105 – Lakehead University

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Last updated: September 19, 2019

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About Lakehead

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

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.

Read more about Lakehead’s program offerings.

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.

Orillia Campus
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.

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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.

View a complete list of application deadlines.

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College Transfer

Lakehead University is a leader in offering college transfer programs that allow qualified students to complete a degree program in considerably less time.

View a comprehensive listing of our college transfer programs.

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Postsecondary Transfer Credits

Lakehead is committed to helping you maximize your transfer credit.

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

Read more about transfer credits.

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Mature Students

If you do not meet the general admission requirements, you may be considered for admission as a mature student if you:

  1. are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  2. were not engaged in full-time studies for a minimum of 2 years;
  3. attempted less than 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college;
  4. have never attended a university;
  5. successfully meet the minimum program-specific prerequisites at the 4U/M level, or equivalent; and
  6. can be considered by the Admissions Committee to hold promise of academic success.

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 $60 supplementary fee. This non-refundable fee must be paid directly to the OUAC along with the application fee.

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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.

View our entrance scholarship table and eligibility requirements.

Lakehead University Presidential Scholarships

Awarded annually to 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. Up to 2 scholarships valued at $30,000 ($7,500/year x 4 years).

View application details.

Lakehead University Entrance Bursaries

Lakehead University’s exceptional entrance bursary program assists students coming directly from high school 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

View application details.

Lakehead University Transfer & Mature Student Bursary & Award

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

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

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Residence Accommodations

Lakehead welcomes students that are transferring from another college or university, as well as mature students, to apply to stay in residence. We also offer a guaranteed single room in residence to all first-year students direct from a Canadian high school who are offered admission and submit a residence application by the deadline date.

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. If you are transferring from another institution or are a mature/adult student, our on-campus townhouses and apartments are the perfect accommodations. Both are equipped with kitchens, though you may opt into a meal plan if desired.

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 plans at the Orillia campus.

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

Read more about residence and costs.

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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.

Read more about co-operative education at Lakehead University.

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.

Read more about experiential learning opportunities.

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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, 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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).

Read more about Lakehead’s English-Language Proficiency Requirements.

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Access Programs

Lakehead University is the university of choice for First Nation, 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.

Read more about supplementary application details.

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Visit Lakehead

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.

Book a campus tour.

Campus Tour Bursaries – up to $500 – are also available to help you pay for your visit to Lakehead.

Read more about campus tour bursaries.

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: 807-343-8500 (Thunder Bay Campus)
Telephone: 705-330-4008, ext. 2150 (Orillia Campus)
Email: recruit@lakeheadu.ca

Student Central (Admissions, Financial Aid, Registration)
Telephone: 807-343-8500
Toll-free: 1-800-465-3959 (within Canada)
Questions? Ask Lakehead
Email: studentcentral@lakeheadu.ca

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