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A key aspect of Trent’s organizational structure is the residential college system. Trent University has four colleges that serve undergraduate students (all of them residential), one college that serves both undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on graduate students, and one college for Oshawa and part-time undergraduate students (Julian Blackburn). All students are affiliated with one of Trent’s colleges and have opportunities to get involved in governance, organizations, and events at the college level. Colleges also provide a close-knit and supportive community for students, whether they live in residence or off-campus. The Colleges are the centre of academic and social activity, housing professors’ offices, small lecture halls and seminar rooms. The Colleges host scholars, writers and public figures, and organize lecture series, seminars, concerts, films and dances. Each college has its own student cabinet that coordinates additional student programs and activities, and each college has created prizes to honour academic excellence and contributions to the life of the college. Please refer to the Housing Services website at for details about our thematic Living Learning Communities in Residence that operate in cooperation with the college offices and other departments on campus.


Catharine Parr Traill College

College Head
R. Douglas Evans, B.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (McGill)
Senior Tutor
    Christy Carlson, B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (McMaster)
College Assistant
    Debra Nichols

Named in honour of the noted author, botanist and pioneer settler of the Peterborough area, Catharine Parr Traill College is one of the founding colleges of Trent University. An integral part of the academic and social life of Trent University as a whole, Traill College is an active community, beautifully situated on a drumlin overlooking central Peterborough.
    Traill College is the home of most of Trent University’s graduate programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences including the M.A. programs in English, in History, and in Theory, Culture & Politics; the M.A. and Ph.D. program in Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies, and the Ph.D. program in Cultural Studies. In 2008, Traill became the University’s graduate studies college, serving all graduate students in all disciplines. Undergraduate students currently affiliated with the College maintain that affiliation through to graduation.
    As part of the evolution of Traill College, space within the college’s historically significant buildings and the modern Wallis Hall have been converted into office space for graduate students and faculty, and accommodations for graduate students. The Lecture Hall and the ground floor of Scott House has also been renovated to provide facilities in support of the graduate programs and undergraduate teaching.
    As a graduate studies college, Traill College retains some of its undergraduate roots. Some Undergraduate courses continue to be offered and taught at the College and the offices of the undergraduate programs in Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies and English continue to be located there.
    The intellectual life of the College is supplemented by a thriving visitors program organized by students and faculty. The program gives members of the College the opportunity to meet informally with writers, artists, professional, politicians, musicians and scholars. Recent guests have included writers Yann Martel, Barbara Gowdy, Charlotte Gray, Jane Urquhart, Frances Itani, Lawrence Hill, Alistair MacLeod, Charles Foran and Douglas Glover; Toronto Star columnist Linwood Barclay; historian Dr. Margaret MacMillan; international development economist Dr. Amiya Kumar Bagchi, former Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, Frank Augustyn; and editor, publisher and educator, Dr. Cynthia Good.
    Traill is also home to the Thomas H.B. Symons Graduate Seminar Series and the Alan Wilson Reading Room. The excellent facilities and quiet atmosphere of the College offer a comfortable working environment for both students and faculty. Regular and frequent bus service connects the College with the Symons Campus, and Traill’s close proximity to downtown Peterborough provides easy access to the Peterborough Public Library, art galleries, movie theatres, live concerts, churches, restaurants, pubs and more.

Champlain College

College Head
    Robin Lathangue, B.Arts & Sc., M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D.(Deakin)
Senior Tutor
    Derek Newman-Stille, B.A., M.A. (Trent)
College Assistant
    Noranne Flower

