Trent University Holds Top Spot as #1 Undergraduate University in Ontario for Ninth Consecutive Year and #3 in Canada

October 3, 2019

Maclean’s rankings also position Trent as national and provincial leader in scholarships, reputation and student support

Trent University students celebrating at convocation.

Topping the charts as the number one undergraduate university in Ontario for the ninth year running, holding strong as number three in its category in all of Canada, and leading several more national and provincial categories, Trent University has had another impressive showing in the 2020 Maclean’s University Rankings.

2020 Maclean’s University Rankings Highlights:

  • #1 undergraduate university in Ontario nine years in a row;
    #3 in Canada
  • #1 in Canada for Scholarships, 19 years running
  • Top 4 undergraduate university in Canada for overall reputation and #1 in Ontario for highest quality
  • #1 in Ontario for Academic Advising Staff
  • #1 in Ontario for award-winning faculty and students
  • #1 in Ontario for promoting Indigenous visibility
  • #1 in Ontario for medical/science grants and #2 in Ontario for social sciences and humanities Grants
  • #2 undergraduate university in Ontario for being the most innovative and for producing leaders of tomorrow

*All rankings reflect the undergraduate category

“Numbers are only one part of a larger story, but there’s no denying that Trent’s rankings are impressive,” says Trent University president and vice-chancellor Dr. Leo Groarke. “This year’s Maclean’s rankings, individually and cumulatively, tell a compelling story of why Trent continues to be the number one ranked undergraduate institution in Ontario, and a highly sought university for top students and faculty from across Canada and around the world.”

In addition to leading in the overall undergraduate category, the University also held its long-standing ranking as the number one undergraduate university in Canada for scholarships and bursaries for the 19th year in a row. Trent also led the undergraduate category in several other key indicators for reputation and student support, including: number one in Ontario for students and faculty who have received national awards and number one in the province for promoting Indigenous visibility and for academic advising staff.

The rankings also show Trent’s reputation on the rise, as the University moved up one spot from last year to take the number four position in all of Canada, and number one in Ontario, for reputation in the undergraduate category.

In the overall national reputational rankings, which compare all 49 universities across the country, Trent also moved up the rankings, solidifying itself among the top five undergraduate universities in Canada for overall reputation, the number one undergraduate university in Ontario for highest overall quality, and the number two undergraduate university in Ontario in the most innovative category and for producing leaders of tomorrow.

For the second year in a row, the prestigious Trent School of the Environment received special recognition in the rankings, named among the top 20 universities in all of Canada, across all categories, for top environmental science programs – the only primarily undergraduate institution on the list. In the same category, Trent’s environmental science program was ranked among the top 10 in Canada for program reputation.

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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