From the School

Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college located in the historic capital city of Hartford, Connecticut. Founded in 1823, Trinity is one of the oldest colleges in the country, and is consistently ranked among the best. It brings the great tradition of the liberal arts into the 21st century with a dynamic living and learning community where education doesn't stop at the classroom door.

Our 2,200 students work closely with faculty and extend their education through campus activities and organizations. They engage with the city of Hartford through internships and community learning and service, and explore the wider world through study abroad and international initiatives on campus. With a 10 to 1 student-faculty ratio, each student is challenged and encouraged by Trinity's outstanding faculty. Students are offered a rigorous curriculum that is firmly grounded in the traditional liberal arts, but that also incorporates newer fields, an interdisciplinary approach, and urban engagement.

With 38 majors and approximately 900 courses to choose from, students are immersed in a community of learning that is facilitated by a stimulating academic environment, small classes, and exceptional facilities, including fully networked classrooms and dorms. Opportunities to explore the arts abound on campus and students can nurture and hone artistic skills. More than 40 percent of our students play varsity and club sports, and many more participate in intramurals and fitness activities.

As a student at Trinity College, you will explore new worlds, thoughts, and ideas, and become prepared for the challenge and change of a successful, fulfilling life.

Overview

Applicants
7,652
Acceptance Rate
32%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 660
SAT Math
580 - 670
ACT Composite
25 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

From The School

At Trinity, the curriculum features the First-Year Seminar Program, where a small group of students and a faculty members explore a topic through critical reading and discussion, analysis, and writing. It's a shared introduction to intellectual life at Trinity and an important way to meet other students and make friends because students in the same seminar live in the same residence hall together with a student mentor.

There are many special curricular options, including the Guided Studies, Interdisciplinary Science, InterArts and Cities Programs, as well as the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program in New York. Trinity is also home to the first undergraduate Human Rights Program in the United States, as well as the unique Center for Urban and Global Studies.

The key words here are variety and flexibility – if you don't see exactly what you want, that doesn't mean we don't have it. Independent study? Study abroad? Engineering? Neuroscience? Law courses? How about an academic leave of absence to work on a political campaign or hike the Appalachian Trail? Many Trinity students pursue these and other existing opportunities. And it is very easy to work with faculty to create your own opportunities. Your motivation and imagination are your only limits.

Students Say

“[It’s all] about getting a top-notch education in small classes with professors who know you and being able to also have a good time outside of class” at Trinity College, a small and prestigious liberal arts school located in Connecticut’s state capital. A “great political science department” exploits TC’s location “about two blocks away from the state capitol, which is great for internships.” Other social sciences, including economics and history, earn students’ praises, as do offerings in engineering and education. Strength across the liberal arts bolsters the school’s Guided Studies Program, in which students undertake a fixed curriculum of interdisciplinary study to survey the entirety of Western civilization from the classical age to the present. In all disciplines, “small classes, very involved professors, and a very conscious student body” combine to provide “an excellent liberal arts education that will provide [students] with the skills to be thoughtful, independent adults.” Professors “are always available to talk and offer help to students. They often invite students out to lunch.” Likewise, administrators are easy to access. “Even the president of the school, James F. Jones, is accessible. He goes on the Quest Orientation hiking trip for first-year students and regularly attends various student events on campus.” Students also appreciate that “the career services office is amazing” here.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
275
with Terminal Degree
234

150
Men
125
Women
50
Minority
7
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
94%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Edward Albee
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

George Will
Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist

Wenda Harris Millard
Chief Advertising Sales Officer, Yahoo! Inc.

Linda Wells
Editor-in-Chief, Allure magazine

Tom Chappell
Co-Founder, Tom's of Maine, and author

Daniel H. Meyer
President, Union Square Hospitality Group and author

Christine Vertefeuille
Justice, Connecticut State Supreme Court

Overview

From The School

Estimated college fees for 2010-2011 are as follows:
Tuition: $40,410
Room & Board: $10,960
General Fee: $2,010

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
99
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,458

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,850

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,660

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,148

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
39%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$40,687

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,796
Required Fees
$2,260
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,440
Transportation for Commuters
$100

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

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

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

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

While the number in our student body is relatively small, their interests are incredibly diverse. With over a hundred student organizations on campus, the opportunities for active involvement are wide open whether continuing something in which you've already been involved or something that is completely new to you. Student organizations include community service organizations, cultural organizations, media groups, such as the College newspaper and radio station, academic clubs, fraternities, and club sports. And if you have an interest that isn't covered by an existing organization, then start one! It will probably be impossible for you not to find at least one activity that appeals to you, whether on campus or in the city. Academics are the most important part of your education, but they aren't the only part. We encourage you to get involved beyond the classroom. The opportunities are right at hand.

Students Say

The stereotype about Trinity undergrads is that "most...are from the tristate area and appear to have just stepped off a yacht or out of a country club," and students confirm that while "there are a lot of students who are not" in this crowd, the preppy contingent is "the main group" and "socially dominant'' here. "There are definitely some very preppy girls and boys-blond hair, sun­ glasses, Chanel flats, a polo," one student concedes before adding that "some­ times people identify these students as typical Trinity students; however there are many students who are not like that at all." All students tend to be "well­ rounded" and "very passionate," "intelligent but also social," with "good verbal skills." They "care deeply about their work and really like to have fun when they can," and while many gravitate to the Greek community for their fun, "there are [also] communities here for those who do not enjoy the frat scene, for people who are passionate about music and acting, and [for] those who want to spend their weekends giving back to the community."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,331
Out of State
85%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
48

Demographics

4.98%
Asian
6.67%
African-American
7.75%
Hispanic
71.31%
Caucasian
5.68%
Unknown
9.15%
International

48% female
52% male
85% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

From The School

Trinity is situated on a beautiful, 100-acre campus in Connecticut's capital city of Hartford, midway between Boston and New York. Hartford is a city with a rich history that offers many opportunities for urban engagement. Mark Twain lived here, as did Harriet Beecher Stowe. Dentist Horace Wells discovered anesthesia here. It is the home of the oldest continuously published newspaper in America as well as the oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum. Trinity effectively uses the city as a classroom with access to assets and resources that is matched by few liberal arts colleges of our size.

