Lakehead University

Founded 1965 | Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University offers a broad range of degree and diploma programs—including programs designed for Indigenous students—across nine faculties on two campuses. The main campus—home to the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law—is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where sightings of foxes, beavers and deer are common. At the centre of campus, man-made Lake Tamblyn offers a prime fishing spot and doubles as a skating rink during the winter. A tunnel system that connects most campus buildings comes in handy on cold winter days.

Lakehead’s Orillia campus, a 90-minute drive north of Toronto, offers a slate of programs in almost 20 areas, including interdisciplinary studies, criminology, environmental sustainability, and media, film and communications. The university is home to 11 Canada Research Chairs.

“Lakehead University offers a very comprehensive breadth of academic programs that are flexible to meet our students’ many and evolving interests and career goals,” says president Gillian Siddall. “Our smaller student-to-faculty ratio also adds value to the student experience as they receive a more personal education attuned to their unique needs while having greater access to research opportunities at the undergraduate level.”

Campus Buzz

Students at Lakehead’s Thunder Bay campus enjoy the recently constructed 30,000-square-foot Wolf Den, a fitness facility with a gymnasium, bright, spacious weight rooms and cardio rooms. 

Standout Programs

• Forestry: In third year, students can specialize in forest management, forest health and protection, or forest products and marketing. Students learn about GPS/GIS systems, 3-D visualization, remote sensing, forest genetics and more. The local boreal forest provides lots of opportunities for hands-on learning.

• Engineering: Students can earn a degree and a technology diploma in four years, getting a solid grounding in engineering fundamentals in chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics or software engineering. Co-op options provide practical training in the field.

• Criminology: Offered at the Orillia campus, this program focuses on the law and legal institutions, social justice and human rights, and forensic science and criminalistics. Undergraduates enjoy modern facilities, small class sizes and opportunities to work with their professors on research projects.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 70% | Science: 70% | Commerce: 70% | Engineering: 70%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 5,587 | Part-time: 1,587

Graduates: Full-time: 1,463 | Part-time: 9

International Students: First-year: 6.4% | Graduate: 50.9%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 1,353 (643 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $11,724 to $14,169 | Apartment-style: $7,942 to $8,245

Cool Courses

• Expedition Management: Learn how to manage various outdoor recreational activities that focus on group dynamics, logistics, decision-making processes and risk management.

• Game Programming: Students are introduced to game design concepts and tools and learn about game play mechanics, animation and storytelling.

Student Life on Campus

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