Champlain College, whose name honours the great explorer and founder of New France, is situated on the banks of the Otonabee River near the heart of the Symons Campus. The College is widely acclaimed for its beauty and provides an appropriate setting for the casual and formal activities of college life.
    The centre of the College is the impressive Great Hall and its adjacent common rooms. The two residential quads are divided into staircases with five single study-bedrooms clustered on each floor. Although the residence is co-educational, one section is reserved as a women’s residence. Tutorial offices for faculty fellows, dons’ residences and seminar rooms are interspersed throughout the College. Non-residents share with residents the use of the common rooms, the music practice room, the Ceilie (a licensed pub and games room that hosts regular evening special functions), the Junior Common Room, the Morton Reading Room, and group study spaces in the College Office.
    The College has expansive grounds and is home to the Seasoned Spoon, a student-run organic foods restaurant and coffee house.
    The academic life of the College includes the Champlain Society (for guest speakers), a student film festival, film making workshops, a playwrights circle, a radio program, a musical theatre group, a campus magazine (The Absynthe), a Model UN, Trent Student’s for Literacy, a chapter of Journalists for Human Rights, the Trent Global Living and Active Living Communities, and a special lecture series. Every year we host politicians, writers, actors, artists, social activists, and international leaders who live in residence among our students. The student Cabinet, elected annually by the Champlain student body, organizes many social and cultural activities to supplement the regular curriculum, in particular, Harvest Weekend in the Fall session and Bon Temps in the Winter session. Members of Champlain College have enjoyed a long tradition of active participation in athletic, social and communal events. Champlain College is home to the departments of International Development Studies, Politics, Ancient History & Classics, the Trent International Program, the Trent International Political Economy Centre and the journal Labour/Le Travail.
    Recent visitors to Champlain have included Stuart McLean, Gwynne Dyer, Ben Peterson (founder of Journalists for Human Rights), and Billy Boyd, star of Lord of the Rings, and acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Albert Maysles.

Julian Blackburn College: Part-Time Studies and Trent in Oshawa

College Head
To be named
Director, Distance and Continuing Education & College Partnerships
K. Maki
, B. Comm., M.Sc. (Guelph)
Senior Tutors
C. Carlson
, B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (McMaster), M. Fenwick, B.A., M.A. (Ottawa), Ph.D. (Queen’s)
Administrative Assistant
D. O’Dette

The mandate of Julian Blackburn College (JBC), Trent’s only non-residential college, is to ensure that resources and services are available to students studying part-time, both in Peterborough and Oshawa, as well as to students studying full-time in Oshawa. JBC also coordinates the degree programs offered jointly with Fleming College (see Joint Programs with Fleming College, link), degree completion options at several Ontario community colleges (see Degree Completion Programs, p. 246) and distance education at Trent.
    Part-time studies are fully integrated with full-time studies at Trent. Part-time students may enroll in any course offered in the Trent Calendar, day or evening, on- or off-campus, provided they have the prerequisite. Bursaries for part-time students are available.
    In Peterborough, services listed under “Academic Support Services” and “Student Services,” are fully available to part-time students as are use of the athletic facilities, participation in student government and membership in University committees.
    In Oshawa, a program of full- and part-time courses is offered in both the day and evening at Trent University in Oshawa. Please see the JBC web page for a full list of services available in Oshawa.
    Applicants for part-time studies apply directly to Trent; application forms are available online at the Trent University website at Please refer to the Julian Blackburn College section below for details.

Lady Eaton College

College Head
To be named
Senior Tutor
    Christine Freeman-Roth
, B.A., (Guelph), M.A., Ph.D. (Waterloo)
College Assistant
    Katherine Curle
, B.A.

Lady Eaton College is the fourth college within the University and the second college on the Symons Campus. Named in honour of Flora McCrea Eaton, a native of Omemee and one of the original sponsors of the University, the College provides facilities designed to encourage academic and social interaction for a community of students and fellows in an international atmosphere.
    Situated against a drumlin, the residential wings and Commons Block enclose a pleasant quadrangle. One-third of the south wing of the College building is reserved as a women’s residence while the remainder of the south wing and the entire north wing house both men and women. In total there are 214 single study-bedrooms, five apartments reserved mostly for upper-year students and 12 double study-bedrooms. The College usually houses a substantial number of international students from many different countries. LEC houses the departmental offices of History, Modern Languages (French, Spanish, German), Philosophy, Women’s Studies and the offices of the Vice President Academic/Dean of Arts and Science and the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies). There are also offices for many of the faculty fellows of Lady Eaton College; teaching takes place in many of these offices as well as in the College’s seminar rooms and lecture hall.
    Non-resident members of the College living at home or in lodgings in Peterborough are full members of the College and are encouraged to participate in College activities, to use the Junior Common Room (The Pit with movie screening capabilities), and downstairs the student-run coffee shop (The Magpie), Crawpadies, the LEC Pub, the TV room, the music practice room and other facilities. The dining hall, a spacious and colourful room with small tables, has a warm and friendly atmosphere. When it is not being used for dining it is used for dances, concerts, lectures and other special events. Extensive grass fields, ideal for a variety of pick-up sports, surround the College. The Athletics Complex and University Library are close by, across the main driveway.
    Art exhibitions are occasionally held in the College. They complement the permanent collection of the College, which includes Inuit sculptures, a gift from Lady Eaton.
    A very active student government organizes and sponsors many College events in which students and faculty participate. These include intramural sports, in which most students take part, a varied social program including regular events sponsored by Cabinet, The Drumline, a student publication, and the Lady Eaton College section in the Trent Annual (yearbook).
    Language tables organized by the department of Modern Languages & Literatures hold informal weekly meetings in the College during meal times. Each year the College Visitors program brings scholars, writers, performers and public servants to the College to meet students and fellows and to present seminars and lectures. There are, in addition, regular open College symposia given by fellows of the College and guests on topics of special interest. Regular College events such as “Interact” give international students the opportunity to present their culture and social issues of their country. In addition the “Social Issues Series” highlights social concerns and connects student volunteers with the Peterborough community. The College annually hosts a writer-in-residence program through which an eminent Canadian writer is available for one week of discussions, consultations and readings.

