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Trent University Leads Province for Increase in Applications & First Choice Accepts


14.5% increase in total high school accepts year-over-year following June 1 OUAC deadline

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Trent University leads the province for percentage increase in first choice acceptances from high school students, up by 24.7% as of the deadline according to data released today by the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) – and has led Ontario universities every month for the second year in a row for percentage increase in applications, on average up by 17%. 

Students accepting their offer to Trent University have increased again for the coming fall term, with 14.5% more secondary school student confirmations overall. The system was up by just 1% as of the June 1 OUAC deadline for students to accept their offer.

“More students are making Trent their first choice based on the University’s mix of innovative academic programming and an interactive learning experience that sets us apart,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “With the new Student Centre set to open in fall 2017, our Bata Library undergoing a transformation to the library of the future, and the Trent Research and Innovation Park on the brink of offering experiential learning opportunities, it is likely Trent’s momentum will continue as a popular choice among students.”

This is the third year in a row Trent has seen enrollment growth. Several new programs introduced in recent years have attracted applications including Social Work, Pre-Medical Emphasis, a Law & Arts degree, and specializations like Accounting, Finance, Marketing and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business at Trent. The University’s Durham – GTA campus is seeing tremendous growth as well, having introduced popular programs such as Child and Youth Studies and Communications.

Recent investments in teaching at Trent have reinforced the institution’s reputation for a personal, purposeful learning experience. New marketing and recruitment strategies have brought awareness to the close-knit student life and learning environment at Trent’s two campuses, one in the Greater Toronto Area in the City of Oshawa and the other in Peterborough conveniently located between the GTA and the nation’s capital.

“The value of a Trent education is resonating with students and they are coming from farther afield to experience what is a transformative education that uniquely prepares them for success,” said Marilyn Burns, associate vice-president Marketing and Recruitment. “We are thrilled to see more students accessing this truly exceptional university experience.”

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. 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. Today, 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 – Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.


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Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6180 or

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