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Trent University Welcomes Record Number of New Graduate Students

September 12, 2018

Impressive 42% increase in graduate student enrolment fuelled by innovative new programs and transformative learning environment

New Graduate Students sitting in Champlain Quad on Symons campus
Trent University Welcomes Record Number of New Graduate Students

With five new professional course-based graduate programs, and 19 Master and Ph.D. programs in total, Trent University has seen an estimated 42% increase in graduate student enrolment over the last two years, with an increase in registered students from 495 in 2016 to about 700 for 2018.

Contributing to the largest class of graduate students the University has ever seen are a large number of international students. Close to 60% of applications for this fall are from students in more than 31 countries around the world.

Innovative new programs fuelling growth in the School of Graduate Studies include:

“We are excited that these new degrees are resonating with students. All of these degrees include an experiential learning component that integrates valuable real-world experience into the curriculum,” explains Dr. Craig Brunetti, dean of Graduate Studies at Trent. “Students are recognizing the value of additional training and credentials, and are choosing to pursue graduate education after completing a baccalaureate degree.” 

Most graduate programs are offered at Trent’s Peterborough campus, which blends award-winning architecture with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities. The new 16-month Master of Management is offered exclusively at Trent’s thriving Durham campus in the Greater Toronto Area, positioning Trent Durham as a unique place to learn liberal arts and management skills.

Learn more about the prestigious School of Graduate Studies at Trent University.

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 Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

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