General Admission

Lakehead’s admission requirements are divided into different student categories:

  • High school
  • Transfer
  • Mature

Read more about Lakehead’s admission requirements.

Visit Lakehead’s website to find out about requirements for entrance into each academic program.

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Indigenous Students Policy

Lakehead University is dedicated to furthering the educational aspirations of Indigenous learners through recruiting, retaining and graduating Indigenous learners by offering a diverse range of high-quality, Indigenous-focused programs.

Through offering a culturally supportive environment to all Indigenous students who self-identify as First Nation, Inuit or Métis, our aim is to support Indigenous students’ success in their academic goals.


Self-Identification (Self ID) assists Indigenous units to provide appropriate services and effectively report and guide future program planning geared towards Indigenous students. Self ID strengthens the Indigenous presence at Lakehead University by connecting Indigenous students with the Indigenous community on campus and providing access to information about:

  • Dedicated scholarships
  • Bursaries
  • Events
  • Career opportunities
  • Academic supports
  • Workshops
  • Cultural events
  • Elders in residence

Lakehead University’s commitment to Indigenous learners further extends to additional recruitment activities throughout the region. As a member of Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP), Lakehead travels across Ontario to visit Indigenous students in many high schools, communities and community organizations. APSIP, a collection of Indigenous recruiters from Ontario and Quebec colleges and universities, provides students with the most up-to-date information about applying to university as an Indigenous student.

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Alternative Admission and Transition Programs

Indigenous Transition Year Program

Lakehead’s Indigenous Transition Year Program is an 8-month, full-time university preparatory program for Indigenous students who have not met the regular or mature student university admission requirements and wish to pursue studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Indigenous Nursing Entry Program

If you are interested in pursuing nursing but do not meet the admission requirements, Lakehead’s Indigenous Nursing Entry Program is an 8-month, full-time university preparatory program that will give you the skills and academic preparation you need to gain entry into the 4-year degree program. The program is intended to increase the numbers of Indigenous nurses and improve health care for Indigenous communities.

Indigenous STEM Access Program

The ISTEM program is an 8-month, full-time preparatory program for Indigenous students who would like to study the Sciences but have not met the regular or mature student university admission requirements. The program includes courses in English, Chemistry, Math and Academic Skills, as well as electives in the student’s area of interest. Students who successfully complete the ISTEM Program may enter most programs in the faculties of Science and Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, and Health and Behavioural Sciences.

Achievement Program

The Achievement Program is Lakehead University’s commitment to supporting access to postsecondary education by providing an opportunity to potential future students who experience socioeconomic barriers to obtaining postsecondary education. The program partners with local and regional school boards, and self-identified students enroll in the program in Grade 4. Each year, with academic success and participating in programming at their school, community and Lakehead University, students can earn up to first-year tuition and ancillary fees.

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Mature Students

You may be considered for admission as a mature student if you have not attended a high school or college full time for at least 2 years and have completed less than 1 year at a community college.

View Lakehead’s mature student policy.

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