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Lakehead University

Lakehead University believes in the intellectual freedom of students to pursue the unconventional, and provides its students with an education that is more about how to think, not what to think.

Lakehead University Profile

Lakehead University believes in the intellectual freedom of students to pursue the unconventional, and provides its students with an education that is more about how to think, not what to think. Lakehead’s campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario promise a transformative university experience that’s far from ordinary — a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities — so each student may realize their unique journey and dreams of success. For more information, please visit

The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. The Lakehead University virtual tour video can be found here.

Admissions IconAdmissions

  • Overview
  • General Admissions
  • Aboriginal Learner Policy
  • Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
  • Mature Learner Policy
  • Transfer Student Policies



Below you will find information about Lakehead’s admission requirements, policies, and supports that are available to you.

To find out about Lakehead’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please visit Lakehead Admissions.

General Admissions

Lakehead’s admission requirements are divided into different types of learners that include high school, transfer, and mature students. Each type has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.

Aboriginal Learner Policy

During the academic year, university recruiters travel throughout Ontario to visit Aboriginal learners in many secondary schools and community organizations. These recruiters are part of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP), a collection of Aboriginal recruiters from Ontario and Quebec colleges and universities. They’ll have the most up-to-date information about applying to your university as an Aboriginal learner. The APSIP website includes information on events, resources for students, and contact information for the recruiters.

Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs

Native Access Program

You can access Lakehead’s Native Access Program, a nine-month, full-time university preparatory program, if you’re an Aboriginal learner who didn’t meet admission requirements but who wants to pursue a university education.

Native Nurses Entry Program

If you’re interested in pursuing nursing but didn’t meet the admission requirements, Lakehead’s Native Nurses Entry Program is a nine-month, full-time university preparatory program that will give you the skills and academic preparation you need to gain entry into the four-year degree program. The program is intended to increase the numbers of Aboriginal nurses and to improve health care for Aboriginal communities.

Mature Learners

If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least two years, you might be considered a mature learner. Check out Lakehead’s Mature Learner Policy to find out how you can transition to university as a mature learner.

Transfer Policies

If you are interested in transferring to Lakehead from another university or college, Lakehead’s website gives you helpful information on its credit transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through ONCAT, an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.

Academics IconAcademic Programs and Supports

  • Overview
  • Academic Programs
  • Academic Supports

Academic Programs and Supports


You can choose from a variety of academic programs at Lakehead and will likely find a program that sparks your interest, if you haven’t already decided on your academic studies. Below are some examples of the academic programs you can take at Lakehead.

Academic Programs:

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (SSH)

The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (SSH) explores the complex social, cultural, economic, and political issues that face our societies. SSH programs also give you the chance to build your critical thinking, communication, and research skills. Programs you can take include English, History, Indigenous Learning, Northern Studies, Political Science, and Visual Arts.

Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies (FSES)

The Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies (FSES) includes departments such as Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geography and Geology, Mathematical Science, Sustainability Science, and Physics. You can choose from a wide range of courses to prepare you for careers in research, education, medicine, law, and many other professions.

Faculty of Natural Resources Management

The Faculty of Natural Resources Management focuses on the study of forests and forested lands. Programs you can take include Forestry and Environmental Management.

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

The Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, dedicated to advancing human health and well-Being, offers you programs in Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work, with a special emphasis on rural, remote, Aboriginal, and northern health issues.

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)

The Faculty of Business Administration (FBA) offers you a solid business foundation and extends your learning beyond the classroom through research opportunities. You can take programs in Administration and Commerce or look into graduate study through a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Science in Management (MSc) degree.

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education offers you concurrent education programs, which allow you to earn your teaching certification while you’re completing your undergraduate degree. You can also pursue graduate education through both Master and PhD programs.

Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering offers you a broad understanding of the economic, ethical, and societal issues that impact engineering and society. It consists of five academic departments: Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Software Engineering.

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is well-known for its innovative model of community-engaged medical education and research. You will work with various northern communities throughout your medical training to develop a better understanding of living and working in Northern Ontario.

Faculty of Law

At the Faculty of Law, known as the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, you can earn a three-year law degree that’s focused on justice in non-metropolitan communities. The Faculty focuses on three main areas:  Aboriginal Law and issues related to Aboriginal peoples; establishing a law practice in a small centre; and an emphasis on Natural Resources, with specialties in mining and forestry.

Faculty of Graduate Studies

The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers you opportunities to pursue advanced research and hone your critical-thinking skills, and over 30 programs at the graduate level.

Indigenous Content Requirement

For years, many of Lakehead’s academic programs have included Indigenous content across their respective curricula. By the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year, all undergraduate academic programs at the University will include a degree requirement of the equivalent of at least one 0.5 Full Course Equivalent course containing at least 50% (or 18 hours) of Indigenous knowledge and/or Aboriginal content.

Be sure to check out all of Lakehead’s academic programs.

Academic Supports

Lakehead offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. Below is a list of some of the academic services you can access at Lakehead.

Lakehead’s Student Success Centre offers you a range of academic supports and resources. If you need help with your course assignments, you can access tutoring and peer assisted learning in English, math, and science. Or, if you have the expertise, you help other students by volunteering to become a tutor.

You can also take Skills for Success Seminars, which will help you to develop or sharpen useful skills such as note-taking, reading strategies, studying strategies, and time management. Plus, there are Academic Advisors who are available if you need guidance and assistance throughout the year.

For more information about Lakehead’s academic supports, please visit Student Support Services.

