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Welcome Future Students

Considering a degree at Trent University? You’ve made a great choice. Trent University is a wonderful place to pursue your academic journey.

A Hub of Learning and Innovation

Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning nearly four decades, Trent Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous education experience grounded in the social sciences and humanities and unparalleled in the Durham Region and eastern GTA.

  • New Student Orientation - staff in library work with a student to familiarize them with services.

New Student Orientation

Whether you are a new student coming directly from high school, a transfer student, a mature student, or an international student, Trent University Durham’s orientation program is the first step in providing you with the tools and information you need to start your university career off strong.

The Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA) and Trent University Durham work together to create an orientation program that meets all your needs. Join us as we set you on the path to a successful educational journey.

Upcoming Orientation Events

Trent University Durham - Orientation 2017

Transfer Student Course Registration
Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Transfer Student Course Registration is an event for all incoming transfer students on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at Trent University Durham

Transfer students will be able to learn about the Trent course registration system and get assistance in using the schedule builder tool as part of the MyTrent system.

** Please note this will be your first opportunity to register in courses with the help of your academic advisors for the upcoming year so it would be a great head start on course registration if you attend.



Summer Academic Kickstart
Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Trent University Durham will be hosting New Student Orientation for all new students on Saturday, June 24th, 2017  All new students are expected to attend the orientation.  Parents/guardians are also welcome to attend a Parent/Guardian Information Session during this June Orientation.

The main focus of the June Orientation is to get students registered in courses for the upcoming year with the help of your academic advisors!  Some other topics that will be covered include academics, involvement opportunities, campus services, student life, parent information and money matters

** Please note this will be your first opportunity to register in courses with the help of your academic advisors for the upcoming year so it would be a great head start on course registration if you attend.



Fall Start-Up Orientation
Tuesday, September 5th & Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

The purpose of the first day of the Fall Start-up is to become familiar with the campus, your peers, staff and faculty, and life at TrentU Durham.  It will be an engaging day filled with fun experiences as you transition into your first days of university life!

Things to look forward to:


  • Icebreakers
  • Social Events
  • Team Competitions
  • Dodgeball
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Campus Fair
  • First Blast


The purpose of the second day of the Fall Start-up is to prepare you for the dynamics of university academics and also familiarize you with the various supports and services on campus to help you in your journey.  A series of workshops which will introduce strategies to develop your skills will be held throughout the day.


Things to look forward to:


  • Academic Expectations
  • Academic Skills Workshops
  • Refreshments
  • Meet the Faculty Lunch
  • and a Special Guest!

Registration opens on June 23rd!!


Your First Steps!

1.  Register for Orientation

  • Check out the links above to register for June Orientation now and September Orientation starting June 23rd!!

2.  Choose your courses

3.  Register for your courses

  • ​​Once you have an idea of which courses you would like to take, use the Visual Schedule Builder (VSB) to generate possible schedules for each term.
  • Play around with the VSB to generate a few possible schedules before the June Orientation.  Print these schedules off and bring them with you on Orientation Day, where Trent staff and students can help you to register in these courses. 
  • It is important to note that the VSB does NOT actually register you in courses. Instead it will provide you with a series of 6-digit “synonyms” that you will use to register in classes via your myTrent Portal. This can be done by inputting these 6-digit synonyms into “course express registration,” which can be found under the “academics” tab.

4.  Pay your financial fees

  • Your advanced tuition deposit is due on Friday, June 23rd, 2017.  Follow this link to determine your amount owing:
  • If you are receiving OSAP, your advanced tuition deposit is due on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017.  You will need to complete the promissory note online on your MyTrent portal if this is the case. This can be found under the academics tab on your myTrent portal.
  • The remainder of your fees for the fall term will be due on Friday, September 1st, 2017. If you are receiving OSAP and have completed a promissory note, fall term fees are due on Friday, September 29th, 2017. 

5. Order your student ID card

  • Your TrentU Card will allow you to access services on campus such as printing and photocopying, checking out books from the library and buying food from the café. 
  • To submit a photo to be used for your TrentU Card, locate the “TrentU Card Photo Submission” icon, which can be found under the “services” tab on your myTrent portal. 
    • Watch this video for instructions on how to take a selfie and upload to the TrentU Card site:

6. Visit the Bookstore or the TDSA Used Book Store

  • The Trent Durham Student Association sells used books in their store on the Durham Campus.
    • Monday-Thursday - 9am - 5pm
    • Friday - 9am - 2pm
  • The Bookstore will be on site at the Durham Campus to sell new textbooks during the first two weeks of class in the semester.

7. Check out this amazing resource from the Academic Skills Centre

  • The Academic Skills Resources Centre has released an e-book which takes you through the first week, first month, and first term as a student.

Important Links for Trent University Durham Students:

New Student Orientation Instructional Videos:

Navigating myTrent
Academic Calendar Tutorial
Academic Timetable Tutorial
Visual Schedule Builder

Additional Links:

Trent U Card

*If you will be studying on the Peterborough campus, please use the following link:  Peterborough Orientation