History

“From a gleam in the eye came the birth of Trent.”

Peterborough Examiner, 1957

Trent University was born out of true vision, made reality by the people and community who believed in its potential. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, it’s critical to reflect on how and why we got here.

A History of Giving & Community

Without the local community’s generosity, Trent wouldn’t exist – period – let alone be the institution we are today. Some powerful examples:

  • 1957: a letter from the president of Quaker Oats sparked community support for a college to be built in Peterborough
  • 1962: our stunning Symons Campus is the result of General Electric’s gift of 100 acres of land
  • View our interactive timeline for more

Today, we continue to share a strong bond with our community, and we’re “giving back” – making an impact both locally and globally.

A History of Excellence

“I didn’t learn what to think, but how to think. Trent has given me skills and a joy in learning that allows me to continuously adapt and shape my participation in the world.” – Dr. James Orbinski

Since our inception, Trent has been known as a vibrant, cutting-edge learning environment.

Complex critical thinking is a key component of a Trent education – and an invaluable skill that employers continue to seek. We challenge our students to question, debate, solve problems and transform our world.

The individual student has always been front and centre. A small student-to-faculty ratio creates a personal experience where one’s name is known, and one’s voice can be easily shared.

Our alumni are shining examples of the power of a Trent education. Our 40,000+ graduates are making a difference worldwide.

See where Trent has taken them

A History of Leading Research

At Trent, we pride ourselves on integrating teaching and research. They’re not mutually exclusive: hands-on, experiential learning is key to an education like no other.

Trent’s research track record has enabled us to attract and retain world-renowned faculty members. Their ground-breaking studies have earned them reputations in Canada and around the world. Our students are lucky to learn from the best.

Learn more about Trent’s research

Making New History: The Next 50 Years

“A university is a growing, living legacy – and it needs all kinds of support.”

– T.H.B. Symons

Whatever the future holds, one thing is certain: Trent University needs to be here, continuing our legacy of commitment to the individual student, and inspiring generations of future leaders to come.

To secure a Trent for the future, it’s imperative that we continue the legacy of giving upon which our university was built.

Can we count you in?