Financial Aid Icon Financial Aid

  • Overview
  • Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
  • Financial Aid Services

Financial Aid


Investing in your future may require some help along the way. Lakehead offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal learners.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans, and Aboriginal specific scholarships and awards. Below are examples of two awards available at Lakehead:

The Anishinabek Evening of Excellence is given to five Anishinabek First Nations students through Indspire’s bursary and scholarship program.

The 2015 Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards are available to Aboriginal Canadians who have completed one full year of studies.

Check out Lakehead’s list of scholarships and bursaries, or visit Aboriginal Services for information about financial aid available to you.

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

A student loan through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is one of the ways that you can finance your postsecondary education. The Scholarships and Financing Office at Lakehead can help you apply for OSAP.

Work Study Program and Part-Time Work

The Work Study Program at Lakehead can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Aboriginal Student Centre.

Financial Aid Services

To find information on other financial aid specifically available to Aboriginal students, contact Scholarships and Financing or Lakehead’s Aboriginal Services.

Aboriginal Student Services IconAboriginal Student Services

  • Overview

Aboriginal Student Services


Aboriginal Services strives to be a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students, and join in activities and cultural events. Below are just some of the services you will find at Lakehead and at Aboriginal Services.

Aboriginal Services offers a wide range of academic services that you can access when you need help. You can attend workshops, book one-on-one tutoring, and find support with essay writing, research, and computers. Academic counsellors can help you with your university application, course selection, registration, and special examinations.

You can also access a range of cultural services and activities. These include the Elder-in-Residence Program; cultural teachings, smudging, and ceremonies; and social events such the Annual Fall Harvest and Powwow

The Harold Linklater’s Kinoomaagegaamig Lounge is a study space where you and your teachers can come together to share ideas as well as relax. You’ll feel at home in the lounge, with its couches, microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee-maker.

Check out Aboriginal Services’ complete programs and resources.

Student Life iconStudent Life

  • Overview
  • Orientation Week
  • Clubs and Societies
  • Athletics
  • Student Services
  • Security

Student Life


At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, get involved in your residence community. Below you will find more information about student life at Lakehead.

Orientation Week

Lakehead’s Orientation Week is your chance to become familiar with your campus, faculty, and fellow students, as well as academic services and supports that you can access at the university. You can also choose to join in activities such as campus tours and scavenger hunts.

Aboriginal Learners’ Orientation

Maadaadizi is a joint postsecondary Aboriginal student orientation that welcomes you and your families to Lakehead and Thunder Bay, and introduces you to campus life. The one-day event is organized by Lakehead’s Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services, Aboriginal Initiatives, and surrounding First Nations and education groups.

Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

Whether you’re interested in sports, movies, video games, politics, or academics, a student club can help broaden your thinking and your social circle. Clubs you can join at Lakehead include the Model United Nations, League of Legends, and WORD Writing Club. Check out Lakehead’s student clubs and find out how you can join a club or create your own.

Aboriginal Learners’ Clubs

The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) promotes and advances Aboriginal culture, events, and interests on campus. You can join in events such as the Annual Powwow, weekday lunches, and various other cultural activities. You can join LUNSA through the student union’s Club Directory.

Student Union

Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Lakehead, you are represented by the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU).


Varsity Athletics

Lakehead is home to the Thunderwolves varsity sports that range from basketball to wrestling. The Lakehead Thunderwolves participate both in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at Lakehead including try-out dates.

Recreation and Intramurals

Lakehead offers recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include hockey, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.

Student Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For information about supports you can access at Lakehead, visit the SAS website.

Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)

Pride Central is Lakehead’s safe space for LGBTQ students and allies. Pride Central acts as a resource library and education centre that focuses on ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s also a drop-in centre, where you can access computers for public use, peer support and referral to campus services, as well as attend social events.

Child Care

You can access child care through the Nanabijou Childcare Centre. Check out the centre’s Parent Handbook for more information.


Security Services at Lakehead aims to provide students, faculty, staff and visitors with a safe and secure campus. Security guards patrol all areas of campus including your residences.

Aboriginal Student Services IconHousing and Transportation

  • Overview
  • Housing
  • Transportation

Housing and Transportation


Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Lakehead gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also get information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.


On Campus

Lakehead offers three residence styles: residence halls with separate rooms, apartments, and townhouses. There are some residences available to upper-year students only, which could allow you to live in residence after your first year.

Off Campus

You can find information about living near campus through Lakehead’s Off-Campus Housing Office. This non-profit organization helps you connect with landlords and roommates. It also provides you information on costs and rental listings.

Meal Plans

Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with Lakehead’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Lakehead’s selection of meal plans and prices.

Residence Life

Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check out residence life at Lakehead.


Public Transportation

Lakehead has partnered with Thunder Bay Transit to offer affordable year-round transportation through the U-Pass system. You can use your student card with a special sticker to access the Thunder Bay Transit system.

Parking Services

Lakehead offers parking on campus with a designated parking pass. Rates differ for each lot. Check out Parking at Lakehead for information on rates and locations.

Wellbeing IconWell-Being

  • Overview



Wellness in mind, body, and spirit is important to your success at university. The Student Health and Counselling Centre is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and wellness educators). Below are some of the services available to you.

Health Services

Lakehead’s Student Health and Counselling Centre is an on-campus health clinic where you can book appointments to see a doctor or a medical professional about chronic health concerns, referrals, STI screenings, medication refills, and mental health services, among others.

Counselling Services

At Lakehead, you can access counselling services regardless of your concern, whether you’re experiencing difficulties in studying or adjusting to university life. Counsellors will collaborate with you to develop workable solutions.

For more information on Lakehead’s well-being services, contact the Student Health and Counselling Centre. You can also visit Aboriginal Services for information on the cultural aspects of health.