Trinity College Admits 225 to Class of 2022 in First Round of Early Decision

New Initiative Awards Four-Year Financial Aid Packages to Lowest-Income Students

Hartford, Connecticut, December 15, 2017 – The first 225 members of the Class of 2022 received notification of their acceptance to Trinity College on Thursday evening, December 14, as the first round of early decisions (ED1) was released by the college’s admissions team.

“These students are truly impressive,” Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success Angel B. Pérez said of the students selected from among ED1 applicants. “We are inspired not only by their academic quality, but also by their personal character and determination to succeed—characteristics Trinity has long valued in both its students and alumni,” he said. “The Trinity community will be very proud to have these students join us next fall.” 

Additionally, beginning with the Class of 2022, Trinity is launching a new financial aid initiative for its lowest-income students as part of the college’s commitment to improving access and affordability in higher education. Any student who is Pell-eligible and whose family has an adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less will be presented with a four-year financial aid package, with first-year financial aid accompanied by estimates for future years. This award will outline their costs, scholarships, and grants for the entire four years, and remove the barrier of submitting multiple complex financial aid forms each year. “Our goal is to remove the anxiety, confusion, and complexity from a process that discourages low-income students from applying to and persisting at institutions of higher education,” said Pérez.

Among the ED1 admitted students are a Model United Nations Club president, a guitarist for a Hard Rock Cafe, a top scholar-athlete from Hartford, and a student who founded her school’s LGBTQ Club.

Of the admitted students, 43 percent are women and 57 percent are men. American students of color, including multi-ethnic students, are 19 percent of the ED1 admits. Forty-eight percent are from New England, 52 percent come from outside New England, and eight percent are international students. Fourteen percent of the ED1 admits are first-generation college students, and 14—about 6 percent—are legacies, students who are children or grandchildren of Trinity alumni.

There also are 20 Posse Scholars from New York and Chicago. Twelve community-based college-access organizations are represented among the group, including Bottom Line, Hartford Youth Scholars, HEAF, Minds Matter, Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools, SEO Scholars, and others.

Since October 2015, Trinity has no longer required SAT or ACT scores for admission, and 59 percent of the Class of 2022 ED1 admitted students chose not to submit standardized test scores.

ED applicants, who have named Trinity as their first-choice college and affirm their commitment to attend if admitted, apply to Trinity in two rounds. The ED1 deadline was November 15, 2017, and the ED2 deadline is January 1, 2018; ED2 decisions will be released mid-February. Regular decision applicants have a deadline of January 1, 2018, and will receive notification of Trinity’s admission decision in late March.