How To Apply

Application Deadlines

​Applying ​Application ​Supporting Materials ​Notification Date
​Early Decision I ​Nov. 15, 2018 ​Nov. 15, 2018 ​Mid-Dec. 2018
​Early Decision II ​Jan. 1, 2019 ​Jan. 1, 2019
​Mid-Feb. 2019
​Regular Decision ​Jan. 15, 2019
​Jan. 15, 2019 Late March 2019
J-Start 2019 *
Sept. 1, 2018 ​Sept. 1, 2018 Rolling basis
​J-Start 2020 ​Jan. 15, 2019 ​Jan. 15, 2019 ​Late March 2019
​Global Start ​Jan. 15, 2019 ​Jan. 15, 2019 ​Late March 2019

*Please note that the Common Application shuts down on Friday, July 27, 2018. For students who would like to be considered for admission to J-start 2019 after July 27th, please contact the admissions office at 860-297-2180 or

If you have any concerns about meeting these deadlines, please email the Admissions Office or call us at 860-297-2180.

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Trinity College accepts the Common Application. Students can automatically add Trinity College to their "My Colleges List" by clicking here.

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A $65 application fee is required, and must be submitted online through the Common Application site.

Trinity College will waive the application fee for first-generation college students. This change in policy applies to both domestic and international students. Students applying to Trinity simply need to click the fee waiver box on the Common Application and then click the box that reads “I am a first-generation college student.”

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Secondary School Requirements

Trinity requires a diploma from and certification by an accredited secondary school. The academic program should consist of at least 16 academic units, typically including the following minimum number of courses:

  • English (four years)
  • foreign language (three years)
  • laboratory science (two years)
  • algebra (two years)
  • geometry (one year)
  • history (two years)

Secondary school juniors who have achieved a level of personal and intellectual maturity and of academic competence that implies readiness for college may apply for acceptance by early admission. In these circumstances, the regular application procedures should be followed during the junior year.

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Trinity requires an evaluation from a college or guidance counselor and two teacher evaluations. The two required teacher evaluations should be completed by those who have instructed you in academic courses in either of your final two years of secondary school. 

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Optional Essay

All students must submit an essay through the Common Application. In addition to that essay, you may choose to submit an optional essay that focuses on your specific interest in Trinity College. You may select one of the following prompts and write an essay of 250-650 words.

We live in an urban-global age with more than half of the planet’s people living in cities. Trinity College is an urban liberal arts college deeply engaged with the local community and committed to making an impact across the world.  How do you aspire to use your education to impact local and global communities?

Our mission states:  "Engage. Connect. Transform. As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives." Keeping the three pillars of the mission in mind, how do you see yourself contributing to the Trinity community?

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Standardized Tests

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 extracurricular 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.

In light of the recent changes made to the SAT exam, students should understand the following when submitting SAT scores:

  • Writing is not required for redesigned SAT
  • Students can submit scores from the old SAT 
  • Please note that scores across both exams will not be super-scored; if students submit both the redesigned SAT scores and old SAT scores, we will look at both individually

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.

If you decide to submit test scores, it is your responsibility to have test scores sent to the Admissions Office. Trinity's CEEB code is 3899 and the ACT code is 0598.

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Trinity College admits students of any race, creed, color, and national or ethnic origin, and regardless of sex or handicap. Trinity College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs.

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