From the School

Trine University is a private, independent, coeducational institution offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. Trine's nearly 5,000 students receive a professionally focused education and personal attention in a hands-on learning environment. Trine's 97 full-time faculty members have professional experience in the fields they teach. Most hold doctoral degrees. The student/faculty ratio is 14:1.


From The School

Trine University admits applicants on the basis of scholastic achievement and academic potential. Selection is made without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, or age. Interested students are encouraged to make individual visits to campus and meet the faculty and students. Trine has a rolling admission process, and applicants are notified of their status within two weeks after completing the application. Applications are considered complete once the office of admission has received the following: application (online, no application fee), official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores. Standard admission requirements include English (four years), mathematics (three years), science (three years), and social studies (two years). In addition to the standard admission requirements, the Allen School of Engineering and Technology requires a semester of trigonometry, a year of chemistry, and a year of physics.

Graduates of community or junior colleges and students who have attended other colleges and universities are eligible for transfer. Counselors work closely with those who wish to transfer to ensure a smooth transition to Trine. Credit may be allowed in subjects that parallel Trine programs, provided the student earned a grade of C or better in the course from an accredited college or university.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Need to boost your grades? We can help.

Learn More

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 620

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19.5 - 26.5

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted


Regular — August 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Get a personalized plan for a competitive application from an admissions expert.

Learn More


From The School

Academic Programs

Trine has a reputation for academic rigor and success. Of 2016 graduates, 99.3 percent were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduating. About 90 percent of Trine students complete an internship, co-op or other experiential learning.

Chemical engineering seniors have won the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) national individual design competition multiple times, including several awards in 2016. Mechanical engineering students can study in one of the top three cast metals programs in the country, as determined by the Foundry Education Foundation. Trine's Tau Alpha Omicron chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) annually wins regional and national awards for marksmanship, crime scene investigation and physical agility.

Trine University provides graduates with skills and perspectives to enhance lifelong learning, improve communication, and drive innovation and entrepreneurship. Trine's quality academic programs are designed to promote project-based learning and to prepare students to enter leadership roles during their careers.

In spring 2015, Trine created the College of Engineering and Business to combine the strengths of the Allen School of Engineering and the Ketner School of Business. The new organizational structure develops engineering and business skills for students who will be responsible for innovative solutions and results in the 21st century.

Biomedical, civil, chemical, computer, electrical, mechanical, software and design engineering technology programs in the Allen School of Engineering and Technology (ABET accredited provide a fundamental, application-oriented engineering education. In addition to specialized fields, students are required to complete courses in communication skills, socio-humanistic studies, and analysis and design. The Ketner School of Business, one of the few nationally accredited (ACBSP business programs in the region, offers a broad range of hands-on, practical experiences that acquaint students with the practices, procedures and problems of contemporary business.

Teacher preparation first began in 1884, and in that tradition, the Franks School of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation ( and the Department of Education/Office of Educator Licensing and Development (DOE/OELD) In fall 2015, the Franks School began offering a dual licensure program in elementary education and special education for kindergarten through grade 6 (

The Jannen School of Arts and Sciences is known for its career-oriented, challenging and competitive programs in criminal justice and the sciences. Nationally known guest lecturers frequently visit campus, and internships and experiential learning opportunities are considered vital to the total educational experience.

Trine's Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences prepares students for careers in industrial research, forensic science and the health-care industry with clinical experience to complement studies.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The Allen School of Engineering and Technology awards Bachelor of Science degrees in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and software engineering and design engineering technology. Also offered at the graduate level is a Master of Science in Engineering Management.

The Franks School of Education awards bachelor's degrees in elementary, English, health/physical, mathematics, science and social studies education and dual licensure in elementary education and special education/mild intervention.

The Jannen School of Arts and Sciences awards bachelor's degrees with majors in communication, criminal justice, English, informatics, mathematics, psychology and general studies (pre-legal, self-designed).

The Ketner School of Business awards Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degrees with majors in accounting, management and marketing. A BSBA also is offered in the specialty areas of golf management and sport management.

The Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy ( and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies program ( is scheduled to begin in August 2018. The school also offers bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, exercise science, forensic science, sport recreation, as well as pre-medical, pre-physical therapy and pre-physician assistant tracks.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

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


  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Forensic Science and Technology

Students Say

At Trine University, a small school in Angola, Indiana, students generally praise their faculty as “passionate about what they teach, and about what we, as students, have to say about it.” Professors “encourage one-on-one meetings” and “will always answer any questions you have.” Students say that “the job placement rate after graduation is exceptional,” largely because “professors, coaches, and all faculty” “are devoted to help[ing] students” and take an active role “in getting you employed after you graduate.” They “point us in the direction of work experience in professional environments within the community concerning the fields we are interested in.” With faculty who provide lectures that are grounded with “real-life examples from their work experience,” students say they end up with “a better understanding of what [they] will be doing in [their] career.” However, students also find some downsides to their small, intimate academic community. “The majority of professors are brilliant, professional and interesting,” a forensic science student explains. “However, losing one professor could result in the loss of multiple classes and send an entire department into chaos.” Additionally, students say they sometimes find themselves “struggling in a class” when they “don’t click” with a professor who may be the sole person teaching a particular topic. And, while “the vast majority know their stuff and teach well,” there are “a few who are below average and do not teach very well.” The school is also investing in campus infrastructure by “building a big new dorm, a new addition to the engineering building, renovating the business school, and building a nice, new performing arts center. So, the facilities are better than in years past.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Jerry Allen
Pres., Vikimatic Sales

Jorga Allen
Pres., Phoenix Dist. Co.

Jerry Sturdivant
Operations leader, Saturn Corp.

Charles West
VP, Timken Co.

Dr. John McKetta, Jr.
U.of Texas and energy advisor to several US presiden

General Lewis Hershey
U.S. Selective Service Director under 6 Presidents

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


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Annual tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $31,080 ($33,560 for engineering). Room and standard meal plan (19 meals per week) for the academic year costs $10,570 for an air-conditioned residence.

Financial Aid

Trine University awarded more than $27 million in institutional financial aid during the 2016-17 school year, with the average student receiving $27,000 in aid. Ninety-six percent of Trine students receive some form of institutional financial aid.


Application Deadlines
Mar 10
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Trine University encourages student participation in extracurricular activities. Approximately 40 percent of Trine's students participate in NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and volleyball. NCAA men’s and women’s hockey will begin in the fall of 2017, as well as ACHA men’s hockey, sports, bowling and women’s triathlon. Men’s collegiate volleyball will begin in fall of 2018. Many students also play on intramural sports teams. There are more than 60 clubs and student organizations. Other groups include Christian Campus House, Drama Club, Habitat for Humanity, Marching Band, Pep Band, Ski Club and Student Senate. Professional and honorary societies also are active on campus.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


43% female
57% male
39% are out of state
51% are full time
49% are part time

Students Say

A large portion of Trine students study engineering, play sports, participate in Greek life, or enjoy some combination of the three. While “most students are Christian, white, and conservative” and hail “from a rural area,” “Trine has recently started a sister school in China,” which has attracted a contingent of international students as well. Students are “hard-working and driven in their studies” and “get along really well” with one another, bonding over the “shared toil of classes,” their shared love of sports, or over a cup of joe at the campus coffee shop. Because most students live on campus and because the student body is small, “everyone knows everyone else,” which can sometimes generate gossip.


From The School


Trine University's 450-acre main campus is in the heart of northeast Indiana's scenic lake resort region. With more than 100 lakes, the area offers fishing, camping, skiing, boating and other recreational pursuits. Pokagon State Park is five miles from campus. Just a 45-minute drive from Fort Wayne, Trine offers the safety and ease of a small-town environment with an easy drive via interstate to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The university's 450-acre campus includes the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, which houses a recently expanded dining hall, UC Store, fitness center, theater, mail services, radio station and Center for Technology and Online Resources. The Keith Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC), which contains a 200-meter indoor track and training and practice facilities for other sports, opened in 2009 to develop Trine's track and field program year-round and to support tennis, additional sports and intramurals. The Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium opened in 2010, serving football, lacrosse and soccer programs. The stadium welcomes record numbers of fans to athletic events throughout the year. Fawick Hall of Engineering is home to the university's chemical and bioprocess, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, mechanical and aerospace engineering departments, as well as the engineering technology department. The Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering houses state-of-the-art laboratories to support business and engineering, and is the home of Innovation One, Trine’s business incubator, which provides experiential learning opportunities for students. Trine students use sophisticated equipment such as a scanning electron microscope, rapid prototyping machines, plasma cutters, Instron Mechanical Testing and Vicon Motion System in their laboratories and design projects. Computer labs are outfitted with state-of-the-art software. The Best Hall of Science, with a 26,000-square-foot expansion that opened in 2017, contains classrooms, science laboratories, the department of mathematics and informatics, the department of science, the department of criminal justice, psychology and social sciences, and the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences. The expansion added a mobility rehabilitation laboratory, an organic chemistry laboratory, a microbiology laboratory and a sports performance laboratory, among others. Ford Hall, home of the Ketner School of Business, reopened in fall 2015 after a thorough renovation that brings a technology-rich learning environment and a design that models the corporate world. The T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, opened in May 2014, preserves a historic landmark church while providing classrooms for choral and instrumental music and a theatre for world-class music productions.

The Thunder Ice Arena opened in fall 2017 and is the home for Trine University’s men’s and women’s hockey teams as well as community programs. The MTI Center will open in 2018, and includes a 3,000-seat arena with three basketball courts as well as an sports arena, six-lane bowling alley, fitness center, banquet room, outdoor patio, offices and training room. The MTI Center will also incorporate the clubhouse and golf pro shop for the Zollner Golf Course.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Students Say

These “academically focused” students “work very hard during the day so they have chances in the evening” to enjoy socializing and sports. Athleticism is hugely popular at Trine, where “close to two thirds of the student body is part of a sports team,” but “Trine is [also] all about their Greek life,” and “the fraternities and sororities are very welcoming.” Both Greek organizations host weekly food-based events that students seem to love: “On Thursdays everyone is talking about "Nut Night," hosted by one of the fraternities, while another frat hosts “pretzel night on Wednesday [and] another has wing night on Tuesday.” While students say that there are many “parties (some with and some without alcohol),” others tell us “students are always worried about running afoul of the schools party rules and ending up in trouble,” and “those who come to party don't stay very long.”

Special Needs Admissions

Kathie Wentworth

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

26% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Thunder)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Thunder)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Minority Support Groups
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Notre Dame



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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell discounts offered to students and employees who can purchase directly from Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Cindy Ax
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
1 University Avenue
Angola, IN 46703



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Center
Fawick Hall of Engineering
Taylor Hall of Humanities
Zollner Golf Course (on campus)
Hershey Hall (Recreational Facilities)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Pokagon State Park
Prime Outlet Mall
Area lakes and resorts
Numerous restaurants
Auburn Cord Dusenberg Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, Saturday Mornings
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

various times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Must be seniors in high school


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Angola is about equidistant from each of the following airports: Fort Wayne (IN), South Bend(IN), Toledo(OH). Amtrak station is about 10 miles away.

Driving Instructions to Campus

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn Express, Signature Inn, Hampton Inn, Ramada Inn, Potawatomi Inn (Pokagon State Park), Super 8 Motel

Articles & Advice