The university is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the Trent Excalibur. The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the two bodies and to perform institutional leadership.Some of the specialized programs at Trent include the Human Resources Management Certificate Program, a joint program with Fleming College allowing students to earn a B. Canadian General Electric, a major industrial employer in Peterborough, donated a 100-acre parcel of land along the Otonabee and other lands were subsequently acquired on both sides of the river to serve as the site of the university's permanent campus.
It originally served as an all-male residence, along with Peter Robinson College.
It recommended that Traill return to is roots as a more "traditional" college and expand its services and reach into the local community.
Located on Symons Campus along the Otonabee River, this college was opened in 1967.
Students at Otonabee play a major role in organizing and conducting cultural, social and athletic activities.
The student government (Cabinet) and its committees cooperate with the College Office and dons in planning and delivering a variety of events for both its non-resident and resident members: visiting scholars, artists, musicians, scientists; College dinners and dances; Fall and Winter College Weekend; and intramural co-educational competitions in a number of sports.