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Nipissing University is a small liberal arts university located in North Bay, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker, on a 720 acre (2.9 km²) farm site overlooking Lake Nipissingmarker. The university's unique character is defined by its location in Northern Ontario, a large faculty of education program with one-third of the total student enrollment, and shared facilities with Canadore Collegemarker.

Nipissing University College was established in 1967 as an affiliate of Laurentian Universitymarker in Sudburymarker, and received its charter as an independent university in 1992.

The university's roots go back as early as 1909, when the North Bay Normal School, a teacher training school, was established in the city. The school was renamed North Bay Teachers' College in 1953, and became Nipissing University College's faculty of education in 1967. The governance was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906 which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the two bodies and to perform institutional leadership.

Today, Nipissing is a small, primarily undergraduate, university with an emphasis on teacher education and nursing. On December 14, 2001, the government of Ontario passed a bill revising the university's charter to permit it to grant graduate degrees. The small Mathamatical and Computer science department is chaired by Murat Tuncali.

The university is also widely known for its portrayal in Lynn Johnston's comic strip For Better or For Worse, in which Elizabeth Patterson was a student in the education program. Johnston lives near North Bay in real life, although the Patterson family was depicted as living in a fictional community in Southern Ontario.

Academic organization

The university comprises three faculties: the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies. Currently there are three full time graduate programs: the Master of Education, a Master of Arts in History and a Masters of Science in Mathematics.

Aboriginal programs

Nipissing University developed governing board and senate policies as well as Aboriginal governed councils within the university structure. The Nipissing University’s Aboriginal Teacher Certification Program and Native Special Education Assistant Diploma Program were developed in partnership with specific Aboriginal communities to meet specific needs within Aboriginal communities. The Nipissing University First Generation Strategy Pilot Project, a three-credit university success course for first generation students, begins first-year Aboriginal students to campus before the start of the school year.

Student life

Student Union

Student Union logo
The Student Union represents the students at Nipissing University. They are members of the Canadian Federation of Students. Along with the Canadore Students' Representative Council, the Student Union is the joint owner and operator of the student centre at Canadore Collegemarker.

Within the executive council, there are four elected positions: the president; the vice-president external – whose responsibilities include representing the student body and its interests outside the university, as well as managing the student health plan; the vice-president internal – whose responsibilities include managing the clubs in the university; and vice-president student life – whose responsibilities include organizing events on campus. The general manager, a non-elected employee of the Student Union, has a vote on the executive council.

The student representatives, known as the NUSU Delegates, are members of the student population who represent different areas of study, campuses, and residences at the university. There are a total of 13 delegates. They represent students from sciences, humanities, social sciences, professional schools, the Muskoka campus (2), residences, faculty of education (3), graduate studies and part-time and mature students.


The university has two student newspapers, Hibou and Campus Free Press, both of which publish monthly. Campus Free Press is a member of Canadian University Press and is published by an independent student group, while Hibou is published by the student union.


The university is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the Nipissing Lakersmarker.


In addition to Nipissing University's main campus in North Bay, a facility shared with Canadore Collegemarker, the university also has two satellite campuses in Southern Ontario.

Muskoka Campus

In August 1996, Nipissing University opened a satellite campus in Bracebridgemarker, the heart of Muskoka. The campus offers students the opportunity to study full-time or part-time towards three different Arts and Science degrees; Child and Family Studies, Culture and the Arts or a 3-year liberal arts degree. Students can also opt to do more course work in a specific discipline, positioning themselves for further studies towards an Honours degree which may be completed at the North Bay campus.Class sizes are small. The campus provides access to special support programs, including—Career Counselling, Job Search, Academic Skills Programs, Peer Tutoring resources and individualized assistance for special needs students. Muskoka Campus applicants are also eligible for Nipissing University entrance scholarships and bursaries. In September 2008, the new Nipissing University Muskoka Campus opened its new facility on Wellington St right beside the old Centennial Centre( now the the new Georgian College Facility)

Brantford Campus

Brantfordmarker campus is a satellite campus of Nipissing University. The campus offers education courses for professional development and part-time Masters of Education courses.

The Master of Education program is available at the Brantford campus on a part-time basis. The campus also offers a concurrent education program, in which graduates receive both a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier Universitymarker and a Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University.

Facts and figures

  • Off-campus courses are offered in more than 40 communities in the region.
  • Two satellite campuses at Brantford 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.

See also


  1. University
  2. Nipissing University Act, 2001 - Chap. Pr20 (Bill Pr25)
  3. The University of Winnipeg
  4. Canadore Students' Representative Council
  5. Nipissing University Student Union — The Student Centre Staff
  6. Nipissing University Student Union — Executive Council
  7. "Loreto sued for $425,000 while supporting Nipissing president". The Eyeopener, January 23, 2007.
  8. Nipissing University Student Union — Delegates

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