From the School

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.

At Trinity University, we create connections. Our red-brick campus in San Antonio, Texas, is home to 2,400 students who benefit from a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio, ensuring ample opportunities for close collaboration with professors who become life-long mentors and friends. Our Pathways curriculum blends the liberal arts and sciences with business and pre-professional programs, enriching students? writing, speaking, and problem-solving skills. We equip students through experiential learning, undergraduate research, and international engagement, arming them to be global stewards for change. Although students take their studies seriously, they show Tiger Pride in student organizations, NCAA Division III athletics, and community involvement. Undergraduates live in residence halls with balconies and suite-style rooms, including themed halls for interest groups from entrepreneurs to pet lovers.

We are confident. We are curious. We are catalysts. And we are Tigers. Trinity University isn?t for everyone, but it just may be for you.


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Could Trinity Be Right for You?
Trinity University seeks to enroll a diverse class of bright, energetic, and engaged students that will take advantage of Trinity?s expert faculty, beautiful campus, first-rate resources and opportunities, and a community focused on their undergraduate education.

To apply to Trinity University, students must complete the Apply Texas or Common Application and submit all of the required documents by one of our corresponding application deadlines. It is free to apply to Trinity if students apply online, and there is no supplement for undergraduate admission.

Visit Trinity to See for Yourself
One of the best ways to determine if Trinity is the right school for you is to come and see for yourself. We look forward to welcoming you to our skyline campus and sunny San Antonio. Whether you're visiting for a few hours or a few days, we want to acquaint you with our dynamic students, engaging faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and fantastic city.

Admission Deadlines:
November 1: Early Decision/Action I Application Due
January 1: Early Decision/Action II Application Due
February 1: Regular Decision Application Due


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 700
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 670

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 710

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1

Other Admission Factors


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

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

At Trinity, academic excellence is expected. Trinity students live in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world where borders mean less and collaboration, tolerance, and intercultural communication mean more. For these reasons Trinity offers a rigorous yet flexible curriculum enhanced with a wide range of interdisciplinary programs and special opportunities, all of which are designed to provide real world experiences, increase international exposure and understanding, and instill the values required for global citizenship and making a difference. Trinity students are challenged and supported in a community that encourages pathways to discovery. Inspiring critical thinking, curiosity, and interdisciplinary insight, the University is committed to ensuring that all Trinity undergraduate degrees represent a liberal arts and sciences education.

Trinity?s curriculum Pathways, has six curricular requirements that provide a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences for all bachelor's degrees awarded by Trinity University.
  • The First Year Experience
  • Approaches to Creation and Analysis
  • The Core Capacities
  • The Interdisciplinary Cluster
  • The Major
  • Fitness Education

Three optional curricular elements can further enrich a Trinity education.
  • Experiential Learning
  • Minors
  • A Second Major

Students are encouraged to include the experiential learning element in their curricula.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Trinity offers 47 majors, 59 minors, and several interdisciplinary and advising programs. Along with opportunities in undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad programs, students may merge their talents with self-designed interdisciplinary majors. Additionally, Trinity offers Undergraduate Degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music, with advising programs in Pre-Law and Health Professions (including Pre-Medical). Trinity offers 5 graduate programs, all of which have 100% job-placement for those seeking employment after graduation.

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



  • Chinese Studies.
  • German Studies.


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


  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business.


  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.


  • Computer Science.


  • Education, General.


  • Engineering Science.



  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.



  • Financial Mathematics.
  • Mathematics.


  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.
  • Neuroscience.


  • Environmental Studies.


  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.


  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics.



  • Anthropology.
  • Economics.
  • Political Science and Government.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.


  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.

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 selfaware 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 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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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
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:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

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Percent STEM

Students Say

According to, 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 Computer 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 TigerJobs, 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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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For the 2016-2017 school year, tuition is $38,974, room and board is $12,754 and technology and activity fees are $586.

A Trinity University degree can be one of your best investments. For educational value, Trinity University has placed consistently among the top universities in the nation. Trinity University is a privately supported institution. The educational and operating expenses are provided by payments from students; income from endowment funds; appropriations and gifts from churches, trustees, alumni, foundations, businesses, industries, and generous-spirited individuals. Tuition and fees cover less than half the actual cost per student. The difference is paid from the sources indicated above. Thus, each full-time student attending Trinity University receives, in effect, an annual subsidy in addition to any other scholarship or student aid granted to individual students.

Financial Aid

A top-quality Trinity education is an invaluable investment with benefits that last a lifetime. An investment of this magnitude is not without cost, and we understand that students and their families may need assistance to address these expenses. Toward that end, Trinity offers a comprehensive financial aid program of scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment opportunities. The average financial aid package for undergraduates with need is $35,388, and 50% of students graduate with no debt.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

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Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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
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
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)
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

Campus life is vibrant, active, friendly, and connected. Trinity University offers students countless outlets to make friends, exercise talents, and serve others. It is the norm here to be engaged in activities outside the classroom, to take on leadership roles, and to try out new pursuits.

