Student Life

At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom.

You will have the opportunity to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community.

Visit Nipissing’s Student Development and Services website for a complete listing of resources.

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Orientation Week

Lakers Orientation

Lakers Orientation week is a collaborative initiative with programming offered by Residence Life and Lakers Academy.

Orientation week introduces students to Nipissing University, North Bay and fellow students. There are various activities that students can participate in, including:

  • “Muddy Olympics”
  • Movie nights
  • Special guest speakers

Participation in O-week events requires the purchase of a ticket. Visit the Nipissing University’s Student Union website for more information.

Lakers Academy sessions are free and open to all students and offer a wide variety of programs and events related to:

  • Academic preparedness
  • Faculty connections
  • Wellness
  • Safety
  • Community building
  • Fun

Residence Life programming helps students living in residence meet other students and the residence community, including the Residence Life Staff. Learn what it means to be a successful residence student and meet new people.

Lakers Winter Orientation

New and returning students are invited to participate in Lakers Winter Orientation, which takes place during the first week back after the winter break. Programming this week is designed to promote continued success through workshops, information fairs and opportunities to connect with the Lakers community.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

Extracurricular clubs are a great way to become involved at Nipissing. You can meet new people, connect with fellow students who share similar interests and have fun. You can join an existing club or even start your own.

View the list of student clubs at Nipissing.

Student Union

Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Nipissing, you are represented by the Nipissing University Student Union.

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Sports Teams

Nipissing is home to the Lakers varsity sports teams:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Running
  • Hockey
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Our Club Sports consist of:

  • Cheerleading
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Women’s Ringette
  • Dance Pak

Read more about Nipissing’s varsity athletics.

Recreation and Intramurals

Nipissing offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in, regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include flag football, ultimate Frisbee and hockey.

Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.

Nipissing also offers recreational activities that are not team-focused or competitive. Try yoga or a game of squash.

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Student Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

If you have a temporary or permanent disability and require academic accommodation and support, Student Accessibility Services is available to help.

Students can register with SAS at any point in the academic year, ideally at the beginning of the term. We offer:

  • Testing
  • Classroom and personal study accommodations
  • Transition supports
  • Referrals

For students with learning difficulties or suspected disabilities, SAS can provide screening and referral for assessment.

NU Promise

The NU Promise is a multi-year program designed to enrich your student experience at Nipissing University by helping you navigate life as a Laker and your university journey.

The NU Promise Program provides a Student Success Coordinator to help you navigate its 3 core pillars that students will engage with:

  • Academic Success
  • Engagement and Self-Development
  • Career Development

Nipissing is confident in its programs, services and supports and how it prepares students for a rapidly changing skills-based economy.

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

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Nipissing’s Health and Safety has programs and services that provide a safe and secure environment for everyone: Students, staff, faculty and visitors. These initiatives include:

  • Campus whistle program
  • Campus safety walk program
  • Emergency telephones
  • Emergency response programs

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