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!

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

Step One:

Complete Your Online Orientation Learning Module

Your first step to take in your New Student Orientation is to complete the Online Learning Module.

Instructions for accessing your New Student Orientation Learning Module below:

  1. Click on the MyNipissing Portal button below and log in with your Nipissing student login information.
  2. Select the "Orientations" button.
  3. Choose the module designed for you - Note: there are specific modules for Distance programs!

Note: If you are an International Student you can access your module at the button below.

Step Two:

Review the sections below ⬇ and register to the appropriate events.

Are you a supporter (parent/guardian) of a new Laker? Check out the 'Support Your New Laker' tab above for more information and events. 


Lakers to Lakers

Designed for incoming students, these sessions are your opportunity to hear from upper-year student leaders about the experiences you may have, how Nipissing University can support you in this transition, and how you can get involved on campus.

You’ll get to join other new students and ask questions about campus and North Bay life.

Lakers to Lakers Session Registration »


Nursing Program Pre-Arrival Information Session

Due to the nature of this program, there are some pre-arrival pieces that need to be reviewed. In this session, we'll be discussing the documentation you will need, important dates, program overview and requirements immunizations and more!

  • Monday, July, 4: 2:00-3:00pm EST (2:30-3:00pm is Q&A with the Nursing Society)

Nursing Information Session Registration »

Q&A with the Nursing Society

Within the same link and following the information session, there will be a brief question and answer session with representatives from the Nursing Society


Academic Advising

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

Click the Course Selection Tab at the top of the page ⬆ to get more information on course selection.

Resource Corner

We've carved out a corner of the internet to gather together the services, supports, and resources relevant to new students all in digital space for you to explore at your own pace! Jot down any questions you have and bring them with you to any live info session, or connect with us at nso@nipissingu.ca

Check out our Resources for NU Lakers »

 


Campus Mini Tours (July 7th & 8th)

Are you a first-year student and want a chance to partake in mini tours of Nipissing University? On Thursday July 7th, and Friday July 8th, as an optional part of NSO, we are hosting building-specific mini tours of the Main Education Building, Residence, NUSU Student Centre, RJ Surtees Athletics Building, and the Harris Learning Library.

These are not full in-depth tours, but are designed to give a highlight of each area. Registration is specific to each building.

Please note that space is limited, and registration is required. Click the button below to register for the event.

Campus Tour Bookings »


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!

Supporter Drop-In

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

Description: We’ve been supporting supporters and families for a long time, so we know you have some burning questions. Join our Student Learning Coordinators to gain an understanding of the academic transition your student will experience and get your questions answered.

Pick a time on Tuesday, July 5.

 

Information Essentials

Your Laker is going to start talking about things that might leave you scratching your head.

CLICK HERE to get your cheat sheet to the essential information and key terms the student in your life might be referencing.

In the Wings Video Series 

In the Wings supporting supporters video series logo

A video series where you’ll learn about different support styles through the traits of different birds, your own natural support style, and how to use different styles in new-to-you situations.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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.

FAQ

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 counselling@nipissingu.ca 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 www.nipissingu.ca/indigenous 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 www.nipissingu.ca/sas

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 www.nipissingu.ca/sas

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 www.nipissingu.ca/sas

 

Instructions for Course Registration

 

Your Orientation learning module will outline the steps needed to register for courses.  Go to Nipissing University’s Website: www.nipissingu.ca 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: www.nipissingu.ca 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 registrar@nipissingu.ca.

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 information about 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 review the following resources to find out more about your program requirements and scheduling your courses. In addition, Academic Advising will be contacting all transfer students admitted for September 2022 with a personalized academic audit and course recommendations.

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