New Student Orientation (NSO)

July 4th-8th 2022

New Student Orientation is just around the corner – and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome our incoming students and their supporters!

Your NSO will consist of a first-step learning module, live opportunities to connect with current students and services, ask questions, giveaways and more!

So check back here soon as we’ll be updating you on what to expect – and be sure to follow us on Instagram @nustudentLT for more information, to keep you updated and engaged – and ready to start your journey as a Laker!

The Orientation Team is excited to meet you!

Why participate in NSO?

During your NSO you will:

  • Register for classes and have a chance to chat with an academic advisor
  • Learn about what services and supports are here for you – and how to connect
  • Chat with current student leaders about the NU student experience
  • Learn valuable ‘next steps’ to prepare you for your start at NU
  • We even have programming and resources for the supporters in your life – whether that be parents, family, guardians or friends

New Student Orientation 2022 - Coming Soon!


Your New Student Orientation team is hard at work behind the scenes preparing your NSO programming for 2022!  Stay tuned to this webpage and follow us on Instagram for more info coming shortly!




Have questions?  Email us at




Support Your New Laker!

We are very happy to welcome you and the student in your life to the Laker Community!


The NSO Team is working hard to prepare programming and resources for you to support your New Laker.  Stay tuned to this webpage and our Instagram @NUstudentLT for more information coming soon for 2022!



Why do I need orientation information? I'm not the student.

Great question! We know you are our best referral, and we know you want the best for the student in your life! By sharing information about support resources and services with you, we're giving you institutional knowledge you can give your student right when they need it most.

Academic Skills Resources

It’s easy to forget the academic support that’s available when you’re stressed about school. This is where you, the student’s trusted supporter, come in! We know you’re the best referral we could ask for, so we’re asking you to take some time to review the Student Learning & Transitions Academic Skills Resource Page, so you know what’s available.



Residence Life

What will Residence look like in the upcoming year?

Residence will still have some limitations for the up coming year. Some services such as rental items from the front desks may be limited. As well, programming will be made available in a mix of virtual and in-person, depending upon public health guidelines.

What happen if our student doesn't get along with their roommates?

We encourage students to approach roommate relationships with an open mind, recognizing that each person will have different expectations of the household, and roommate relationships. Students are provided with tools to help them get off to a good start by creating a roommate agreement that addresses expectations for common household points of consideration.  When conflict arises, we have escalating conflict mediation steps in place, with the support of our peer leadership team to help address the concerns.  Spaces permitting, reassignment may be made available as a last resort.

How can I set my student up for success outside of the classroom?

The obvious answers are things like household management skills – things like cooking, cleaning & laundry.  In addition to these, it is helpful to remind students that new experiences help us grow and that navigating change can be difficult but that they can do hard things! Getting involved in activities helps student to make connections and combat common early feelings of loneliness.  Making connections early also means that students will have identified supports if a concern arises, or at a time when they need help.

Student Counselling Services

Does Student Counselling Services provide therapy online?

Yes, Nipissing University can provide online therapy services to all students located in Ontario via a secure video platform called Wellness Online. If a student requests a virtual appointment, we email them instructions on how to set up their account with Wellness Online and log in for their appointment.

Students can attend their scheduled sessions a desktop or mobile device. Students who are not located in Ontario, should contact to get talk with someone about support options available to them.

Student Counselling Services provides a variety of therapy services (group therapy, brief individual therapy, Dibaadan Supports, E- modules, specialized referral, peer support). How do I know what service(s) my student will receive?

Each student with meets with a counsellor to discuss their unique needs, desires, and goals. Students then review the services options available with the counsellor and select what is most fitting for them. If students decide later that the service, they have selected does not fit their needs, they can speak with the counsellor to change to a more different option.

How much does therapy cost?

All therapy costs are covered by the student’s ancillary fee payments. Students will not be asked for more money at the time of services and your medical insurance will not be billed.

Office of Indigenous Initiatives

What type of programs and services does OII offer to students?

OII offers a broad range of personal, academic, and cultural support activities and special events.

Are OII programs and services for Indigenous students only?

OII programs and services are designed for Indigenous students, but all students are welcome.

Do I have to register for services and programs delivered by OII?

