Located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Lakehead University is an internationally-respected institution. More than 55,000 alumni working around the globe are a testament to the programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. With over 8,500 students, Lakehead is a mid-sized, student-centered, comprehensive university. Lakehead students are offered a unique experience that combines opportunities for an active lifestyle with integrated student supports in a collaborative learning environment. In Maclean’s magazine’s 2016 University Rankings, Lakehead ranked #1 for Total Research Dollars, #2 in Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, #2 in Scholarships & Bursaries, and #3 in Citations!
With 80% of classes having fewer than 50 students, and 50% of classes having fewer than 25, Lakehead students are able to engage in a more meaningful classroom experience that ultimately contributes to their success in graduate school and careers beyond university. In Re$earch Infosource's 2015 and 2016 rankings list, Lakehead University is ranked number one in Canada for research in the category of undergraduate universities. Many undergraduate students are given opportunities to participate in paid research while still completing their undergraduate degree. Lakehead's employment rate of 94.4% (above the provincial average) within two years of graduation attests to the success of a smaller university experience.
Lakehead University's Thunder Bay campus is located on a 117.5-hectare site that includes Lake Tamblyn, the McIntyre River, and wooded walking trails, offering students the opportunity to enjoy both their natural and academic environments. Many of Lakehead's programs provide students with unparalleled access to outdoor labs and hands-on learning, whether it be on campus, the Canadian shield, the boreal forest, or on the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior.
Lakehead University has over 60 programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level including: Applied Life Sciences; Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism; Medicine; Law; Business; Forestry; Environmental Management; and a unique Engineering program in which students can earn both a diploma and degree in just four years. Lakehead offers cooperative education options in Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Forestry, Physics, Kinesiology, and Environmental Management.
Lakehead's Faculty of Law, the first in Ontario in 42 years, took in its inaugural class in the fall of 2013. The Faculty of Law is located in the historic PACI building in Waverley Park in Thunder Bay's vibrant downtown north core.
Lakehead University is also home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, which graduated its first class of 24 students in 2009.