University description (as per official university website)
While the roots of Nipissing University extend back to the 1900's with the North Bay Normal School, Nipissing University College was formed in 1967 as an affiliate of Laurentian University. Nipissing University received its charter as an independent University in 1992. Today, Nipissing is proud to be a primarily undergraduate university with a reputation for excellence in teacher education, arts, science and professional programs. Students will find themselves in a high quality academic environment that is student-focussed and based on personal teaching practices, innovative approaches to learning, and a growing research culture. Nipissing is committed to playing a positive role in the educational, social, cultural and economic life of North Bay and Northeastern Ontario.
While the roots of Nipissing University extend back to the 1950s, Nipissing University College was formed in 1967 as an affiliate of Laurentian University. Nipissing University received its charter as an independent University in 1992. Today, Nipissing is proud to be a small, primarily undergraduate university with a reputation for excellence in teacher education, arts, science and professional programs. Nipissing University is committed to playing a positive role in the educational, social, cultural and economic life of North Bay and Northeastern Ontario.
Nipissing University’s Population
Total FFTE enrolment 3600
Total full-time faculty 149
Total staff 176
Faculty of Arts and Science
2,376 full-time and 618 part-time students
104 full-time faculty members
39 full-time and 100 part-time students at Muskoka Campus
Degree programs are offered in an array of disciplines – Biology, Business, Classical Studies, Child and Family Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Culture and the Arts, English, Fine Arts, Gender Equality and Social Justice, Geography, History, Liberal Arts, Liberal Science, Mathematics, Native Studies, Nursing, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Welfare and Sociology.
Faculty of Education
714 full-time and 333 part-time students plus 365 MEd students
45 full-time faculty members
293 students in the Concurrent Education program at the Brantford Campus
A myriad of educational choices are available in Education:
Bachelor of Education in three divisions: Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, and Intermediate/Senior
Masters of Education degree
Advanced Degrees in Education and Educational Leadership
Principals Qualification Program and Teachers’ Additional Qualification courses
Aboriginal programs include the Aboriginal Teacher Certification program, the Native Classroom Assistant Diploma program, and the Native Special Education Assistance Diploma program.
Quality of Student Experience
Nipissing University believes deeply in providing the best educational experience possible for our students so that they are completely prepared for the next step in their life. Whether that step is a career or further studies, Nipissing graduates excel.
96.3% of Nipissing grads find employment 6 months after graduation (93.6% prov. avg.).
96.6% of our grads find employment 2 years after graduation (95.8% prov. avg.).
65% of our graduates continue on to further studies.
The recent Globe and Mail annual University Report Card, a survey of 27,811 undergraduates measuring many aspects of the student experience, saw Nipissing University score very well in virtually every category when compared with 12 small universities receiving straight A's in the category of Overall Educational Experience.
Nipissing’s success in research is beginning to blossom as our young faculty members find the ideal balance between teaching and research.
7 Faculty NSERC’s, 5 Faculty SSHRC’s and 2 Faculty CFI’s.
Our students and faculty have the ability to use a “natural laboratory,” the Nipissing University-Alcan Research Preserve that contains 375 hectares of pristine wilderness, located 30 minutes east of the university.
Undergraduate students have tremendous opportunity to perform graduate-level research.
2004-05 budget of $38,889,789 (not including supplemental budget).
Nipissing has the lowest tuition fees in the province at $3,950 and the lowest residence costs starting at $2,130 for apartment-style residence.
Nipissing operates on the principle of a deficit-free budget and much of the capital growth has been self-funded.
Nipissing University and Canadore College Partnership
Nipissing and Canadore have individually developed as separate and uniquely vibrant postsecondary institutions servicing distinct and different mandates and missions. At the same time, both institutions have explored and pushed the boundaries of university-college cooperation academically and administratively.
Joint programs are offered in Criminal Justice, Nursing and Environmental Biology and Technology.
Share a campus of 643.5 hectares as well as many ancillary services.
MOU signed in 2003 outlines transfer of credit agreement between institutions.
Vital to Northeastern Ontario
Off-campus courses are offered in more than 40 communities in the region.
Two satellite campuses at Bracebridge and Muskoka increase accessibility for students.
Nipissing University is one of the two largest employers in the City of North Bay with 1,388 employees (443.71 FTE’s).
Total economic impact of the university on the city and region is more than $75 million.
In addition to the economic impact on the city, the university offers many learning and cultural experiences for the wider community through athletic events, concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions, ceremonies, and public lectures.