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.

Trent University in Summer 2017 from Trent University on Vimeo.

Two campuses Peterborough, Ontario and Oshawa, Ontario in Durham

#1 in Ontario - 6 years in a row (Maclean’s Magazine Rankings)
#2 Undergraduate Research University in Canada (Re$earch Infosource Rankings)

“… 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.

2017 Trent Quick Facts

  • 8,940 students
    • 7,413 undergraduate (Peterborough)
    • 1,032 undergraduate (Durham)
    • 495 graduate
    • 699 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 - GTA 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
  • #1 in Canada for Scholarships and Bursaries
  • #1 in Ontario for Experiential Learning
  • #1 in Extracurricular Activities
  • #1 in Faculty Awards in Ontario
    • Maclean’s University Rankings, 2017
  • Among Top 3.6% Universities in the World Center for World University Rankings, 2016


  • 95% of Trent grads employed after two years
  • 87% of Trent grads employed six months after graduation
  • Trent graduates of Nursing, Physical Sciences, and Fine & Applied Art all reported a 100% graduate employment rate two years after graduation;
  • Agriculture and Bio Science students from Trent see a 96% graduate employment rate two years after graduation;
  • Graduates from the Education program at Trent see an impressive 97% graduate employment rate two years after graduation;
  • Humanities graduates at Trent recorded an employment rate of 93% just six months after graduation, higher than the province average.

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 


  • #2 undergraduate research university in Canada
  • #1 in publication intensity in Canada
  • #2 in publication impact in Canada
    • Re$earch Infosource Rankings, 2016