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, and was created to specifically address the needs of Northern Ontario. Nipissing’s strategic priorities regarding the student experience as well as academic and research excellence is grounded in this commitment.
Today, Nipissing is proud to be a primarily undergraduate university with a reputation for excellence in teacher education, arts, science, professional programs and with four distinct nursing programs, is proportionally the most nursing intensive university in Ontario.
Nipissing’s strategic focus on student success and experience has translated into consistent top rankings in the country in the areas of student support, student experience, faculty, and residences as a primarily undergraduate institution. Students find themselves in a high-quality academic environment that is student-focused and based on personal teaching practices, innovative approaches to learning, and a growing research culture.
Access and equity have been a longstanding priority of Nipissing with a focus on students who, without interventions and support, might not otherwise participate in postsecondary education. For example, Nipissing has experienced continued growth in the enrollment of full-time first generation students, increases in the number of students with disabilities, and the number of full-time Indigenous students enrolled at the University.
Nipissing is committed to making an impact and playing a positive role in the educational, social, cultural and economic life in the communities it serves.