101 – Trent University

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Last updated: October 13, 2016

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About Trent

One of Canada’s top universities, Trent University was founded in 1964 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. Popular among students is the unusually flexible learning environment at Trent 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

Trent University has 2 campuses: in Peterborough and the Durham region. The Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture on 1,450 acres in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University’s Durham campus delivers a distinct mix of programming in the GTA.

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.


Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning over four decades in the east GTA, 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, 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. Students at Durham-GTA enthusiastically speak of the unparalleled sense of community on campus and the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant and dynamic student life experience.

Quickly becoming the campus of choice for top scholars looking for a truly personalized learning experience, Durham-GTA is conveniently located at the nexus of a transportation hub. Right next to Highway 401, Trent University Durham is close to municipal and GO Transit service, allowing students easy access to downtown Toronto in just 40 minutes.

Enrollment – Peterborough and Durham

Fall 2015
The number of enrolled students taking at least 1 course through Trent University as of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) census date (Nov.1, 2015)

  • 8,205 students
  • 6,854 undergrad (Peterborough)
  • 869 undergrad (Durham-GTA)
  • 482 graduate
  • 7,073: Full-Time
  • 1,132: 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: 50
  • Forensic Science: 80
  • Kinesiology: 60
  • Nursing (Regular Program): 120
  • Nursing (Compressed Program): 80
  • Teacher Education Stream: 100

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Note: The above 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 1,400 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. Rooms are assigned 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: Durham-GTA has a strong partnership with Durham College and UOIT to provide a residence experience that offers convenience and great friendships.

The residence, only a 10‑minute drive from the Durham campus (20-minute direct bus ride using your Transit Pass), offers safe, clean and comfortable living accommodations.

First‑year 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’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 four 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, 2017

Trent University’s Prestigious Scholarships are renewable entrance scholarships that reward 14 outstanding students who demonstrate leadership amongst 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 percent 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 up to 4 years, with a total value up to $25,000. 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 to full tuition per year. Entrance scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years of undergraduate study, as long as eligibility requirements are met.

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 $6,250.

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 5.0 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 in receipt of funding from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), a student aid program from another Canadian province, or First Nation Band funding.

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

OSAP is a mix of grants and loans for students. The application for the 2017-2018 academic year will open in early May. Trent applicants from outside Ontario should check with the appropriate financial aid authorities in their home province.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for International Students

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, the Trent International Program (TIP) offers a limited number of highly competitive, renewable tuition scholarships toward undergraduate studies at Trent. These scholarships and awards are 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 National Renewable 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

If English is not your primary language; or your previous education was conducted in another language; or you studied for less than 3 years in an internationally‑accredited school where English was the primary language of instruction but English is not the country’s first language, you must show proof of English‑language proficiency.

We accept only the official, original examination results. Photocopies or faxes of the original are not accepted as proof of the original. A scanned copy of your passport may be requested along with your English proficiency test results for verification.

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.

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 Program (TIP)
Telephone: 705‑748‑1314
Fax: 705‑748‑1626
Email: tip@trentu.ca

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