Lakehead University is an innovative and comprehensive university that teaches students how to think, not what to think. It is recognized as one of Ontario’s “equity powerhouses” for its commitment to serving underrepresented groups including Indigenous and first-generation students. The university emphasizes experiential and high-impact learning practices, which is reflected in the high employment rate of its graduates (nearly 95 percent within two years of graduation).

Lakehead University offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in 10 faculties – Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Law, Medicine, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences and Humanities. Students can choose from 38 graduate programs, including seven PhD programs. The university is also a leader in college transfer opportunities with unique post-diploma programs in engineering and many other disciplines. Located just 90 minutes north of Toronto, Lakehead’s Orillia campus offers programs in business, social work, and education along with an interdisciplinary arts and science degree – with majors in criminology, environmental sustainability, and media studies.

Ranked Canada’s leading research university in its category by Research Infosource, Lakehead offers many research opportunities at its two campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario. Known for its diverse and community-based research, Lakehead holds 23 external and internal research chairs, including 11 Canada Research Chairs and two Ontario Research Chairs. It also houses specialized research centers and laboratories, including the Biorefining Research Institute, the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration, the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research, and the Paleo-DNA laboratory.


Full-time (undergraduates)

Full-time (graduates)

Part-time (undergraduates)

Part-time (graduates)

Source: Council of Ontario Universities (2017 rounded preliminary fall enrolment)



Undergraduate tuition fees:
$5,998 – $6,456

Graduate tuition fees:
$5,278 – $5,814


Undergraduate tuition fees:

Graduate tuition fees:


Undergraduate Degree

Program Campus
Aboriginal Education Thunder Bay
Anthropology Thunder Bay, Orillia
Applied Life Sciences Thunder Bay, Orillia
Applied Life Sciences (Lakehead-Georgian Partnership) Georgian – Barrie
Bioinformatics Thunder Bay
Biology Thunder Bay
Business Thunder Bay, Orillia
Chemistry Thunder Bay
Computer Science Thunder Bay, Orillia
Computer Science (Lakehead-Georgian Partnership) Georgian – Barrie
Criminology Orillia
Economics Thunder Bay
Education – Concurrent Thunder Bay, Orillia
Education – Consecutive Thunder Bay, Orillia
Engineering Thunder Bay
Engineering – Chemical Thunder Bay
Engineering – Civil Thunder Bay
Engineering – Electrical Thunder Bay
Engineering – Electrical (Lakehead-Georgian Partnership) Georgian – Barrie
Engineering – Mechanical Thunder Bay
Engineering – Software Thunder Bay
English Thunder Bay, Orillia
Environmental Management Thunder Bay
Environmental Studies Thunder Bay
Environmental Sustainability Orillia
Environmental Sustainability (Lakehead-Georgian Partnership) Georgian – Barrie
Forestry (HBSCF) Thunder Bay
General Arts Thunder Bay, Online
General Science Thunder Bay
Geoarchaeology Thunder Bay
Geography Thunder Bay, Orillia
Geology Thunder Bay
Gerontology Thunder Bay, Orillia, Online
History Thunder Bay, Orillia, Online
Indigenous Language Instructor’s Program Thunder Bay
Indigenous Learning Thunder Bay
Indigenous Teacher Education Program Thunder Bay
Interdisciplinary Studies Orillia
Kinesiology Thunder Bay
Lakehead Arts One Thunder Bay
Lakehead Science One Thunder Bay
Languages Thunder Bay
Law Thunder Bay
Mathematics Thunder Bay
Media Studies Orillia
Medicine Thunder Bay
Music Thunder Bay
Native Access Program Thunder Bay
Natural Resources Management Thunder Bay
Natural Science Thunder Bay
Northern Studies Thunder Bay
Nursing Thunder Bay
Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism Thunder Bay
Philosophy Thunder Bay
Physics Thunder Bay
Political Science Thunder Bay, Orillia
Psychology Thunder Bay
Resource and Environmental Economics Thunder Bay
Social Work Thunder Bay, Orillia
Sociology Thunder Bay, Orillia
Visual Arts Thunder Bay
Water Resource Science Thunder Bay
Women’s Studies Thunder Bay

Graduate Degree

Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities (2017-18).

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.