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Trinity University is one of the nation’s top private undergraduate institutions. Noted for its...

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas

Trinity University is one of the nation’s top private undergraduate institutions. Noted for its superior academic quality, outstanding faculty, and exceptional academic resources, Trinity is committed to the intellectual, civic, and professional preparation of its students.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,253 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
47% male 53% female
24% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
234 full-time faculty
77 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
100% of first year students live on campus
77% of all students live on campus

School Location

Trinity University overlook downtown San Antonio, home to the Alamo, four professional sports teams including the NBA Spurs, and more than 175 city parks and recreation areas.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2014

90% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

83% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 20%
Black or African American 4%
White 55%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


NCAA Division III with 10 Varsity Sports for both men and women including track, baseball, basketball, and football.  Mascot: LeeRoy  Colors: White, Maroon

Academic Programs

African American Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Communication, Computer Science, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Engineering Science, English, Rhetoric, Greek, Classics, French, German, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Hospital Care, History, Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Psychology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Art History, Art, Drama, Music

Undergraduate Research

Trinity students are constantly involved in undergraduate research. The university makes it possible for students to work side-by-side with talented faculty. In some cases, students are even published in journals as co-authors. Trinity offers research opportunities across most disciplines, allowing the majority of students to get involved before graduation.

Summer Research Program: Trinity selects a group of students to stay on campus over the summer months and conduct research. Most students receive a stipend and free housing for their work, and all projects are closely overseen by a faculty member. At the end of the summer program, students present their findings at a research symposium.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is an incredible opportunity with amazing benefits. Students that choose to go abroad gain valuable skills like cross-cultural communication and independence. More than that, many students develop a greater sense of respect and understanding as they learn what it means to become a global citizen. Trinity takes an individual approach to study abroad, and advises each student based on their academic and personal goals. By meeting with students one-on-one, Trinity ensures that each individual chooses the right program.

Direct Enrollment and Exchange: It is highly encouraged that students seek out direct enrollment or exchange programs. In a direct enrollment relationship, a student is enrolled in a university abroad. This option is best suited for students with highly advanced language skills, as there are substantial demands to read, write and communicate in a foreign language. However, there are some programs where the primary language is English. Exchange programs are slightly different in that they involve a mutual relationship between Trinity and an international university. In an exchange agreement, students and faculty from both institutions may use the other’s resources for academic purposes like research and study abroad. Trinity currently has exchange agreements with six international universities. The locations for the exchange partners are as follows:

  1. Monterrey, Mexico
  2. Hong Kong, China
  3. Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
  4. Tainan, Taiwan
  5. Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  6. Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea

The Plunge

The Plunge is a four-day excursion that takes place before new student orientation. The trip is sponsored by Trinity’s Chapel Fellowships and involves a mixture of mission work, reflection, and worship. The Plunge is a great way for new students to meet and connect with future peers and upperclassmen. After the trip has ended, students can choose to remain involved with the Chapel Fellowships, which are Christian faith groups that meet weekly on campus.

Community Service

A college education extends beyond academics. It’s much more holistic. Service to the community is an integral part of the undergraduate experience. Not only do students need to recognize their educational responsibilities, but they must also address their duties to the both the local and global communities. Trinity offers several different service opportunities that range from volunteerism to alternative breaks.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X
Yearbook X

Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad allows the Trinity experience to extend beyond the campus and into foreign locations around the world. Currently, Trinity offers both summer and semester-long, faculty-led programs. Below is a list of the current options:

  1. Semester in Shanghai at Jiao Tong University—Summer
  2. Semester in Taiwan at Tunghai University—Summer
  3. Trinity Summer Internship Program (Madrid, Spain)—Semester
  4. Shanghai Summer Program (Shanghai, China)—Semester
  5. Nicaragua Spring Break Field Trip—Semester
  6. The Cuba Program (multiple locations in Cuba)—Semester
  7. The Unique Geological, Economic, and Cultural History of Iceland program (Reykjavik, Iceland)—Semester
  8. The Global City Berlin program (Berlin, Germany)—Semester
  9. International Business Summer School Program (Beijing, China)—Semester
  10. Summer in Japan Program (multiple locations in Japan)—Semester
  11. The Hague International Justice Program (The Hague/Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  12. Field Geology in China, sponsored by the Department of Geosciences—Semester

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
Humanities X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 113 269 156 42 12 11 0 603

San Antonio

San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the U.S., and it is filled with cultural, athletic, and recreational opportunity. Because Trinity is so close to the downtown area, students are given amazing access to the city’s many attractions. San Antonio has museums, theme parks, the Alamo, 4 professional sports teams, The River Walk, and so much more to offer! Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of all that the city has to offer.

Sustainability and Campus

Trinity is highly dedicated to practices and lifestyles that promote sustainability. This dedication can be seen, not only in volunteer and service efforts, but in the curriculum as well. Ultimately, Trinity wants to reduce its global footprint and promote the benefits of sustainable practices.

Sustainability in Education: Trinity’s Environmental Studies program is an exciting opportunity to address the challenges of sustainability. Students enrolled in the program take a variety of courses in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences. On top of coursework, students are also involved in service initiatives, field work, and internships that deal with the environment. The program also offers the unique opportunity to participate in summer research. Chosen students travel to High Lonesome Ranch, on the Western Slop of the Colorado Rockies, to study conservation in an outdoor laboratory.

Co-Curricular and Community Initiatives: As part of Trinity’s commitment to smart environmental practice, the university offers environmental community service initiatives. Community service is a great way for students to get their hands dirty working outdoors, in a local garden, or on some other environmentally-focused project. Aside from service, the university is also very active with Earth Week. During this period, there are earth-themed events on campus and coursework reflects the issues that face sustainability and the environment.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  X 

The Center for Experiential Learning & Career Success

Memorizing information and reading course material will only get you so far. Trinity recognizes that a truly marketable student needs to have hands-on experience prior to graduation. The Center for Experiential Learning & Career Success is responsible for connecting students to opportunities in which they can apply academic theory to real-life situations. In many cases, the center connects students with opportunities where they can practice leadership and management skills.


Admissions Fall 2014

5,563 Total Applicants
2,672 Total Admissions
602 Total Freshmen Enrollment

48.03% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Application closing date (fall): Feb 1  

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities

First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 580 690
SAT Math 580 680
SAT Writing 560 660
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 27 32
ACT Math 26 30
ACT English 26 33
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $38,974
Fees $526
Total $39,500
Room and Board (on campus) $11,936
Room Only $7,714
Board Only $4,222
Estimated Total On Campus $51,436


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016

$36,696 First year students
$35,388 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016

93.9% on average, the percentage of need that was met
58% of financial need students that had need fully met

$27,899 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$5,616 Average need-based loan

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