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 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. A number of mentoring programs connect students with alumni to 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 is slated to open on the Durham campus this fall. 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.
• Financial Analytics: This program combines math, statistics, economics, business and computing to help students understand the science of investing. Students draw on real-world data to implement financial models and learn how to analyze industry trends.
• Journalism & Creative Writing: Explore creative storytelling over different mediums in this joint program with Durham College. There is a seven-week placement.
• Law & Arts/Law & Business: In this six-year dual degree program, students can complete a bachelor of arts or a business degree at Trent, as well as a law degree at Swansea University in the U.K.; a final year back at Trent covers Canadian law.
• Climate Change Fiction: Explore “cli-fi” by studying novels, graphic novels, films and other media that look at the before, during and after of climate change.
• Playful Pedagogy: Explore how creativity is nurtured in children, the role of play in teaching and learning, and the benefits of play in child and youth development.
$7,455 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-80% · Science: 70-87% · Commerce: 70-80% · Engineering: 80%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 8,223 · Part-time: 1,399
Graduates: Full-time: 496 · Part-time: 146
International Students: First-year: 7% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 32 to 68
Residence Spaces: 1,820 (1,800 reserved for
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $10,768 · Single room with meals: $11,858 to $13,107 ·
Apartment-style: $6,471 to $7,673