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Trent University Named #2 Primarily Undergraduate University in Canada and #1 in Ontario

October 28, 2015

Nationally Trent ranks #1 for scholarships & bursaries and in the top 5 for awards per full-time faculty, medical and science grants, social sciences and humanities grants and student services

Trent University leapt to second place in Canada overall in the primarily undergraduate category in an early release of the Maclean's University Rankings, and held its position at number one in Ontario for the fifth consecutive year.

“I am very proud of Trent’s performance in this year’s Maclean’s rankings,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “We continue to be recognized for our commitment to an exceptional learning environment. Our interdisciplinary approach, our commitment to student success and support, and our outstanding research are all instrumental in helping Trent University to rank so highly in this year’s report.”

Highlights from the new Maclean's rankings include: 

  • #2 undergraduate university in Canada
  • #1 undergraduate university in Ontario
  • #1 in Canada for Scholarships and Bursaries
  • #2 for Residence Living  in Canada and #1 in Ontario
  • #3 in Medical and Science Grants in Canada and #1 in Ontario
  • #3 for Faculty Awards in Canada and # 1 in Ontario
  • #3 for Social Sciences and Humanities Grants in Canada
  • #3 in Total Research Dollars in Canada
  • #5 for Student Awards in Canada and #1 in Ontario
  • #5 for Student Services in Canada
  • #5 for Reputation in Canada and #1 in Ontario

“Our strong showing in this year’s ranking is proof of the concerted effort we’ve put into developing strong academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Jackie Muldoon, interim provost and vice-president academic at Trent University. “At Trent, our innovative programs and our faculty’s exceptional commitment to mentoring students make for a transformative learning experience at both our Peterborough and Durham campuses.”

The University’s strong showing in Maclean’s follows a number three ranking in Re$earch Infosource’s Canada’s Research Universities of the Year for 2015 and Trent’s ranking among the world’s top 1,000 universities by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2015. Canada-wide. Trent also ranked number one in its category for “publication intensity” and placed second for “publication impact” and “number of publications” in its category.

“As a transfer student to Trent University, I was amazed at the small class sizes and the immediate connection I felt with my professors once I arrived on campus,” said Alaine Spiwak, president of the Trent Central Student Association and fourth-year International Development Studies and Politics student. “I don’t even know my student number by-heart, I don’t need to. I know my professors on a first name basis and they know me. That personalized experience is reflected in today’s ranking and Trent students are proud of it.”

Trent’s top rankings are supported by exceptional student satisfaction rates among students surveyed in the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE). Through NSSE, students at Trent indicated higher engagement levels and rated their educational experience as the same or higher than the average for Ontario in eight of ten categories, including student-faculty interaction, effective teaching practices and quality of interactions.

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 nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Dr. Leo Groarke, contact:

Marilyn Burns 
executive director 
Marketing & Communications 
Trent University 
(705) 748-1011 x6184