Trent University

Founded 1964 | Peterborough, ON

Born during the tumultuous ’60s, Trent University is a liberal arts and science school in the very best sense. It offers undergraduate students a solid base in business, the environment, education and Canadian and Indigenous studies. Trent also offers a diverse portfolio of science degrees, including nursing and a medical professional stream designed for students planning to pursue medical programs after graduation. Class discussions are lively and candid; many classes have fewer than 30 students. “Trent offers academically rigorous programs with all the benefits of high-quality research and interactive teaching within a personal, close-knit community,” says Leo Groarke, who is wrapping up 10 years as president.

Mentoring programs connect students and grads to discuss careers and networking. The campus is located on the picturesque banks of the Otonabee River and features over 30 kilometres of trails, attracting hikers and cyclists. A second campus, Trent Durham GTA, is located in Oshawa, Ont. This growing campus continues to develop new academic offerings and career-boosting experiences. A new residence and academic building on the Durham GTA campus provides students with the opportunity to live where they learn. Trent takes student financial support seriously. Students with a high school average of 80 per cent or higher automatically receive a guaranteed, renewable entrance scholarship.

Campus Buzz

Students choose to join one of Trent’s five colleges, each with a residence hall, cafeteria and student government. A sixth college, under development, will be named after late Anishinaabe Elder Gidigaa Migizi.

Standout Programs

• Financial Science: This program draws on math, stats, economics, business and computing to train students in the theory and practice needed to work in today’s complex financial world. Students have access to industry-standard tools and resources, as well as co-op placements.

• Climate Change Science and Policy: Students in this applied program learn how to develop solutions for managing and mitigating climate change. A four-month placement gives students the chance to conduct hands-on research.

• Health and Behaviour: Students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of health and wellness through courses in biology, psychology, sociology, kinesiology and nursing. A 12-week placement provides practical experience.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)

$8,018 ($8,715 out-of-province students)

Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 70-80% | Science: 70-85% | Commerce: 70-80% | Engineering: 80%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 9,982 | Part-time: 1,819

Graduates: Full-time: 677 | Part-time: 171

International Students: First-year: 11.5% | Graduate: 30%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 2,050 (1,750 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $13,659 | Single room with meals: $14,381 to $16,658 | Apartment-style: $8,560 to $10,181

Cool Courses

• Digital Humanities: Explores how technology influences language and literature, art, philosophy and academic studies.

• Lifestyle and Mental Health: Delves into the science behind beneficial habits such as exercise and spending time in nature.

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