The Nipissing Promise

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​The first initiative of its​ kind in an Ontario University​

The Nipissing University Promise Program will support you through all aspects of the University journey. Newly admitted and transfer students with less than 30 transfer credits enrolled in the Promise Program will have an advisor to help navigate each step of your academic and co-curricular involvement at Nipissing — the transition into academic studies, life on campus as a Laker, and career development.

What is the NU Promise?

Nipissing invites you to return, tuition free, for up to 30 additional credits* if 6 months after completing your 4-year undergraduate degree program with a 70% GPA and all required elements of the program, you have not secured career-related employment.

Program Framework

  • 4-year program;
  • Completion of specific yearly requirements in order to move from year-to-year in the program;
  • Attendance at all regular meetings with program advisor and program sessions;
  • Completion of academic skill-based, social engagement, and holistic development opportunities within each year of the program;
  • Final year includes more focus on career ready program initiatives like a résumé clinic and mock interviews.

You are eligible if you:

  • Complete all 4 years of the program;
  • Graduate with 70% GPA or above;
  • Illustrate active pursuit of employment with a daily log of activities and document attempts at obtaining employment;
  • Check in monthly after graduation to show steps taken to obtain employment.

* Limited enrolment courses and programs are not included in the Promise Program and students must have completed required prerequisites to enrol in tuition free courses.

NU Promise Program Registration Form

Contact nupromise@nipissingu.ca for more information.​​

NU Promise Program FAQs

Are students registered in a three-year degree program (Commerce, Liberal Arts, Liberal Science, Native Studies) eligible for the NU Promise Program?

Yes, as long as students begin their studies at Nipissing University in a three-year degree program, join the NU Promise Program in first year, and identify from the start that they are enrolled in a three-year program, they will be eligible and will be required to meet all of the same requirements of those within a four-year degree program in an accelerated manner, meeting all of the same learning outcomes. The NU Promise Program will consequently be divided differently over three years as illustrated in the following example:

Accelerated Year 1: Original Year 1 offerings plus 1/2 of the Year 2 offerings (additional meetings with the advisor are not required, but students are required to attend the seminars and opportunities for 1/2 of year 2);

Accelerated Year 2: Remaining 1/2 of the original year 2 offerings plus the original year three offerings (no extra meetings with advisor, but a requirement to complete the required seminars and opportunities of year 3);

Accelerated Year 3: Original Year 4 components

Students who decide after their first year of a four-year degree program to change to a three-year degree will not be eligible for the NU Promise Program.

Are students in a Concurrent Education program eligible for the NU Promise Program?

Yes, as long as students complete all 4 years of the NU Promise Program as part of their 4-year undergraduate degree prior to moving into the Bachelor of Education years of their program (Years 5 & 6). In the final 2 years of their Concurrent Education program, participants will be required to continue with regular meetings with their advisor and there will be a requirement to participate in minimal additional seminars and opportunities.

In the final year of their Concurrent Education program, participants will be required to participate in refresher seminars and opportunities as well as meetings with their advisor that mirror and review the year 4 activities that they have completed.

Are students coming to Nipissing University for the 2-year Consecutive Bachelor of Education degree eligible for the NU Promise Program?

Yes, students who completed their 4-year undergraduate degree at Nipissing and participated in the NU Promise Program from year 1 will continue to be eligible for the NU Promise Program through their 2-year Bachelor of Education degree. Participants will be required to continue with regular meetings with their advisor and there will be a requirement to participate in minimal additional seminars and opportunities. In the final year of their Bachelor of Education degree, participants will be required to participate in refresher seminars and opportunities as well as meetings with their advisor that mirror and review the year 4 activities that they have completed.

Consecutive Bachelor of Education students who have not completed the 4-year NU Promise Program during their undergraduate degree program will not be eligible for the NU Promise Program.

Students admitted to the Consecutive Bachelor of Education degree from another institution will not be eligible for the NU Promise Program due to the fact that the requirements for the 4-year NU Promise Program cannot be compressed into or completed within a 2-year timeframe.