Lakehead University

Lakehead University | Thunder Bay, Ont. | Founded 1965

Thunder Bay campus (Courtesy of Lakehead University)

Lakehead University offers a broad range of degree and diploma programs—including programs designed for Indigenous students—across 10 faculties on two campuses. 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 prepare students for jobs,” says president Moira McPherson. “Over 92 per cent of our graduates are working within six months of graduating.”

Sightings of foxes, beavers and deer are common. 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: This program offers theoretical and applied learning in a field that contributes to health, culture, economic development and an appreciation of the natural environment. Nearby rivers, lakes and trails give students lots of opportunities for hands-on field activities in nature.
Applied Life Sciences: Study anthropology, chemistry, biology and physics in this interdisciplinary program. Through lab work, students acquire skills in molecular biology, biotechnology and diagnostic methods. A combined degree-diploma program with Georgian College is also available.
Computer Science: This program, with streams in business or science, gives students access to high-tech facilities, including a 3D virtual reality lab, as they learn about game programming, health informatics applications, big data, cloud computing and more. Co-op provides valuable experience.

Cool Courses
Global Change Biology: Explore how humans affect biodiversity around the world, and examine the relationship between global change and biological systems.
Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resources: This course presents an overview. Topics include forest management, policy development and the impact of treaties.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,192
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 5,860 · Part-time: 1,193
Graduates: Full-time: 1,447 · Part-time: 5
International Students: First-year: 10.5% · Graduate: 51.3%
Male-female Ratio: 44 to 56
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 914 (1,285 last year with 563 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $11,066 to $13,334 · Apartment-style: $7,462 to $7,873

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