101 – Lakehead University

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Last updated: October 3, 2017

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Established in 1965, Lakehead University is a mid-sized, student-centred, fully comprehensive university, with 8,058 undergraduate and graduate students studying between our 2 campuses. Technologically advanced, sensitive to student needs and located in a superior natural environment, we provide an exceptional value‑added education.

Thunder Bay Campus

  • Located on the north shore of Lake Superior.
  • Thunder Bay is the largest urban centre between Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Toronto, Ontario. Known as the “Hub of the North”, Thunder Bay is home to more than 110,000 people.
  • Home to almost 6,800 students studying a comprehensive array of programs.
  • We have 10 faculties: Business Administration; Education; Engineering; Natural Resources Management; Graduate Studies; Northern Ontario School of Medicine; Health and Behavioural Sciences; Science and Environmental Studies; Social Sciences and Humanities; and Law.
  • Well-known for providing a quality, student-centred education.

Orillia Campus

  • Located north of Barrie, Ontario, and is less than a 75‑minute drive to downtown Toronto, Ontario.
  • Entirely designed and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.
  • To enable you to leverage your many interests, our program offerings at the Orillia Campus are multidisciplinary. Ideal for students with broader career interests and aptitudes, a multidisciplinary degree program provides a flexible structure that allows for easy selection of pre‑professional program requirements, along with subjects that are of greatest personal interest.
  • Features an Interdisciplinary Studies program designed to offer you the chance to earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (HBASc) degree and, if you choose, to also earn a Bachelor of Education degree. Majors offered within the HBASc and the BASc are Anthropology, Criminology, English, Environmental Sustainability, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Media Studies.
  • Offers an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Business Administration), Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Global Entrepreneurship), Honours Bachelor of Science (Applied Life Sciences), Honours Bachelor of Social Work, Honours Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), Honours Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), Honours Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor of Arts (History).
  • Lakehead also welcomes college transfer students into any of its programs.
  • 1,274 students.

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Entrance Scholarships

Lakehead provided more than $11 million in scholarships and awards to our students last year. High‑ranking Canadian high school students are automatically considered for our entrance scholarships. The scholarship average is calculated based on your highest six 4U/M grades, available at the time of the scholarship offer. Academic entrance scholarships will be extended in 2 rounds: May 2018 and July 2018.

Academic Average Scholarship Total
(value per year)
Scholarships Available
95.0% & above Free tuition
(Free tuition x 4 years)
Renewable providing a 90% average is achieved in each academic year; if average is between 80.0% and 89.9%, renewable at $2,500 per annum for each subsequent year.
90.0%–94.9% $10,000
($2,500 x 4 years)Renewable providing an 80% average is achieved in each academic year.
85.0%–89.9% $5,000
($1,250 x 4 years)Renewable providing an 80% average is achieved in each academic year.
80.0%–84.9% $3,000
($750 x 4 years)Renewable providing an 80% average is achieved in each academic year.

Qualified students will be awarded the best scholarship from either of the 2 rounds. View our entrance scholarship table.

A full course load is required in each year of study based on the student’s program of study and year level. Students who take less than a full course load, but at least 80% or more of a full coarse load, are still eligible to receive a pro‑rated scholarship value.

Additional Scholarships

Additional scholarships, as well as a Lakehead University Entrance Bursary, are also available. For more details, refer to the Enrolment Services – Student Awards and Financial Aid website.

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Residence Accommodations

Our Thunder Bay Campus Residence has accommodations for 1,063 students.

7 building structures comprise the residence:

  • Bartley Residence,
  • Halliday Hall Residence,
  • 3 townhouse complexes and
  • 2 apartment buildings.

The townhouses and apartments are reserved for upper‑year students.

If you stay in Bartley Residence or Halliday Hall Residence, you will enjoy a full meal plan that is included in the accommodation package. With a meal plan, you can enjoy extra study and activity time while not worrying about meal preparation and clean up. Townhouse and apartment students may purchase optional meal plans directly from the Food Services Office.

Our Orillia Campus has a 243-bed residence complex, which is a smoke‑free, dormitory-style residence hall that features a unique, modern design where you have your own single room and share a bathroom with only 1 other person.

Each floor houses 40 single rooms, a laundry facility, kitchenette and quiet room. With a full meal plan included in the accommodation package, you can enjoy extra study and activity time while not worrying about meal preparation and clean up.

If you are a high school student who received an offer of admission to Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay Campus or Orillia Campus, you are guaranteed a space in residence, provided that you return your residence contract, residence profile and down payment by the appropriate deadline.

Find more information about residence.

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Co-op Education

Lakehead offers the opportunity to gain paid, hands-on experience through a co-op work term. Alternate your academic studies with periods of work experience, and deepen your knowledge of your field while you earn additional money and build your resumé for the future. Refer to the list of Lakehead programs to see if co-op is an option for your particular program of interest.

Find more information about co-operative education at Lakehead University.

