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Requirements for Canadian Students

Ontario High School Students: minimum 70% average, 6 Grade 12 U or M credits (including program-specific prerequisites). For admission requirements for all types of Canadian applicants (including high school students outside of Ontario, college transfer or university transfer students), visit: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/future-students/admissions.

Requirements for International Students

Admissions Criteria and Procedures International students who wish to apply to an undergraduate program at Lakehead University may do so through our application website. Application link and information about applying available at https://www.lakeheadu.ca/studentcentral/applying/applying-to-lakehead


Undergraduate applicants applying from a secondary school program outside of Canada will be evaluated under the admission requirements pertaining to the country in which they were educated. Please visit http://admissions.lakeheadu.ca/wp/?id=36 to determine the requirements for your country. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must possess the required qualifications with an appropriate academic average as determined by Lakehead University. These qualifications are the minimum required for consideration for admission to an undergraduate program. Possession of the minimum qualification in no way guarantees admission to the program. Applicants must also meet the program specific requirements for each program to which they apply. Please visit http://admissions.lakeheadu.ca/wp/?id=10 to view our program specific requirements.


Admission to programs with a co-operative education option may require a higher admission average due to the limited number of positions available within the programs. International students seeking admission to undergraduate programs are required submit proof of English proficiency by achieving appropriate standing on one of the following tests or the tests listed on our website:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum acceptable score is 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (Internet based).
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - minimum acceptable score is 90.
- IELTS - minimum acceptable overall score is 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.


Certain academic units may require a higher score. A complete list of required test scores are available on our website at


https://www.lakeheadu.ca/studentcentral/applying/english-language-proficiency-requirements. International inquires should be addressed to the Office of Graduate Studies for Graduate applicants, or International Admissions for Undergraduate applicants.


Official transcripts and other supporting documentation required for your application must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. This includes proof of English proficiency if your first language is not English and you have not studied in an English language school system for more than three full years. If your transcripts are not in English, official notarized translations are required. You do not need to wait for correspondence from Lakehead University before sending this information.


Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute and show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the admission requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four year Bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B). An applicant holding a degree, other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought, will be considered on the basis of undergraduate courses taken and academic standing.


Applicants applying from a university, other than Lakehead University, must forward official transcripts with English translations of their university record as well as proof of degree. Many departments require additional supporting documentation to be submitted with the application.


A make up period of study may be required to meet the admission standards. Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission.

Procedure for Canadian Students

Students are required to complete the online application available from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre at www.ouac.on.ca. Applications should be received by August 1 for admission consideration for the fall term. Some limited-enrolment programs require earlier application.

Procedure for International Students

International Undergraduate Applicants For September 2019, the recommended deadline date for application submission is March 1, 2019, however, we are still accepting applications for most Undergraduate programs. A non-refundable application fee of $135.00 CAD (plus a $60.00 CAD document evaluation fee if applicable) must be included with the application.

Academic Year

Type of SystemSemester
Entrance DatesJanuary, September
Notes:

Undergraduate Students: Lakehead University is a two term, eight-month academic session institution; however, courses are also offered in the spring/summer semester. Our school offers full course equivalent credits (two term courses) and one half course equivalent credits (one term courses). Most of our undergraduate programs are designed with courses that are calendared as full course equivalent credits or half course equivalent credits that require successful completion of the fall session prerequisite course. Therefore, almost all of our programs require that a student begin their program of study at Lakehead University in the fall session (September).

Graduate Students: Please visit the Graduate Studies Web site at https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/graduate to find out the start terms for graduate programs.

Language of InstructionEnglish
Modified on August 15, 2019

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