Trinity University

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1 Trinity Place

San Antonio, TX 78212-7200

Phone: (210) 999-7011
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Trinity University is a private institution that was founded in 1869. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,353, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 117 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Trinity University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 1. Its tuition and fees are $35,262 (2013-14).

Trinity University overlooks downtown San Antonio, home to the Alamo, four professional sports teams including the NBA Spurs, and more than 175 city parks and recreation areas. Not to be ignored: San Antonio has on average 300 days of sunshine per year. Students can get involved in any of the more than 115 campus organizations ranging from the Loon-E Hip-Hop Dance Crew to the Entrepreneurship Club. A thriving Greek community at Trinity represents about a quarter of the undergraduate student body and consists of mainly local chapters. Nearly 80 percent of students live on campus in one of the residence halls, and there are designated areas on campus for freshmen and sophomore housing. The Trinity Tigers compete in Division III and are known for their strong tennis program.

In addition to the undergraduate bachelor of music, bachelor of science, and bachelor of arts degrees, Trinity grants master’s degrees in teaching, school administration, and school psychology, and master of science degrees in accounting and health care administration. Undergraduates can choose from nearly 40 majors and must complete the Common Curriculum, a distribution requirement intended to provide a well-rounded liberal arts education. More than 40 percent of students take advantage of study abroad programs around the world. Trinity’s Laurie Auditorium has hosted performances and lectures by Bill Cosby, B.B. King, and Jay Leno.

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

Trinity University is one of the nation's top private undergraduate institutions. Noted for its superior academic quality, outstanding faculty, and exceptional academic and residential resources, Trinity is committed to the intellectual, civic, and professional preparation of its students. Located in historic, culturally rich San Antonio, Trinity offers the most relevant education option for talented students today.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1869
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $915,917,621


When applying to Trinity University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are January 1 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Trinity University is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.3 percent and an early acceptance rate of 74.5 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 64.3%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Trinity University is 9:1, and the school has 58.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Trinity University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 71%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Social Sciences 18%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 9%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Trinity University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,353, with a gender distribution of 46.2 percent male students and 53.8 percent female students. At this school, 75 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 25 percent of students live off campus. Trinity University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,525
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 University offers a number of student services including women's center and health service. Trinity University 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 University, 88 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Trinity University.

Students who have cars on campus 88%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Trinity University, 48 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,377.

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Tuition and fees $35,262 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,968 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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