Admission Information for Indigenous Students
Greetings from Trent University! Trent values Indigeneity and the knowledge, perspective and voice you bring to the Trent community as a person of Indigenous Ancestry.
There are two application pathways for Students of Indigenous Ancestry (First Nations, Métis or Inuit, Status or Non-Status):
Indigenous students who have followed a traditional academic path are eligible to apply to directly to degree programs at Trent.
Indigenous Diploma Program:
The Indigenous Diploma Program at Trent University is a program for applicants of Indigenous ancestry who wish to pursue university level studies, but do not currently meet admission requirements. We acknowledge that many applicants may not have taken a traditional academic path towards post-secondary education and may benefit from studying in a supportive academic atmosphere for Indigenous students - this is offered through the Indigenous Diploma Program.
How Do I Apply
Current Secondary Students
You are a current secondary student who self-identifies as being of Indigenous ancestry who has followed a non-traditional academic path.
You will fill out a “101” form on the OUAC website (OUAC), identifying the Indigenous Diploma Program as your program choice. You will also be required to fill out the Indigenous Diploma Supplemental Application form, which can be found under the "Academics" tab of your myTrent portal.
Non-Current Secondary Students
You are not currently enrolled in secondary school. You self-identify as of Indigenous ancestry and have not followed a traditional academic path towards post-secondary education. You may be a mature student, or a student who has experienced extenuating circumstances you feel impacted your academic success over the course of your academic history.
Students who identify as non-current secondary students of Indigenous ancestry will fill out the 105-D form on the OUAC site.
Indigenous Diploma Applicant
Students applying to an Indigenous Diploma Program must submit an online application through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) or via Trent's Direct Application form. In either case, before applying, please contact our Indigenous Enrolment Advisor to activate application support. All diploma applicants are required to contact the Indigenous Enrolment Advisor to schedule an intake interview to connect with Indigenous Student Support Services.
If you face financial barriers in paying the OUAC application fee, please reach out to us directly:
Indigenous Enrolment Advisor
First Peoples House of Learning
705-748-1011 x 6228
Self-identifying your Indigenous ancestry on your OUAC application will ensure that you are connected with our Indigenous student supports: academic, cultural, financial, and others. Access First Peoples House of Learning (Indigenous Student Support Services) for more information: www.trentu.ca/fphl
An alternative method of Indigenous Self-Identification can be made by completing our confidential Indigenous Self-Identification Survey:
How to Contact Us?
For questions related to Indigenous Enrolment and Admissions, or the diploma programs, please contact the Indigenous Enrolment Advisor: