Lakeland College

Lakeland College | Vermilion, Alta. | Founded 1913

Lakeland environmental sciences students learn to protect, reclaim and sustainably manage waterways and natural environments.

Lakeland environmental sciences students learn to protect, reclaim and sustainably manage waterways and natural environments. They learn about fisheries and wildlife, reclamation and restoration, and go out into the field to complete hands-on activities like soil classifications, surface water and groundwater monitoring and sampling and more. (Lakeland College)

Alberta’s first agricultural college is home to a 2,000-acre student-managed farm that shelters four cattle herds and a flock of sheep. It also houses the recently expanded Dairy Learning Centre, where students learn about crop technology and animal science programs, including livestock research and equine teams. The 14,500-sq.-foot Animal Health Clinic opened in 2018 and boasts separate wards for dogs and cats, along with a dental lab.

Another state-of-the-art facility at Lakeland is the Energy Centre, which includes a steam lab, high-pressure boilers and turbines. They allow students to experience the working life of power engineers (and even get a taste of shift work).

In keeping with its agricultural roots, the school’s older Vermilion campus has an ambiance suited to the country. Lakeland’s Lloydminster campus has a more urban vibe but retains a sense of community because the entire campus is housed under one roof. Both locations have residence options for single students and those with families.

Lakeland offers more than 50 programs that lead to certificates, diplomas and applied degrees, as well as degree-completion options and apprenticeship training in areas such as agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, and fire and emergency services. Applied research focuses on energy entrepreneurship, crop and livestock research, sustainable buildings and emergency medicine.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $3,100-$5,788 $5,460-$8,513 $5,220-$20,900 $4,521 Yes

Cool Options

  • Sign Language Interpretation: This program combines class lectures, field activities and immersion opportunities.
  • Interior Design Technology: This program teaches the fundamentals of interior design, including working with real clients. Students may attend national design shows and graduate with an NKBA designation.
  • Business Administration Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment Major: Students learn the basics of business administration, property analysis, farmland evaluation and property law, and graduate with a certificate in Real Property Assessment from UBC.

Popular Programs

  • Business Administration
  • University Transfer
  • Heavy Oil Power Engineering
  • Animal Science Technology
  • Environmental Sciences

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