About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative.

Two campuses Peterborough, Ontario and Oshawa, Ontario in Durham

#1 in Ontario - 5 Years in a Row
#2 in Canada

Maclean’s Magazine University Rankings primarily undergraduate category

“… an over-performer in academic research”

Higher Education Strategy Associates

Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world.

Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities.

Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration.

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.

Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the GTA.

2015 Trent Quick Facts

  • 8,205 students
    • 6,854 undergraduate (Peterborough)
    • 869 undergraduate (Durham)
    • 482 graduate
    • 580 international
  • 18:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Peterborough Campus
    • 90 minutes to downtown Toronto
    • 1,450 acres
    • 30 km of hiking trails
    • 10x per day GO buses run from campus to the GTA
  • Durham Campus
    • 40 minutes to Union Station in downtown Toronto
    • Located in the East GTA, minutes from Highway 401 and Oshawa GO Station
    • 3 City of Oshawa recreation centres Trent students can access

Rankings & Reputation

  • #1 undergraduate university in Ontario; #2 in Canada
  • #1 in Canada for Scholarships and Bursaries
  • #1 in Ontario for Reputation; #5 in Canada
  • #1 in Ontario for Residence Living; #2 in Canada
  • #1 in Ontario in Medical and Science Grants; #3 in Canada
  • # 1 in Ontario for Faculty Awards; #3 in Canada
  • #1 in Ontario for Student Awards; #5 in Canada
  • #3 for Social Sciences and Humanities Grants in Canada
  • #3 in Total Research Dollars in Canada
  • #5 for Student Services in Canada
    Maclean’s University Rankings, 2015
  • Among Top 1,000 Universities in the World
    Center for World University Rankings, 2015


  • 90% of Trent grads employed six months after graduation
  • 94% of Trent grads employed after two years
  • 86% of Trent grads who are employed full-time, two years after graduation, consider their work is directly related to the skills they developed at the University
    Council of Ontario Universities (COU) Employment Survey, 2015

Student Satisfaction

  • 95% of students are happy they chose Trent
  • 94% of students are satisfied with the overall quality of their Trent education 
    Canadian University Survey Consortium, 2012
  • Leader in student satisfaction: Trent outranks Ontario universities in 8 of 10 categories, including student-faculty interaction and supportive environment. 
    National Survey on Student Engagement, 2014 


  • #3 Research University in Canada
  • #1 for publication intensity
  • #2 for publication impact and number of publications  
    Re$earch Infosource Canada’s Research Universities of the Year, undergraduate category, 2015