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 university’s focus on research and experiential learning “provides opportunities for our students, throughout their degree, for hands-on learning in labs, co-ops and placements—all of which prepare students for jobs,” says outgoing president Moira McPherson. “Over 97 per cent of our graduates are working within six months of graduating.” (Gillian Siddall takes over as president later this year.)

The main campus—home to the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law—is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario. 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. Thunder Bay is somewhat isolated from big cities, but affordable flights connect it to Toronto, Winnipeg and beyond. 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.

Standout Programs

• Engineering: Students can earn a degree and a technology diploma in four years, getting a solid grounding in theory as well as hands-on experience.

• Outdoor Recreation: This program offers theoretical and applied learning in a field that contributes to health, culture, economic development and an appreciation of the natural environment. Nearby rivers, lakes and trails provide lots of opportunities for hands-on field activities in nature.

• Nursing: Students gain experience as early as first year through a clinical placement, in addition to taking courses in nursing, social science and sciences. The program offers opportunities for experiential learning in areas including mental health, pediatrics, long-term care and community health.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

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

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 5,661 | Part-time: 1,472

Graduates: Full-time: 1,428 | Part-time: 11

International Students: First-year: 7.6% | Graduate: 46.1%

Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 1,343 (633 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $11,512 to $13,828

Apartment-style: $7,740 to $8,153

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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