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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 8,000 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. It is no wonder that 96.3% 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 Campuses

Our Thunder Bay Campus is home to more than 6,500 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.

Our young and growing Orillia Campus is home to more than 1,800 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.



Learning Beyond the Classroom

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:


Key Dates

Admission Points

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



Admission Requirements

Current Ontario High School Students

If you are currently studying in an Ontario high school, or graduated from an Ontario high school in the last 2 years, refer to our admission requirements for Ontario high school students.

Canadian High School Students From Outside of Ontario

If you are attending or have recently graduated from a high school in a Canadian province outside of Ontario, and have not completed any postsecondary studies at another institution, refer to our admission requirements for high school students from outside of Ontario.

Home-schooled Applicants

Home-schooled students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) are welcome to apply. Refer to our admission requirements for home-schooled applicants.

International Applicants

Lakehead University is home to over 1,500 international students, representing over 70 nations around the world.

Pathways and Transfer Students

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.

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.

Mature Students

If you do not meet the general admission requirements and are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant), we can consider your application if you have completed less than 1 year at a community college, have never attended a university and have not been engaged in full-time studies for at least 2 years.

Lakehead-Georgian Partnership Programs

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.

Indigenous Access Programs

We are the university of choice for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. 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.


Supporting Documents


You are responsible for sending Lakehead University copies of your official transcripts from all secondary (i.e., high school) and postsecondary institutions that you have attended and are currently attending.

Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you have the option to meet our English-language proficiency requirements by verifying that you have recently studied in an English-language school system for a designated number of years or through the submission of an English-language proficiency test score.

If your English-language proficiency test scores fall below the minimum required scores, we may consider you for admission through the Lakehead Academic English Program.

Supplemental Documents

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.


Scholarships, Bursaries 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, including the:

  • Lakehead University Renewable Academic Entrance Scholarships
  • Lakehead University Presidential Scholarships
  • Destination Lakehead Bursary
  • Lakehead University Transfer & Mature Student Bursary & Award


Offers of Admission

Ontario High School Applicants

If you are currently attending an Ontario high school, you can expect admission offers in rounds based on when your school releases your grades to us. The timeframes include:

  • December – early round (normally based on Grade 11 marks)
  • March – first round (normally based on Grade 12 first term final marks)
  • May – second round (normally based on Grade 12 first term final marks and second-term midterm marks)
  • July – final round (normally based on Grade 12 first term and second-term final marks)

Applicants to Limited Enrollment Programs

If you apply to a limited enrollment program, offers of admission begin in March and extend throughout the spring. Limited enrollment programs include:

  • Post Diploma Engineering
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • One-Year and Year Three Honours Bachelor of Social Work
  • Visual Arts

All Other Applicants

Depending on space availability, we will continue to accept applications and extend offers to qualified applicants right until the start of the new academic term. Generally, we extend offers of admission on a rolling basis to qualified applicants who have completed an application and submitted all supporting documentation.

You can expect an admission decision within 4 to 6 weeks of submitting a complete application. 


Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services 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.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Under the purview of our Office of Human Rights & Equity (OHRE), our vision to be a university that is plural and diverse in its content, structures and people is guided by our mission to institutionalize equitable and inclusive principles and practices to realize a university where diversity thrives.



We guarantee a space in residence to all high school students who receive an offer of admission and who have met the residence application requirements by no later than June 3, 2024.

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


Campus Tours and Events

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.

We offer in-person tours at both 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.



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

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