Welcome to Otonabee College!
We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the 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.
Established in 1972, Otonabee College (OC) is located on the East Bank of the Symons Campus, overlooking the river for which it is named. In Ojibwe, Odenabe, or Otonabee, means "river that beats like a heart" which symbolizes the way this College looks to the horizon, and imagines how we can keep up with change in our fast-paced lives while honouring our hearts.
Our motto also reflects the meaning of Otonabee in, tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis (the times are changing and we change with them). Like the Otonabee river, our community is ever-changing and unrelenting. You can't stop this beating heart, this melody of voices creating waves of change..
The College is nestled in between the Chemistry Building, Science Complex and DNA/Life Health Sciences Building which strengthens our connection to the sciences. In and around Otonabee College you will find academic departments such as Computing and Information Systems, Sociology, the School of Education & Professional Learning, School of the Environment, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anthropology, Forensic Science, Psychology and the Trent-Fleming School of Nursing.
If you need any help whatsoever, come to the Otonabee College office (OC W102). Here we have students and staff that can help guide you to the services and support that you may be seeking. Come hang out in our lounge area, learn more about College and Trent resources and check out our Otonabee College Swag!
In the College Office we have several professional staff that are here to help:
Lindsay Morris, your Academic Advisor
Erin Stewart-Eves, your Academic Skills Instructor
And me, Stephanie, your Otonabee College Principal
The Otonabee College Residence is the home of two Living Learning Communities (LLC) - the Nursing LLC and the Forensics LLC. Members of the Nursing LLC will share passion for Nursing and show great interest in exploring Nursing in depth by connecting with peers and faculty and participating in community outreach initiatives.Members of the Nursing LLC will have the opportunity to create their own activities and events and together, develop the Nursing LLC Legacy Project which will be passed on to members of the Nursing LLC in the years the follow. The Forensic Science community is designed for students in the Forensic Science & Forensics Joint Major programs. This LLC provides an opportunity to connect and participate in forensic-related experiences and connect with faculty and peers who share a passion for forensic science. Learn more about Otonabee College's Living Learning Communities on the Housing Website.
Otonabee College hosts a number of events throughout the year. You can learn more about what’s going on through our newsletter and our social media accounts. Just search Otonabee College on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Many of our College events are located both on and off campus, convenient for students of all years to have fun and show your OC spirit. Relax or study with your fellow OC students in the OC Commons and the K-House Lounge, our central student space located near the Wenjack Theatre and/or our spacious Dining Hall with a Tim Horton's and Subway.
Once again welcome to Trent and Otonabee College! Feel free to stop by the office to say hello and maybe you will even meet Ottie, our mascot, the Otonabee otter!
Otonabee College Principal