Trent Press Release


November 11, 2001

Trent University Places 1st in Central Canada, 3rd Nationwide
in Maclean's Annual Universities Ranking

Significant gains made in smaller class sizes and faculty awards

 Trent University ranked first among primarily undergraduate universities in Central Canada and moved up to third place among undergraduate universities nationally in Maclean's universities ranking released today.

Trent University President and Vice Chancellor Bonnie Patterson greeted the improvement as an affirmation of the university's strategic direction to secure its position as Canada's outstanding liberal arts and science university. "Trent is first in Ontario for the 11th year in a row and has regained its earlier place as third throughout the country," said President Patterson. "This is another great news story for Trent students and faculty. Trent proves once again to be a centre for excellence-and that is wonderful news for everyone."

 Maclean's Survey Highlights

Where Trent University Ranks #1

  • Awards per full time faculty
    (continuing to hold last year's #1 spot)
  • 1st and 2nd year class sizes
    (up from 2nd place last year)
  • 3rd and 4th year class sizes
    (up from 14th place last year)
  • Scholarships & bursaries
    (up from 3rd place last year)

Where Trent Moved Up

  • Classes taught by tenured faculty: up two places to 8th
  • Faculties with PhDs: moved from 9th to 7th place

The results highlighted areas where the university continues to excel: class size, award-winning faculty, and scholarships and bursaries. "Trent's class sizes are generally recognized as the most enviable in the university system and our first place ranking in this category reflects our attention to the individual student," commented Patterson. "This year, the percentage of first and second year students with classes of 25 students or less jumped from 74% to 81%. Third and fourth year students enjoy even greater intensity of interaction with faculty with 94% in classes of 25 students or less." Patterson adds that small class sizes will serve the university well as it prepares to receive approximately 1,295 younger students for the double cohort in 2003.

The university's success in attracting federal research grants also impacted upon its ranking this year. Statistics show the average faculty member at Trent University brings in $30,000 annually in federal research grants alone. "The achievements of our faculty are enhancing Trent's reputation for world class research," commented Patterson. "A recent example is the success of Professor Donald Mackay, whose research in environmental chemistry won the prestigious Honda Prize and the NSERC Award of Excellence."

The university also boasts a strong link between enrollment and graduation; 82% of those who begin studies at Trent go on to graduate. Statistics show that Trent students benefit from exposure to tenured faculty and PhDs. Close to seven out of ten first year classes are taught by tenured faculty and almost nine out of ten Trent faculty members possess a PhD.

President Patterson noted the university's size continues to be an advantage in its reputation for excellence. "Trent is committed to investing in people and that has allowed the university to recruit and retain high quality students, faculty and staff," she said. "Overall, it's Trent's student-centred approach to learning in a dynamic arts and sciences environment that consistently puts us at the top. The entire community benefits from this philosophy and it is clear from today's results that the message is getting out."

Go to Maclean's.

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Distribution: Peterborough, Regional


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