Lakehead University is a provincially supported public research university. The university was established on June 4, 1946, and founded by an Order-in-Council of the Province of Ontario. The university has campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Lakehead University has been recognized by the Times Higher Education as one of the top Universities in the year 2022. 

Lakehead University courses are offered across the subject areas like Medicine, Engineering, Business Administration, etc. The Social Science and Humanities department is the largest department of the university with over 30% enrollment. The Thunder Bay campus is its main campus and the 2nd campus i.e., the Orillia campus is the LU celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

International students need a minimum academic grade of 70-75% for admission to Lakehead. Students need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent to get enrolled at Lakehead. The cost of pursuing the undergraduate programs at Lakehead University ranges between 15 to 28 lakhs INR. Graduate programs at Lakehead University may cost between 4 to 7 lakhs INR. The cost of living for Indian students varies between 7-9 lakhs INR.

Lakehead University Rankings

Lakehead University has performed really well in the last few years. Here’s a glimpse of Lakehead University’s Rankings:

  • #64 in Impact Rankings, 2022 according to Times Higher Education
  • #801-1000 in World University Rankings, 2022 according to Times Higher Education
  • #1279 in Best Global Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, 2022
  • #32 in Best Global Universities in Canada by U.S. News and World Report, 2022


Lakehead University Courses

The University offers a range of courses to choose from, there are undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, diploma, and other certificate courses available across its campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia. The mode of delivery of the courses might vary, it might be online or offline depending on the choice of the candidate plus due to the global pandemic there has been a shift in the education platform from on-campus courses to online modes.

  • LU offers almost 57 undergraduate and 30 graduate and doctoral programs including courses like Medicine, Engineering, Business Administration, etc.
  • Along with the 30 UG and 30 PG courses, LU also offers doctoral, diploma, and certificate courses.


Programs Total Annual Fees
Master of Science [M.S], Computer Science INR 12,45,375
Master of Science [M.Sc], Archaeological Sciences INR 11,17,455
Master of Science [M.Sc], Mechanical Engineering INR 12,45,375
Master of Science [M.Sc], Civil Engineering INR 10,50,420
Master of Science [M.Sc], Engineering - Chemical Engineering INR 12,45,375
Master of Science [M.Sc], Electrical and Computer Engineering INR 7,54,359
Master of Science [M.Sc], Business Management INR 10,50,420
Master of Business Administration [M.B.A] INR 16,60,500


Lakehead University Campus 

Lakehead University is spread over 2 campuses, namely:

Thunder Bay Campus 

  • The first building was opened in the year 1957
  • Thunder Bay is the main campus of Lakehead University, located in the North-western Ontario.


Orillia Campus

  • The Lakehead University opened a campus in Downtown Orillia in the year 2006 with about 100 students in the first semester.
  • This academic building represented the first phase in the development of Canada’s first LEED.

Both the campuses are situated in beautiful towns in Canada and offer a magnificent weather and view. The University provides students with opportunities that offer self growth and make a healthy minded Individual.

The University also has a student governing body called LUSU (Lakehead University Student Union) that manages Student-run Clubs. A variety of clubs like athletics, cultural, debate etc are formed in the University.

Lakehead University Residence

Living away from home isn’t as easy or fun as it seems. To facilitate the stay of students wanting to study in Canada the University provides both on-campus and off-campus accommodations at affordable prices.

On-Campus Housing

  • LU provides on-campus accommodation to it’s students in both Orillia and Thunder Bay.
  • Students are provided with furnished bedrooms with all the basic utilities like proper electricity, proper water supply and internet access.
  • Home residence is a perfect choice for newcomers who do not have any prior experience to living alone.
  • Home residence comes with full meal plans in the accommodation package so that candidates can focus on their education full time and give time to them for proper self-growth.
  • The Thunder Bay residence has a total of 1,196 beds with three cafeteria and dining hall.
  • Students have an option to choose meal plans depending on the place they come from.


Off-Campus Housing

  • Off-campuses accommodation is availablwithinth a walking distance of 5 min away from the campus of-campus
  • Off campus accommodation is best for candidates who are looking for an independent mode of accommodation.
  • Both the campuses of Lakehead University are situated in small towns and it is not much of a big deal to find cheap and affordable rent.
  • Apartments are available both shared and single occupancy and facilities like kitchen, AC, and access to the internet are all provided within the accommodations.

Lakehead University is a place to live and dream. With a dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centered environment that acknowledges all of its students as valued leaders of tomorrow.

Lakehead University Application Process 

Lakehead University admissions take place in 3 intake cycles, i.e., in September, January, and in May or July. The deadlines for the undergraduate programs for international students are March 1, 2021 (full-time and part-time) and April 1, 2021 (Summer) though they are still accepting applications.

Application Steps: Following are the steps required for admission to LU:

  • The first step is to visit the official website of the University.
  • Fill in the required details and select the program you want to opt for.
  • Wait for the acknowledgement from the University and keep checking the official site.


Undergraduate Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum of 70% in secondary school is required (Canadian Equivalent)
  • English proficiency test score:
  • IELTS academic: Overall 6.5, with no section less than 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: Overall 80, with no section less than 19
  • PTE: Overall 58, with no section below 50


Graduate Admission Requirements:

  • Candidates must be graduates from a recognised University that is candidates must have a bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum score of 75% is required or a 3 on 4 point according to Canadian scale.
  • English proficiency test scores:
  • TOEFL iBT: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Note: There might be program-specific admission requirements for distinct graduate courses at Lakehead University.