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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. Read more about Lakehead University.

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

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Admissions IconAdmissions

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



In this section 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 the Lakehead website.

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General Admissions

Lakehead’s admission requirements are divided into different categories 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.

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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. Read more about APSIP.

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Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs

Native Access Program

You can access Lakehead’s Native Access Program, an 8-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 an 8-month, full-time university preparatory program that will give you the skills and academic preparation you need to gain entry into the 4-year degree program. The program is intended to increase the numbers of Aboriginal nurses and to improve health care for Aboriginal communities.

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Mature Learners

If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least 2 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.

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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 the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.

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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. This section provides some examples of the academic programs you can take at Lakehead.

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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’s 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 5 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 3-year law degree that’s focused on justice in non-metropolitan communities. The Faculty focuses on 3 main areas: Aboriginal Law and issues related to Aboriginal peoples; establishing a law practice in a small centre; and 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, with 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. Since the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year, all undergraduate academic programs at the University have included 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.

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Academic Supports

Lakehead offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are 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 visit the Writing Centre for assistance with essay writing. At Student Central 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 the Student Support Services website.

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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.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Aboriginal-specific scholarships and awards. The following are examples of 2 awards available at Lakehead.

At the Anishinabek Evening of Excellence, 5 Anishinabek First Nations students will receive scholarships through Indspire’s bursary and scholarship program.

The Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards are available to Aboriginal Canadians who have completed 1 full year of studies.

Check out Lakehead’s list of scholarships and bursaries, or visit the Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services website for a listing of Aboriginal scholarships and bursaries.

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Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

A student loan through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is 1 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 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.

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Financial Aid Services

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

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Aboriginal Student Services IconAboriginal Student Services

  • Overview

Aboriginal Student Services


Aboriginal & Cultural Support Services (ACSS) has been a part of Lakehead University since 1987. ACSS provides a culturally supportive environment to all Aboriginal students at both the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses. ACSS works with Aboriginal students to achieve success in their academic goals through a variety of support services including academic, transitional, cultural and personal support. Both campuses have an Aboriginal student lounge, which acts as a hub for activities throughout the year where students can access academic tutoring, postsecondary counsellor visits, study sessions and much more. These spaces offer an open and comfortable environment where students can access a study area, kitchenette and computer lab. In addition, we have a cultural room for individual or group sessions with our Elder-in-Residence Program. The lounge is a home away from home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with a counsellor, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. The following are just some of the services you will find at Lakehead and at Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services.

ACSS offers many 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.

A wide range of cultural services and activities are offered. These include the Elder-in-Residence Program, cultural teachings, smudging, ceremonies, traditional workshops and social events such as the Annual Fall Harvest, the Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) powwow and Orillia Campus drum social.

The Harold Linklater 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.

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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. In this section you will find more information about student life at Lakehead.

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Orientation Week

Lakehead’s Orientation Week is your chance to be introduced, welcomed and oriented to Lakehead University and your new community; familiarize yourself with skills that will help you to be a successful during the first weeks of University; connect and build lasting relationships with peers, faculty and staff; and develop a sense of belonging at the University.

Additionally, Maadaadizi is a joint postsecondary Aboriginal student orientation that welcomes you and your family to Lakehead University and the City of Thunder Bay and introduces you to campus life. The 1-day event is organized by Lakehead’s Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services (ACSS), Aboriginal Initiatives, local First Nations and Aboriginal education groups. In Orillia, students, families and community organizations celebrate the beginning of each academic year at the Aboriginal Student Welcome Gathering.

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Clubs and Societies

The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) is a club that students can join. LUNSA organizes various student events throughout the year on the Thunder Bay campus including the annual LUNSA powwow.

The Aboriginal Awareness Centre (AAC), located on the Thunder Bay campus, provides peer support and opportunities for student involvement with Aboriginal teachings, ceremonies and traditions, as well as education and advocacy on current issues facing Aboriginal students. Visit the AAC website for more information.

The Turtle Island Student Circle (TISC) is an open club for students that fosters a sense of community and culture at the Orillia campus. Contact the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives Orillia Campus at for further information.

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Varsity Athletics

Lakehead is home to the Thunderwolves varsity sports that range from basketball to wrestling. The Lakehead Thunderwolves participate in both 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.

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Student Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, 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 [PDF] for more information.

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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.

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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. More information on pertinent student resources can be found in the ACSS Aboriginal Student Handbook [PDF].

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On Campus

Lakehead offers 3 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. Read more about residence life at Lakehead.

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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.

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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). The following 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, visit the Student Health and Counselling Centre website. You can also visit the Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services website for information on accessing services regarding the cultural aspects of health and services provided by the Aboriginal Student Counsellor.

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