Science first and a BA (Undeclared major) second.

Applicants not admitted to Concurrent Education will automatically be considered for the undergraduate degree (i.e., BA, BSc, BBA, BFA, BPHE) applied to with Concurrent Education.

Applicants not admitted to BPHE will automatically be considered for a BA (Undeclared major).

Applicants not admitted to Nursing will automatically be considered for Biology first and a BA (Undeclared major) second.

Applicants not admitted to Social Work will automatically be considered for Social Welfare and Social Development.

First Year Foundations

First Year Foundations is a new initiative that supports the transition from high school to university. Students will have an opportunity to take a specialized set of courses that inspire curiosity and provide an open dialogue for discovery. This program is intended for students who are determined to earn a university education but have faced challenges in an academic environment. The program admits a limited number of students applying directly from secondary school who have fallen short of the 70% admission average. First Year Foundations is available only to applicants eligible for admission consideration to a BA or BSc program based on program applied to or alternative offer eligibility.

In first year, students take a reduced load of courses and receive support from a team focused on teaching the skills required to thrive in an arts or science degree. Upon successful completion of the First Year Foundations Program, students will have earned up to 24 credits towards a university degree. This strong foundation will provide tools and strategies that ensure continued academic success at Nipissing and offer First Year Foundations students an easy transition directly into the second year of a qualifying degree program.