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Trent has been Ontario's #1 undergraduate university 13 years in a row
(Maclean's Magazine University Rankings primarily undergraduate category)

"... an over-performer in academic research"
(Higher Education Strategy Associates)

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Popular among students is the unusually flexible learning environment at Trent where a single faculty of arts and science allows students to fully customize their degree in a way that truly reflects their goals and interests.

Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is more in demand than ever. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues.

Two Campuses: Peterborough and Durham

Trent University has two campuses, in Peterborough and the Durham GTA region. The Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture and a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto. Trent University's newly renovated Durham GTA campus delivers education in the urban setting of Oshawa, Ontario.

Symons Campus, Peterborough

Trent University's Symons Campus in Peterborough is an inspiring place to learn: set on the east and west banks of the Otonabee River, a stunning natural landscape provides an environment where you can grow, thrive, live and connect.

Here, you will find an impressive range of academically rigorous programs across the arts and sciences, as well as professional and specialty programs, with all the benefits of high-quality research facilities and exemplary teaching within a personal, close-knit community.

Minutes away from campus is a vibrant downtown, which is a premier destination for festivals, concerts and events, filled with a variety of shops and award-winning restaurants.

Trent University Durham

Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning more than four decades in the east GTA, Trent University Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous educational experience rooted in the social sciences, humanities and professional programs.

Areas of Expertise

Interdisciplinary studies in Business Administration, Nursing, Education, Forensic Science, Computer Science, Environmental and Resource Sciences, Pre-medical / Medical Professional Stream, and more. Put your skills and knowledge to work in Trent's new 20+ co-op streams, including co-ops in Business, Computer Science, Criminology and many Humanities and Social Sciences.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Female only:Lowest: $6,934Highest: $9,167
Male only:Lowest: $6,934Highest: $9,167
Co-ed:1,221 bedsLowest: $6,934Highest: $9,167

Please indicate preference for single or double rooms, or a annex (apartment style) building. Trent will accommodate these requests wherever possible. The number of beds may vary depending upon the number of requests to be accommodated. The majority of residence is co-ed.

Incoming Students

Orientation Week: A program which provides students with an opportunity to learn more about their campus, the services and resources available to them, and provide an opportunity to meet students leaders and other new students.

Career Planning

This unique program allows students and alumni to get an inside look at the career landscape, while gaining meaningful experiences and necessary perspectives. Opportunities are available both through the university and in the broader community. Careerspace is available to you at any point during your time at Trent. We encourage students to not wait until their final year to connect with us. We offer appointments, workshops, online resources, and opportunities to connect with employers and recruiters. These services are free for all Trent students and alumni.

Put your skills and knowledge to work in Trent's new competitive co-op streams. You'll graduate with a distinct career advantage – building valuable connections and gaining hands-on experience through paid work terms, all as part of your Trent degree.


Competing on the water, the field, the court, or cheering from the stands: together we are One Excalibur. Trent University stands as a hub of high-performance sport, attracting elite athletes to join the Excalibur team and build on our legacy of athletic and academic success. Sport, recreation, and wellness are at the heart of our University community. Our Peterborough campus is set in a 1,400-acre outdoor playground with over 30 kilometres of nature trails, access to the Otonabee River right at our doorstep, and a state-of-the-art Athletics Centre. Across these facilities, our student-athletes reach their best, and live up to the test of every race, game and practice. Carrying a positive attitude and competitive spirit has led the #OneExcalibur team to success both on and off the field for more than 50 years. Trent’s student-athletes have excelled in varsity competition, while achieving outstanding academic success, and they credit the Trent Excalibur experience as a key to career success after graduation. As a student-athlete at Trent, you belong to a family that shares the values of hard work and team work, recognizes individual dreams, and works together to achieve one goal. We invite you to explore more of Trent University’s athletics history, state-of-the-art facilities and resources, and picture yourself as part of the #OneExcalibur team

Athletics and recreation invites you to take advantage of our facilities for "drop in" recreation, a great workout, or to participate in our campus recreation (intramural) and varsity programs. Activities and schedules are posted on the website.


At Trent University, academics are just the beginning of your university experience. Outside the lecture hall, Trent’s diverse, close-knit community makes it easy to get involved, meet new people and make a positive impact – on and off campus.

EXPAND your social circle by joining a campus club or group

ENHANCE your resumé by building your co-curricular record

DRIVE positive change by becoming a student leader

There’s no limit to your potential at Trent.

There is a wide range of intramural sports offered at Trent. Competition levels vary from beginner to experienced.


