105 – Lakehead University

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Last updated: September 19, 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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Lakehead provided more than $11-million in scholarships and awards last year.

Students entering Lakehead University from a community college or another university, or as a mature/adult student with no previous postsecondary education, may qualify for our Transfer/Mature Student Bursary and/or the Transfer Student Award.

For more information, visit our Student Awards & Financial Aid website or contact us:

Enrolment Services – Student Awards and Financial Aid
Josh Levac, Manager of Student Awards and Financial Aid
Phone: 807-343-8150
Email: manager.safa@lakeheadu.ca

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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.

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 program pages 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
  • Co-curricular record opportunities
  • Job preparation
  • 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 support around academic accommodations 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 one 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 (with no component score less than 50)
TOEFL (computer-based) 213 (with no component score less than 17)
TOEFL (internet-based) 80 (with no component score less than 19)
IELTS – International English Language Testing System 6.5 (with 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 (internet‑based) 103

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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Access Programs

Committed to promoting opportunities through education for Ontario’s and Canada’s Native peoples, Lakehead University offers a wide range of programs designed to encourage Native Canadians to pursue a university education in an academically, socially and culturally supportive environment.

These preparatory certificate, diploma and degree programs are a unique blend of courses that assist Native students in maintaining their heritage while furthering their education.

The programs offered include the following:

  • Native Nurses Entry Program
  • Native Access Program
  • Native Teacher Education Program
  • Native Language Instructors’ Program
  • Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal)
  • Honours Bachelor of Social Work with a major concentration in Indigenous Learning

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College Transfers

Lakehead University offers a number of college transfer programs that allow qualified students to complete a degree program in considerably less time. View a comprehensive listing of ourcollege transfer programs.

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Postsecondary Transfer Credits

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 and depend on the type of program you enroll in, as well as academic performance. Find more information 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.
  6. Can be considered by the Admissions Committee to hold promise of academic success.

Find more information about mature student requirements.

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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.

View more information about distance education and online learning.

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Postsecondary Supplementary Fee

If you have attended a postsecondary institution (college, university or CEGEP), you must pay a $55 supplemental fee. This non‑refundable fee must be paid directly to the OUAC along with the application fee.

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Deadlines for Application

View a complete list of application deadlines.

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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 the opportunity to do the following:

  • 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 athletic 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).

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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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