Lakehead University

Lakehead University | Thunder Bay, Ont. | Founded 1965

Lakehead University student holding bug

THUNDER BAY, ON – October 9th – 2011 – Second-year biology students in an introductory ecology lab collect samples from the McIntyre River and Lake Tamblyn on Lakehead’s Thunder Bay campus. The introductory ecology course helps students understand the interrelationships of plants and animals with the environment.

Lakehead University offers a broad range of degree and diploma programs across 10 faculties, including programs designed for Indigenous students. The main campus in Thunder Bay is home, as well, to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. “If you’re looking for an exceptional and unconventional university experience that includes small classes, experiential learning and lots of interaction with your professors, then Lakehead University is your university,” says president Brian Stevenson. Sightings of foxes, beavers and deer are common, while, at the centre of campus, man-made Lake Tamblyn offers a prime fishing spot in spring and fall and doubles as a skating rink during the winter. A tunnel system that connects most campus buildings comes in handy on cold winter days. Thunder Bay is somewhat isolated from big cities, but affordable flights connect it to Toronto, Winnipeg and beyond. Lakehead’s Orillia campus, a 90-minute drive north of Toronto, offers a unique interdisciplinary arts and science program with majors in criminology, environmental sustainability and media studies.

READ: One student dishes on life at Lakehead

Standout Programs

Outdoor Recreation: Lakehead’s northern location, close to rivers, lakes and trails, offers unique learning opportunities. Both theoretical and applied approaches are used to teach participants about recreation as it relates to the natural environment. A new concentration in nature-based therapeutic recreation is now on offer.

Kinesiology:  Students receive a strong science foundation, as well as practical courses and hands-on experience in this interdisciplinary program. Students are eligible for co-operative education placements.

Business: The commerce program can be combined with other programs, such as computer science, a co-op placement, or a certificate in business information technology, preparing students for work in specific industries.

Cool Courses

Environmental Science Field Course: Field techniques relating to ecological integrity are taught in partnership with Parks Canada at Pukaskwa National Park on the shores of Lake Superior.

Women in the North: This sociology course examines Northern and Indigenous women’s lives, and how they are affected by issues related to gender, race, ethnicity and class.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 70%
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 70%
$7,244 1st & 2nd year: 40
3rd & 4th year: 24.2
Undergraduates: 7,159
Graduates: 899
1,304 (564 reserved for first years) Graduation: 77.3%
Retention: 81.4%

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