Admission Requirements & Application Details for the Indigenous Transition Year Program

The Indigenous Transition Year Program (ITYP) is an eight-month full-time preparatory program which has been designed to provide North American Indigenous students (First Nation, Inuit or Métis), who might not meet the regular or mature student admission criteria, the opportunity to pursue a university education in an academically, socially, and culturally supportive environment. You must be fluent in English. Learn more about the ITYP

Admission Requirements 

To be considered for admission to the ITYP, you must be of North American Indigenous descent and a:

  • High school student who has obtained their high school diploma (e.g. Ontario Secondary School Diploma) but does not meet the admission requirements for one of our degree programs, or 
  • Mature student who has been out of high school for at least two years and has not attended another post-secondary institution. 

Important Deadline Dates

Status of Application

Open  (Currently Accepting Applications for the Next Academic Year)

Deadline to Submit Copies of Your Transcripts 

Two (2) weeks after you apply

How to Apply

Please complete and submit the application package. There is no cost to apply! 

Application Package

In addition, you must submit copies of your official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities that you have attended, if applicable. You can upload copies using your myInfo student portal. You gain access to myInfo shortly after applying. We will send you your username and temporary password in our acknowledgement email. If you encounter issues with accessing myInfo, try to recover your account.  

Alternatively, you can mail copies of your official transcripts to Lakehead University. Our mailing address is:

Lakehead University
Enrolment Services - Undergraduate Admissions
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON
P7B 5E1

If you need assistance with getting copies of your transcripts from your previous institutions, please contact Fionna Farquhar, the Indigenous Access Programs Coordinator, at

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the program, feel free to contact Fionna Farquhar, the Indigenous Access Programs Coordinator, at