History, Affiliations and Rankings
Trent University is one of the most prestigious public universities in Canada. In 1964, Ontario Premier John Robarts gave his approval for the opening of a new university in the area, which is now known as Trent University. It initially accepted around 100 students, which later increased to 250 the following year. In addition, Robarts revealed that between 1964 and 1966 the government would fund $2 million in university expenses. He also announced that the university will serve different needs and thus offer different programs in science and arts. In 1964, President Symons announced the development of a 3-phase plan for the 1,460-acre Trent campus, which would take 18 years to complete. The University's Department of Geography was established in 1968 and in 1969 the University offered Canada's first Native Studies program. In 2017, Trent announced Trent University Research and Innovation Park. That year, the university enrolled about 3,500 new students. The university is affiliated with AUCC, Fields Institute, IAU, CIS, COU, ACU, OUA, CBIE, and Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives. It is ranked #1497 in Best Global Universities and #35 in Best Global Universities in Canada.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
With its two main campuses, the university offers students a transformative experience. Based in Oshawa, Trent University Durham GTA offers a variety of professional programs in the social sciences and arts, as well as hands-on experiences for its students. Located on the banks of the Otonabee River, the Peterborough campus boasts impressive architecture paired with stunning surroundings. This campus covers approximately 1,400 acres and is about an hour and a half from downtown Toronto. With more than 100 clubs and groups, Trent University offers nearly 20 graduate and 60 undergraduate and professional programs for its students. It has more than 30 international student clubs, groups and organisations. 12 varsity sports teams and three varsity clubs (fencing, cross country and golf). The Durham GTA campus is 40 minutes from Union Station in downtown Toronto. Some of the courses offered at the university are Data Science and Analytics, Forensic Sciences, Biology, Sustainable Studies, Computer Science, Nursing, Physics, Mathematics, Education, Agriculture, Arts, Social Studies, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Medical Technology, Literature, Political Science, Humanities, International Business, Anthropology, Engineering, Journalism, Information Studies, Human Resource Management, Geography, Law, Marketing, Finance, Chemistry, English.
Accomplishments and Alumni
In addition to doctoral and postgraduate diplomas, it also offers degree and study-related master's courses. The university also offers courses in interdisciplinary fields such as ageing studies and feminism and gender studies. Trent University supports international students by providing facilities related to study, finance, housing and health insurance. It also hosts various workshops to advise and guide these students. With nearly 2,000 employees, the university offers a variety of career opportunities also in various areas, whether part-time, full-time or non-academic. Some of the notable alumni are Maryam Monsef (Canadian politician and former Minister of International Development), Takako Suzuki (Japanese politician), and John Horgan (Premier of British Columbia).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
More than 9,000 undergraduate and more than 800 graduate students are enrolled at the Peterborough campus, while Trent University Durham GTA serves more than 1,900 full- and part-time students at the Thornton Road campus in Oshawa. The university is represented in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport by Trent Excalibur.