105 – Lakehead University

Last updated: September 14, 2022

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About Lakehead

Lakehead University is no ordinary place. From the moment you step foot onto our campus in either Thunder Bay or Orillia and join our community of more than 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, you will experience a personal education where you matter and can play a bigger role.

Our highly acclaimed, world-renowned faculty and researchers will know you by name and truly care about your academic growth and success. Our rigorous academic programs will allow you to thrive in a way that challenges you to think, not what to think.

We offer you learning opportunities that expand beyond the classroom and into our local communities, labs, the workplace and locations all over the world. Experience hands-on learning to develop knowledge and skills for your university years and beyond graduation. It is no wonder that 97.7% of Lakehead grads are employed within 2 years of graduation.

As one of Canada’s top 10 Undergraduate Universities (Maclean’s), Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university with over 65 programs to choose from.

Our innovative programs span 9 faculties:

  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Law
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Science and Environmental Studies
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

With a law school and numerous graduate programs (i.e., master’s and PhD programs), we provide many options for you to continue your education upon completion of your first undergraduate program.

Read more about our program offerings.

Our Campuses

Thunder Bay Campus

Our Thunder Bay Campus is home to more than 7,000 students and is situated in the heart of the city of Thunder Bay. Surrounded by green space and clear blue waters with buildings conveniently situated together on more than 100 hectares of land, Lakehead Thunder Bay provides a true campus feel.

The city of Thunder Bay is located on the north shores of Lake Superior and is the largest urban centre between Winnipeg and Toronto. Serviced by 3 major airlines, Thunder Bay is a short 90-minute flight from Toronto and prides itself on an unbeatable quality of life. Live theatre, festivals, a vibrant arts and culture scene and unlimited outdoor activities await.

Orillia Campus

Welcome to Lakehead Orillia, a young and growing campus that is home to more than 1,500 students. With state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs and study spaces, our Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified campus is the perfect location to live and learn.

Located on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe, Orillia is a vibrant city with the amenities of a large urban centre, yet with small-town charm. Less than a 90-minute drive from Toronto, or just 20 minutes north of Barrie, you will be surrounded by beautiful open spaces and waterfront trails that lead to incredible local shopping, cuisine and recreation opportunities.

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Admission Entry Points

We have year-round admission and will accept applications for studies beginning in September, January, May and July for most programs.

View a complete list of application deadlines.

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College and University Transfer

Whether you are looking to start university studies for the first time, switching institutions or interested in further pursuing your education, we have many pathways to guide you in meeting your educational goals. We provide flexible program options that allow you to maximize the time and effort you have already put in place during your studies elsewhere, either at college or university.

It is easy to transfer to Lakehead. Our pathway agreements and general transfer policies are designed to maximize your credits from your current or previous studies at either college or university – or even both. There are 4 ways to transfer and become a Lakehead student:

Bilateral Agreements – for College Graduates:
These are agreements between Lakehead University and accredited community colleges that allow college graduates of a specific program to enter directly into a specific Lakehead program in the first, second or third year of study.

Multilateral Agreements – for College Graduates:
Like bilateral agreements, a college graduate from any Ontario college in specific programs can enter into a specific Lakehead program in the first, second or third year of study.

General Transfer Requirements – for College and/or University Students & Graduates:
Unlike a bilateral or multilateral agreement, we will assess any college or university student (or graduate) automatically for transfer credit.

Engineering Post-diploma College Transfer Programs – Direct Entry for Graduate Engineering Technologists:
The Faculty of Engineering at Lakehead in Thunder Bay offers 5 post-diploma engineering degree programs enabling qualified graduate engineering technologists to earn a Bachelor of Engineering degree in a minimum of a summer and 2 regular academic years.

If you are transferring from another university, we will automatically assess transfer credit as part of your application.

In addition to general admission requirements, we encourage you to review the program-specific prerequisites to determine which particular courses you will require from your academic background.

We are here to help! Our Student Central Team along with your program chair will help you understand the credits awarded and how we will use them toward your program at Lakehead.

Find a comprehensive listing of our college transfer programs.

Read more about transfer credits.

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Postsecondary Transfer Credits

The type of transfer credit you may receive depends on whether you enter into Lakehead through a bilateral or multilateral agreement, or through our general transfer agreements. In some cases, you may enter directly into year 2 or 3 of the program. In other cases, you may receive either direct equivalency or unspecified equivalency credits.

If you previously attended a postsecondary institution and are requesting transfer credits, you must submit official course syllabi to Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Admissions when you apply. We determine transfer credits on an individual basis upon admission.

Read more about transfer credits.

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Mature Students

For us to consider you for admission as a mature/adult student, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) who has not been engaged in full-time studies for at least 2 years and has completed less than 1 year at a community college. You must have never attended a university and not meet the general admission requirements.

To meet our general admission requirements, you will need to:

  • successfully complete the required prerequisite courses at the Grade 12 U/M level, or equivalent, for your program of choice and
  • demonstrate academic success to the Admissions Committee. This may involve completing an applicant profile and detailing your skills and experience that would demonstrate your potential for success at university.

Read more about mature student requirements.

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Postsecondary Supplementary Fee

If you have attended a postsecondary institution (college, university or CEGEP), you must pay a $65 supplementary fee. You must pay this non-refundable fee directly to the OUAC along with the application fee.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

We are committed to helping you fund your university education. We provide more than $11 million in scholarships and awards to our students annually.

Lakehead University Transfer & Mature Student Bursary & Award

If you are entering Lakehead University from a community college or another university, or as a mature/adult student with no previous postsecondary education, you may qualify.

Read more about the Transfer/Mature Student Bursary and/or the Transfer Student Award.

