Trent University Profile
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. 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 Greater Toronto Area. Trent University is proud of our role as a renowned leader in Indigenous education. For more than 50 years, Trent has incorporated traditional teachings and perspectives into our curricular and extracurricular programming. It’s just 1 of the ways we think differently, and inspire our students to do the same. Read more about Trent University.
The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. View the Trent University virtual tour video.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
The Indigenous Diploma Program at Trent is for applicants of Indigenous ancestry who want to pursue university-level studies, and who may not have taken a traditional academic path toward postsecondary education and may benefit being in a supportive academic atmosphere for Indigenous students.
If you are interested in transferring to Trent from another university or college, Trent offers helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
Trent offers an impressive range of academically rigorous programs across the arts and sciences, as well as professional and speciality programs, with all the benefits of high-quality research and exemplary teaching. Choose from a variety of programs available at both our Peterborough and Durham campuses and find one that sparks your interest.
Students studying the Humanities at Trent acquire skills needed in the workplace and beyond. Education in the Humanities emphasizes independent, rigorous thought, and clear, elegant communication. Programs you can take include Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Philosophy.
The Trent/Fleming School of Nursing offers you an integrated, collaborative 4-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree. The program exposes you to the various contexts within which nursing care is delivered in today’s world. Within the program, you can also choose to develop a specific focus in areas such as Indigenous health issues, women’s health issues and geriatric nursing.
The Sciences at Trent offer undergraduate programs in the full range of traditional natural and physical sciences, and give you hands-on experience with scientific instrumentation, equipment and computing. Programs you can take include Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Computing and Information Systems, and Psychology.
The Social Sciences at Trent provide an engaging and experiential approach to the study of human societies and organizations, in addition to contemporary social and political issues. Programs you can take include Anthropology, Business Administration, Economics, Indigenous Studies, International Development Studies, Political Studies and Sociology.
Trent’s School of Education and Professional Learning offers you an academically rich environment in which to teach and learn through its Indigenous Bachelor of Education program, Consecutive BEd Program, the Teacher Education Stream, the Emphasis in Teacher Education Program, Professional Learning opportunities for in-service teachers and its Master’s in Educational Studies Program.
Be sure to check out all of Trent’s academic programs.
Trent offers a variety of services to help you succeed and achieve your goals at university. This section lists some of the academic services you can access at Trent.
First Peoples House of Learning
The First Peoples House of Learning provides support services and admission assistance for students throughout their time at Trent, including tutoring for Indigenous students and those taking Indigenous Studies courses.
Academic Skills Centre
The Academic Skills Centre offers you in-person and online instruction in writing and study skills. You can bring your work to staff, and ask questions about grammar and composition, critical reading and thinking, research and citation, and procrastination.
Academic Peer Mentoring Program
You can also help with specific course-related questions and concerns through the Academic Peer Mentoring Program – a resource run for and by students to connect students with mentors who are accomplished upper-year students.
To find out more about Trent’s academic supports, please visit Trent’s Academic Skills Centre.
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. Trent offers more scholarships and bursaries than any other university of its size in Canada, providing financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Indigenous learners.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Indigenous-specific scholarships and awards. Here are examples of 2 awards available at Trent.
The Aditya Jha Indigenous Studies Awards are given to Indigenous students (Status, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit students) in Indigenous Studies who maintain an 80% average and who demonstrate financial need. References and an essay are also required.
The Indigenous Studies Bursary is available to Students of Métis and non-status Indian ancestry who do not qualify for educational assistance from the Indian Student Support program.
Emergency Funding Services
The First Peoples House of Learning has limited amounts of funding for students in need. Contact the First Peoples House of Learning directly for more information.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
The First Peoples House of Learning (FPHL) at Trent University is a community of learners coming together to understand ourselves, each other and the world we live in. We invite you to join us.
Connecting the University to local First Nations communities, FPHL provides services, support and a home away from home for Indigenous students from all over the world. For non-Indigenous students, it’s a place to build awareness and to become immersed in many new and traditional cultural experiences.
As you embark upon your educational experience and throughout your time at Trent, FPHL staff will play a key role in supporting you academically, personally and socially. This section lists just some of the services you’ll find at Trent and the First Peoples House of Learning.
The Naadimaagewin Program offers academic supports and a culturally-based program of services open to all students. You can access many supports and services, some of which are outlined here.
Peer mentoring is a core student support. Working one-on-one with a peer who understands and relates to your challenges, issues and experiences is one of the most effective strategies for your transition to university life.
Another support is tutoring for Indigenous students and students in Indigenous Studies. Your tutor could be an upper-year student hired by the First Peoples House of Learning, or a referral from an academic department.
