Trinity is situated on a beautiful, 100-acre campus in Hartford, midway between Boston and New York. Hartford has 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 and 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 our 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 created the state-of-the-art Raether Library and Information Technology Center on campus and the neighboring innovative Learning Corridor of magnet schools and academic resources, which now also includes the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. Also, in 2006, the award-winning Koeppel Community Sports Center opened its doors as a multiuse athletic facility on the southern edge of campus.
As a Trinity student, you have numerous opportunities to engage in internships, research with faculty, community learning projects, and volunteer work. Many courses-from art history to political science and from economics to neuroscience-incorporate aspects of city life. And whatever your tastes, there are cultural and entertainment events throughout the city and a shuttle service provided by the College.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
The campus is fully wired, with every student room connected to the campus network and the Internet. The newly expanded Raether Library and Information Technology Center combines the resources of one of the leading small-college library facilities in the nation with an array of electronic resources, including digital media labs and video-conferencing capabilities. The library houses more than 1.2 million books, bound collections, and electronic books, as well as approximately 90,000 periodical titles. It also houses the Watkinson Library rare-book collections.
The science labs offer our undergraduates an opportunity to work hands-on with sophisticated equipment, including a research nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a scanning electron microscope, incubators, and climatically controlled growth chambers.
Focal points for the visual arts are the Widener Gallery in the Austin Arts Center and the Broad Street Gallery. In addition to a proscenium theater and a more intimate black box performance space, each art medium has its own studio.
The Ferris Athletic Center houses a fully equipped fitness center, an Olympic-size pool, premier international-size squash courts, crew tanks, an indoor track, a field house, and basketball and tennis courts. Outdoor features include an all-weather track, soccer fields, softball and baseball diamonds, the Paul D. Assaiante Tennis Center, an artificial turf field hockey field, and an artificial turf playing surface for football and lacrosse. In addition, the Koeppel Community Sports Center serves as home ice for Trinity men’s and women's ice hockey teams and a place for community academic and athletic mentoring programs.
Trinity students have a wide variety of opportunities to take advantage of the College's special relationship with the city of Hartford. The Community Learning Initiative comprises courses that weave direct contact with local people and institutions into the learning process. Such urban engagement builds on Trinity's liberal arts foundation, and for some students, has led to independent studies or collaborative research papers published in scholarly journals.
Trinity offers more than 200 internship opportunities that represent excellent preparation for life after college. Students can explore career interests in a wide variety of fields, including law, banking, journalism, communications, health care, engineering, computer science, government, and nonprofit organizations. The College's Legislative Internship Program offers students the opportunity to work for a member of the Connecticut General Assembly. Trinity challenges its students to make a difference in the real world-starting with their Hartford community. Students can choose from a wide range of community service activities, from child-mentoring programs to the Boys and Girls Club at Trinity to Habitat for Humanity.
Trinity's study-abroad programs provide unforgettable learning experiences that broaden perspectives and deepen understanding. Among the rich menu of study-abroad choices are Trinity's own campus in Rome and our seven additional international program sites, as well as more than 90 approved international and domestic programs. Equally valuable are many study-away programs in the United States, including the Trinity/La Mama Performing Arts Semester in New York City, research and internships in Washington D.C., and theater courses at the O'Neill National Theater Institute. Students can also take advantage of the Twelve-College Exchange Program.
Trinity also created the Center for Urban and Global Studies to integrate the College's well-established tradition of urban engagement with our strong global programs. The center, the first of its kind at a liberal arts college in the United States, takes advantage of Trinity's location and strengthens the long-standing mutually beneficial relationship between the College and Hartford. Playing off Trinity's global reach, the center is expanding new learning and research opportunities in world cities.
Student Organizations & Activities
With more than 100 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/sororities, and club sports. And if you have an interest that isn't covered by an existing organization, 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.
"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."