Trent University


Trent University, located in Ontario, Canada, has been ranked the number one undergraduate university in the state for the last seven years in a row. It is also the Number 2 research institution in Canada, and is in the top 3.6% of universities in the world, according to the Center for World University Rankings 2016.

Taking great pride in preparing students for the world of work, the institution offers a variety of global work experience opportunities, and 90% of its students are employed within six months of graduation. That number increases to 95% after two years.

The institution does everything it can to put student’s needs first, which is reflected by the fact that 95% of Trent University students stated that they were satisfied with the overall quality of their education in the Canadian University Survey Consortium in 2012.

With a diverse student population, Trent University is home to a growing number of international students, from over 80 different countries. There are a number of support services offered to make sure these students can make the institution a real home away from home. These include on-campus residences, student clubs, groups, and programs, a range of delicious dining options, and Trent International- dedicated to supporting international students with specialized services.

With an 18:1 student to faculty ratio, Trent University offers intimate class sizes that allow students to work closely with their lecturers – who are experts in their field and do everything they can to support students throughout their degree.

There are over 100 student organisations to join, or students can create their own if they can’t find one that suits their interests. With a variety of different varsity sports teams, and a number of recreational activities to get involved in, students will never have a shortage of things to do at the institution.

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What’s new

Student Centre

The Student Centre is the vision of Trent University students past and present. Trent’s Student Centre enhances the outstanding student experience that Trent is known for, offering new places and opportunities for students to socialize, learn, study, and engage in life on campus.

The Student Centre offers a wide variety of formal and informal study spaces:

  • First floor: café with open student spaces, with a collection of round table-seating and lounge furniture for studying and meeting friends. There are also classroom spaces and student meeting spaces.
  • Second floor: active learning rooms, study spaces, and student clubs and groups, with the glass wall overlooking the fantastic Otonabee River.
  • Third floor:  additional study and meeting space.

View more details of this new facility…

Library of the Future

Trent University’s iconic Bata Library is undergoing revitalization and transformation.

Fueled by a recent CAD 8.1 million funding injection from the federal and provincial governments, as well as University contributions, including donor gifts, the Bata Library will undergo a CAD18 million transformation into a library of the future – and home to the new Bata Research and Innovation Cluster.

Features to look for in Trent’s new library of the future, opening September 2018, include:

  • An entrepreneurship and social innovation Centre
  • Three research centers
  • Two visualization labs
  • Critical Making Studio
  • Educational design research
  • A presentation practice room
  • A wide selection of interactive student spaces

Read more about this…

Schools of study

Schools of study

Trent offers study options across…

School of Business

This is a Business school with a difference where students can combine Finance, Accounting, Management, Entrepreneurship, HR, Information Systems and E-Commerce with any other subject – arts or science.

School of the Environment

Trent is Canada’s leading environmental university.

School of Education

Leading and innovative academic programs at Trent educate and inspire teachers of tomorrow.

Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Trent is proud of its long-standing reputation as a leader in Indigenous education and reconciliation.

School of Nursing

Trent is the top choice university for future nurses; it offers integrated, collaborative academic programs of the highest standard.

School for The Study of Canada

Canadian Studies was born at Trent University.

School of Graduate Studies

Trent offers a growing number of prestigious postgraduate programs.

ESL programs

ESL programs

Trent-ESL offers intensive English language preparation for university success. In small classes, students will build their language, research, and academic skills and become engaged in campus life.

Conditional admission means that students will have a guaranteed position in their degree program once they complete Trent-ESL. While studying in Trent-ESL, students are a full member of the University community, with options to live in residence, participate in extra-curricular activities, and become involved with campus life.

Degree type

  • Certificate

The Trent advantage

  • An average class size of 14 students means students receive exceptional personalized attention
  • In Foundations for University I and II, students can begin taking credit courses towards their degree
  • Foundations for University prepares students for all degree programs with discipline specific assignments and vocabulary
  • Dedicated support staff and orientation programs are available to students to help them succeed in their studies
  • Flexible programming with four start times each year (September, January, April, and June)

Read more…

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency meeting or exceeding the following test results.

  • TOEFL-86 IBT with a minimum writing score of 20 OR 580 PBT with a minimum TWE score of 4.5. Students must order their official TOEFL score report to be sent directly to Trent through ETS.
  • IELTS- 6.5, with no band below 6.0
  • MELAB-85, with no part below 80
  • CAEL-60
  • C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English) by Cambridge Assessment English Grade of ‘C’
  • Pearson PTE Academic-59

If students receive an admission offer asking them to submit proof of English language proficiency, they must do so by June 1st for September enrolment, December 1st for January enrolment, and April 1st for May enrolment.

Applicants whose English language proficiency is below Trent’s accepted scores are invited to apply for gradual admission through the Trent-ESL.

Also, have a look at country specific entry requirements…

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Global Citizen Scholarships

The Global Citizen Scholarships and awards recognize the contributions students make to their school, nation, and global community. These highly competitive awards are granted each year to exceptional international scholars who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and community service involvement. In addition to the financial support provided, Trent will also invite students to participate in additional extracurricular programs, seek out campus mentors to help students achieve their leadership goals and attend regular forums where students can meet other like-minded scholars.

Trent University Entrance Scholarships

All students applying to Trent are automatically considered for Trent University Entrance Scholarships, awarded for academic excellence. These range in value from CAD 1,000 to CAD 3,000 per academic year. The scholarship can be combined with Trent International Global Citizen Awards.

IB Entrance Scholarships

All international students applying for admission to Trent on the basis of IB diploma are automatically considered for an IB Entrance Scholarship. To qualify for a CAD 1,000 IB Entrance Scholarship, students must complete an IB diploma. The scholarship can be combined with a Trent University Entrance Scholarship and Trent International Global Citizen Awards.

More scholarship details…



88% of students recommend living on-campus at Trent in their first year. At Trent, colleges are communities that promote learning, embrace diversity and lead to friendships that last a lifetime. Made up of classrooms, lounges, faculty offices, dining facilities, residence rooms and more, they are places where students from all years make meaningful connections with each other, professors and staff.

Students can choose from single, double or triple rooms. Students are guaranteed accommodation. They are just required to complete the application requirements by the deadline.

Students will also benefit from a flexible campus meal plan. They can spend it on campus or downtown, on everything from cafeteria-style to vegan to international cuisine.

Living-Learning Communities (LLC)

Membership in a LLC is a great way to make the most of the residence experience at Trent. It provides them an opportunity to live and plan activities around one of nine LLC themes. 100% of students who live in a living-learning community recommend being part of one.  Read more…

Student reviews

What do students say?

“Not only do you get a degree, you’re prepared for a professional career.”Alex Cheng Studied Economics

Updated: May 2, 2019 — 8:38 am

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