Lakehead University is your place to live and learn. 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. We also promise excellence in research: Lakehead is the proud host to 9 Canada Research Chairs and revolutionary facilities such as our world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory and our Biorefining Research Institute.
In 2016, Lakehead University celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Orillia Campus, which opened in September 2006 at Heritage Place in downtown Orillia. We now have over 1,200 students studying at the Orillia Campus. A lot can happen in 10 years!
Lakehead Orillia offers a unique interdisciplinary studies option, combining the arts and sciences, as well as programs in business, education and social work.
A professional education is likewise only a few steps away: students have easy access to the classrooms and facilities belonging to a wide array of professional options, including nursing, kinesiology, forestry, business, engineering, education, social work, law, and medicine.
Our University offers quality education through innovative programs, approachable professors who demonstrate hands-on learning techniques, and a friendly environment. Smaller class sizes allow each student to have one-on-one time with their professors.
Lakehead University offers you a world of opportunity. Here’s a few fast facts you should know about the university:
A transformative university education that teaches you how to think, not what to think!
Highest chance for success - our students succeed academically, graduate on time and get jobs!
Experiential learning through co-op, community based learning and internships are just a few of the ways in which Lakehead helps you gain both theoretical knowledge and hands-on application.
A place where you are encouraged to be who you want to be, dare to be different!
Canada's #1 Undergraduate Research University (Re$earch Infosource) - 4 years in a row - means access to unparalleled research opportunities at the undergraduate level.
Smaller class sizes where your professors will get to know you! 90% of our classes have less than 60 students - this means your professors will know your name.
Guaranteed entrance scholarships starting at 80%+ for Canadian, direct from high school students. Plus, Ontario's only university that offers a Free Tuition Scholarship for all 4 years renewable.
A co-op program to help you gain a competitive edge.
Opportunities to study abroad and see the world through the Study Abroad program.
Learning in world-class facilities along with the natural laboratory right on the campus doorstep.
Being able to make a difference and get involved in your university community through the Student Union. Join a club or start one of your own!
Support services and a university community that truly cares about your well-being and academic success.
English Language Requirements
Lakehead University accepts the following as proof of English language proficiency:
Successful completion of one of the below language tests with the required minimum scores
Successful completion of Lakehead University’s Academic English Program
Successful completion of one of our approved Pathway Partner’s ESL programs
1. Language Tests: To satisfy Lakehead University's English language proficiency requirements, applicants can complete one of the following recognized language tests with the required minimum scores. You can also complete the IELTS test at Lakehead University.
For All Regular Undergraduate Programs* *Except For Nursing, Juris Doctor and the two year Bachelor of Education Programs.
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) or CAEL CE (Computer Edition) Minimum Score: 60
Cambridge Academic English (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency) Minimum Score: 176 (no individual score less than 169)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Minimum Score: 85
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Minimum Score: 58 (no component score less than 50)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Minimum Score for Internet Based Test (iBT): 80 (no component score less than 19) Minimum Score for Computer Based Test (cBT): 213 (no component score less than 17) Minimum Score for Paper Based Test (pBT): 550 (no component score less than 50)
For Nursing, Juris Doctor and the Two-Year Bachelor of Education Programs Cambridge Academic English (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency) Minimum Overall Score: 185 Listening: 176 Reading & Use of English: 176 Speaking: 185 Writing: 185
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Applicants must complete the Academic test, not the General test. Minimum Overall Score: 7 Listening: 6.5 Reading: 6.5 Speaking: 7 Writing: 7
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Minimum Overall Score: 65 Listening: 58 Reading: 58 Speaking: 65 Writing: 65
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet Based Test (iBT) Minimum Overall Score: 103 Listening: 24 Reading: 24 Speaking: 28 Writing: 28
Please be advised that some academic units may require a higher score and that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Lakehead University.
2. Lakehead University Academic English Program:
Applicants will automatically be considered for admission through Lakehead University's Academic English Program if they meet Lakehead University's admission requirements but do not meet English language proficiency requirements. Applicants who complete Lakehead University's Academic English Program will meet the English language proficiency requirement for programs that require an IELTS score of 6.5 (no minimum score less than 6.0) or a TOEFL score of 80 (no minimum score less than 19). As a result, applicants interested in the: Nursing programs, Juris Doctor program, One-Year Social Work program, or the Two-Year Bachelor of Education program will need to successfully complete one of the recognized tests with the appropriate minimum scores as outlined in Option 1.
3. Approved Pathway Programs:
For a list of Lakehead University's approved pathway partners, please contact Lakehead University International at (807) 346-7848.
Lakehead University provides over $11 million annually to students in the form of scholarships, bursaries and awards.
Our Entrance Scholarships recognize the hard work and effort our future students put in to their studies, prior to enroling at Lakehead. That is why we offer one of the leading scholarship programs for future students in the country.
Take a closer look at the various Entrance Scholarships & Awards available to you as a new student to Lakehead - be sure to check out the criteria and any applications and deadline dates.
Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships & Awards
Entrance Scholarships (Domestic Students)
Entrance Scholarships (International)
Northwestern Ontario & Simcoe County Citizenship Scholarship
Alumni Association Entrance Award
Entrance Athletic Scholarships for Varsity Athletes
Specialist High Skills Major Award
Lakehead-Georgian Entrance Award
Undergraduate Entrance Bursaries While our Entrance Scholarships recognize academic merit, our Entrance Bursaries provide a form of financial assistance based on financial need. Review the various Bursaries available and be sure to submit your application!
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