Absynthe Magazine, Access to Education Group, AIDS and Safer Sex Peer Educators, Alpha@trent, Alpine Ski Club, Amnesty International, Anti-Colonial Action Alliance, Arthur (student newspaper), Asian Dialogue at Trent, Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs, Biology Undergraduate Society (BUGS), Burma & East Timor Working Group, Canadian Studies Students Society, Chemistry Undergraduate Society, Classics Society, Con-Ed Students Association, Comparative Development Studies Student Society, Cross Cultural Alliance, Culture Jammer's Collective, Curl-4-Cancer, Economics Justice Collective, Economics Society, Innu Students' Association, James Bond Appreciation Society, Jewish Student Federation, Hispanic Organization for Latin Awareness (HOLA), Julian Blackburn Students' Association, Math Society, Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), Rhotinoshonni (Iroquois) Students' Association, OXFAM, Soup Kitchen Collective, Star Trek Society, Theatre Trent, Trent African Caribbean Students' Union (TACSU), Trent Animal Rights Association (TARA), Trent Annual, Trent Annual Fashion Show, Trent Central Student Association (TCSA), Trent Christian Fellowship, Trent Chinese Christian Fellowship, Inter-Faith Group, Japanese Association at Trent, l'Association Francophone de Trent University, Trent Chinese Student Council, Trent Debating Union, Trent Entrepreneurial Studies Society (TESS), Trent Environmental Student Society, Trent Fencing, Trent History Undergraduate Society (THUGS), Trent Hourglass, Trent International Students' Association (TISA), Trent Jitsu Club, Trent Lesbian and Gay Collective (TLGC), Trent Green Party Association, Trent Model United Nations Society, Trent Muslim Student Association, Trent Music Society, Trent Oenology Society, Trent Pagan Circle, Trent Photographical Society, Trent Queer Collective, Trent Socialists, Trent Students for Literacy, Trent Student Swim Club, Trent Theatre Collective, Trent Triathlon Club, Trent University Band, Trent University Choir, Trent University Geographical Society (TUGS), Trent Ski and Snowboard Club, Trent Students Against Sweatshops, Trent University Emergency First Response Team, Trent University Figure Skating Club, Trent University Liberal Association, Trent University Mountain Bike Club, Trent Yellow Bike Co-op, Trent Students for Life, Trent University Native Association (TUNA), Trent University Naturalists Group, Trent University Philosophy Society, Trent University Reform Association, Trent University Rowing Club, Trent Vocal Jazz Choir, and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Information Technology

Free access to University's computing facilities, which includes microcomputer based laboratories, time sharing terminals, and full access to the Internet from individual user accounts. Each student is given a free Internet account and can access it by modem and e-mail. Library catalogues are available online.


Theatre Trent, Trent radio, music festivals, film series, student newspapers, debating club, choirs, symphony, Traditional Elders Gathering, National Rowing Regatta, the Writers Reading Series brings Canadian authors from across the country, guest speakers, writers and artists in residence, and northern lectures.

Special Services

Trent undertakes to ensure access to its academic programs and physical facilities to its students, faculty, and staff. The University has a Special Needs Office that offers a variety of services including transcription, note taking, exam invigilation, and liaison with faculty members and support agencies. Also available are a voice synthesizer, optical scanner, FM system, and four track tape recorders. Trent has some residence rooms, which can be adapted for mobility impaired students. Trent also offers individual and group assistance in writing, critical and efficient reading, mathematics, and study skills. Trent also has an AIDS Education Resource Centre, Native Studies Department that has cultural adviser and Aboriginal counsellor to assist students, Women's Centre, and a gay and lesbian student collective. Free to all students are the services of our Academic Skills Office, which conducts tutoring, workshops, and mentoring.

Trent also offers alumni mentoring or work internships for academic credit.

International Involvement

An energetic international program draws students from around the world and arranges exchanges and year abroad programs for Canadian undergraduates. International Exchange programs: Wales, Scotland, England, Iceland, South Africa, Malaysia, Israel, Korea (Seoul), Japan (Osaka), United States, Mauritius, Finland, and Germany (Baden-Württemberg). Year Abroad programs: Germany, France, Spain, Thailand, Ghana, and Ecuador. Research Institutes include the Frost Centre for Canadian Heritage and Development Studies Trent, Institute for the Study of Popular Culture Trent, Institute of Mass Spectrometry, and the Water Quality Centre.

Campus Tour

In-person campus tours are available year round Monday to Saturday at 1:00p.m. Please visit to register for an upcoming tour, or contact the Recruitment Office at

Check out our Virtual tour online on our website.

Modified on January 18, 2024