Lakehead University in Top 10 of Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings

Lakehead University in Top 10 of Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings

October 12, 2018 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON

Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings have once again included Lakehead University among the country’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities.

Compared to 2018’s results, Lakehead University climbed one spot to eighth in Canada and to second in Ontario in its category.

Lakehead’s President & Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Moira McPherson, attributes Lakehead’s improvements in the rankings to the University’s learned-centred approach on the University’s campuses.

“We have made significant investments in recent years that demonstrate our ongoing commitment to provide a university experience where our students’ unique needs and potential are embraced,” said Dr. McPherson.

Among Canada’s primarily undergraduate universities, the 2019 Maclean’s University Rankingsplaces Lakehead in the top spot regarding Citations (scholarly output), second place in Total Research Dollars, third in Social Sciences and Humanities grants, third in Library Acquisitions, and fourth in Scholarships and Bursaries.

Compared to Ontario’s primarily undergraduate universities, the Maclean’s University Rankingsputs Lakehead in a tie for first place for Library Expenses, second in Student-to-Faculty Ratio, second in Student Awards, second in Operating Expenditures per Student, second in Social Sciences & Humanities grants, and third in Faculty Awards.

Dr. McPherson said the unique educational experience offered at Lakehead University positions graduates to successfully transition into the workforce. Approximately 94.5% of graduates find employment within two years of graduation, and 91% are using skills they developed through their undergraduate education. 

“We know that our small class sizes, attractive locations in Thunder Bay and Orillia, and the opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in ground-breaking research are just a few of the reasons people choose Lakehead University," added Dr. McPherson. 

In addition to once again being ranked among Maclean’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in the country, in 2017 Lakehead was also named Canada’s top research university in its category by Re$earch Infosource for the third consecutive year.


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Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, and 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit