101 – Lakehead University
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Last updated: October 1, 2019
- About Lakehead
- Admission Entry Points
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Residence Accommodations
- Experiential Learning: Co-op, Internships, Field School, Placements and More
- Supporting Our Students
- Student Accessibility Services
- Language Requirements
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Admission Requirements
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- Access Programs
- Lakehead-Georgian Partnership
- Visit Lakehead
- Contact Information
Lakehead University is the perfect-sized university, with more than 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students studying between our 2 campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario. Known for providing a quality, student-centred education, Lakehead provides you with a personalized education with small class sizes, a high degree of student-professor interaction and a place where you will matter. Rated Canada’s #1 Undergraduate Research University for 4 years in a row, Lakehead is a place where you will be exposed to world-class research and the pursuit of new knowledge throughout your undergraduate years.
Learning by doing is part of the Lakehead advantage. Our programs are designed to provide you with real-life skills and experience to launch your future career. From co-op, internships and work-integrated learning, to field schools, placements, practicums and community-based learning, it’s no wonder that Lakehead has a high employment rate with 94.5% of graduates employed within 2 years of graduation.
Our innovative programs span 10 faculties:
- Business Administration
- Health and Behavioural Sciences
- Natural Resources Management
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Science and Environmental Studies
- Graduate Studies
With a law school, medical school and numerous graduate programs (i.e., master’s and PhD programs), Lakehead provides many options for you to continue your education upon completion of your first undergraduate program.
Our Campuses: Thunder Bay and Orillia
Thunder Bay Campus
Lakehead University’s campus in Thunder Bay offers you an exceptional place to live and learn. The city of Thunder Bay is located in the middle of Canada, on the shores of Lake Superior, and is home to more than 110,000 people. As the largest urban centre between Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Toronto, Ontario, Thunder Bay is a vibrant, upbeat community surrounded by an absolutely breathtaking natural environment.
Our Thunder Bay campus is home to almost 7,000 students studying a comprehensive array of programs. Our students come from all across Canada and more than 80 different countries. Serviced by the Thunder Bay International Airport, we are a short 90-minute flight from Toronto.
Home to more than 1,500 students, Lakehead University’s campus in Orillia offers you a growing, yet personalized, learning environment where you can play a bigger role. Located north of Barrie, Ontario, in cottage country, Orillia is less than 90 minutes from Toronto, providing you with the perfect getaway to focus on your studies while being close enough to take advantage of big city life.
Our environmentally-friendly campus offers a range of innovative programs, including our flagship degree, the Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science, which is a multidisciplinary program that enables you to leverage your many interests in both the arts and sciences.
Admission Entry Points
Lakehead University has year-round admission and will accept applications for studies beginning in September, January, May and July for most programs.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Lakehead University is committed to helping you fund your university education. We provide more than $11 million in scholarships and awards to our students annually.
Lakehead University Renewable Academic Entrance Scholarships (No Application Required)
Lakehead offers one of the top entrance scholarship programs to Canadian high school students in the country. High-ranking Canadian high school students are automatically considered. Academic Entrance Scholarships will be extended in 2 rounds: May 2020 (Round 1) and July 2020 (Round 2).
|Academic Average||Offer after Round 1||Offer after Round 2||Notes|
|95%+||$4,000||Free tuition||If you received a Round 1 offer of $4,000 but do not meet a Round 2 average for free tuition, you will receive a $4,000 renewable offer. These scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years, providing a 90% average is achieved in each academic year; if average is between 80% and 89.9%, renewable at $2,500 per year for each subsequent year.|
|90-94.9%||$2,500||$2,500||Renewable for up to 4 years, providing an 80% average is achieved in each academic year.|
|85-89.9%||$1,250||$1,250||Renewable for up to 4 years, providing an 80% average is achieved in each academic year.|
|80-84.9%||$750||$750||Renewable for up to 4 years, providing an 80% average is achieved in each academic year.|
Qualified students will be awarded the best scholarship from either of the 2 rounds; your offer can never go down.
