Trinity College

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300 Summit Street

Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: (860) 297-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#36 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Trinity College is a private institution that was founded in 1823. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,301, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Trinity College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 36. Its tuition and fees are $47,510 (2013-14).

Students at Trinity College live in an intimate setting in the midst of a bustling state capital. The campus is located in Hartford, Conn., a large city where students can do everything from attending concerts at the Comcast and Webster theatres to learning how to shoot a cannon from the Revolutionary War at the Old State House. Attending school in the state’s capital also means students have hundreds of opportunities for internships at various organizations throughout the city. Freshmen must live on campus, and will reside and take classes with other students in their selected First-Year Program. Outside of class, students can choose from more than 100 clubs and organizations in which to get involved. There are a handful of Greek organizations on campus. The Trinity sports teams compete in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletics Conference, cheered on by the school mascot, a species of rooster known as the bantam. Don’t get confused in your college search: Trinity College is a common name for schools of various faiths, but this liberal arts school is nondenominational.

In addition to its main location in Hartford, Trinity has a campus in Rome, Italy. More than half of Trinity students study abroad during their time in college. Trinity also has a field station in Ashford, Conn., where students and faculty research subjects in the natural and environmental sciences. Among the college’s notable graduates are Jim Murren, chairman of casino chain MGM Resorts; journalist Tucker Carlson; and columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author George Will. 

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college located in Connecticut's historic capital city of Hartford. Founded in 1823, Trinity brings the tradition of liberal arts into the 21st century with a dynamic living and learning community. Approximately 2,300 students work closely with faculty, extend their education through campus activities, engage with the city through internships and community service, and explore the wider world through study abroad and international initiatives. Our mission is to foster critical thinking, free the mind of parochialism and prejudice, and prepare students to lead examined lives that are personally satisfying, civically responsible, and socially useful.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1823
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $439,120,043


When applying to Trinity College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Trinity College is $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 33.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 33.7%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Trinity College is 10:1, and the school has 62.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Trinity College include: Economics, Other; Political Science and Government, Other; English Language and Literature, General; Psychology, Other; and Public Policy Analysis, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 77%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Economics, Other 16%
Political Science and Government, Other 12%
English Language and Literature, General 7%
Psychology, Other 7%
Public Policy Analysis, General 6%

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Student Life

Trinity College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,301, with a gender distribution of 51.5 percent male students and 48.5 percent female students. At this school, 89 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 11 percent of students live off campus. Trinity College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,387
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Trinity College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Trinity College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Trinity College, 36 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Trinity College.

Students who have cars on campus 36%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Trinity College, 41 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $39,131.

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Tuition and fees $47,510 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,300 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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