Lakehead University


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Lakehead University is a fully-comprehensive Canadian university, with over 85+ undergraduate and graduate programs in faculties including Engineering, Business Administration, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Science and Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Law. Over 8,500 students study at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, including 1,500+ international students from over 70 nations. Partnered with Georgian College, Lakehead also offers four innovative degree+diploma programs at its campus in Barrie, Ontario.

Lakehead’s English Language Centre delivers academic English and short-term English Innovation Programs throughout the year. Maclean’s University Rankings consistently list Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities (2014-2016, 2018-2021). From 2015-2019, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead the #1 Undergraduate Research University in Canada. Times Higher Education 2020 and 2021 Global Impact Rankings list Lakehead University in the top 100 in the world. We look forward to welcoming you to Lakehead!


Lakehead University offers you the best of a nurturing, smaller-sized university experience within vibrant communities that are rich with urban and cultural offerings, not to mention unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities in Canada’s great outdoors. Get to know Lakehead better in this short video: Welcome to Lakehead! (Opens In A New Tab)

Lakehead University’s standing nationally and internationally in university rankings (Opens In A New Tab), combined with our highly learner-centred approach, including robust student supports (Opens In A New Tab), are among the reasons for the success of our students. With student to professor ratios of 15:1 (Thunder Bay campus) and 13:1 (Orillia campus), you are able to play a bigger role in classes and be more actively engaged in your studies. Lakehead students and professors foster close academic relationships, allowing you to access—easily and directly—the expertise and advice of your professors.

Modern laboratories, extensive research facilities, including a cutting-edge Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences, and lecture rooms of all sizes support the University’s academic activities. Our campuses (Opens In A New Tab) provide the total university experience: a blend of academic excellence, residence living and a rich variety of social and recreational opportunities. One of the special added benefits you will enjoy as a Lakehead University student is the location of our hometowns (Opens In A New Tab). Situated in the heart of Canada on the northwest shore of Lake Superior – the world’s largest freshwater lake – Thunder Bay is a culturally diverse city known for its breathtaking natural environment and unparalleled access to outdoor recreation. The City of Orillia is located just north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lakes Couchiching and Simcoe, giving you the best of a nurturing community home base with easy access to Canada’s largest metropolitan centre.

97.7% of Lakehead graduates are employed within 2 years of graduation—above the Ontario average of 95.6%. This is a testament to the value of Lakehead’s commitment to providing you with hands-on learning opportunities, giving you a competitive advantage as you enter into your career. In fact, 91.8% of Lakehead courses contain an experiential learning component such as internships, field school, research work with a professor (Opens In A New Tab), and community engagement projects. Paid co-operative education placements (Opens In A New Tab) are an option for several key programs as well.

Requirements and Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

To be considered for admission to an undergraduate program at Lakehead University, we require:

See our Undergraduate Admissions page (Opens In A New Tab) for complete details.

Graduate Admissions

Our minimum admission requirement for consideration of international applicants is 75% or 3.0 on a 4-point Canadian scale, with an accredited university degree equivalent to a Lakehead University four-year degree. We advise all international students to apply early, as admission into our programs is competitive. Should you wish to apply to a thesis program, we strongly advise you to contact a potential supervisor and have your proof of English language proficiency complete. At this time, we do not pre-assess qualifications. Please visit our Graduate Admissions page (Opens In A New Tab) for complete details.


  • Accounting and related services
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies, other
  • Arts, entertainment, and media management
  • Biology technician/biotechnology laboratory technician
  • Biology, general
  • Biomathematics, bioinformatics, and computational biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Business administration, management and operations
  • Business, management, marketing and related support services, other
  • Business/commerce, general
  • Business/managerial economics
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil engineering
  • Civil engineering technology/technician
  • Classics and classical languages, literatures and linguistics
  • Clinical, counselling and applied psychology
  • Communication and media studies
  • Computer and information sciences and support services, general
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Education, general
  • Education, other
  • Electrical and electronic engineering technologies/technicians
  • Electrical, electronics and communications engineering
  • English language and literature, general
  • English literature
  • Entrepreneurial and small business operations
  • Environmental/environmental health engineering
  • Ethnic, cultural minority, gender, and group studies
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Fine arts and art studies
  • Forestry
  • Geography and cartography
  • Geological and Earth sciences/geosciences
  • Health and physical education/fitness
  • History
  • Human Resources Management and Services
  • International business/trade/commerce
  • Law (LLB, JD, BCL)
  • Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities
  • Linguistic, comparative and related language studies and services
  • Management information systems and services
  • Marketing
  • Materials sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and statistics, other
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering related technologies/technicians
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Music
  • Natural resources and conservation, other
  • Natural resources conservation and research
  • Natural resources management and policy
  • Outdoor education
  • Parks, recreation and leisure facilities management
  • Parks, recreation and leisure studies
  • Physics
  • Political science and government
  • Psychology, general
  • Psychology, other
  • Public health
  • Registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing
  • Second language learning
  • Sociology
  • Teacher education and professional development, specific levels and methods
  • Teacher education and professional development, specific subject areas
  • Visual and performing arts, other
  • Wildlife and wildlands science and management

Student Experience

Lakehead’s student-centred philosophy ensures you have access to a broad range of supports (Opens In A New Tab), which include: international advising, immigration advising, tutoring, writing and math support, academic advising, career planning, cooperative education, accessibility services, health and wellness, medical and counselling supports, security services and more.

