How To Apply

Application Deadlines

​Applying ​Application ​Supporting Materials ​Notification Date
​Early Decision I ​November 15 ​November 15 ​Mid-December
​Early Decision II ​January 1 ​January 1
​Regular Decision ​January 1 ​January 15 Late March

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.

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

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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 over half of the planet's inhabitants 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: "Trinity College is a community united in a quest for excellence in liberal arts education. Our purpose 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." How would you engage the mission of Trinity College during your years on campus?

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Standardized Testing Requirements

All applicants must submit at least one of the following options:

  • any two SAT II Subject Tests
  • the SAT I Reasoning Test
  • the ACT (writing is recommended)

Additionally, international applicants must also submit one of the following:

  • TOEFL (for all non-native English speakers)
    • This is waived for students whose language of instruction in secondary school has been English for a minimum of three years.
  • IELTS (accepted in lieu of the TOEFL)

The Trinity College Score Choice Policy is as Follows:

We will consider your highest section scores across all SAT test dates that you submit.  Only your highest section scores will be considered as part of the final admissions decision.  Each time that you submit scores, we will update your record with any new scores.  We strongly encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT.  Sending your scores each time you take the SAT can benefit you by allowing Trinity to consider you for all available enrollment-related opportunities.  We also encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the ACT.

It is the applicant's 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 is pleased to be a QuestBridge partner college. For more information on this program, please visit

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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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