Lakehead University Presidential Scholarships
Awarded annually to up to 2 outstanding Canadian high school students who have achieved a minimum 90% average, demonstrated leadership qualities and made significant contributions to their high school and community. Valued at $30,000 ($7,500/year x 4 years).
Lakehead University Entrance Bursaries
Lakehead University’s exceptional entrance bursary program assists students with financial need. The bursaries are valued at up to $2,300:
- General Bursary up to $1,500, and/or
- Travel Bursary up to $800
Lakehead University offers a guaranteed single room in residence to all first-year students who are offered admission and submit a residence application by the deadline date. Residence is the place to be – Lakehead offers the best residence life program in the country!
Our Thunder Bay Campus Residence has accommodations for 1,063 students. As a first-year student, you will enjoy staying in our Residence Halls, along with a full meal plan. After first year, you can also apply to stay in our on-campus townhouses or apartments. There are also many off-campus housing options available in Thunder Bay.
Our Orillia Campus has a 243-bed, 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. Students will choose from 1 of 2 declining-balance meal plan options at the Orillia campus.
Experiential Learning: Co-op, Internships, Field School, Placements and More
Lakehead’s innovative programs offer experiential learning opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience to complement your learning inside the classroom.
Our co-op program is a great way to 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. Refer to the list of Lakehead programs to see if co-op is an option for your particular program of interest.
Other opportunities similar to work-integrated learning opportunities also exist. Many of our programs also include mandatory placements or practicums in local community agencies, schools and within the industry.
Supporting Our Students
Your success matters to us. Lakehead University is committed to supporting you as you transition to life as a university student and throughout your studies.
As a new student, your first stop is Student Central, where we can assist you with everything from applying to Lakehead and financing your education with scholarships and bursaries, to getting you ready to register for your courses and ensuring you understand your program.
The Student Success Centre can assist you with your transition to university studies. It offers Academic Skill Workshops on note-taking, time management and exam preparation, as well as group tutoring, and writing and math support. Career exploration and advising, including help with resumé writing, interview preparation and job searching are other ways we can support you as you prepare for your future career.
Other supports include: Health & Wellness, Sports & Recreation, Lakehead University Student Union, Residence Life, Student Accounts, Aboriginal Cultural & Support, Lakehead International and more.
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 accommodations, note-takers or other services.
Students with 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.
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.
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).
International Baccalaureate (IB) Admission Requirements
An IB Diploma with a minimum total score of 24 is required. Program-specific prerequisites can be completed at the Higher Level or Standard Level.
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.
Advanced Placement (AP)
If you are a high school student taking AP courses, you may be eligible to receive university credit.
Lakehead University is the university of choice for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. At Lakehead, we know the transition to university is a significant one. In order to ease the transition into university-level studies, Lakehead is proud to offer 2 access programs designed to provide a bridge to an undergraduate degree in an academically, socially and culturally supportive environment.
These preparatory programs are a unique blend of courses that assist Indigenous students with maintaining their heritage while furthering their education. The programs offered include the Native Access Program and Native Nurses Entry Program.
Lakehead University and Georgian College, located in Barrie, Ontario, offer you a one-of-a-kind education. Experience the best of university and college through our integrated programs that offer you both a university degree and a college diploma in 4 years.
There is no better way to experience the Lakehead difference than with a personalized visit. Our Campus Tour program is customized based on your individual interests. During your tour, led by a current student, you will see your future learning environment, including labs and classrooms, tour residence, visit our athletic facilities and meet one-on-one with a faculty member about the program you are interested in.
Tours are available Monday to Friday: Thunder Bay Campus (9 am to 1 pm) and Orillia Campus (10 am to 3 pm), as well as select Saturdays each month.
Campus Tour Bursaries – up to $500 – are also available to help you pay for your visit to Lakehead.
Visit us anytime. Take our Virtual Tour.
Thunder Bay Campus:
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay ON P7B 5E1
500 University Avenue
Orillia ON L3V 0B9
Recruitment – Campus Tours
Telephone: 807-343-8500 (Thunder Bay Campus)
Telephone: 705-330-4008, ext. 2150 (Orillia Campus)