Trinity College Enrolls Record-Setting Class of 2022

Percentages of First-Generation and International Students at All-Time Highs

Hartford, Connecticut, May 3, 2018 – Trinity College has enrolled a Class of 2022 with 609 students from 35 countries and 35 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Drawn from a historically strong applicant pool of 6,112 students—up 1 percent from last year’s applicant pool—the newly enrolled class includes 21 percent more students at the top of Trinity’s academic rating scale than were in last year’s group.

The incoming class sets new records at Trinity with the highest-ever percentages of international students (15 percent) and first-generation college students (15 percent). With the arrival of this class, there will now be 72 countries represented at Trinity.

The class is 50 percent men and 50 percent women. Domestic students of color make up 21 percent of the class. Fifty-four percent of the students are from outside New England, and there is a 37 percent increase in students from the West Coast compared with last year’s group.

“It takes a village to enroll a first-year class, and the Trinity community came together in such a remarkable way this year to show their pride and to share stories of the transformative power of a Trinity education,” said Angel B. Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success. “This effort brought us a phenomenal class, and I can’t wait to welcome these students to campus.”

​Current Trinity students, along with President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, center, and the Bantam mascot, show
their Trinity pride on Giving Day 2018 in April.
 The incoming class includes 12 Presidential Scholars, Trinity’s most prestigious academic distinction, granted to only a sliver of students at the very top of the applicant pool. Along with many other scholarship recipients, 41 are 1823 Scholars—students with strong academic achievement and extraordinary personal character—and seven are Davis United World College Scholars, talented students from around the globe.

“This class is the most diverse in our history,” said Pérez. “We are working hard to make sure that our students engage in and out of the classroom with peers from all over the world, with different viewpoints, traditions, backgrounds, and cultures. That is not just good for Trinity, it’s good for the world.”

Trinity’s overall acceptance rate this year was 33 percent. For the third year in a row, the yield rate—the percentage of students who said yes to Trinity’s offer of admission—was 30 percent. The precise enrollment—at Trinity and at most colleges—is expected to shift some over the next several weeks as students decide to take gap years or change their plans, a phenomenon known throughout higher education as “summer melt.”

In Trinity’s third year as a test-optional institution, 49 percent of students who applied chose not to submit standardized test scores, which, research has shown, aren’t nearly as strong a predictor of success in college as are high school grades. In addition to assessing students’ academic performance, the rigor of their courses of study, and their sustained extracurricular involvement, Trinity also evaluates students on a set of noncognitive traits that research has shown predict success in college, including grit, optimism, persistence, a willingness to take risks, and an ability to overcome adversity. Students also are asked to submit with their applications an essay expressing their specific interest in studying and engaging with the liberal arts in an urban setting.

“We are incredibly proud of the excellence and diversity of the Class of 2022,” said Pérez. “In this challenging and extremely competitive landscape—as the number of college-going students in the U.S. declines overall and especially in New England, and as families contend with the significant cost of higher education—we also are gratified that more and more people in our country and around the world recognize the value of a Trinity liberal arts education.”