Trent University

Trent University

Peterborough , Canada
  • 33
    Acceptance Rate
  • 81
    Available Programs
  • 8940
  • 21000
    Average Cost
  • 87
    Employment Rate
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Trent University came about as a result of a community discussion in 1957 about the possibility of opening a post-In 1963 Trent University was founded as a non-denominational, public institution in downtown Peterborough, Ontario, It was established as a provincial university under the Trent University Act of 1963. In fall 1964, the university welcomed its first students to the new campus, consisting of three refurbished older buildings in central Peterborough: Rubidge Hall, Catherine Parr Traill College for women, and Peter Robinson College for men. The governor general, Georges Vanier officially opened Trent University in 1964. That year there were about 100 students attending the university.

Modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906, Trent established a bicameral system consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the two bodies and to perform institutional leadership.

Entry requirements

All students are required to have the following for admission to all programs:

1. High School diploma;

2. Proof of English proficiency (or conditional admission through Trent-ESL);

3. Minimum grades as outlined in country-specific admissions requirements.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally 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. Order your official TOEFL Score Report to be sent directly to Trent through ETS. Trent's institutional code is 0896.

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.


Scholarship & funding

Trent University offers a full and diverse scholarship program, designed to foster and reward academic excellence among its students. For more information


Student life

This video shows 'A day in the life' at the university.