Students reaching out to OII for the first time can fill out an online registration form at and click on Student Success.

Student Intervention Services

What is the role of the Student Intervention Specialist?

Act as a service navigator and case manager for students who have complex mental health concerns or minor conduct issues. The service is voluntary to help get students connected to the most appropriate services on or off-campus.

What if my student has to leave campus due to mental health concerns?

Your student can have a faculty or staff contact the Student Intervention Specialist to help the student navigate the appropriate services needed.

Student Accessibility Services

What types of disabilities do you support?

SAS provides support to students with permanent and temporary disabilities. The disabilities we accommodate include but are not limited to: Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Medical, Physical, Acquired Brain Injury (including concussions), Deaf/Deafened/Hard of Hearing, and Blind/Low Vision.  For more information, please visit

What documentation is required? Is an IEP sufficient?

Although the IEP contains helpful information, we require current documentation of the disability which has been completed by registered health care provider with specific expertise in that disability (e.g. an audiologist for hearing disabilities; a psychologist for learning disabilities, a psychiatrist or physician for mental health disabilities: etc.) For more information, please visit

When is the best time to register with SAS?

Students may register with SAS at any point in the year; however, it is recommended that they register with SAS prior to or at the beginning of the school year. This way, accommodations will be in place prior to the beginning of classes, and students can begin requesting accommodations right away, as certain accommodations can take a period of time to be set up (alternate format textbooks, note takers, closed captioning, etc.). For more information, please visit


Instructions for Course Registration


Your Orientation learning module will outline the steps needed to register for courses.  Go to Nipissing University’s Website: and then click the My Nipissing link in the top right corner, then choose the "Orientation Modules" button and select the orientation module that applies to you!


How to Find Your Transfer Credits

Your transfer credit will be processed when you have accepted your offer of admission and submitted your final college and/or university transcript showing all your final grades and your diploma has been awarded or your university transcript showing final grades. When you request your final college transcript, please ensure that your transcript indicates that you graduated. Once your transfer credit is processed, you will be able to view it on WebAdvisor under Summary of Transfer Credits (under Prospective Students menu) or under Unofficial Transcript which contains more explanation (under Students menu - available after June 30 only). Go to Nipissing University’s Website: and then click the ‘My Nipissing’ link in the top right corner.

If this summary section is blank, and you feel you should be receiving transfer credits click "Return to Menu" and then on “Important Documents Outstanding/Received” under Communication to check on the status of any required documents. Any questions should be directed to the Registrar’s Office at

Instructions for Managing Your Waitlist

For courses that allow a waiting list, Manage My Waitlist will show you what position you are on the waiting list. You will also be able to register yourself in the course once a space is available.

  1. At any time you may select Manage My Waitlist to see what position you are on a list.
  2. If space is available in a course Manage My Waitlist will show the status as “Permission to Register”. An email will also be sent to your Nipissing student email account to notify you that a space is available.
  3. To register in the course you would select the action ‘Register’.

If you do not wish to remain on a waiting list, go to Manage My Waitlist and select the action ‘Remove’ to remove your name from the waiting list.

Once you've completed the Online Learning Modules and reviewed the Course Registration tab, you are ready to register for your courses!  

Please select from the options below for more information.

Course Selection for Students Direct from High School

Click the link below for information about the course selection process, including step-by-step guides to selecting your courses, and course recommendations based on your program of study.

Guide to Course Recommendations and Selection         


Course Selection for Transfer Students

Students coming to Nipissing with transfer credits from another university or college are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss recommendations for their first year at Nipissing.  An Academic Advisor will review your transfer credits to help you develop an academic plan that meets your program and degree requirements.  

For a video to assist you in understanding your transfer credits, click here.

To request course recommendations from an Advisor, you may email or connect with an Advisor over a live chat.  

Connect with an Advisor          


Course Selection for Mature Students

Mature students who qualify for admission can be admitted full-time on probation with a reduced course load to a maximum of 24 credits. Please review your offer of admission to see how many credits you will be permitted to take. If you will be taking a reduced load, please use the following step-by-step guide to selecting your courses however, we recommend you prioritize your program requirements over the electives when selecting your courses.  

Guide to Course Recommendations and Selection