Accessibility Admissions


Each year Nipissing University makes available a number of spaces for accessibility admissions of Canadian citizens and landed immigrants, who apply to the year one undergraduate program from high school or community college, or to the one year teacher education program. This is to give special consideration to individuals from specified groups.

Year one undergraduate applicants who have achieved the minimum acceptable average for admission to the University, but whose academic record does not include the higher average required for their chosen program, may apply for consideration as a special applicant under the categories listed below.

Teacher education applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements, completion of a bachelor's degree acceptable to Nipissing University, but do not meet the higher admission standard established for the given year, will be granted similar consideration.

At the time of their initial application, applicants requesting special consideration must submit evidence to document their entitlement to be considered under one or more of the following categories:

  • the applicant is of Aboriginal ancestry
  • the applicant is a member of a visible minority, or
  • the applicant is differently abled

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis and interviews may be required. The committee may restrict the number of courses for which an applicant may register.

Students admitted under this policy are required to meet the same standards for progression and graduation as required of all other students.

This policy will be reviewed by the Senate Committee on Admissions, Promotions and Petitions every three years, and more frequently if necessary. The results of such reviews will be presented to Senate.


1. The selections of applicants under the categories of:

  • the applicant is of Aboriginal ancestry
  • the applicant is a member of a visible minority
  • the applicant is differently abled

will be determined by faculty committees established by the Dean of each faculty and including one faculty member from the other faculty. These committees will be responsible for establishing their own procedures and implementation schedule. The committee's decisions will be final (i.e., applicants may not appeal the decision to the Senate Committee on Admissions, Petitions and Promotions).