The Ambassador Program employs several Student Ambassadors, who promote the welcoming environment and services of the First Peoples House of Learning. If interested, student members of the Trent community and especially Indigenous students are invited to apply to the program.
The First Peoples House of Learning also offers diverse programming that includes visit to the tipi, traditional teachings, open houses, the Elders Gathering, the Visiting Elders program, pine tree lectures and more.
At the Peterborough campus, the Ernie and Florence Benedict Place, also known as the Gathering Space, is located in Room 103 at the First Peoples House of Learning. It’s open to students who seek a relaxing area to do their homework, meet with study groups, take a break or participate in various workshops and activities.
At Trent University, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community.
Orientation Week is your first week at Trent. It’s your chance to get acquainted with your affiliated college, meet an enthusiastic group of upper-year students, get used to your new academic setting, attend academic seminars for a sneak peek at available courses and meet with student services and faculty for academic advising and guidelines.
Clubs and Societies
Trent’s student clubs and societies offer you a great way to meet new people and pursue interests outside of the classroom. Clubs you can join include All Nations Youth on Campus, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, the Geography Society and Indigenous Environment Studies.
Indigenous Learners’ Clubs
Trent has several Indigenous student clubs on campus, including the Cree Club, Indigenous Environment Studies Society and Trent University Native Association. Find out more about these clubs by visiting the Trent Central Student Association or First Peoples House of Learning.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Trent in Peterborough, you are represented by the Trent Central Student Association (TCSA). In Durham, you are represented by the Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA).
At Trent, you have the opportunity to join 16 men’s and women’s varsity teams based at our Peterborough campus, representing Trent at the highest level of competition in university sport. Proudly wearing the Excalibur green and white, Trent student-athletes compete for excellence in rowing, rugby, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, golf, curling and cross-country running. Read more about Trent varsity athletics
Recreation and Intramurals
Want to join a team and compete outside of varsity? Our Campus Recreation program is award winning. Several campus recreation leagues and 1-day tournaments are offered at Trent, ranging from soccer, volleyball, basketball and hockey to inner-tube waterpolo, ultimate Frisbee and squash. Whatever your interest or ability, there is something for everyone. The ultimate goal of these leagues is fun through healthy, active participation. Student athletes that are new to a sport are always welcome.
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For more information about supports that you can access, visit Trent Peterborough’s SAS website and Trent Durham’s SAS website.
Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)
The Positive Space Program helps to identify and encourage the development of positive spaces throughout Trent where sexual and gender identity is affirmed and individuals can receive support and information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) issues. The Positive Space Program also provides support and resources concerning LGBTQ issues to individuals.
Trent’s Spiritual Affairs provides guidance, information about local congregations and faith groups, and resources and support for local projects and campaigns. The university also has a Multi-Faith Room at each campus available to people of all faiths.
You can access child care at the Peterborough campus through Trent Child Care. Check out how you can apply for and reserve a spot for your child. For information on policies and fees, please check the Parent Handbook [PDF].
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Trent gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also get information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
Trent residences aren’t just buildings. They are supportive environments where you can learn, connect and grow. At the Peterborough campus they are colleges – complete living and learning environments with classrooms, faculty offices, student services, dining halls and lounges.
Trent Peterborough is structured on the college system, which means that every student belongs to a college within the broader university community. Like each student, each college has its own unique personality, so you’ll want to spend some time deciding which college is likely to be the best fit for you.
At the Durham campus, Trent has partnered with Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to provide a residence experience that offers convenience and great friendships.
The residences, only a 10-minute drive or direct bus ride from the Trent Durham campus using your transit pass, offer safe, clean and comfortable living accommodations.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the University’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Trent’s meal plans for Peterborough and its meal plans for Durham.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Read more about residence life at Trent.
The Trent Central Student Association provides all full-time undergraduate students with a 12-month transit pass – your TrentU Card – that allows you access to either Peterborough or Durham public transit.
There are parking services on both campuses for various rates, with bike racks, carpooling and alternative transportation.
Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university. The Student Wellness Centre is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and wellness educators). This section lists some of the services available to you through the centre.
You can visit Health Services, as part of the centre, for any health concerns, including colds, flus, travel medicine, nutritional assessments and more. The clinic is run by a team of caring, dedicated, multidisciplinary professionals with expertise in university health issues.
Trent’s Counselling Centre offers personal counselling services to all full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. All counsellors are very familiar with the range of personal issues that can affect your academic success and quality of life.
For more information on the well-being services provided by Trent, contact the Student Wellness Centre. You can also visit the First Peoples House of Learning for information on the cultural aspects of health.
A variety of well-being supports are offered at the Durham campus including student accessibility, counselling, academic advising and mentoring, as well learning support services.