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Academics

“[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 capital, 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.

Student Body

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.”

Campus Life

“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.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mandi Haines
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
8:30am-4:30pm (M-F) 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 9:30am-3:30pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Students should contact the specific coach or Athletic Department

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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Applicants: 6,073
Acceptance Rate: 34%






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