Lakehead University

Lakehead University

Lakehead University is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, (population 117,000) at the head of Lake Superior. Our faculty, staff, programs and services team up to provide an extensive range of learning choices and alternatives, offering an unbeatable combination of quality education at one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada.

Fieldwork complements the academic component of many Lakehead programs. Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism; Forestry; Environmental Studies; Geology; Biology and Geography, have been designed to take advantage of, the natural laboratories of Northwestern Ontario. Northern socio-economic issues are addressed in such programs as Sociology, Commerce, Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Indigenous Learning and Teacher Education. Lakehead’s Engineering program is unique in Canada, combining a diploma program in Engineering Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering degree program.


Lakehead University evolved from the Lakehead Technical Institute which was established on June 4, 1946, by an Order-in-Council of the Province of Ontario. Classes commenced in January, 1948, in temporary rented quarters in downtown Port Arthur. In September of that same year, the first university courses were added to the curriculum.

The Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology was established by an Act of the Ontario Legislature assented to on March 28, 1956, and proclaimed on August 1, 1957. The government and the control of Lakehead Technical Institute were transferred to the Board of Governors of Lakehead College. The present University site, donated by the City of Port Arthur, was occupied on October 2, 1957.

Second-year Arts courses were added in 1960-61, and on March 3, 1962, the original Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology Act was amended to give the College “university powers” to establish faculties, and “to confer university degrees” in Arts and Science. The first degrees in Arts and Science were granted on May 5, 1965.

The Lakehead University Act, 1965, was given royal assent by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on June 22, 1965, and came into force on July 1, 1965. The Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology, thereafter known as “Lakehead University”, was continued under this new charter.

In 2006, Lakehead University opened its first branch campus in southern Ontario. The new campus is currently situated in a renovated historic building, Heritage Place, at 1 Colborne Street West in Orillia, Ontario, and has a capacity to accommodate 500 students. In 2007, a capital campaign was launched to finance the construction of a permanent campus in Orillia.

Lakehead began as a university with a dual role. It is a university in the north with the responsibility of bringing to Northwestern Ontario an understanding of a broad range of the basic academic disciplines as well as knowledge of the province, nation, and world. It is also a university for the North with the responsibility of gathering knowledge about the region for use in social, economic, and cultural development and for delivery to the rest of the province, nation, and world.

In adapting to its environment over the years, Lakehead’s character and dual role have made it distinctive in the Ontario University system. Today, Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. It is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and offers an extensive array of courses and programs through its office of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning.

With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead’s goal in the next five to ten years is to rank among the top 25 research-intensive universities in Canada.

Campus Housing

Lakehead University Residence has housing accommodations for 1195 students in the Residence Halls, Townhouse and Apartment style residences. The Residence Halls are traditional dormitory style residences are co-ed and are comprised of shared, basic single and single rooms. Students coming from high school are housed in the Residence Halls. The Townhouse and Apartment style residences are single room, four bedroom units reserved for upper year students.

Students in the Residence Halls enjoy the benefits of an all-you-can-eat meal plan, seven days a week. As the townhouses and apartments have full kitchens, students may purchase optional meal plans from the University’s food caterer to assist with their busy class schedules.

Based on student demand, Residence will offer Wellness areas. These may include quiet areas (an environment that is quieter than the dormitory norm) and/or alcohol-free areas.

Residence rooms are all fully furnished. Facilities in the Residence complex include Dan’s Diner and Nick’s Garage (after hours food outlets), vending machines, coin laundry, a social centre, bicycle storage and study rooms.

All Residence bedrooms are equipped with Internet, Cable TV and telephone access (long distance extra). Some housing is available that is barrier free accessible. Unfortunately Residence does not have married or family housing on campus during the fall and winter terms.

Athletics and Recreational Facilities

Athletics is an integral part of the University lifestyle that is vital to the educational development of each and every student. A focused athletics program creates a University environment that fosters friendship, goodwill and overall fitness. Athletics enhances Lakehead’s image by adding diversity and richness to University life.

Lakehead University’s dynamic and varied Athletics Department recognizes the necessity for comprehensive campus recreation programs and works hard to make students’ time at the University as enjoyable as possible. Lakehead University offers a variety of Varsity and Club level sports listed below. An extensive selection of intramurals are offered through Campus Recreation. Students are urged to come out and support the Thunderwolves as they compete at events throughout Thunder Bay.

Lakehead University students enjoy extensive fitness facilities at the C.J.Sanders Fieldhouse and The Hangar. The University is proud to offer the 15,000 square foot Thunderdome gymnasium, an indoor running track and soccer field, a state-of-the-art Wolves’ Den fitness centre, a 50-metre eight- lane swimming pool, cardio room, outdoor sports fields, outdoor beach volleyball court, Kinesiology labs, squash courts, and change rooms complete with saunas and tanning beds.

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