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Lakehead University

Lakehead University | Thunder Bay, Ont. | Founded 1965

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 interim 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.

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.
• Bioinformatics: This interdisciplinary program applies the study of information technology to the field of biology. Courses cover areas such as mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry and physics.
• Engineering Technology: Lakehead is the only university in Canada where students can obtain both a degree in engineering and a diploma in engineering technology in a four-year program.

Cool Courses
Cyclotron and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry: Get hands-on experience learning about nuclear medicine imaging through the university’s special access to a new state-of-the-art lab at Thunder Bay Regional Health Services.
• DNA in Forensic Science: In this anthropology course, students learn about the history of DNA analysis, its credibility as criminal evidence and how it is used by law enforcement in U.S. and Canadian courtrooms.

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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