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Student Success

Lakehead University’s Student Success Centre (SSC) is committed to helping you throughout your university career at Lakehead. The SSC staff focus on enhancing your self‑confidence, contributing to academic success and helping you achieve your goals to develop life‑long plans.

SSC services include the following:

  • Career exploration
  • Co‑operative education opportunities
  • Job preparation
  • Co‑curricular record opportunities
  • Leadership development
  • Orientation and first‑year experience
  • Study skills and exam preparation workshops
  • Tutoring services

Find more information about Lakehead’s Student Success Centre.

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Student Accessibility Services

Lakehead University is committed to helping coordinate services and supports around academic accommodation for students with disabilities who may need academic assistive technology, test or exam accommodation, notetakers or other services.

Students with special needs related to a disability are encouraged to contact Student Accessibility Services as early as possible to arrange for any academic and/or physical accommodations that may be necessary.

Find more information about Student Accessibility Services.

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Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, and you cannot verify that you recently studied in an English‑language school system for more than 3 full years of full‑time study, you will be required to present proof of English‑language proficiency.

Lakehead University accepts the following as proof of English‑language proficiency:

  1. Successful completion of 1 of the recommended language tests with the required minimum scores.
  2. Successful completion of Lakehead University’s Academic English Program.
  3. Successful completion of 1 of our approved Pathway Partner’s ESL programs. For a list of Lakehead University’s approved pathway partners, contact Lakehead University International at 807‑346‑7848.

English‑Language Proficiency for all regular undergraduate programs (except Nursing)

Test Minimum Score
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper‑based) 550 (no component score less than 50)
TOEFL (computer‑based) 213 (no component score less than 17)
TOEFL (internet‑based) 80 (no component score less than 19)
IELTS – International English Language Testing System 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0)
MELAB – Michigan English Language Assessment Battery 85
CAEL – Canadian Academic English Language Assessment 60

English‑Language Proficiency for Nursing

Test Minimum Score
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
Minimum individual scores: Writing 28, Speaking 28, Reading 24, Listening 23
IELTS – International English Language Testing System 7
Minimum Individual Scores: Writing 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6.5, Listening 6.5

Lakehead University’s institution code for TOEFL scores is 0888.

Note: Some academic units may require a higher score. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Lakehead University.

If you meet Lakehead University’s admission requirements, but your English‑language proficiency test scores fall below the minimum score, you may be considered for admission through the Lakehead Academic English Program (AEP).

Based on the results of an English‑language test that you will be given when you arrive at Lakehead University, you will be admitted to 1 of the 5 AEP levels. If test results indicate that your proficiency level is high enough that you do not need to complete the AEP, you will continue directly into your degree program.

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Distance Education and Online Learning

No matter where you live in the world, you can pursue your educational goals when and where it’s most convenient for you. From a single course to a seminar or an entire program, online or on campus, we have the solution. Find more information about distance education.

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International Baccalaureate (IB) Admission Requirements

An International Baccalaureate Diploma with a total score of 28 in 6 subjects, 3 of which must be at the Higher Level (HL) with no score less than 4 in any subject, is required. Find complete details about IB admission requirements.

Note: Higher scores may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces. Program‑specific prerequisite courses are also required.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

If you are a high school student taking Advanced Placement courses, you may be eligible to receive university credit. Find complete details on AP requirements.

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Deferral of admission requests will be considered on a case‑by‑case basis for open enrollment programs.

Deferrals will not be considered for limited enrollment programs, including:

  • Engineering,
  • Music,
  • Nursing, and
  • Visual Arts.

All conditions listed on the original Offer of Admission letter must be satisfied before a deferral of admission request will be considered. If you plan on completing any further studies at an accredited institution after being admitted to Lakehead, you will have to re‑apply for admission through the OUAC. Download the Deferral Request form.

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Campus Tours

There is no better way to experience the Lakehead difference than with a personalized visit.

During your campus tour you will have these opportunities:

  • See the teaching facilities, labs, classrooms, library and computer labs.
  • Tour through residences and learn about on-campus housing options and meal plans.
  • Visit the athletics facilities.
  • Talk with current students and have a 1-on-1 meeting with a faculty member about the program you are interested in.

Tours are available Monday to Friday at both of our campuses. In Thunder Bay they are offered at 9 am and 1 pm and in Orillia they are available 10 am and 3 pm. Register for a tour online or call 807-343-8500 (Thunder Bay campus) or 705-330-4008, ext. 2150 (Orillia campus).

Campus Tour Bursary

To assist you in visiting our 2 beautiful campuses, we offer $500 in financial assistance to prospective students who are currently in high school and travelling from a distance to come experience the Lakehead difference. For details and application information, visit our Campus Tour Bursary Website.

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Contact Information

Lakehead University
Student Central
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay ON  P7B 5E1
Telephone: 807-343-8500
Toll‑free: 1‑800‑465‑3959 (within Canada)
Questions? Ask Lakehead!

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