Admission Requirements & Application Details for Ontario High School Students

General Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission as an Ontario High School student, you must be currently attending a high school in Ontario on a full-time basis or have recently graduated and have not completed any post-secondary studies at another institution.

To meet the General Admission Requirements to Lakehead, you will need the following:

  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.
**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Note: Should your academic background not reflect your true potential for success, the Academic Support Access Program acts as an entryway for students whose academic average falls slightly below the required admission average. Applicants are automatically considered for admission to the Academic Support Access Program, subject to program eligibility.

In addition to the General Admission Requirements, please also review the Program Specific Pre-requisites to determine what particular courses you will require from your high school background.  

Program Specific Requirements

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

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How to Apply

If you are taking courses during the day at an Ontario Secondary School (this includes students returning for second semester and graduated students returning to upgrade one or more courses): 

--->  Apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre on the Undergraduate Application Form
IMPORTANT: You will need your Ontario Education Number (OEN) to apply.  The OEN is a 9-digit, unique identification number assigned to elementary and high school students across the province.  You can find your OEN on your report card.  Your high school guidance counsellor will also have it on record.  

If you have graduated with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and have not attended any post-secondary institution since graduating:

--->  Apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre on the Undergraduate Application Form

Please note: Lakehead University will consider applicants for 'conditional' admission upon successful completion of the General Admission Requirements. Applicants are encouraged to apply when the application opens. 

Required Documentation

You are to submit the following required documents as part of the application process:

Official Transcripts
For Current Ontario Secondary School Applicants: In most cases, your grades will be sent to Lakehead from your high school via OUAC. If you are taking courses through summer school, you must arrange for the final official grades to be sent to Enrolment Services - Undergraduate Admissions.

For All Other Secondary School Graduates: Submit official high school transcripts directly from the issuing institution to Enrolment Services - Undergraduate Admissions at Lakehead University.

Language Proficiency Requirements (if applicable)

If you are applying to our Media, Film & Communications or our Music programs, you will need to satisfy additional requirements. Learn more about the Media, Film & Communications portfolio requirement and the Music audition and theory test requirements

Advanced Placement

At Lakehead, Advanced Placement (AP) courses and examinations may be used to determine admissibility and the granting of credit or exemption towards your studies at Lakehead University. If you have taken AP courses, click here for further information about score requirements and credits. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does Lakehead accept Summer School/Night School/Correspondence?
Yes - Lakehead University accepts Grade 12 U or M courses, or equivalent, taken through summer school, night school, or correspondence. It is your responsibility to inform Enrolment Services - Undergraduate Admissions of any courses taken outside of regular high school and to ensure that final official grades are received by the transcript deadline listed below.

2. How does Lakehead treat repeated courses?
Lakehead University does not penalize high school students who have repeated courses. The highest Grade 12 U or M grade, or equivalent, will be used when calculating the admission average.

Important Deadline Dates

For Current Ontario Secondary School Applicants:
Application DeadlineJanuary 15, 2024 (recommended deadline; application will remain open)
Release Date of Conditional Offers (subject to change)December 2023 (Early Round based on Grade 11 Final Grades)
March 2024 (First Round based on Grade 12 Term 1 Final Grades)     
May  2024 (Second Round based on Grade 12 Term 1 Final Grades and Term 2 Midterm Grades)
Deadline to Accept Offer Using OUAC Account, and Receive Confirmation Deposit PaymentJune 3, 2024
Release Date of Final OffersJuly 2024 (Final Round based on all Grade 12 Final Grades)
Deadline to Submit Final Official Transcript from Summer SchoolAugust 12, 2024
Deadline to Meet Admission ConditionsAugust 12, 2024