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Lakehead University

  • Public University, Estd 1965
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 50 Courses

University Highlights

  • One of Canada’s top 10 universities according to Maclean’ Education Rankings
  • 97.6% employment rate within the first 2 years
  • Guaranteed residence
  • 90% classes with fewer than 60 students
  • #2 research undergraduate university
  • $11 million in scholarships, awards, and bursaries
  • 32% increase in the number of graduate programs over the past 10 years
  • An acceptance rate of 83%
  • 143% increase in total research funding over the last 15 years
  • Disability support and accessibility services

University at a Glance

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  • Yearly Hostel &
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Lakehead University is a public research university in Ontario, Canada. People often refer to it as LakeheadU or LU. It began its journey as a technical institute in 1946. LU's official start as a university occurred in 1965. The two campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia provide their students with a rural and suburban setting. The main campus in Thunder Bay houses about 7,900 students while the Orillia campus has about 1,400 students. These students come from both Canadian and international backgrounds. They can choose from 57 undergraduate and 30 graduate and doctoral programs. The university offers these programs through nine faculties and graduate studies, which are:

  • Engineering 
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Health and Behavioral Science
  • Science and Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Lakehead Medical School
  • Law
  • Social Science and Humanities
  • Lakehead University Graduate Studies

With over 30% student enrollment, the Faculty of Social Science & Humanities is the largest of the university. On the other hand, Medicine and Natural Resources Management are the two smallest departments with less than 2% enrollment each. 45,000 alumni have come out of these faculties over the years. They have made their name and earned fame through their work and achievements. The Alumni Association supports and administers the Lakehead Giving funding platform. Renowned alumni of the university include Stephen Low, Mason Ainsworth, and Jan Cameron.

LakeheadU guarantees housing facilities for all its students on its two campuses. Students residing in university residences receive an array of benefits. Socialising is a huge part of the lives of residents at Lakehead University. Campus residents enjoy an enriching student journey as the hostel life supports identity and personal development. Safe and clean furnished rooms and convenient distance to campus and classes are perks that come with it. Living on campus comes with a multitude of on-campus support and services as well as programs and events.

Lakehead University commits to providing accessibility services. Students with disabilities can access help through the university's website. A plethora of resources and a platform for feedback are also available for them. Students who need accessibility services can find scholarships targeted towards them. Local and international students may apply for scholarships as well.

The research at Lakehead University upholds discovery, innovation, and achievement. The team for research has seen the success of seven spin-off companies, numerous patents, and invention disclosures. Research at this university prioritizes:

  • Cultures, societies, and social justice
  • Health and well-being
  • Informatics, new materials and technologies
  • First nations, métis, and Inuit research
  • Sustainability and resources
  • The environment

Fees & Admissions Requirements

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Admission Requirements

SOP: Not required
LOR: Needed for few courses
Essays: Not required
CV: Needed for few courses
Additional documents: Required
Proof of Degree: Required

Application feesCAD 100 - 135
  • Undergraduate
    Duration: 3 Years - 4 Years
    1st Year Tution Fees: $26.5K
  • Postgraduate
    Duration: 1 Year - 3 Years
    1st Year Tution Fees: $23.0K


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On campus accommodation :
  • Residence facility is guaranteed for all students
  • Residence halls in Orillia Campus
  • Residence halls, apartments, and townhouses at Thunder Bay Campus
  • Three residence halls at Thunder Bay, Bartley Residence, Halliday Hall Residence, and Prettie Residence are available, two of which are dormitory-style
  • Apartments come fully furnished
  • Townhouses are available for upper years students
  • Most housing options come fully furnished along with other utilities
  • Meal plans are available



All Courses

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Campus & Contact

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Main Campus
  • Address:
    955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E1, Canada
  • Email:
  • Phone:
    (807) 343-8110

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