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Aboriginal Advantage Program


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Program Overview

In the Aboriginal Advantage Program students have the opportunity to earn university credits in an environment, which encourages growth, and learning while respecting cultural and traditional diversity.

The program provides students with a supportive learning environment where they can pursue their academic goals and be successful.

An integrated staff of Elders, faculty and a dedicated Student Success Coordinator supports learners in the Advantage program. This team recognizes and celebrates the learner' identities as Aboriginal people.

When students successfully complete their first year in the Aboriginal Advantage Program, they will have earned up to 24 university credits towards their university degree. Students will also have developed a strong foundational basis of academic and personal skills to help ensure their continued success in their studies at Nipissing University. 

Laptop Lending Initiative - any student in the Aboriginal Advantage Program, who requires a laptop for their first year can borrow one through the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives.

Academic Resources and Supports 

Academic Resources and Supports 

Students participate in a series of workshops and activies to strenghten and enhance their academic skills and knowledge.

  • One-on-one (or small group) tutoring sessions
  • Writing and grammar skills workshops

  • Study Skills Seminars
Personal Resources and Supports

A Student Success Coordinator works with students to find balance between their academic and personal lives.

  • Transition Support
  • Stress Management

  • Budgeting/housing assistance (scholarships/awards/bursaries)

Peer and Community Connection

In the Aboriginal Advantage Program, students are encouraged to make connections with their classmates, the staff and faculty within the university community.

  • Orientation Week
  • Cohort Model of Learning (learning together in group)

  • Connecting first year students in the Aboriginal Advantage Program with other students at Nipissing, and the wider community

Cultural Resources

The Aboriginal Advantage Program involves the participation of Elders from the community to create connections to cultural support for students.

  • Sharing circles and smudges
  • Individual sessions with the Elder

  • On-going academic guidance and mentorship​

Who can apply?

The Aboriginal Advantage Program welcomes applicants from a wide range of students with Aboriginal ancestry who would like additional supports for their transition to university. 

  • Recent high school graduates
  • Recent college graduates and transfer students
  • Mature Students 

Ready to apply to the Aboriginal Advantage Program?

For additional information about admission requirements, deadlines or any other questions you have please send us an email at aboriginalprograms@nipissingu.ca



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