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

October 8, 2021 – 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 2022 University Rankings.

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

“At Lakehead University we provide a transformative university experience, grounded in exceptional scholarship and unique student potential,” said Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson.

“These rankings recognize Lakehead’s success in creating future leaders who support the economic, social and cultural resilience of Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County. At Lakehead University we are committed to supporting student success by helping students 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 acquisitions; second for highest quality, developing the leaders of tomorrow, social sciences and humanities grants, scholarships and bursaries, operating budget, and library expenses; and third for most innovative, student/faculty ratio, total research dollars, medical/science grants, and reputation.

Maclean’s also found that Lakehead has the lowest class sizes in first- and second-year classes among all Ontario universities.

Dr. McPherson added that Lakehead’s placement in the Maclean’s Rankings comes on the heels of last month’s revelation that Lakehead has been included in the top half of the Times Higher Education’s list of the best universities around the world for the third year in a row, and a leading university in specific disciplines. Read more here.

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 Lakehead University by registering for the virtual open house happening on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 am–2 pm (EST).

You can read the full Maclean’s University 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. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2022 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2022 World Universities Rankings for the third consecutive year, and in the top 100 of 1,115 universities from around the world in THE's 2021 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit