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At Trinity University, we create connections. We are a private, liberal arts and sciences institution in San Antonio, Texas, where our 2,400 students become global stewards for change.

Founded in 1869, Trinity University is a private, liberal arts and sciences institution located in the heart of San Antonio, Texas, the seventh-largest and one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Our 125-acre hilltop campus is home to 2,480 undergraduate students who benefit from a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio, ensuring ample opportunities for close collaboration with world-class professors who become life-long mentors and friends.

Trinity's rigorous yet flexible Pathways curriculum is enhanced with a wide range of interdisciplinary programs and undergraduate research, experiential learning, and international engagement opportunities that are designed to provide real-world experiences and develop stewards for change. We are redefining the liberal arts experience for the 21st century by preparing our students to thrive in a world that values critical thinking, incisive decision making, and extraordinary communication skills. Our students meet global challenges head-on and are the catalysts behind a new wave of surging business, breakthrough research, and bold discovery.

For 150 years, we've transformed impossible challenges into boundless opportunity. When our students, faculty, and alumni see a chance to push the status quo, we don't hesitate: we make our move. With this much momentum, we don't have to wait on a brighter future. At Trinity, we accelerate what's next.

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Overview

Applicants
8,654
Acceptance Rate
34%
Average HS GPA
3.61

GPA Breakdown

42%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 720
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

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
338
with Terminal Degree
275

196
Men
142
Women
74
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Science.
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering Science.

  • 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.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Financial Mathematics.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Research and Experimental Psychology, Other.
  • School Psychology.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism.
  • Voice and Opera.


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.”

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

Notable Faculty


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

Michael Bostick '84
CEO of Walden Media Group

Matt Mead '84
Governor of Wyoming

Daniel Lubetsky '90
CEO and Founder of KIND Healthy Snacks

Angie Bryan '91
Deputy Ambassador to Yemen

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$53,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$104,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$109,500

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
27%


Students Say

According to PayScale.com, 51 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 $51,100, and popular jobs include marketing manager, financial analyst, and executive director. Popular majors at Trinity include Communication, Business Administration, and Engineering 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 Hire a Tiger, the school's online recruitment system. The school's website 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.”

Trinity takes research seriously, spending nearly a million dollars a year on student research, and ensures that as many students as possible, from every discipline and department, are able to participate. "We have an undergraduate research program during the summer," Professor Jacob Tingle, who co-directs Trinity's Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success, tells us. "The last three summers more than 150 students have lived on campus, received significant stipends, and completed research with faculty. Students work for ten weeks on a research project and present at a symposium. Many of those papers end up being delivered at regional or national conferences as well." And the research doesn't end with STEM majors. "I'm proud of our emphasis on humanities and social science research during the summer as well," Professor Tingle states. For Paige Roth, a 2015 biology and English double major, the opportunity to conduct substantive research changed the course of her life. Initially doubtful of her abilities in science, Paige had a deep passion to become a veterinarian. "I conducted plant biology research for three years with Dr. Shinkle. While for some, studying plants may sound like the most boring job in the world, I developed a fantastic relationship with my research advisor and gained so much confidence in my scientific abilities, which made it the best gig I could have picked. I even presented my research at an international research conference." Paige has since gone on to graduate study at Rice University in bioscience and health policy, and plans to apply to veterinary school. She says that the combination of her degree and research experience makes it possible for her "to communicate cool scientific concepts in interesting and digestible terms."

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,399

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,162

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,727

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
44%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$42,036

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,589

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,360
Required Fees
$616
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$834
Transportation for Commuters
$500

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,464
Comprehensive Fee

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

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,477
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

6.94%
Asian
3.69%
African-American
21.01%
Hispanic
56.80%
Caucasian
1.99%
Unknown
4.58%
International

53% female
47% male
24% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

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.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
82%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Accessibility Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Myeshia Smith

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

To receive accommodations, students must submit psychoeducational evaluation.

Documentation Required for ADHD

To receive accommodations, students must submit psychoeducational evaluation.

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
92
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
10

8% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

6% participate in intercollegiate sports

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
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Mary's University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Texas at San Antonio

Sustainability

73/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Computers and Apple Computers

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Miguel Martinez
Coordinator of Campus Visit Services

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

Phone
1-800-TRINITY

Email
visit@trinity.edu

Experience College Life

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

Most Popular Places Off Campus
McNay Art Museum
San Antonio Museum of Art
River Walk
Alamo
San Antonio Zoo
Pearl Brewery Complex, Quarry Market

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday (closed Saturdays during the summer)
8am-5pm; 10am-1pm
1-800-TRINITY

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

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), taxis, and Uber are available for the ride to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Trinity University is located on Hwy 281 between the San Antonio International Airport (Loop 410) and downtown San Antonio.

Local Accommodations
Grand Hyatt, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Riverwalk, Hotel Contessa, Mokara Hotel.


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