Lakehead University

3.9 out of 5 (18 ratings / 13 reviews) Thunder Bay, Canada
Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centred, we acknowledge all of our students as valued leaders of tomorrow, whose education and success are most paramount to our institution. Both campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia promise the total university experience: a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Highest chance for success - our students succeed academically, graduate on time and get jobs!
  • A transformative university education that teaches you how to think, not what to think!
  • Opportunities to study abroad and see the world through the Study Abroad program.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (6)
Engineering & Technology (6)
Computer Science & IT (4)
Medicine & Health (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



Lakehead University was established on July 1, 1965.


Our University is a comprehensive institution, which offers a broad range of degree and diploma programs within ten faculties.


As a comprehensive and research-intensive university, Lakehead strives to nurture discovery, support innovation, and advance achievement. Through close collaboration with local and global communities, ideas put forth by our talented researchers and students have created meaningful impacts and led to the emergence of new companies and industries.


  • One of your top reasons for pursuing a university education was probably to boost your chances of employment in an area of interest... and we want you to succeed!
  • Discover how you can apply for job opportunities and put your degree into practice. 

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University Ranking

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Student services

  • Lakehead University is committed to helping you achieve your academic goals. As you transition to Lakehead, and throughout your degree, we have a wide range of services in place to help you. 
  • Our international advisors are here to give you one-on-one guidance in all the matters specific to you as an international student.

Housing services

  • Orillia Residence is a modern, 7 floor, smoke-free residence hall.  It is the preferred type of housing for Secondary School level students who are leaving home for the very first time and also for international and upper year students who enjoy community living and the stress-free convenience of being on campus.
  • Our environmentally-sustainable 240-bed residence features a unique modern design where each student will have their own single room either with a shared bathroom with only one other person or a single room with a private bathroom.
  • Each floor houses 40 single rooms, a laundry facility, kitchenette, and quiet study room. 

Library services

  • Lakehead University Libraries is an innovative organization that anticipates the requirements of the future while respecting the heritage of the past.
  • By providing exceptional services, collections and spaces, the Libraries shape the creation of knowledge, actively preserve and support culture, and transform learning and research.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Lakehead University's main campus is located in the City of Thunder Bay. Located on the shores of Lake Superior in Northwestern Ontario, the City of Thunder Bay is truly ‘superior by nature’. With a population of over 110,000 residents, Thunder Bay has all the amenities of a large centre combined with a small town charm and feel. 
  • Lakehead University’s Orillia campus is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary. In 2006, the Lakehead experience was brought to Central Ontario’s beautiful cottage country in the City of Orillia.

Student clubs

The Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) offers a wide-variety of services, clubs, jobs, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. It's the place to get involved, take action, and express your opinions.

Student Reviews

Career-changing decision
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I didn't enjoy my experience at my current university due to the fact that I couldn't apply the information in my actual job. Therefore I want to study at another university to get a new degree and change my career.

The Canadian Learning Outlook
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

This university offered a unique northern Canadian experience about learning and living. I was able to connect with people from all over the globe and learn about their cultures whilst sharing a common goal toward academic and personal development. Being located as north as it is geographically, the winters aren't the kindest to foreigners such as myself accustomed to...

Impactful Learning
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Self Directed Learning

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

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