What factors are considered when you evaluate a student's application?

We try to balance the following factors when evaluating candidates for admission:
  1. The most important criterion for admission is your transcript. Not only do we look at your grades, but also your course selection. We consider the quality of your course load and prefer to see that you have challenged yourself with the strongest program that you can handle. We do look at grades and courses in your senior year, so give thought to your coursework and schedule for your final year.
  2. We require one college or guidance counselor evaluation, as well as two evaluations from teachers who have taught you in academic courses. 
  3. Your extracurricular activities are also important, but remember that it is the quality, not the quantity, of your involvement that is considered.
  4. When writing your essay, you should write about a topic of personal significance. It’s helpful to write in a style that you’re comfortable with (for example, creative writing) and have a teacher or parent review it for grammatical and style errors.
  5. While we do not require an interview, it is strongly encouraged. You can schedule an interview by contacting the Office of Admissions at (860) 297-2180.
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Which standardized tests are required for admission?

As of Fall 2015, Trinity College does not require the SAT or ACT for all students applying for Admission.  In keeping with its commitment to a student-centered and thoughtful approach to admissions evaluation, Trinity College has developed a highly personalized process that allows the readers of your file to get to know you not just for your grades and curriculum, but for who you really are.  The admissions committee will personally review your application to determine your academic preparation, the level and quality of your extra curricular activities and your potential fit with our community.  The College uses a holistic approach to student admissions with emphasis placed on high school transcripts, recommendation letters, leadership positions, work history, involvement in school and community activities, and other characteristics that predict success. The College is test-optional, providing students the opportunity to present application material that accurately reflects their diverse academic talents and potential. Students can submit either the SAT or the ACT if they feel their results best represent their academic potential. The admission committee makes no assumptions as to why some students choose to submit scores while others don’t. All students are given equal consideration in the admission process.

International Applicants
International students may need to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting their results from either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We require the IELTS or TOEFL from students whose native language is not English and/or who have not studied for at least three years at a high school for which English is the language of instruction.

Transfer Applicants
SAT or ACT scores are not required of transfer applicants.

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Can I submit scores from more than one test date?

Yes. If  you decide to submit standardized test scores, Trinity will accept the highest scores on all tests (they need not be from the same exam date).

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What is the average G.P.A. of admitted students?

It is important to realize that not all secondary schools have the same grading scale or methodology. The average admitted student has a high school G.P.A. of a B+ or better.

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How important is the interview? Is it required?

Interviews are not required, but they are strongly encouraged. The interview is an opportunity for us to learn more about a prospective student and for the student to learn more about Trinity. We also offer alumni interviews in most parts of the country. Contact the Office of Admissions at (860) 297-2180 to schedule an interview.

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How are admission decisions made?

There is no single determining factor in whether an applicant is admitted or not. The admissions committee rates a candidate’s potential for success at Trinity based on the evaluation and consideration of ALL submitted application materials. Remember, although many students who apply to Trinity are capable of handling the College’s academic rigor, they may not necessarily be offered admission due to the limited number of available places in the first-year class.

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Any advice on what I can do in the admissions process to maximize my chances of being admitted to Trinity?

Our advice is to continue to work very hard throughout your senior year and to excel in academic as well as extracurricular activities. Highlight any special awards or recognition that might distinguish you as a candidate for admission — your college application is not a time to be modest. Enlist the support of any individuals who can document the unique skills or talents that you possess.

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Does Trinity give credit for Advanced Placement exams?

Yes. If you achieve a score of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement exam, you may be granted academic credit and/or place out of certain lower level courses within a given department. Each department handles Advanced Placement in a different manner. All requests and applications for Advanced Placement should be made to the Registrar before September 1 of the year of entrance. If you are seeking more specific information, please refer to the Bulletin.

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How does Trinity handle IB exams?

Students who wish to receive credit for International Baccalaureate examinations must have the official results sent through the mail to the Registrar. Here’s the mailing address:
Trinity College
Office of the College Registrar
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT  06106

Course credit, not to exceed two per subject, may be granted. Students with IB scores of 5, 6, or 7 are eligible. An academic department may require students to submit additional information (copies of syllabi, exam questions, etc.), in the process of determining whether to grant credit and how much credit to grant. A maximum of one year’s credit (nine course credits) may be awarded.

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What is the application procedure for international students (non-U.S. citizens)?

The application process for international students is slightly different. In addition to the submission of a completed application, international applicants should submit: two (2) teacher evaluations, a counselor or headmaster evaluation, and official secondary school transcripts. Those students whose first language is not English should submit the TOEFL or the IELTS. Learn more about applying as an international student.
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How much does it cost to attend Trinity?

A college education is one of the most important investments you will ever make. Here is the current breakdown of the undergraduate tuition costs and associated fees for an academic year. Remember, Trinity meets the calculated financial aid need of every student, so apply early.