101 – Trent University

University program information changes regularly. For the most up-to-date details, view the online application.

Last updated: October 1, 2019

Quick Links


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 college residences, academic disciplines, hands-on research, and 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 customize their degree in a way that truly reflects their goals and interests.

Two 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 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 banks of the Otonabee River, a stunning natural landscape provides an environment where you can live, learn and be inspired.

Here, you will find an impressive range of academically rigorous programs across the arts and sciences, as well as professional and specialty programs in business, law, medicine, the environment and more, with all the benefits of high-quality research facilities and exemplary teaching within a personal, close-knit community. In addition, career-ready experiences are abundant across all programs, preparing graduates for success in today’s global workplace.

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 emphasis on social responsibility and 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/Law & Business, Social Work, Child and Youth Studies, Anthropology, English Literature, Media Studies, History, Teacher Education, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, and Policing provide the cornerstone of university learning on a human scale, with a fast-growing roster of postgraduate programs, including a Master of Management and certificates in Human Resource Management and Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Here, academics are enhanced through hands-on, career-ready experience and an abundance of opportunities for student engagement.

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

Enrollment – Peterborough and Durham GTA

Fall 2018

  • 10,264 students
  • 8,240 undergrad (Peterborough)
  • 1,382 undergrad (Durham GTA)
  • 642 graduate

Semester Entry Points

Fall, winter, spring and summer.

Top of Page


Admission Decisions

All of Trent University’s admission decisions are posted in the OUAC application and myTrent portal accounts. You can check your myTrent portal account to view your application status updates.

Top of Page


Additional Admission Information

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

Top of Page


Limited Enrollment Programs

  • Biomedical Science: 50
  • Computing Systems Co-op: 12
  • Conservation Biology Co-op: 25
  • Forensic Biology: 36
  • Forensic Chemistry: 24
  • Forensic Science: 80
  • Kinesiology: 60
  • Medical Professional Stream: 50
  • Nursing (Regular Program): 120
  • Nursing (Compressed Program): 100

Top of Page


Deadlines

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

Top of Page


Residence Accommodations

Peterborough Campus

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

There are more than 1,800 residence spaces available at the Peterborough campus. Residence is available in traditional- and suite-style buildings, made up of single, double and triple rooms.

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. Find residence applications and further information on the Trent website, or email questions to Trent’s Housing Services.

Read more about housing options at Trent University’s Peterborough campus.

Durham GTA Campus

Trent University Durham GTA housing services cultivate social, responsible and respectful communities within residence to create supportive and encouraging environments for academic and personal growth.

In September of 2020, Trent University Durham GTA will open a new 200-bed residence. Residence will be available in traditional single- and double-style residence rooms.

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. Find residence applications and further information on the Trent website, or email questions to Trent’s Housing Services.

Read more about housing options at Trent University’s Durham GTA Campus.

Top of Page


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 the required course load.

Trent University’s Prestigious Scholarships (Application Due Date: April 1, 2020)

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 success.

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
  • Trent University Special Admissions Scholarships

Winners receive a renewable scholarship for up to 4 years, with a maximum potential value of $20,000. Application forms are posted on the MyTrent Student Portal in January.

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 who transfer from a degree or diploma program at an accredited Canadian postsecondary institution with a final admission average of 80% or higher are assessed for an entrance scholarship.

Scholarship values range from $1,000 up to $3,000 per year and are renewable for up to 4 years of undergraduate study, as long as eligibility requirements are met.

Read more about 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), the student aid program from another Canadian province or First Nation Band Funding to be eligible for bursaries.

OSAP is a mix of grants and loans for students. For more information and to complete the application, 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, visit Trent’s financial aid website, email Trent’s Financial Aid Office or call 1-855-698-7368, ext. 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 renewable 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 applying directly from a Canadian high school with a final admission average of 80% or higher are eligible for an entrance scholarship. These range in value from $1,000 to $3,000 and can be renewed upon application after first year.

Top of Page


Student Wellness Centre – Health, Counselling and 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.

Top of Page


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.
  • 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”.
  • Pearson PTE: Score of 59 or better.

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 one of the following criteria:

  • You have studied at least 3 years full-time in a high school where the language 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 language 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 language 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 Foundations for University I and II.
  • If you have a minimum IELTS score of 5.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing or TOEFL iBT 60 or PBT of 500, you may request direct entry into ESL Core 3.
  • 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 Foundations for University I.
  • 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 Foundations for University II.

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

Top of Page


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:
Peterborough – discovertrent@trentu.ca
Durham GTA – discovertrentdurham@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

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

Financial Aid Office
Telephone: 705-748-1524
Toll-Free: 1-855-698-7368, ext. 1524
Fax: 705-748-1629
Email: financialaid@trentu.ca

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

Top of Page