Otonabee College

College Head
    Robin Lathangue, B.Arts & Sc., M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D.(Deakin)
Senior Tutor
    Erin Clow, B.A. (Trent)
College Assistant
    Michele Sparkes

The College’s buildings range along a cedar ridge overlooking the river from which the College derives its name (“fast boiling water” in Nishnaabee). To the east of the College are located the new buildings of the DNA Cluster and the Forensic Science program; beyond them a rolling rural landscape with a magnificent stand of blue spruce. To the west are Peter Gzowski College and the Science buildings, leading to the Faryon pedestrian bridge, which provides easy access to the Bata Library, the Athletics Complex, and the colleges on the West Bank.
    Eight “houses” connected by an interior walkway called “the Street,” make up Otonabee’s residence. The residence is co-educational, although there are single-sex areas within the houses. Each house contains single and double study-bedrooms, a kitchenette, and a commons area. Past “the Link,” are a set of faculty offices, the mailboxes, College Porter’s office, the main dining hall looking to the north and east of the grounds, and the Monture Lounge. A large College Commons is located close to the Food Court/Dining Hall, with large-screen televisions and many comfortable chairs for relaxing. Daily lunches are offered together with a licensed lounge atmosphere most afternoons.
    The academic wing is directly connected with the Science Buildings and houses the School of Education, the departments of Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, and Computing & Information Systems. Teaching facilities include a 125-seat lecture theatre, various seminar rooms, laboratories for Anthropology and Psychology, a Sociology resource room, offices for faculty in many of the disciplines in arts and sciences, and the Wenjack Theatre, which provides a venue for multimedia lecture presentations as well as theatrical productions by amateur and professional companies. Nearby are the Archaeology Centre, Mackenzie House, and a wildlife sanctuary with walks and ski trails.
    Students at Otonabee play a major role in organizing and conducting cultural, social and athletic activities. The student government (Cabinet) and its committees cooperate with the College Office and dons in planning and delivering a variety of events for both its non-resident and resident members: visiting scholars, artists, musicians, scientists; College dinners and dances; Fall and Winter College Weekend; and intramural co-educational competitions in a number of sports. Members of the College also participate in the wider academic, social, cultural and athletic activities of the University and the city of Peterborough, including various forms of community service.

Peter Gzowski College

College Head
To be named
Senior Tutor
    Ellen Bentzen, B.Sc. (McGill), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo)
College Assistant
    Janice Ecclestone

Peter Gzowski College is Trent’s newest College and is named after the University’s eighth Chancellor, Peter Gzowski (1934–2002), author, broadcaster, columnist and champion of literacy. The College is located in the Enweying Building (“Enweying” is an Ojibway word meaning “the way we speak together”) on the Symons Campus. Enweying has 250 single residential rooms for students, as well as a dining room and academic facilities. Enweying also hosts the First Peoples House of Learning which integrates ceremonial, cultural and academic spaces for the Indigenous Studies programs. Faculty and staff in the departments of Mathematics, Economics and Business Administration as well as the Office of Research have their offices in this building.