Lakehead University - Thunder Bay

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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.

Areas of Expertise

Education; Engineering; Water Resource Science; Applied Life Science; Biology; Bioinformatics; Natural Resources Management; Kinesiology; and Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism; Law; Medicine.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:1,314 bedsLowest: $6,615Highest: $9,805

High school students who receive an offer of admission and complete their residence contract and return the residence deposit by the deadline date (June 1, 2015 for 2016 entry) are guaranteed a space in residence. Lakehead University residence has housing accommodations for 1,314 students. These include eight building structures. Bartley Residence is a three story dormitory configuration of ten connected houses. Prettie Residence is a two storey residence, in a straight line, dormitory style configuration. Our three series of Townhouses (Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III) are single room, four bedroom units, and are occupied by upper year students. Our newest residence consists of the apartment complexes. These are single room, four bedroom units. Each building will be filled with either new students or returning students. Halliday Hall Residence (Avila Centre) offers single room accommodation to 91 students. Meal plans are mandatory for those living in the Bartley, Prettie, and Halliday Hall Residences and are an option for Townhouse and Apartment residents. (Costs are based on 2014-2015 rates.)

Off Campus Housing

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Homestay:Lowest: $550Highest: $775

Off-campus housing is readily available in townhouses and apartments within walking distance of the University, as well as throughout Thunder Bay. For a listing, please visit:

Incoming Students

Lakehead University's Student Success Centre organizes orientation events for new students and their families in summer, fall and winter, as well as ensuring each student's first-year experience is positive. The Student Success Centre also offers study skills workshops, tutoring, academic advising, co-curricular record and leadership opportunities, co-operative education and career counselling. Student Health & Counselling, with doctors and nurses on staff, is available for medical appointments, counselling, and offers workshops on stress management. Student Accessibility Services offers assistance and accommodations for any students with a documented learning disability. Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services provides transitional counselling, and elder-in-residence program, Aboriginal student mentoring and plans pow wows and feasts for the whole student community. Student Awards & Financial Aid provides assistance related to scholarships, bursaries, student loans, on-campus work-study programs, and financial planning and budgeting. The Registrar's Office provides support with course registration, scheduling, transcript and proof of enrolment requests. An on-campus ombudsperson is available to students for impartial, independent, and confidential support services relating to the university, landlord-tenant issues, etc. Lakehead University's Chaplain provides personal, spiritual, grief or addictions counselling to students in need.

Career Planning

The Student Success Centre, in addition to facilitating cooperative education for selected programs, maintains a job bank with on- and off-campus positions available for all students. A number of online resources as well as workshops and one-on-one assistance helps students develop their resume and prepare for job interviews. The Student Success Centre also organizes regular career fairs in which students can speak directly with potential future employers.


You will enjoy extensive on-campus fitness facilities at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse and our newest facility, The Hangar. The C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse features the 15,000-square-foot Thunderdome gymnasium, state-of-the-art Wolves’ Den fitness centre, newly-renovated 50-metre eight-lane swimming pool, cardio room, outdoor sports fields, beach volleyball courts, Kinesiology labs, squash court, and change rooms complete with saunas.

The Hangar, Lakehead’s newest 50,000-square-foot student athletic facility features a 200-metre track, pro-grade artificial turf field, climbing wall, and additional weight training, aerobic and cardio areas, and a dance/yoga studio. The Hangar is also home to the Sports Medicine Clinic.


Lakehead University has 11 sports leagues, 9 aerobic and fitness classes, 12 varsity sports teams, and 15 club teams to join or cheer on.


The Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) runs several centres in which students are encouraged to get involved in: The Aboriginal Awareness Centre, the Multicultural Centre, the Gender Issues Centre, Pride Central, the Food Bank, and the Sustainability Committee. In addition to these, LUSU sponsors over 50 student-run academic and special-interest clubs that are active on campus each year. Students may also become involved in running The Argus student newspaper or hosting their own radio show on LU Radio.

Information Technology

Access to Internet is available via WiFi and student labs located in computing services, residence labs, and Internet stations throughout the campus. Smart Classrooms throughout campus feature webstreaming, videoconferencing, and audio-visual technology. The Advanced Technology and Academic Centre (ATAC) also features GIS lab and a state-of-the-art virtual reality lab.


The Multicultural Centre, African Caribbean Students' Association, The International Club, Lakehead Iranian Student Association, Muslim Student Association, South Asian Student Association, and others, offer students a chance to organize social and cultural events for the broader student body.

Special Services

Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services provides a culturally-supportive environment to all Aboriginal students including Status, Non-Status, Inuit, and Métis. For more information, contact them at (807) 343-8085. The Student Success Centre offers academic advising, career counseling, co-operative education services, tutoring, orientation and first-year student experience programming. For more information, contact them at (807) 343-8018. Student Accessibility Services offers many services to a student with special needs due to a physical or learning disability. For further information you may contact them at (807) 343-8047.

Affiliated Institutions

Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration
Biorefining Research Institute
Biotechnology Research Program
Centre for Analytical Services (LUCAS)
Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health
Centre for Health Care Ethics
Institute of Cancer Research
Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research (CNFER)
Centre for Northern Studies
Centre for Place and Sustainability Studies
Centre for Research on Safe Driving
Centre for Rural & Northern Health Research
Centre for the Application of Resource Information Systems
Centre of Education and Research on Positive Youth Development
Lakehead Social History Institute
Paleo-DNA Laboratory

International Involvement

Not only does Lakehead have over 600 international students studying on our two campuses, we offer many opportunities for Canadian students wishing to study abroad. Programs with northern circumpolar universities in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia, provide opportunities to study abroad at undergraduate levels. Inter-institutional bilateral agreements also facilitate student exchange opportunities as well as faculty exchanges. Some of our bilateral agreements include Sweden, Finland, Germany, Korea, China, Singapore, Australia and France. Special Exchange programs such as ORA, Ontario/Rhone-Alps and the Cortona, Italy program also support academic opportunities for undergraduate students. For information on studying abroad as a Lakehead student, visit: For information about studying as an international student at Lakehead, visit:

Campus Tour

Dates for campus tours: Campus tours are available Monday to Friday at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, excluding statutory holidays. To arrange a personal campus tour, complete the online request form available at

Modified on September 13, 2019

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