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Lakehead University

4.0 out of 5 (13 ratings / 10 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. 

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (3)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)



In 2015, Lakehead University marked five decades as a place of exceptional and unconventional learning.

Alumni from across the globe, Thunder Bay and Orillia community members, students, volunteers, faculty, and staff came together to engage, celebrate, and share this milestone with us.


At Lakehead University, we strive to encourage, support, and enhance the commercialization of intellectual property and assist its researchers in transferring knowledge and technology to those outside the University Community. Critical to these goals are the development and maintenance of research and business partnerships, which include industry, government, and other universities.


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.


With over 55,000 alumni around the world and an employment rate of 94.4% within two years of graduation, Lakehead has proven that a student-centred focus fosters academic success and nurtures the unconventional learning paths that lead to exceptional experiences in university and beyond. 

Not all journeys lead to the destination you might expect. Check out just a few of the exceptional and unconventional voyages that Lakehead has launched for so many of its students.

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University Ranking

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Student services

We aim to provide a transformative university experience that is far from ordinary. Lakehead is operated out of two campuses, and has many high-quality programs offered in a friendly environment with small class sizes. We believe our university is truly one-of-a-kind.

As an international student, you may have questions about the University and student life. Here at Lakehead International, we provide many services to assist your transition, and are committed to making your time here the best it can possibly be. The team at Lakehead International is available to answer any questions about admissions, advising, credit transfer, registration, and any other support you may need along the way.

Housing services

Residence living has many benefits for you to consider – one of the most important being students that live in residence perform better academically! Here are a few others:

  • Higher likelihood of graduation
  • Safe and clean furnished room
  • No cooking = more time for your academics and getting involved
  • Convenience to campus and classes
  • Abundance of on-campus support and services
  • Personal development and identify is enhanced and supported
  • Programming, events and supports in place right in Residence, such as Resident Assistants and House Presidents

ICT services

The Technology Services Centre (TSC) Helpdesk is the liaison between Lakehead University's IT services and users (Students, Faculty, & Staff and by extension to guests and visitors). The principle purpose of the Helpdesk is to provide quick resolution to inquiries.

Medical services

At Lakehead, we’re here for you. We understand that university life is full of stress and struggle and we commend you for taking on this incredible challenge. We are proud to offer several supports, programs, and opportunities to promote your health and well-being and enhance your university experience.

Student Life

Campus life

Lakehead University’s two campus locations in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario provides you with two exceptional campuses to discover.

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.

Sports facilities

Lakehead University Club Sports

  • Alpine Club
  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Curling
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Hockey (Women's)
  • Lacrosse (Men's)
  • Rugby
  • Soccer (Men's)
  • Soccer (Women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (Men's)

Student clubs

Social Work Students Association (SWSA)

SWSA is an active student group with representation from each year level in the School of Social Work. An executive is elected annually and meetings are held regularly. The purpose of this non-profit organization is to provide assistance for social work students. It is intended to become the avenue for students to obtain the following:

  • Volunteer jobs
  • Increased access to Faculty
  • Access to Social Activities
  • Opportunities to become familiar with Community Services available
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Peer Study Groups

Student Reviews

My insightful, imperfect Undergraduate University Experience
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My overall university experience studying at my current university was average; it had both negative and negative aspects. Some of the positives include the fact that we learned a wide variety of topics such as child psychology, adolescent psychology, abnormal psychology, psychology of personality, cognitive psychology, psychology of learning, loss and grief counseling,...

Visions are realised through the availability of the required resources.
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

Actually, I have been offered admission by the Faculty of Humanities to study MA Sociology with specialisation in Social Justice Studies with CAD$5,000 entrance award and I am starting classes virtually from Ghana September 8, 2020. For the past few weeks, I have undergone series of orientations through Zoom with Lakehead International. I cannot wait to start my program....

Lakehead University: where you really get to know everyone
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Lakehead University was very nice due to its small class sizes. You really get to know your peers and professors. I really enjoyed this aspect. This also made it easy to ask questions to your professors and get help. My professors all knew me by name which is nice. The one downfall of attending Lakehead University for me is that when applying to dental schools, I could not...

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