Lakehead University

Lakehead University | Thunder Bay, Ont. | Founded 1965

Lakehead students wade through a river in ecology class

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. (Photograph by Andrew Tolson)

Lakehead University offers a broad range of degree and diploma programs across 10 faculties on two campuses, including programs designed for Indigenous students. The main campus in Thunder Bay, Ont., is also home to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. The university’s focus on research and experiential learning “provides opportunities for our students, throughout their degree, for hands-on learning in labs, co-ops and placements—all of which prepares students for jobs,” says president Moira McPherson. “Over 90 per cent of our graduates are working within six months of graduating.”

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.

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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.
• Computer Science: Students take advantage of high-tech labs and classrooms to learn the latest in game programming, mobile computing, health informatics applications, internet applications, computer security, big data and cloud computing. Students can select from a science or business stream, and gain valuable work experience through the co-op program.
• Engineering: Students can earn both an engineering degree and engineering technology diploma in four years, a combination that produces graduates with a solid grounding in engineering fundamentals as well as hands-on experience.

Cool Courses
• Crime, Media, Culture: Explores the representation of crime and law enforcement in media and popular culture, and how it shapes public perception.
Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity: Considers contemporary issues relating to sport and physical activity, as well as sociological theories and historical perspectives.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 5,700 · Part-time: 1,279
Graduates: Full-time: 1,218 · Part-time: 6
International Students: First-year: 9.6% ·
Graduate: 42.2%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Residence Spaces
1,304 (563 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Single room with meals: $10,702 to $12,894 · Apartment-style: $7,237

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