History, Affiliations & Rankings
Lakehead University (LU) was established in 1965 and evolved from being a Lakehead Technical Institute (1946) to a public research university. It has campuses in Thunder Bay (Main Campus) and Orillia, Ontario. The Maclean’s ranking 2020 of undergraduate schools have ranked LU as #8 in Canada. US News has ranked it as the top 31 in the nation. Lakehead University has enjoyed the highest rankings ever since its establishment. THE ranking for Lakehead University is positioned at #28. Lakehead University has accreditation from AACSB for its business programs. The Engineering programs at Lakehead University are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of Engineers Canada and Canada's Association of Information Technology Professionals. It has several affiliations including the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering, IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association), etc.
Infrastructure, Campus & Courses
Lakehead University has two campus locations in Thunder Bay and Orillia. The main campus at Thunder Bay is located on the shores of Lake Superior and is surrounded by nature. It is spread over 300-acre land with 39 buildings. Around 7900 students call Thunder Bay as their home. The campus at Orillia is 1.5 hours away from Toronto, established in 2006. It has approximately 1200 students studying at Orillia Campus. Lakehead University has 9 different faculties offering UG and PG Programs. The most popular is Social Science and Humanities faculty followed by Health and Behavioural Sciences, Engineering and Business.
Accomplishments & Alumni
LU is ranked third among Canadian undergraduate universities in Research Infosource’s SPOTLIGHT ON UNIVERSITY CORPORATE RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS 2013-2017 in terms of Corporate Research Income. Lakehead University has more than 45,000 alumni around the world. Some of the well-known names are Jan Cameron, Swimmer, Stephen Low – IMAX Filmmaker, Diane Schoemperlen – a novelist, Arnold Park – President & CEO, McCain Foods and many more.
Student Diversity & Visiting Companies
As of the 2019-20 fall intake, it holds an enrolment of 1400 international students representing over 80 countries from around the world. The average class size at Lakehead University is 25 students with a student-faculty to student ratio is 20:1. Lakehead University enjoys a great network of employers. It has an employment rate of 95% and with superb salaries. The list of recruiters includes some of the well-reputed firms like IBM, Blackberry, Shell Suncor, Honda, Siemens, Bombardier, Bell, Hydro One, Grant Thornton, IBM, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Blackberry, and many more.
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