Students Say

Located in San Antonio, Trinity University is a small liberal arts college that offers substantial financial aid and encourages the exploration of academic interests and personal goals. Strong science programs and research opportunities abound, and students are interested in many different branches of academia and extracurricular life: “It’s rare to find a student with one major and no minor.” The dean and president “have steady communication with the student body,” and “they’re open to criticism and willing to change the school’s policy in order to advocate for the students’ needs.”

Overview

Applicants
5,502
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average HS GPA
3.48

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Located in San Antonio, Trinity University is a small liberal arts college that offers substantial financial aid and encourages the exploration of academic interests and personal goals. Strong science programs and research opportunities abound, and students are interested in many different branches of academia and extracurricular life: “It’s rare to find a student with one major and no minor.” The dean and president “have steady communication with the student body,” and “they’re open to criticism and willing to change the school’s policy in order to advocate for the students’ needs.” The “highly intelligent” faculty “know their stuff and love what they do”; they are “very self-aware and are constantly trying to improve themselves and their students.” The most distinguishable trait about Trinity professors is “the deeply-ingrained willingness to connect with and help their students,” which is possible due to Trinity’s small class sizes. Academics here are rigorous, and professors “expect their students to treat the class...as if it was the only class students have.” Luckily, they will “bend over backwards to help you understand and complete material,” and some professors even hold extra study sessions on Sundays (one-on-one attention from professors is common, as the university does not have TAs).
Above all else, Trinity University encourages students to take a wide range of classes and pursue a wide variety of interests, and a fair number of students choose to study abroad their junior year. The school “focuses on building a community based on the individual” and “fosters a space for the easy transfer of knowledge between faculty and students as well as the creation of new knowledge in research.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
307
with Terminal Degree
256

185
Men
122
Women
57
Minority
8
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • East Asian Studies
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Natural Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Conducting
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


John Cornyn III '73
U.S. Senator from Texas, Senate Majority Whip

Melody Meyer '79
President of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production

Daniel Lubetsky '90
CEO and Founder of KIND Healthy Snacks

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

According to Payscale.com, 49 percent of Trinity graduates consider their careers to be instrumental in making the world a better place. The average starting salary for a Trinity graduate is roughly $41,200, and popular jobs include marketing manager, financial analyst, and executive director. Popular majors at Trinity include Communication, Business Administration, and Computer Science. One Communication major singled out a grant the school received from AT&T that allowed Trinity to “renovate the . . . communications lab [so] that is has [state-of-the-art] equipment,” which helps to “further [the] interests and careers of students?going into a media field.” According to the school’s website,?Career Services “fosters career advancement and contributes to the growth and success of Trinity graduates.” The office’s website offers students access to TigerJobs, the school’s online recruitment system. The school’s websites emphasizes that “Career Services at Trinity is a comprehensive and centralized service that works with both students (from first-years to seniors) and alumni.” Trinity’s small size makes it so “everyone really knows everyone, even alumni, which is really great because it makes networking so much easier.”

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$41,200

Median Mid-Career Salary
$78,100

Alumni with High Job Meaning
49%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
87

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
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Bottom Line

A year at Trinity costs roughly $47,200, including tuition, room and board, books, and fees. The average financial aid package for undergraduates is $31,800, with 44 percent of undergraduates borrowing from any of the various loan programs. With the average need-based gift aid for undergraduates being approximately $23,800, the average Trinity student graduates with $38,540 in loan debt, but 50 percent of graduates graduate with no debt.

Bang For Your Buck

Trinity meets an average of 91 percent of its students’ financial needs and scholarship options draw in many prospective students, including international ones, who are eligible for financial assistance. One French and Art History double major notes that Trinity is “warm and supportive but challenging—kind of like San Antonio’s weather. The plentiful scholarship money didn’t hurt either.” Ninety-four percent of freshmen get some form of financial aid, with 86 percent of other undergraduates receive financial assistance. Of those students receiving financial aid, 86 percent of them receive need-based assistance. A Political Science major says that Trinity’s “financial aid packages are great so there are many middle-class students and with such a smorgasbord of ethnicities, economic statuses, and cultures,” the students “all learn from one another.” According to the school’s website, “All Trinity scholarships are renewable on an annual basis for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study, as long as the recipient meets each award’s specified criteria.” Most of these scholarships are merit-based but there are some that combine merit with financial need.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,171

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,809

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,577

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,318

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
48%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$37,296
Required Fees
$560
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,390
Transportation for Commuters
$500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

