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 approximately 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 and also incorporates newer fields, an interdisciplinary approach, and urban engagement.

With 39 majors and approximately 900 courses from which to choose, 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, becoming prepared for a successful, fulfilling life.


From The School

Selecting candidates for admission to Trinity is a complex but personalized process. The components of your evaluation include your academic credentials. Your grades are very important, but so is the strength of the academic programs in which you participated. We require one form of standardized test: either the SAT I, ACT, or any two SAT II subject tests. Non-native speakers of English must also submit the TOEFL or IELTS.

In addition, two teachers' evaluations and one college counselor evaluation are required. Teachers give us insight into your scholarship, work habits, and classroom contributions. Personal qualities are considered, as well. What talents, skills, or qualities can you bring to the life of the campus? What contributions have you made to your school and community? We aren't as concerned with the number of your activities as we are with the quality and depth of them.

If we may be of assistance, please don't hesitate to call upon us in the Office of Admissions at (860) 297-2180 or e-mail


Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 690
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 690

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 710

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

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From The School

Academic Programs

At Trinity, the curriculum features the First-Year Seminars, where a small group of students and a faculty member 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. All first-year students are housed in first-year residence halls and are supported by a student mentor who participates in your seminar.

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 Semester in New York. Trinity is also home to the first undergraduate Human Rights Program in the United States and 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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Undergraduates completing the necessary requirements receive bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees from Trinity College.

Trinity offers approximately 900 courses in 39 majors. At Trinity, your education is student-centered, and our array of curricular options will provide you with the tools to help you to meet your goals.

Trinity offers majors in: American studies, anthropology, art history, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, classical studies, computer science, economics, educational studies, engineering, English, environmental science, French studies, German studies, Hispanic studies, history, interdisciplinary computing, international studies, Italian studies, Jewish studies, language and culture studies (Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese), mathematics, music, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, public policy and law, religion, Russian, sociology, student-designed interdisciplinary major, studio arts, theater and dance, urban studies, and women, gender, and sexuality, and world literature and culture studies.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Russian Studies.
  • Women's Studies.


  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.


  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.


  • Education, General.


  • Engineering, General.


  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.


  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.


  • History, General.


  • Mathematics, General.


  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Neuroscience.


  • Environmental Science.


  • Jewish/Judaic Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.


  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.


  • Psychology, General.


  • Public Policy Analysis, General.


  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.


  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.

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 Humanities Gateway Program, in which students undertake a fixed curriculum of interdisciplinary study to survey the entirety of European cultures 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. Students also appreciate that "the career services office is amazing" here.



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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Students Say

Trinity students are “very engaged and involved outside of class, often expanding their maturity and job experiences in internships [and] leadership opportunities.” Career Services helps students out a lot with these jobs and internship searches through TrinityRecruiting (the online job listing service) with more than 200 internships for credit, and “alums are eager to help out the student body as well.” Each student can take part in the two-day intensive Bantam Sophomore Success program, and alumni mentoring is available to everyone. Networking opportunities are especially fruitful if you want to go into finance or investment banking.


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Estimated college costs for 2014-15 are as follows:
Tuition: $46,796
Room and Board: $12,700
Fees: $2,260

Financial Aid

Through the generosity of alumni and friends, the College has an endowment sufficient to give our students an education that's worth considerably more than the actual tuition charged. If you decide that Trinity is the right college for you, we are determined not to let money stand in your way. We are committed to making a Trinity education accessible to promising students who are unable to meet the full educational costs. More than 40 percent of our students receive need-based financial aid from Trinity, federal, or state funds. If you have any questions about financial aid at Trinity during any point in your college search, you should not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office at (860) 297-2046 or


Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

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Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



49% female
51% male
80% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

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, sunglasses, Chanel flats, a polo," one student concedes before adding that "sometimes 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."


From The School


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.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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 bowling alleys nearby, the Cinestudio is a ninety-second walk from the main dining hall." There is also a Health and Wellness Residence Hall. "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."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

24% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bantams)
16 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bantams)
15 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Fee for Network Use

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

CDW Computers

Campus Visits Contact

Mandi Haines
Sr. Associate Director of Admissions

Admissions Office
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106-3100



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Learning Corridor
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
8:30am-4:30pm (M-F) and 9am-1pm (select Saturdays)

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Year round; Monday - Friday 9:30am-3:30pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Students should contact the specific coach or Athletic Department

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Admissions Office or academic department directly

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



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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