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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 GTA, is located in Oshawa, Ont., and is especially teaching-focused. Trent takes financial support seriously. All students with a high school average of 80 per cent or higher automatically receive a renewable entrance scholarship.

READ: An insider look at the community-oriented university

Standout Programs
Medical Professional Stream: Provides well-rounded academic and non-academic foundations to prepare students for the exams, applications and interviews required for postgraduate study and future careers in the medical field.
• Business Administration: Focuses on economics, management and entrepreneurship; students can choose from nine different fields of specialization.
• Indigenous Environmental Studies: This multidisciplinary program brings together Indigenous knowledge and Western science to tackle the complex environmental problems facing society.

Cool Courses
• Molecules of Murder: This fourth-year course combines forensics and chemistry as students analyze real-world murder cases involving poisoning.
• Game Studies: This introductory course explores the implications of games and play. Students consider what games tell us about how we think, what we value and who we are.

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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