Anyone who visits the College sees the beauty of the campus, with its hilltop location, mix of historic and contemporary buildings, and abundant trees and lawns. Trinity is one of the earliest examples of "Collegiate Gothic; many of the original buildings are modeled after the architecture of Oxford and Cambridge and symbolize Trinity's roots in the classical liberal arts. A major campus and community revitalization initiative has created several new state-of-the-art facilities, including the Raether Library and Information Technology Center on campus and the neighboring innovative Learning Corridor of magnet schools and academic resources. Also, in 2006, the award-winning Koeppel Community Sports Center opened its doors as a multi-use athletic facility on the southern edge of campus.

Off campus, the 256-acre field station at Church Farm in Ashford, Connecticut, is dedicated to research in the natural sciences and a wide range of environmental educational endeavors.

As a Trinity student, you have numerous opportunities to engage in volunteer work, internships, research and community learning projects. Many courses from art history to political science and from economics to neuroscience – incorporate aspects of city life. There are more than 200 internships that allow you to continue your education while exploring career opportunities. And whatever your tastes, there are cultural and entertainment events throughout the city and a shuttle service provided by the College.

Students Say

"The fraternity scene is the draw for the majority of campus" at Trinity College, where "on a typical weekend night, people go out to dinner, go back to their room and nap, get ready for the evening, and go meet up with a friend or two where they chill out and then go to someone's room for pregaming...Then when it's about 1:00 A.M. they go out and do some frat hopping. It's great for people who like their life to be predictable." The frats are hardly the only option, though; in fact, "there are a ton of underappreciated options on or near campus. Hartford has amazing restaurants, there are movie theaters and bowl­ ing alleys nearby, the Cinestudio is a ninety-second walk from the main dining hall, and there are two dorms on campus devoted specifically to alcohol-free activities. Plus, plenty of student groups hold events" in such places as "the arts and cultural houses." Trinity's theater and dance department offer regular performances. Hometown Hartford "may be [an economically] depressed city, but it is still a city, and it affords benefits that tiny college towns just can't match."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
89%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
70
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
N/A

Documentation Requred for ADHD
N/A

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
105
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
6

20% join a fraternity
16% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bantams)
16 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Bantams)
15 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: President's Special Commission on LGBT Issues; EROS (Encouraging Respect of Sexualities); REQUIEM (REclaiming QUeer Issues and Encouraging Movements); Safe Zone training

Minority Support Groups: Office of Multicultural Affairs; PRIDE (Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education); Asian-American Student Association (AASA); Imani (black students' organization); La Voz Latina (LVL); MOCA (Men of Color Association); Trinity College Black Women's Organization (TCBWO)

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Connecticut

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
6

Average Number of PC's per Lab
24

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

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
CDW 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

Contact
Mary Dumes
Sr. Associate Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106-3100

Phone
860-297-2180

Email
admissions.office@trincoll.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Learning Corridor
Library
The Science/Engineering Labs
Summit Suites (newest residence hall)
The Chapel

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Wadsworth Athenaeum
Bushnell Theater
Old State House
Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher State Houses
Hartford Civic Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays during Fall
8am-4:30pm (weekdays) and 9am-1pm (select Saturdays)
860-297-2180

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Academic Year
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year round; Monday - Friday 10:30am and 2:30pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Students can contact any of the 3 listed above

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions.office@trincoll.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Admissions Office or academic department directly

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport, north of Hartford, is 15 to 20 minutes from campus (except at rush hour). Limousine service is available from the airport to downtown hotels. From the hotels, take a taxi to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Hartford. From the terminals, take a taxi to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the west, take I-84 E. to exit 48 (Capitol Ave.) At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp turn left. Go to the first traffic light (Washington St.) and turn right. Proceed through 8 traffic lights (1.1 miles). Turn right at the eighth light onto New Britain Ave. Proceed on New Britain Ave. to the traffic light at Summit St. and turn right into the campus. From the east, take I-84 W. through Hartford to Exit 48 (Asylum Ave.). Turn left onto Asylum St. and follow the roadway to the right. Bear right through the brownstone arch onto Trinity St. Get in the left lane and proceed to the second traffic light (Washington St.). The Bushnell Memorial Hall will be on the left and the State Capitol on the right. Make a left onto Washington St., then follow the above directions to campus. From the south, take I-91 N. to I-84 W. Follow the preceding directions from the east. From the north, take I-91 S. to I-84 W. Follow the above directions from the east.

Local Accommodations
The Hilton Hartford (860-728-5151) offers reasonable rates and is located next to the Civic Center approximately 10 minutes away. The Crowne Plaza (50 Morgan St.; 860-549-2400) rate for a double is pretty expensive, but the hotel is nice with no surprises. In Glastonbury, 15 minutes from Hartford, is Butternut Farm (1654 Main St.; 860-633-7197), a moderately priced bed-and-breakfast (full breakfast included), 15 minutes from Wesleyan and the University of Hartford. Also consider Chester Bulkeley House bed-and-breakfast (184 Main St.; 860-563-4236), in historic Wethersfield, 10 minutes from Trinity and The University of Hartford, and 20 minutes from Wesleyan.
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Key Stats

7,652
Applicants
2,331
Size
32%
Acceptance Rate
1240
SAT Scores

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