Trent Univer­sity tops Maclean’s un­der­grad rank­ings for 7th year

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For two third-year Trent Univer­sity stu­dents, it’s easy to see how their school ranked num­ber one in a re­cent Maclean’s magazine sur­vey.

Celina Brule and Brodie Buch­ner-Duby weren’t sur­prised to hear that Trent took the top spot for un­der­grad­u­ate uni­ver­si­ties in On­tario in Maclean’s 2018 rank­ings.

The north-end in­sti­tu­tion has held the num­ber one po­si­tion for seven years now.

Trent also ranked third in Canada for un­der­grad­u­ate uni­ver­si­ties out of 49 uni­ver­si­ties across the na­tion.

Buch­ner-Duby is tak­ing bi­ol­ogy. She’s from Guelph, where her home­town univer­sity is known for its bi­ol­ogy pro­gram.

“I feel like it val­i­dated my com­ing to Trent,” Buch­ner-Duby said of the rank­ings.

The 19-year-old said she liked the idea of hav­ing smaller classes at the Peter­bor­ough univer­sity.

“We had a mid-term we did yes­ter­day, we got it back in five hours – that never hap­pens,” she said.

Brule is study­ing foren­sic sci­ence and chem­istry. She’s from the Ottawa area.

“It helps sup­port why I like be­ing here. I tell peo­ple I like it be­cause I like Peter­bor­ough and I like Trent and there’s only so much you can say,” said Brule, 20.

Trent also earned first place in On­tario and Canada in a hand­ful of other fields in the un­der­grad­u­ate cat­e­gory. The city’s univer­sity was num­ber one in prov­ince for ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and stu­dent awards. It was also first in the coun­try for schol­ar­ships and bur­saries and aca­demic staff ad­vis­ing.

Both Buch­ner-Duby and Brule have been re­cip­i­ents of school bur­saries, which have helped im­mensely they said.

Buch­ner-Duby has main­tained an 80 per cent av­er­age since she started at Trent. That gar­ners her $1,500 a year.

“It helps a lot,” Buch­ner-Duby said.

Brule went into Trent with a 90 per cent av­er­age, so she got full tu­ition her first year. Since then, she’s held an 87 per cent av­er­age, which gets her a $2,500 bur­sary each year.

“It’s al­most half my tu­ition cov­ered, so it def­i­nitely makes com­ing to school a lot more af­ford­able,” said Brule.

Brule, who is co-pres­i­dent of Trent Writ­ers So­ci­ety, a club on cam­pus, said there’s many clubs at the school.

“I find a lot of stu­dents are in­volved in some club be­cause if it’s not there, it’s re­ally easy to start one up,” said Brule, touch­ing on ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Trent was also ranked as the num­ber one pri­mar­ily un­der­grad­u­ate univer­sity in Canada for pro­duc­ing the lead­ers of to­mor­row as well.

In ad­di­tion, Trent also moved up in sev­eral other cat­e­gories, such as over­all ed­u­ca­tion, high­est qual­ity and most in­no­va­tive.

Leo Groarke, pres­i­dent of Trent, thinks the re­sults con­firm the trans­for­ma­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Trent’s Peter­bor­ough and Durham GTA cam­puses.

“Our jump to num­ber three un­der­grad univer­sity in Canada and our po­si­tion as the num­ber one univer­sity in On­tario for the sev­enth year run­ning high­lights that a Trent ed­u­ca­tion is widely re­spected and deeply val­ued by our stu­dents across the coun­try and world­wide,” Groarke stated in a press re­lease.

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