Lakehead celebrates the many cultures (Opens In A New Tab) that make up its student body with students from over 70 nations. Our International Centre (Opens In A New Tab) is home to student-led cultural events throughout the year, and Lakehead’s Student Union (LUSU) supports a Multicultural Centre and all its initiatives. Our on-campus Office of Human Rights and Equity promotes and protects the human rights of students, faculty and staff by building and fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive university community.

Lakehead’s vibrant student union, LUSU (Opens In A New Tab), allows you to add your voice to student government or get involved in one of the LUSU Centres such as the Indigenous Awareness Centre, Multicultural Centre, Pride Central or the Sustainability Initiative. Not only can you exercise leadership and engagement through a broad range of academic, special interest and cultural clubs on campus, you can hone skills through the Lakehead Makes Leaders Certificate, or by becoming a Global Ambassador or Peer Mentor to new international students.

To round out your university experience, you can keep active through recreational and varsity sports, or maintain your fitness routine in our recreational facilities. (Opens In A New Tab)

Scholarships and Bursaries

Generous Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

Take advantage of one of Canada’s most generous university scholarship programs. We make paying for your university degree easier so you can focus on your education. Non-Canadian citizens who are entering Lakehead University from a high school, or who are transferring from an international college or university, will be considered for the Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships. The scholarship is available to the top international students applying to Lakehead University for 2022-2023.

Earn $40,000 CAD ($10,000 x 4 years) with a 90.0%+ academic average (IB average 35+) (Canadian equivalent).

Earn $30,000 CAD ($7,500 x 4 years) with an 80.0 – 89.9% academic average (IB average 30-34) (Canadian equivalent).

Earn $6,000 CAD ($6,000 in year 1) with a 75.0 – 79.9% academic average (IB average 28-29) (Canadian equivalent).

$4,000 Lakehead-Georgian Visionary Award

Students admitted for Fall 2022 to one of our four Lakehead-Georgian diploma+degree programs will also receive an automatic $4,000 CAD Visionary Award in addition to any entrance scholarship they are receiving.

See complete terms and conditions. (Opens In A New Tab)

Graduate Funding

Limited Graduate Assistantships and Faculty Research Awards are available to Graduate Students. See full details. (Opens In A New Tab)


Your Home Away from Home

There’s no better way to get the full university experience than to live in residence. With cafeteria, classes and campus amenities just steps away, you will enjoy the convenience of living on campus. Our Residence Life Team is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is dedicated to offering you support and organizing exciting events for you and all members of your new residence family. (Opens In A New Tab)

Choose from Residence Halls (on the Thunder Bay (Opens In A New Tab) or Orillia (Opens In A New Tab) campus), with meal plan included, or our Apartments (Opens In A New Tab) and Townhouses (Opens In A New Tab) (on the Thunder Bay campus), each unit shared between four students. Watch our Residence video for a tour (Opens In A New Tab) of all the options.

Lakehead University offers many options for dining on campus, so that you can enjoy meals and snacks that are both nutritious and convenient. Choose from vegetarian, vegan, halal, gluten free and Asian food options.

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Student Testimonials

Read about the experiences of past international students.

  1. Coming from a big, over-populated city in India, it was refreshing for me to move to a city that offers a perfect balance between ‘Living in the City’ and ‘Living in the Wild.’ Thunder Bay provided everything I wanted in a beautiful package of academic and recreational activities.

    Ankit Raj, India, Master of Science (Computer Science)
  2. Lakehead is known as a top university in undergraduate research in Canada. By doing experiments and writing lab reports, the theory part of my study is completed. We were taught the spirit of Chemistry in classes and then we can actually get to know the fun parts when we’re doing the hands-on labs.

    Yichen Zhang, China, Concurrent Education - Chemistry
  3. Lakehead has also given me a lot of hands-on experience throughout my degree, especially through the cooperative education program. In my third year, I decided to do my co-op as a Client Advisor with RBC. I loved the experience so much that I am still working with them now, three years later.

    Mary Wokomah, Nigeria, Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Business)

Have questions about admissions?

To learn more about the admissions criteria for each of our programs please contact the admissions office.

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