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, and Canadian and Indigenous studies. Trent also offers a diverse portfolio of science degrees, including nursing and a medical professional stream designed for students planning to pursue medical programs after graduation. Class discussions are lively and candid; 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. Mentoring programs connect students and graduates who talk about careers and networking. Then there’s the scenery. 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 GTA, is located in Oshawa, Ont.; it offers academic programs and career-boosting experiences in the Greater Toronto Area. A new residence and academic building opened at this growing campus last year. Trent takes student financial support seriously. All students with a high school average of 80 per cent or higher automatically receive a renewable entrance scholarship.
• Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Students learn how to optimize each stage of the supply chain from purchasing and production to distribution. The program includes an internship in the final year.
• Conservation Biology: This program combines classroom and lab learning with co-op or internship training with leading conservation groups. Students learn to develop solutions to ecological challenges such as species extinction and habitat loss.
• Criminology: Students take courses in sociology, law, Indigenous studies and social justice while focusing on the role of social inequality as a cause of crime. The program combines online learning with in-person classes and offers a one-year co-op.
• Business Ethics and Corporations: Study business and philosophy to examine corporate social responsibility and the ethical obligations of today’s business leaders.
• The Archaeology of Climate Change: Students gain an understanding of the science behind climate change before they explore its impact on society, culture and development.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-80% · Science: 70-84% · Commerce: 70-80% · Engineering: 80%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 8,903 · Part-time: 1,482
Graduates: Full-time: 533 · Part-time: 161
International Students: First-year: 10% · Graduate: 21%
Male-female Ratio: 32 to 68
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 1,470 (1,820 last year with 1,800 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $12,290 to $13,590 · Apartment-style: $8,050 to $8,300