101 – Trent University

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Last updated: October 3, 2017

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About Trent

One of Canada’s top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that is personal, purposeful and transformative.

Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities.

Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent’s unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in demand more than ever. Popular among students is Trent’s uniquely flexible learning environment where a single faculty of arts and science allows students to fully customize their degree in a way that truly reflects their goals and interests.

2 Campuses: Peterborough and Durham-GTA

Trent University has 2 campuses: the Symons Campus in Peterborough; and the Durham-GTA campus in Oshawa. Trent’s Peterborough campus boasts of award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto; while Trent University Durham-GTA delivers a distinct mix of programming in the Greater Toronto Area.

Symons Campus, Peterborough

Trent University’s Symons Campus in Peterborough is an inspiring place to learn. Set on the east and west banks of the Otonabee River, a stunning natural landscape provides an environment where you can grow, thrive, live and connect.

Here, you will find an impressive range of academically rigorous programs across the arts and sciences, as well as professional and specialty programs, with all the benefits of high-quality research facilities and exemplary teaching within a personal, close-knit community.

Minutes away from campus is a vibrant downtown, which is a premier destination for festivals, concerts and events, filled with a variety of shops and award‑winning restaurants.

Durham-GTA Campus, Oshawa

With one of the best student-to-faculty ratios out there, Trent University Durham-GTA is known as an especially teaching-focused university with an abundance of opportunities for student engagement. Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning over 4 decades, Trent Durham-GTA offers a dynamic and rigorous educational experience rooted in the social sciences, humanities and professional programs.

Full- and part-time studies in Business Administration, Communications & Critical Thinking, Law & Arts, Social Work, Child and Youth Studies, Anthropology, English Literature, Media Studies, History, Teacher Education, Psychology, and Sociology provide the cornerstone of university learning on a human scale, with a fast-growing roster of postgraduate certificate programs, including Human Resource Management and Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and elective courses in a broad range of disciplines.

Quickly becoming the campus of choice for top scholars looking for a truly personalized learning experience, Trent Durham-GTA is conveniently located in the east GTA in the City of Oshawa, 40 minutes from downtown Toronto.

Enrollment – Peterborough and Durham

Fall 2016

  • 8,940 students
  • 7,413 undergrad (Peterborough)
  • 1,032 undergrad (Durham-GTA)
  • 495 graduate
  • 7,639: Full-Time
  • 1,301: Part-Time

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Semester Entry Points

September, January, May and June.

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Admissions Decisions

All of Trent University’s admissions decisions are posted on the OUAC online application or myTrent portal accounts. You can check your myTrent portal account to view your application status updates.

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Additional Admission Information

If you have experienced extenuating circumstances that affected your academic performance, you may submit a Students with Extenuating Circumstances form.

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Limited Enrollment Programs

  • Biomedical Science: 35
  • Forensic Science: 80
  • Kinesiology: 60
  • Nursing (Regular Program): 120
  • Nursing (Compressed Program): 80
  • Teacher Education Stream: 100

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Note: These deadlines apply to the receipt of all documentation required for admission. Early application is encouraged.

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Residence Accommodation

Peterborough Campus

Trent University’s housing services cultivates social, responsible and respectful communities within the college residences to create supportive and encouraging environments for academic and personal growth.

There are more than 1,600 residence spaces available at the Peterborough campus. Residence is available in traditional- and suite-style buildings, made up of single, double or triple rooms, and is primarily co‑educational.

Residence spaces are guaranteed if you apply and complete the application requirements, including the deposit, by the deadline. Guaranteed students who have met all requirements by the application deadline are able to choose their own rooms based on a first‑come, first‑served basis with a completed application. Residence applications and further information can be found on the Trent website and questions may be directed to residence@trentu.ca.

Find details about housing options at Trent University’s Peterborough campus.

Durham-GTA Campus

Trent University Durham-GTA has a strong partnership with Durham College and UOIT to provide a residence experience that offers convenience and great friendships.

The residence offers safe, clean and comfortable living accommodations.

Trent University Durham-GTA students live together within the same community and are guaranteed a spot in residence if they meet the deadline for accepting Trent University’s offer of admission and applying to residence.

Find more information about housing options at Trent University’s Durham-GTA Campus.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Trent University has a full and diverse scholarship program designed to foster and reward high academic achievement among its students. All entrance scholarships listed are renewable for up to 4 years of undergraduate study, provided you maintain an 80% average in 5 Trent University credits during the previous academic year.

Trent University’s Prestigious Scholarships – Application Due Date: April 1, 2018

Trent University’s Prestigious Scholarships are renewable entrance scholarships that reward 14 outstanding students who demonstrate leadership among their peers, involvement in their community, humanitarian efforts or academic successes.

Any Canadian student entering first year at Trent with a final admission average of 80% or higher may apply for a Trent University Prestigious Scholarship.

One application allows you to be considered for any of the following Prestigious Scholarships:

  • Champlain,
  • Board of Governors’ Leadership,
  • Trent Science Fair and
  • Trent University Special Admissions scholarships.

Winners receive full tuition in the first year, renewable for up to 4 years, with a total value up to $26,000. Application forms are posted on the MyTrent Student Portal in February.

