Trent University

Trent University | Peterborough, Ont. | Founded 1964

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Born during the tumultuous ’60s, Trent University is a liberal arts and science school in the very best sense. It offers undergraduate students a solid base in business, the environment, education, Canadian and Indigenous studies, as well as a diverse portfolio of science degrees, including nursing and a new medical professional stream designed for students planning to pursue professional medical programs after graduation. 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 campus is located on the picturesque banks of the Otonabee River—Groarke keeps a kayak in his office and often takes it out on the river during lunch-—and features over 30 km of trails attracting hikers and cyclists. A second campus, Trent Durham, is located in Oshawa, Ont., and is especially teaching focused. 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.

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Standout Programs

Law and Arts: Trent/Swansea Dual Degree: Allows students to complete an honours B.A. at Trent and obtain a law degree from Swansea University in the U.K. in just six years.

Biomedical Science: Covers a diverse range of topics, such as cell biology, anatomy, and biochemistry, to understand how the many approaches to health and medicine are complementary; students apply these principles to assess and solve real-world health issues.

Indigenous Environmental Studies: This multidisciplinary program brings together Indigenous knowledge and Western science in a collaborative approach to learning.

Cool Courses

Cyberethics: Explores social and moral problems raised by computer use and technologies, including the fragmentation of society into computer “haves” and “have-nots,” Internet censorship, pornography, intellectual property rights, and software piracy.

Witchcraft and Magic in the Western World: Explores the phenomenon of witchcraft in early modern Europe and New England (1450–1750) in the context of family and community, religious beliefs, the legal system, health care, and the dissemination of ideas.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 70%
$8,000 1st & 2nd year: 78
3rd & 4th year: 26
Undergraduates: 7,723
Graduates: 482
1,500 (1,450 reserved for first years) Graduation: 67.2%
Retention: 84.5%

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