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, 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 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., offering academic programs and career-boosting experiences in the Greater Toronto Area. Trent takes financial support seriously. All students with a high school average of 80 per cent or higher automatically receive a renewable entrance scholarship.
• 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.
• Conservation Biology: Students examine the science behind conserving the world’s wildlife and their habitats. Co-op and placement options give students the chance to work with conservation organizations, such as Parks Canada and the Metro Toronto Zoo.
• 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.
• Trump, Trudeau, Trees, Trade and Other Stuff—Contemporary Canada and the United States: Examines contemporary political issues between Canada and the U.S. through a historical perspective.
• Firearms and Ballistics: Students learn the science behind firearm examinations, including gunshot residue analyses and erased number restoration.
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-80% · Science: 70-87% · Commerce: 70-80%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,733 · Part-time: 1,288
Graduates: Full-time: 418 · Part-time: 140
International Students: First-year: 4.3% ·
Male-Female ratio: 32 to 68
1,794 (1,703 reserved for first-year students)
Double room with meals: $10,095 · Single room with meals: $11,489 to $12,730 · Apartment-style: $5,873 to $7,378