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 as one of Canada’s top universities, and the #1 undergraduate university in Ontario for 12 years running, Trent University is home to a dynamic community of scholars embodying our motto nunc cognosco ex parte – now I know in part – valuing what has been learned, and what is yet to be discovered.
Attracting excellent students from across the country and around the world, Trent is known for leadership in teaching, research, and student satisfaction. Here, students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff, and their peers through diverse communities that span our unique collegiate communities, disciplines, hands-on research, co-op and career experience, and community-based activities.
Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Popular among students is Trent’s uniquely flexible learning environment where a single faculty of arts and science allows students to fully customize their degree in a way that truly reflects their goals and interests.
Trent University offers students the opportunity to study in more than 100 programs across two campuses. The Peterborough campus features award-winning architecture and innovative and academically-rigorous programs housed on 1,400 acres in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River. A second campus, Trent Durham Greater Toronto Area, is located in Oshawa and offers career-ready academic programs and experiences. A new residence and academic building opened at this growing campus in Fall 2020.
Come to Ontario’s top undergraduate university – and challenge the way you think.
We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg. We offer our gratitude to First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we honour those teachings.
Trent has been Ontario's #1 undergraduate university 12 years in a row1
- #1 undergraduate university in Ontario; 12 years in a row; #4 in all of Canada
- #1 in Ontario and #2 in Canada for overall reputation
- #2 in Canada for most innovative
- #1 in Ontario:
- scholarships and bursaries
- faculty awards
- student awards
- #2 in Ontario:
- Student Services
- Medical Science Grants
- #2 in Ontario for Innovation
- Among Top 6.6% Universities in the World 2
Trent graduates get jobs
- 93% of Trent grads employed within 6 months 3
- Trent graduates of Nursing and Mathematics reported a 100% graduate employment rate two years after graduation; Physical Science grads reported a 100% graduate employment rate six months after graduation
- Agriculture and Bio Science students from Trent see a 91% graduate employment rate two years after graduation;
- Graduates from the Education program at Trent see an impressive 96% graduate employment rate two years after graduation;
- Humanities graduates at Trent recorded an employment rate of 97% just six months after graduation, higher than the province average.
Trent students are glad they came
- 95% of students are happy they chose Trent
- 94% of students are satisfied with the overall quality of their Trent education4
Trent alumni and faculty are recognized all over the world:
- Nobel Prize Winners - we have two at Trent. Alumnus James Orbinkski ‘80 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Doctors Without Borders. Professor Chris Furgal was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for raising awareness of global climate change.
- Five Trent grads have the distinction of being renowned Rhodes Scholars, having received the Rhodes International Postgraduate Award, which is widely considered to be one of the world's most prestigious scholarships
It's an exciting time to be a Trent student
- We have recently transformed our Bata Library in the library of the future - features of the new library include: an entrepreneurship and social innovation centre; carefully selected book and non-print collections; three research centres; two visualization labs, Critical Making Studio; educational design research studio; presentation practice room; and a wide variety of interactive student spaces (group and individual)
- Trent Durham Greater Toronto Area is expanding - Our brand new residence and academic building opened in fall 2020 and features 200 residence spaces, state-of-the-art academic spaces such as lecture halls, classrooms and faculty offices; and central outdoor space; Many updates have also been made to our original campus building, which now features a new campus eatery
- The vision of Trent students past and present became a reality in 2017 with the opening of the new Student Centre on our Peterborough campus - the breathtaking new space overlooking the Otonabee River offers new places and opportunities for students to socialize, learn, study and engage with life on campus
- Trent University continues to build on its reputation as a world-leading environmental university, having been named #3 in Canada, and among the top 100 most sustainable university campuses worldwide, in the 2021 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.
- 220,000 population Greater Peterborough Area
- 90 min to downtown Toronto
- Top 25 friendliest cities in Canada
- One of the 21 most active cities in Canada thanks to abundance of biking, paddling, and indoor rock climbing options
About Durham in the Greater Toronto Area
- 608,124 population Durham Region
- 40 min to Union Station in downtown Toronto
- Top 10 community for new residents in Canada
- City of Oshawa is #1 for employment in Ontario; #3 in all of Canada
- City of Oshawa is a Top 10 Intelligent Community worldwide
1 Maclean’s University Rankings 2023 - Primarily Undergraduate Category
2 Center for World University Rankings, 2021
3 Common University Data Ontario (CUDO) 2020
4 Canadian University Survey Consortium, 2012