101 – Trent University

Last updated: September 22, 2022

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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, we attract 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, we bring critical thinking and action to learning every day. Popular among students is our uniquely flexible learning environment where a single Faculty of Arts and Science allows you to customize your degree in a way that truly reflects your own goals and interests.

Today, our unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in demand more than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration.

In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change – and dedicated career-development services through Careerspace – Trent’s students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are actively engaged in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues.

Two Campuses: Peterborough and Durham GTA

We have 2 campuses: The Symons Campus in Peterborough and the Durham GTA Campus in Oshawa.

Our 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 (GTA).

Symons Campus, Peterborough

Our Symons Campus in Peterborough, Ontario, has been called “a sensory feast”. From the moment you arrive on campus, you will discover why. Our picturesque natural environment is matched only by leading academic programs and nearly limitless opportunities to get involved and gain career experience.

Our Symons Campus offers an impressive range of academically rigorous programs across the arts and sciences, as well as professional-preparatory programs in business, law, medicine, the environment and more.

Every student at Trent benefits from guaranteed career-boosting experiences, including 21 programs with co-op streams, which offer both science and arts students the opportunity to explore interests, hone skills and earn an income in their field, all while completing their undergraduate degree.

Here, academic excellence thrives in state-of-the-art research facilities, award-winning architecture and dynamic student spaces. You will connect and interact with other students, your professors, industry practitioners and leading researchers within a close-knit Trent community.

Just minutes from campus is a vibrant downtown that is a premier destination for festivals, concerts and events, and is filled with a variety of shops and award-winning restaurants.

Durham GTA Campus, Oshawa

At Trent University Durham GTA, your education unfolds on a personal scale. With one of the best student-to-faculty ratios out there, our extraordinary commitment to teaching undergraduate students is what sets Trent Durham apart.

At our growing campus, we are enhancing the student experience with new spaces to live on campus and new ways to learn in our leading academic programs, many with a focus on social responsibility.

Here, you will be taught by expert faculty members – distinguished historians, award-winning authors, renowned social scientists and top researchers, just to name a few – and gain fresh perspectives and new skills that will help you gain career experience and make a difference in your community, during your degree and after.

Here, our popular programs and creative joint majors provide you with an array of options:

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Child & Youth Studies
  • Policing
  • Computer Science
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Anthropology
  • English Literature
  • Media Studies
  • History
  • Teacher Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Journalism

With guaranteed hands-on, career-ready experience and an abundance of opportunities for student engagement, you have all the tools you need for future success, no matter what path you choose. All of this is right at your doorstep in the new student residence on campus at Trent Durham, which fully integrates both living and learning spaces, creating a transformational environment for students, faculty and staff to connect and learn from one another.

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

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Enrollment – Peterborough and Durham GTA

Fall 2021

  • 12,160 students
  • 9,460 undergraduate (Peterborough)
  • 1,892 undergraduate (Durham GTA)
  • 808 graduate

Semester Entry Points

Fall, winter, spring and summer.

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Admission Decisions

All our admission decisions are posted in the OUAC application and myTrent portal account. You can check your myTrent portal account to view your application status updates.

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Extenuating Circumstances

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: 50
  • Business Administration Co-op: 10
  • Business Administration – Accounting – Co-op: 10
  • Computer Science Co-op: 12
  • Conservation Biology Co-op: 10
  • Conservation Biology Placement: 25
  • Financial Science: 40
  • Financial Science Co-op: 10
  • Forensic Biology: 36
  • Forensic Chemistry: 24
  • Forensic Science: 80
  • Humanities Co-ops: 50
  • Journalism: 50
  • Kinesiology: 50
  • Medical Professional Stream: 50
  • Nursing (Regular Program): 120
  • Nursing (Compressed Program): 140
  • Swansea L.L.B./B.A. Dual Degree: 150
  • Swansea Medical Science/B.A.S. Dual Degree: 30

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Note: These deadlines apply to the receipt of all documentation required for admission. We encourage you to apply early.

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Residence Accommodations

Peterborough Campus

Our 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 1,900 residence spaces available at the Peterborough campus. Residence is available in traditional- and suite-style buildings, made up of single, double and triple rooms.

We guarantee a residence space if you apply and complete the application requirements, including submitting the deposit, by the deadline. Guaranteed students who have met all requirements by the application deadline can choose their own room.

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.

Residence is available in traditional single-style and semi-private rooms. In September of 2020, Trent University Durham GTA opened a new 200-bed residence.

We guarantee a residence space if you apply and complete the application requirements, including submitting the deposit, by the deadline. Guaranteed students who have met all requirements by the application deadline can choose their own room.

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

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

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants)

We have a full and diverse scholarship program designed to foster and reward high academic achievement among our 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, 2023)

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)

We automatically consider new Trent students for a Trent University National Renewable Entrance Scholarship.

Scholarship values range from $1,000 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 our scholarships and eligibility requirements.

Financial Aid for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants)

We award bursaries 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 the Financial Aid website, email the 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 (landed immigrant) 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.

If you have questions or would like further information, visit the TI website, email TI or call 1-705-748-1314.

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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.

If you have a documented disability (physical, sensory, medical, psychological or learning disability) and are considering attending Trent, we encourage you to contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at the time of application. Upon acceptance to Trent, some action may be necessary in advance to accommodate your needs.

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English-language Requirements

We are 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 must normally submit proof of English proficiency by meeting or exceeding the following test results.

Language Tests and Minimum Scores

  • Canadian English Language Test (CAEL): 60.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5, with no band lower than 6.0.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of 59 or better.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 86 iBT or 580 PBT with a minimum TWE score of 4.5.
    Arrange for your official TOEFL Score Report to be sent directly to Trent through ETS. Our institutional code is 0896.
  • Trent Academic ESL Program: Academic English II with 75% in all courses.

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 the following criteria:

  • You have studied for 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 must 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, we will automatically consider you 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. The top 2 levels of ESL – Academic English 1 and Academic English 2 – are now each worth 1 full credit towards your degree at Trent.
  • 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.

If you apply to Trent-ESL, you should also choose an undergraduate degree program that you 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

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

Admissions Office
Telephone: 705-748-1678
Email: admissions@trentu.ca

Office of the Registrar
Telephone: 705-748-1215
Email: registrar@trentu.ca

Student Wellness Centre – Health, Counselling and Accessibility Services
Telephone: 705‑748‑1281
Email: accessibilityservices@trentu.ca

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

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