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Welcome Future Students

Considering a degree at Trent University? You’ve made a great choice. Trent University is a wonderful place to pursue your academic journey.

A Hub of Learning and Innovation

Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning nearly four decades, Trent Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous education experience grounded in the social sciences and humanities and unparalleled in the Durham Region and eastern GTA.

  • New Student Orientation - staff in library work with a student to familiarize them with services.

New Student Orientation

Whether you are a new student coming directly from high school, a transfer student, a mature student, or an international student, Trent University Durham’s orientation program is the first step in providing you with the tools and information you need to start your university career off strong.

The Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA) and Trent University Durham work together to create an orientation program that meets all your needs. Join us as we set you on the path to a successful educational journey.

Upcoming Orientation Events

Trent University Durham - Orientation 2017

Transfer Student Course Registration
Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Transfer Student Course Registration is an event for all incoming transfer students on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at Trent University Durham

Transfer students will be able to learn about the Trent course registration system and get assistance in using the schedule builder tool as part of the MyTrent system.

** Please note this will be your first opportunity to register in courses with the help of your academic advisors for the upcoming year so it would be a great head start on course registration if you attend.



Summer Academic Kickstart
Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Trent University Durham will be hosting New Student Orientation for all new students on Saturday, June 24th, 2017  All new students are expected to attend the orientation.  Optionally, parents/guardians are also welcome to attend a Parent/Guardian Information Session during June Orientation.

Topics to be covered include academics, course registration, involvement opportunities, campus services, student life, parent information and money matters

** Please note this will be your first opportunity to register in courses with the help of your academic advisors for the upcoming year so it would be a great head start on course registration if you attend.



Fall Start-Up Orientation
Tuesday, September 5th & Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

The purpose of the first day of the Fall Start-up is to become familiar with the campus, your peers, staff and faculty, and life at TrentU Durham.  It will be an engaging day filled with fun experiences as you transition into your first days of university life!

Things to look forward to:


  • Icebreakers
  • Social Events
  • Team Competitions
  • Dodgeball
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Campus Fair
  • First Blast


The purpose of the second day of the Fall Start-up is to prepare you for the dynamics of university academics and also familiarize you with the various supports and services on campus to help you in your journey.  A series of workshops which will introduce strategies to develop your skills will be held throughout the day.


Things to look forward to:


  • Academic Expectations
  • Academic Skills Workshops
  • Refreshments
  • Meet the Faculty Lunch
  • and a Special Guest!

Registration opens on June 23rd!!


Your First Steps!

1.  Pay your Tuition in Full by the Deadline indicated in the Timetable

If you are an OSAP student, your fees are due later but you will need to complete the promissary note online through MyTrent.  

Check out Financial Services for more information.

2.  Register for Orientation

  • Check out the links above to register for Orientation starting May 17th!!

3. Course Registration

4. Order your student ID card

  • Your TrentU Card provides access to Durham Transit (for full-time students), and on campus services such as printing, photocopying, the library and café. Go to trentu.ca/trentucard to upload your favourite photo to ensure your TrentU Card is ready for pick-up at orientation
  • Check out this video on instructions for how to take a selfie and upload to the TrentU Card site:
    TrentU Card Selfie Video

5. Visit the Bookstore or the TDSA Used Book Store

  • The Trent Durham Student Association sells used books in their store on the Durham Campus.
    • Monday-Thursday - 9am - 5pm
    • Friday - 9am - 2pm
  • The Bookstore will be on site at the Durham Campus to sell new textbooks.

6. Take a look at this amazing resource from the Academic Skills Centre

  • The Academic Skills Resources Centre has released an e-book which takes you through the first week, first month, and first term as a student.
  • Follow this link to access the Survive and Thrive e-book

Important Links for Trent University Durham Students:

New Student Orientation Instructional Videos:

Navigating myTrent
Academic Calendar Tutorial
Academic Timetable Tutorial
Visual Schedule Builder

Additional Links:

Trent U Card

*If you will be studying on the Peterborough campus, please use the following link:  Peterborough Orientation