Lakeland College

Lakeland College | Vermilion, Alta. | Founded 1913

Lakeland College cows in a field

Animal Sience and Technology students and staff speak on site at Lakeland College. (Laughing Dog Photography Inc./Lakeland College)

Alberta’s first agricultural college is home to an 800-hectare student-managed farm that shelters four cattle herds and a flock of sheep. It also houses the recently expanded Dairy Learning Centre, which provides a learning environment for 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, allowing 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 it retains a sense of community since 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 leading 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 at Lakeland focuses on energy entrepreneurship, agriculture, 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) $5,329-$12,060 $5,034- $7,877 $4,854-$20,814 $4,116 Yes

Cool Options

  • Environmental Sciences: Through extensive lab and field experience, students learn to protect and manage surface water, groundwater and wastewater in this two-year program.
  • Animal Science Technology (Dairy Major): Students learn what it takes to excel in the dairy industry at the 46,600-sq.-foot Dairy Learning Centre, using robotic and conventional milking and feeding systems.
  • Introductory Cree: Students in this
    continuing education course learn structure, phonics and conversational Cree. A variety
    of learning techniques are used, including chants and songs.

Popular Programs

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

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