Born during the tumultuous ’60s, Trent University is a liberal arts school in the very best sense. It offers undergraduate students a solid base in Canadian, Indigenous, international development and gender studies, as well as a diverse portfolio of science degrees. Class discussions are lively and candid, given that 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. A number of mentoring programs connect students with alumni to talk about careers and networking. Then there’s the scenery. The Peterborough campus is “achingly beautiful,” as former chancellor Peter Gzowski once said. The Rotary Greenway Trail attracts cyclists, runners and—in the winter—skiers to the banks of the Otonabee River, which leads to Peterborough’s downtown. Groarke keeps a kayak in his office and sometimes takes it out on the river during lunch. A second campus, Trent Durham, is located in Oshawa, Ont.
Trent takes financial support seriously. All students with a high school average of 90 per cent or higher get their first year’s tuition free. Keep those grades up every year, and it’s possible to get an undergraduate degree without paying a cent in tuition.
• Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: Presents an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary issues, such as organic food and fair trade. An experimental farm, rooftop gardens and organic café provide students with experiential learning and research opportunities.
• Forensic Science: Students work at the university’s permanent mock-crime scene in a two-storey farmhouse, where they use DNA analysis and learn how to process evidence.
• Business Administration: Goes beyond the traditional scope of management, allowing students to focus on emerging areas such as sustainable futures and ethical business practices.
• Indigenous Dance Theatre: Create new or reconstructed dance theatre works, drawing from the movement vocabulary of Indigenous dance practice; culminates in a public performance.
• Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: Students learn basic theoretical and practical aspects associated with the analysis of bloodstains. Practical aspects are addressed in lab experiments and at the on-campus crime scene house.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|$7,801||1st & 2nd year: 71.7
3rd & 4th year: 22.9
|1,290 (approx. 1,200 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 71.2%