Cohort Q & A
increase in first-year student admissions does Trent University anticipate
for the double cohort?
For the double
cohort, Trent University anticipates an overall increase of 1295 new students.
Compared to 2001 when Trent’s first year class totalled approximately
1200 students, our projected increase by 2004 is over 100%. With improved
class scheduling, an increase in faculty and more classroom and lab space,
Trent University will still be able to maintain its reputation for small
How will Trent
University decide whom to admit, between the two classes applying? Will
you compare marks directly or use quotas?
will admit the most qualified applicants, regardless of which class they
are applying from, and will compare marks in the new and OAC curriculum
How will Trent
University address the potential imbalance in marks between the OACs and
Grade 12s, given that the grade 12 courses in the new curriculum will
have been taught for the first time?
will give equal consideration to both OAC and New Curriculum applicants,
and we will monitor the situation and attempt to ensure that all students
are treated fairly. Please note that applicants have always been encouraged
to submit additional information or extenuating circumstances and may
provide Trent with a letter at the time of their application. This information
is taken into consideration when evaluating applicants for admission.
Will Trent University
be offering deferred acceptance, where a student is allotted a space that
would not be utilized until the following school year, either at the student’s
or institution’s option?
Our current practice
is to allow a student to defer their acceptance for one year and this
policy will continue. Students are required to provide documentation to
the Office of the Registrar stating their intent to defer. Trent University
will honour all scholarship offers the following year for students who
If an OAC student
in the double cohort delays applying to Trent University for a year or
more, will you maintain the same entrance standards that were applied
for the September 2003 year?
admissions standards are based on the number of applicants and the academic
quality of these applicants, Trent’s admissions standards may change
from year to year. We anticipate, however, that a minimum average of 70%
will ensure admission to most of our programs.
Entrance Scholarships and Bursaries
Will Trent University
be offering additional entrance scholarships and bursaries for the double
Yes. In 1997/98
Trent’s Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards totalled $900,000. In
2001 that amount had risen to $4.5 million. With continued fundraising
success through Trent’s capital campaign which has already surpassed
its goal, Trent anticipates even greater support to students through the
and bursaries be awarded equally between the two classes or in another
bursaries will be awarded to those applicants who are most deserving.
For scholarship assessment there will be no differentiation between new
and OAC curriculum applicants. Bursaries are awarded based on financial
need rather than academic performance.
changes will be made to Trent University to accommodate the higher number
of students expected? To what extent have you accessed the Super Build
fund and how have you allocated these funds?
Trent is undertaking
the following expansions/renovations in preparation for the double cohort:
(cost $17.6 million)
of 40,000 sq. ft. of new academic space
Renovation of 100,000 sq. ft of existing space
Creation of a new Water Quality Centre
Creation of 12 new research labs, 2 lecture halls and 6 teaching labs
and ancillary space
First Peoples House of Learning Building (cost $12 million)
of 60,000 sq. ft. academic and cultural space
Creation of 16 new classrooms and 2 large lecture halls
Creation of 70 academic offices
Construction of 6 academic department administrative areas
Residential College (cost $12.3 million)
Construction of 67,000 sq.ft. dormitory space
Air conditioned 250 bed residence and summer conference facility
How will you
accommodate the students for lectures and other classroom needs? Increased
class size, increased number of sections offered, use of off-campus space
class scheduling, hiring an additional 64 faculty (by 2003/2004) and increasing
the physical space for classrooms and labs, Trent plans to maintain its
reputation as a university which offers small classes. Off campus space
is available in Peterborough, should these be necessary. All Trent University
students contribute to a bus pass program, which allows unlimited access
to the city’s bus transportation system. If off-campus space is
required, students will be able to conveniently reach their classes.
Will first year
students be guaranteed a space in residence? What provisions have you
made to offer alternatives to residence for first-year students?
is not guaranteed for all first year students. While residence space will
be increased, students will be encouraged to submit their residence applications
and deposits prior to the published deadlines. This will improve the likelihood
of a student being offered residence in their first year. Off-campus residence
facilities are being considered as possible options to on-campus housing.
under 18, how do you plan to address legal obligations to parents/guardians?
Will this affect your admission decisions?
age will not affect their application to Trent University in any way.
We are currently reviewing Student Services such as our academic advising
system, counselling services, and residence support systems to ensure
that the needs of all students will be appropriately addressed through
and beyond the double cohort. It is important to note that some students
under the age of 18 from other provinces already attend Ontario Universities.
Do you anticipate
a shortage of faculty for the double cohort? Outline your plans to attract
faculty number 229. By 2003-2004 Trent has projected a total of 293 faculty
– an increase of 64 faculty members. Our hiring program has already
attracted over 20 new faculty.
in tuition fees does your institution expect to levy in order to cover
the extra expenses (additional staffing, computer time) of the double
The Ontario Government
currently limits tuition fee increases to no more than 2% per year. As
the setting of tuition fees is directly tied to government funding, decisions
taken by the Ontario Government will, to some extent, determine tuition
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