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Residence Accommodations

Welcome to your new home away from home. Living in residence is a huge part of your life as a Lakehead student. From your very first day, you will meet new people from all around the world and establish friendships that will last a lifetime.

Note: Housing registration is on a first-come, first-served basis until residence facilities reach capacity. Register early to secure your housing preference.

Upper-year students have the option of apartments, townhouses or Residence Halls. Apartments and townhouses offer you the independence of living and cooking on your own. The dorm-style Residence Halls accommodation package includes a full meal plan.

Our Orillia Campus Residence features a modern dorm design where you have your own single room and share a bathroom with only 1 other person. A full meal plan is included with the accommodation package; you can choose either a 5- or 7-day meal plan. Each residence ”House” of 40 students includes a student room, lounge and laundry facilities.

There are also many off-campus housing options available in Thunder Bay and Orillia.

Read more about residence at the Thunder Bay Campus.

Read more about residence at the Orillia Campus.

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Learning Beyond the Classroom: Co-op, Internships, Field School, Placements and More

Enrich your education both inside and outside the classroom by taking your expertise into our local communities, the lab, the workplace or even around the world. Gain practical, hands-on experience through a variety of experiential learning opportunities available across all our undergraduate programs.

Invest in a co-op work term. Alternate your academic studies with periods of work experience and deepen your knowledge, while you earn additional money and build your resumé for the future.

Internships allow you to translate the concepts and principles you learn in the classroom into practical skills in the workplace.

Looking for field placements? Many of our programs offer integrated practicums and placements, or the opportunity for field schools and trips.

Alternatively, consider immersing yourself in the dynamic culture of another country while completing your degree. During an international exchange, you remain a Lakehead student while you invest your time in a core or optional component of your curriculum. Gain global competencies to enhance marketability and give yourself a competitive edge after graduation.

Read more about experiential learning opportunities.

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Supporting Our Students

Your success matters to us. We are committed to supporting you as you transition to life as a university student and throughout your studies.

Whether you are a new student arriving on campus for the first time, getting ready to graduate or anything in between, Student Central provides you with a more convenient way to conduct your business and access support in one central location. Here you will be able to access everything you need – from enrolling at Lakehead through to course registration, financial support, academic advising and so much more. Our dedicated, cross-trained Student Central Professionals can solve issues from start to finish with consistency of service and answers. This holistic approach allows us to focus on you!

You can find us in the University Centre (beside the Agora) on our Thunder Bay campus and in Simcoe Hall on our Orillia Campus. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, except for Tuesdays, when we open at 10:00 am. We currently offer services via phone and email:

The Student Success Centre has many programs and support services in place to help you achieve your academic and personal goals while you study at Lakehead University. We provide academic support through:

  • tutoring services,
  • career exploration,
  • co-operative opportunities and
  • leadership development.

Register for an Academic Skills Workshop on note-taking, time management and exam preparation, or take advantage of our 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
  • Indigenous Student Services Centre
  • Lakehead International

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Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

SAS coordinates services and facilitates academic accommodations for students with disabilities and/or medical conditions.

We collaborate with students, staff and faculty to develop strategies for successful learning experiences, while maintaining academic standards. We offer a supportive atmosphere and deliver our services in a respectful, confidential manner.

Email SAS in Thunder Bay or call 807-343-8047.

Email SAS in Orillia or call 705-330-4010, ext. 2103.

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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 years of full-time study, we will require you to present proof of English-language proficiency.

If you meet our admission requirements, but your English-language proficiency test scores fall below the minimum required scores, we may consider you for admission through the Lakehead Academic English Program (AEP). Offered at both our Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses, the AEP prepares you for academic studies. Our program targets all 4 language areas: Reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will improve your ability to:

  • read academic materials,
  • write essays,
  • take notes and
  • give presentations.

Read more about our English-language proficiency requirements.

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Access Programs

We are the university of choice for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. At Lakehead, we know the transition to university is a significant one. To ease the transition into university-level studies, we are proud to offer 3 access programs that provide transition pathways to many undergraduate degree programs 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 include the:

  • Indigenous Transition Year Program,
  • Indigenous STEM Access Program and
  • Indigenous Nurses Entry Program.

Read more about Indigenous access programs.

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Lakehead-Georgian Partnership

Lakehead University and Georgian College, located in Barrie, Ontario, offer you a one-of-a-kind education. Explore our innovative, 4-year combined degree-diploma programs. Our programs offer you the opportunity to earn a university degree and college diploma in 4 years of full-time study. Our innovative degree-diploma programs integrate theoretical learning with a blend of applied skills you need to be job-ready.

Read more about our integrated program offerings.

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Visit Lakehead

A campus tour of either our Thunder Bay or Orillia campus is the best way for you to discover that Lakehead is where you belong. Experience for yourself what makes our campuses exceptional and unconventional places to study.

We offer in-person tours at both the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses. Not able to make it in person? Check out our campuses virtually – walk around our pathways and learn all about our student support services, faculties, labs, classrooms, residence and more.

Tours are available throughout the week.

Visit our website to check for current availability and register for a tour.

If you prefer to explore virtually on your own, visit us anytime. Take our Virtual Tour.

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Contact Information

Lakehead University

Thunder Bay Campus:
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay ON  P7B 5E1

Orillia Campus:
500 University Avenue
Orillia ON  L3V 0B9

Recruitment – Campus Tours
Telephone: 807-343-8010, ext. 7856 (Thunder Bay Campus)
Telephone: 705-330-4010, ext. 2150 (Orillia Campus)
Email: recruit@lakeheadu.ca

Student Central (Admissions, Financial Aid, Registration)
Toll-free: 1-800-465-3959 (within Canada)
Email: studentcentral@lakeheadu.ca

Questions? Ask Lakehead

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