Trinity is a place where ideas, passions, and questions can be fully explored. With an overwhelming number of campus clubs and student organizations, you?ll find something for every interest. A current student put it best: ?Trinity is for students who were over-committed in high school.?

From the moment you first step foot onto campus, you will be introduced to the endless ways to step outside the classroom and your comfort zone. From making new friends in the first year residence halls, to attending different classes to discover your passions, to learning about Greek life, student organizations, and service opportunities?your first year at Trinity is a truly memorable experience.

Whether you're looking to join a stellar intercollegiate team, play club or intramural sports, or exercise in state-of-the-art athletic and fitness facilities, Trinity's athletics and fitness programs have something for you. Trinity's model intercollegiate athletics program has been cited for its perfect balance of academics and athletics. Our student-athletes regularly earn Academic All-America Honors and NCAA post-graduate scholarships. And in recent years we've won four NCAA team championships as well as four individual track and field national titles. Trinity's Club Sports program also offers students opportunities for national competition and leadership in seven sports. Have more enthusiasm than skill? Try our popular Intramurals program!

Fraternity & Sorority Life at Trinity University serves as a home-away-from-home for about 24 percent of the undergraduate student population. Being in a fraternity or sorority at Trinity provides opportunities for leadership development, alumni networking, service to the Trinity and San Antonio communities, and creating lifelong friendships.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



23% are out of state

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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Noted for red brick buildings, native live oaks, beautiful grounds, and sparkling fountains, Trinity University encompasses 117-acres situated on a hilltop overlooking downtown San Antonio. Trinity University is known for its stimulating, resourceful, and collaborative environment in the classroom, on campus, and around the world. Our campus setting is the perfect place to learn and grow.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Trinity University values its academic resources, among them its state-of-the-art teaching, researching, and learning facilities. Lecture halls, laboratories, offices, libraries, and study spaces strengthen collaborative teaching and learning?they are an investment in our future. From science and engineering laboratories to an extensive library collection to theaters, halls, and galleries: students and faculty at Trinity are encouraged to utilize the full range of academic resources and facilities to support their research and studies.

In the Center for the Sciences & Innovation (CSI), Trinity's science and engineering programs offer students cutting-edge instrumentation normally found only at the graduate level. Trinity was recently ranked #2 for Best Science Lab Facilities in the nation. Students utilize shared instrumentation along with controlled environmental chambers, two high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, genetic sequence analyzer, fiber optics/photonics laboratory, an observatory with eight computer-guided telescopes, a laser and soft-matter dynamics laboratory, high pressure liquid and capillary gas chromatographs and capillary electrophoresis. The CSI also houses the Marrs McLean Science Center and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Recently renovated, the Ruth Taylor Fine Arts Center is composed of three buildings: the Smith music building, which houses classrooms, practice studios, and the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall; the Dicke art building, which features spacious art studios flooded with natural light, digital photo labs, and an art gallery; and the Ruth Taylor Theater building, which features the 500-seat Stieren Theater, one of the most advanced theatrical facilities at an undergraduate college. Trinity is part of an elite network of schools that are All-Steinway campuses.

At the Richardson Communication Center, students have access to an interactive multimedia lab, two television stations with control rooms, and the students for KRTU-FM which is not only the campus radio station, but also San Antonio's largest outlet for jazz music.

Off-Campus Opportunities

San Antonio is often referred to as having a small-town feel, even though it is the seventh largest city in America. Trinity?s campus is only 3 miles from the heart of downtown, which allows the Trinity community to experience everything from music shows on the St. Mary?s Strip to art events like First Friday to farmer?s markets at the Pearl. Professional sports teams such as the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, the Missions (a Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres), the NASL Scorpions, and the WNBA Stars, and events like the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and Fiesta bring millions of people to San Antonio each year to celebrate its unique local culture.

Do you love being outdoors? With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, there are countless opportunities to take advantage of South Texas? great weather. For 25 years, Outdoor Recreation (O-Rec) has led groups of Trinity students on adventures across the country. They crawl among cacti, paddle scenic rivers, and climb high mountains. Whether you are an expert mountaineer or you have never been inside a tent, they have trips for you! Do you want to see the world? Trinity?s Study Abroad Program is dedicated to helping students develop their understanding of international issues in a complex world through study options that promote intercultural learning as an integral part of a student?s Trinity undergraduate degree. Study Abroad is not about travel. It's really about encountering the world, and even more about discovering the country and yourself.

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

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

Catherine Morell-Nickle

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

17% join a fraternity
32% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tigers)
10 Sports

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

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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

Dell Computers and Apple Computers

Campus Visits Contact

Miguel Martinez
Coordinator of Campus Visit Services

Office of Admissions
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212



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
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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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

Academic year; request when making program reservations; bring casual clothes, comfortable shoes, towel, sleeping bag, and money for meals and taxi.


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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