Maclean’s ranks Lakehead University first in Ontario among primarily undergraduate universities

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October 26, 2020 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont. 

Maclean’s has once again included Lakehead University among Canada’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in the magazine’s 2021 University Rankings.

Lakehead tied for first overall among Ontario universities in its category, and ranked eighth out of 19 primarily undergraduate universities from across Canada.

“I’m very pleased at how we ranked this year,” said Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson. “These rankings recognize our ongoing and renowned commitment to providing a transformative university experience, grounded in exceptional scholarship and unique student potential.”

While over 90 per cent of Lakehead’s domestic undergraduate student population faces at least one barrier to postsecondary education, Lakehead University has the highest graduation rate among all universities in Maclean’s primarily undergraduate category.

“At Lakehead University we are committed to supporting student success by helping them realize their potential and achieve their career goals,” Dr. McPherson explained.

This year, Maclean’s University Rankings place Lakehead first in Ontario in student awards (tied), faculty awards, and total library expenses; second in student/faculty ratio, social sciences and humanities grants, total research dollars, scholarships and bursaries, and library acquisitions; and third in medical/science grants, operating budget, and in reputation.

Lakehead is the only university in Maclean's primarily undergraduate category to be included in Canada's top 20 universities for Computer Science.

Dr. McPherson added that Maclean’s annual rankings are just one way potential students can learn more about the Lakehead University experience.

Potential students can also learn more about the Lakehead University experience at the virtual open house on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Registration details are coming soon.

You can read the full Maclean’s rankings here.



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Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2020, Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings once again included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year in 2019. Visit