Trent University National Renewable Entrance Scholarships – No Application Required

As a new Trent student, you are automatically considered for a Trent University National Renewable Entrance Scholarship. All Canadian students applying directly from a Canadian high school with a final admission average of 80% or higher are eligible for an entrance scholarship.

Scholarship values range from $1,000 up to full tuition per year and are renewable for up to 4 years of undergraduate study, as long as eligibility requirements are met.

Find more information about eligibility requirements.

Full Tuition Scholarship Offer – No Application Required

If you are a Canadian high school student applying to Trent University with a final admission average of 90% or higher, you are eligible to receive a full tuition entrance scholarship. The estimated value of the full tuition scholarship for the 2017–2018 academic year is approximately $6,500.

The full tuition scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years of undergraduate study, as long as you maintain an average of at least 90% in 5 Trent University credits in the previous academic year. If you maintain an average of at least 80%, your scholarship will renew at the standard scholarship value.

Find more information about scholarships and eligibility requirements.

Financial Aid for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Bursaries are awarded each September, January and May based on application information and documented financial need. You must be receiving funding from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), a student aid program from another Canadian province, or First Nation Band funding.

OSAP is a mix of grants and loans for students. The application for the 2018-2019 academic year will open in early May. For more information and to complete the application, please visit the OSAP website. Trent applicants from outside Ontario should check with the appropriate financial aid authorities in their home province.

If you have questions or would like further information, please visit Trent’s financial aid website, email financialaid@trentu.ca or call 705-748-1524.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for International Students

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, Trent International (TI) offers a limited number of highly competitive, tuition scholarships toward undergraduate studies at Trent. These scholarships and awards may be tenable for up to 4 years.

Trent-ESL students are eligible to apply for International Scholarships and Awards upon successful completion of the Trent‑ESL program.

International students who apply to Trent are automatically considered for Trent University Entrance Scholarships, awarded for academic excellence. These range in value from $1,000 to $3,000.

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Student Wellness Centre: Health, Counselling, & Accessibility Services

The Student Wellness Centre’s mission is to provide holistic and integrated support in meeting the bio‑psycho‑social needs of Trent University students. The interdisciplinary team supports student success and personal well‑being through the provision of timely and effective supports.

Students with a documented disability (physical, sensory, medical, psychological or learning disability) who are considering attending Trent, are encouraged to contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at the time of application. Upon acceptance to Trent, some action may be necessary in advance to accommodate the student’s needs.

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English‑Language Requirements

Trent is an English-language university and it is important to your success at Trent that you are proficient in both spoken and written English. All students must demonstrate a command of English sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, and participation in tutorials and discussions.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally required to submit proof of English proficiency by meeting or exceeding the following test results.

Language Tests and Minimum Scores

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 86 iBT; or 580 PBT, with a minimum TWE score of 4.5.
    Arrange for official TOEFL Score Report to be sent directly to Trent through ETS. Trent University’s institutional code is 0896.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85, with no part below 80.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5, with no band lower than 6.0.
  • Canadian English Language Test (CAEL): 60.
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) by the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Division: Grade of “C”.

Note: English‑language proficiency requirements are subject to change without prior notice.

Proof of English-Language Proficiency Exemptions

To be exempted from providing proof of English-language proficiency you must meet 1 of the following categories:

  • You have studied at least 3 years full-time in a high school where the medium of instruction is entirely English and you have not taken any ESL courses during this period. You are required to provide an official letter from your school indicating the language of instruction is English if it is not clearly indicated on your transcript or school profile.
  • You have studied at least 2 years full-time in a college where the medium of instruction is entirely in English. You are required to provide an official letter from your school indicating the language of instruction is English if it is not clearly indicated on your transcript or school profile.
  • You have studied at least 1 year full-time in a university where the medium of instruction is entirely in English. You are required to provide an official letter from your school indicating the language of instruction is English if it is not clearly indicated on your transcript or school profile.
  • You have successfully completed the international Baccalaureate diploma where English was the language of instruction.

Trent‑ESL: English for University

If you do not meet the English‑language proficiency requirement, you will automatically be considered for gradual admission through the Trent‑ESL: English for University program.

ESL students start taking credit courses concurrently in Level 4 and 5. If you have a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or TOEFL iBT 70 or PBT of 525, you may request direct entry into ESL Level 4. If you have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing or TOEFL iBT 80 or PBT 550, you may request entry into ESL Level 5.

Students applying to Trent-ESL should also choose an undergraduate degree program that they plan to enter after completing ESL.

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Contact Information

Trent University
Recruitment – Campus Tours
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough ON  K9L 0G2
Telephone: 705‑748‑1332
Toll‑free: 1‑888‑739‑8885
Email: liaison@trentu.ca

Admissions Office
Telephone: 705‑748‑1678
Fax: 705‑748‑1629
Email: admissions@trentu.ca

Office of the Registrar
Telephone: 705‑748‑1215
Fax: 705‑748‑1629
Email: registrar@trentu.ca

Accessibility Services Office
Telephone: 705‑748‑1281
Fax: 705‑748‑1509
Email: accessibilityservices@trentu.ca

Financial Aid Office
Telephone: 705‑748‑1524
Fax: 705‑748‑1629
Email: financialaid@trentu.ca

Trent International (TI)
Telephone: 705‑748‑1314
Fax: 705‑748‑1626
Email: international@trentu.ca

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