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 president Leo Groarke.

Mentoring programs connect students and graduates who talk about careers and networking. Then there’s the scenery. The campus is located on the picturesque banks of the Otonabee River and features over 30 km 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 campus provides students with the opportunity to live where they learn. Trent takes student financial support seriously. All students with a high school average of 80 per cent or higher automatically receive a guaranteed, renewable entrance scholarship.

Standout Programs

• Climate Change Science & Policy: In this interdisciplinary program, students learn how to develop solutions for managing and mitigating climate change; a four-month placement gives students the chance to conduct hands-on research.

• Arts & Science/Medical Science Dual Degree: Students spend two years at Trent and two in the U.K., graduating with a bachelor of arts and science from Trent and a B.Sc. from Swansea University, where study options include medical genetics and medical pharmacology.

• Forensic Science: Students hone investigative skills through access to top-notch forensic lab facilities. A third-year work placement is available with institutions such as the RCMP and Health Canada.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

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

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 9,152 · Part-time: 1,896

Graduates: Full-time: 546 · Part-time: 154

International Students: First-year: 9%

Graduate: 23.6%

Male-female Ratio: 33 to 67

Housing Facts

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

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $11,634

Single room with meals: $12,801 to $14,153

Apartment-style: $7,125 to $8,625

Cool Courses

• Mathematical Finance: Sharpen analytical skills by exploring topics such as time market models, arbitrage and volatility.

• Ecological Art: Explore the power that art can have in remediating and restoring the natural environment.

Student Life on Campus

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