Founded on June 4, 1946, Lakehead University was "birthed" from Lakehead Technical Institute and Lakehead College of Arts, Science, and Technology because of the necessity of a post-secondary institution in Northwestern Ontario.
Having campuses at both Orilla and Thunder Bay, the university is tagged as one of the equity strongholds for its immense dedication to providing the under-represented people, especially the first-generation and indigenous students, with a high-quality education. With the institution’s emphasis on creativity, innovation, and experiential and high-impact learning, roughly all the graduates secure employments within two years after graduation.
Lakehead University has been recognized, for five consecutive years, as Canada’s top university in the area of research, as reported by The Research Infosource. However, the university is also ranked eighth among Canadian universities that provide primarily undergraduate studies by Maclean and 31st by the US News & World Report. It is also among the higher half of the Times Higher Education’s list of elites globally.
The graduate and undergraduate programs offered by Lakehead University span across faculties of Natural Resources Management, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Education, Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, Science and Environmental Studies, Law, and Graduate Studies. Additionally, students have the opportunity to do inter-disciplinary courses that have a blend of arts and sciences, especially in media film and communications, criminology, and environmental sustainability majors.
Moreover, the university has several college transfer opportunities, especially in engineering related post-diploma programs. Lakehead University has 11 Canada Research Chairs and 24 outstanding cutting-edge research centers. Thus, providing students with unfettered access to hands-on research opportunities, which are available to both the undergraduate and postgraduate students.