There is an “open-minded open-to-all mindset” that is readily seen on campus: “At Trinity, you’re cool if you competitively roller skate, are an amateur baker, play a competitive sport, are freaky good at laser tag (ninja status), or anything else you can do well and makes you happy,” says a student. Though most are “pretty middleto upper middle-class,” the school “encourages interactions with others from all walks of life.” For the most part, everyone is “smart, committed, and involved,” and an “overarching friendliness” pervades the entire student population.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,297
Out of State
25%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
47

Demographics

6.29%
Asian
4.18%
African-American
19.54%
Hispanic
60.59%
Caucasian
3.99%
Unknown
7.98%
International

52% female
48% male
25% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Most students at Trinity live on campus (and it’s “hard to get off campus and do things if you don’t have a car”), so there are always campus-wide events happening. Most people here are “happily overcommitted” and the “lovely campus” is big enough for all sorts of people to find their niche, but small enough “that you can connect with others who share similar interests as you within and without your major.” Intramural sports and Greek life are popular, and “there’s no tension between Greeks and non-Greeks.” A healthy mix of activities complements the healthy mix of academic areas, and some people go out to parties on weekends, other people get ahead on studies, other people sleep.” For those looking for some city culture, downtown San Antonio is ten minutes away, Austin is just a 90-minute drive, and “there are tons of restaurants and historical monuments and museums” nearby. Cowboys, the local country dance club (“only in Texas”) gets a lot of Trinity students visiting on weekends, and many people here “enjoy outdoor pursuits.” Laid back, casual fun is the name of the game at Trinity, and students are perfectly happy to “catch a movie at the nearby theater, go to the local farmers’ market, go to Spurs’ games...or just hang out on campus.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
75%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
130
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
11

22% join a fraternity
29% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Tigers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tigers)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Mary's University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Texas at San Antonio

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
25

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Computers and Apple Computers

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212

Phone
2109997207

Email
visit@trinity.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Stieren Theatre
Laurie Auditorium
Coates Library
Bell Athletic Center
Coates University Center
Northrup Hall Center for the Sciences and Innovation

Most Popular Places Off Campus
McNay Art Museum
San Antonio Museum of Art
River Walk
Alamo
San Antonio Zoo

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday (closed Saturdays during the summer)
8am-5pm; 9am-1pm
2109997207

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 11:30am; and 3:30pm; Sat 11:30am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri 10:30am and 2:30pm; Sat 10:30; Summer 10:30

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@trinity.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Academic year; request when making program reservations; bring casual clothes, comfortable shoes, towel, sleeping bag, and money for meals and taxi.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
San Antonio International Airport is approximately 5.5 miles from campus. SuperVan Shuttle (210-344-RIDE) and taxis are available for the ride to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From US 281 N. or S., exit Hildebrand. Go west on Hildebrand, then south at the first light (Devine/Stadium Drive) toward the large stadium. At the bottom of the hill, turn right toward the campus, keep going south on Stadium; the admissions office is on the right before Mulberry Ave.

Local Accommodations
Affordable options include Amerisuites (7615 Jones-Maltsberger; 210-930-2333) and Fairfield Inn at the Airport (88 NE Loop 410; 210-530-9899). Ask both for their Trinity visitor's rate. You can also try the Hampton Inn near the Airport (8811 Jones-Maltsberger; 210-336-1800). The Red Roof Inn (333 Wolfe Rd.; 210-340-4055). Doubletree (37 NE Loop 410; 210-366-2424) for special Trinity rates. About 10 minutes away is the Crockett Hotel (320 Bonham St.; 210-225-6500), a historic building across the street from the Alamo. Rates vary from moderate to expensive. Right next to the Alamo is the Menger Hotel (204 Alamo Plaza; 210-223-4361), a landmark dating back to 1859. The Menger Hotel is about 15 minutes from Trinity and has moderate rates. The new wing to the hotel opens up onto the beautiful River Walk, which you have to see to believe. The luxurious St. Anthony (300 E. Travis St.; 210-227-4392 or 800-338-1338) is about 20 minutes from Trinity. The restaurant features southwestern cuisine. If you like big, lively hotels, you can't beat the Hotel San Antonio Marriott River Center (101 Bowie St.; 210-223-1000), about 15 minutes from Trinity. This 38-story giant with 1000 rooms connects to the River Center Mall, which connects to the aforementioned River Walk. Needless to say, it has every amenity, including an indoor and outdoor pool, a health club, exercise room, and convention facilities. Rates are very expensive, higher than St. Anthony, and include a complimentary breakfast.
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Key Stats

5,502
Applicants
2,297
Size
48%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists