Lakehead University



Lakehead University is a public research university with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Lakehead University, shortened to 'Lakehead U', or 'LU', is non-denominational and provincially supported. It has undergraduate programs, graduate programs, the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, the only internationally accredited (AACSB) business school in northern Ontario, and is home to the western campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Lakehead has more than 45,000 alumni. The main campus in Thunder Bay has about 7,900 students. As of September 2006, a new permanent extension campus in Orillia, located about 150 kilometres (93 mi) north of Toronto, has about 1,400 students.

As a comprehensive regional university with campuses in Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County, Lakehead University offers a truly Canadian experience, developing the next generation of highly skilled leaders and future changemakers equipped with the skills and experience required to address real-world problems.

Lakehead University’s approach to high-quality programming, combined with our small class sizes and focus on research and innovation, offers unique opportunities for faculty, students, and diverse community organizations, and other partners to collaborate in new and innovative ways to address grand societal challenges.

Lakehead is committed to being a leader in sustainability – a pluralistic and inclusive concept encompassing human and ecological health, social justice and equity, Indigenous rights, secure livelihoods, workplace well-being, and stewardship of vibrant and resilient communities.

Lakehead’s Thunder Bay campus is situated beside Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake, and next to the boreal forest, uniquely positioning it to contribute a northern voice to drive critical discussions on sustainability. Lakehead Thunder Bay offers a comprehensive university experience, combining cutting-edge laboratories, libraries, and learning spaces with fantastic recreational facilities, and a variety of student-centred lounges to promote educational and social engagement. Thunder Bay is a culturally diverse city known for its breathtaking natural environment and unparalleled access to outdoor recreation, while also boasting vibrant arts and culture, and a dynamic local food and entertainment scene.

Lakehead Orillia is located in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country, offering year-round opportunities for recreation, culture, and heritage. With a unique interdisciplinary arts and science program, Lakehead Orillia offers majors including business, criminology, education, environmental sustainability, and media studies.


  • Anthropology 
  • Applied Life Sciences
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology           
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering   
  • English           
  • General Arts
  • General Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Gerontology
  • History
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Media, Film and Communications
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Nursing          
  • Tourism
  • Philosophy
  • Physics          
  • Political Science       
  • Psychology                           
  • Sociology       

General Admission Requirements

  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program
  • Program-Specific Prerequisite courses completed at the senior level
  • Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian)

Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Required Documentation

  • Official Transcripts 
  • Course Descriptions
  • Language Proficiency Requirements (if applicable)
  • Consent Form & Reference Letter (Nursing transfer applicants only)


  • World Rank               1218
  • National Rank             31

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