The College System
A college is a community that promotes learning, embraces diversity, and leads to friendships that last a lifetime. It is a place for informal connections between students, faculty and staff.
Members of the community are brought together through a unique blend of traditions, events, workshops, places to hang-out, and support services - all designed to create a sense of belonging. Every student is a member of a college.
Involvement in your college will also help you to develop skills that are considered desirable by employers, and that lead to a healthy lifestyle while you're a student and long after you've graduated.
At each college you will find the offices of the College Head, Academic Advisor, and Academic Skills Instructor who are there to help you on your path to success. They work collaboratively with a team of students who help answer questions, provide guidance and assist with running events. Nearby, you will also find the office of the College Cabinet who represent your views on countless decision-making bodies and animate the social life of the college.
Situated on the west bank of the Otonabee River, Champlain embodies the spirit of adventure and discovery of the famous French explorer for whom it is named. Champlain hosts many wonderful spaces including the Great Hall. Exploration of the world happens at Champlain.
The word “Otonabee,” from the Anishnaabe language, means “fast and boiling waters,” giving you a sense of the exciting and energetic life that awaits you at this college. OC is a thriving neighbourhood, right in the heart of campus with performances, speakers and a wide range of activities.
Gzowski College is integrated with Trent’s First Peoples House of Learning, and named after famed CBC journalist and broadcaster and Trent’s eighth chancellor, Peter Gzowski. Events and programs revolve around themes of environmentalism, fair trade, and Indigenous learning.