Trinity College Admits 1,691 Regular Decision Applicants to Class of 2021

Class Defined by Academic Strength, Organizational Partnerships, Extraordinary Character

​Hartford, Connecticut, March 24, 2017 – Trinity College’s Office of Enrollment and Student Success released admissions decisions to regular decision applicants for the Class of 2021 on Thursday evening. From the strongest applicant pool in the College’s history, Trinity admitted 1,691 students from 38 countries and 41 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The admitted students of the Class of 2021 are setting records. They include the highest number of students of color in Trinity’s history. Additionally, the class is geographically diverse, with 60 percent of admitted students coming from outside New England (a record high for the College) and 12 percent of students coming from outside the United States. Closer to home, the College is admitting 10 students from public schools in Hartford, all of whom are receiving full scholarships to Trinity. Admissions staff surprised three of them during a Thursday morning visit to Global Communications Academy.

Many of the students in the class represent affiliations with more than 50 community-based college-access organizations, including A Better Chance, Upward Bound, the Schuler Scholar Program (Chicago), Say Yes to Education, Prep for Prep, Rainier Scholars (Seattle), EMERGE (Houston), New Jersey SEEDS, SEO Scholars, Hartford Promise, and many others.

“These varied perspectives will enrich our campus in so many ways,” said Angel B. Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success. “The extraordinary variety of experiences, backgrounds, and points of view in the Class of 2021 are the perfect complement to Trinity’s liberal arts education and urban setting.”

In Trinity’s second year as a test-optional institution, 37 percent of applicants chose to apply without submitting standardized test scores. Trinity continues its commitment to admitting students based on various predictors of success: the strength of their performance in high school, rigorous programs of study, sustained extracurricular involvement, and outstanding personal character.

“I was so inspired reading the applications of these students, who are so personally and academically accomplished,” said Pérez. “With all of the challenges our world faces today, these students give me optimism and renew my faith in the future. I have no doubt that in addition to being the strongest class in Trinity’s history, these students are the next generation’s great leaders and problem solvers.”

​Three Hartford students who were admitted to Trinity College with full scholarships were surprised by Trinity admissions staff and the Bantam mascot at their school on Thursday.
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Among the admitted class are Presidential Scholars, Kelter Scholars, Tozer Scholars, Davis United World College Scholars, and 1823 Scholars. Joining them are a select group of students in the new Trinity College Global Scholars Program, which invites and supports exceptional international students to embark on internship, leadership, and other career development experiences in Hartford and around the world.

These scholarship programs are a result of the recent alignment of Trinity’s enrollment offices with the Career Development Center and a newly established Office of Student Success, aimed at helping students find their way to and through Trinity and into their careers after graduation. In addition to leading the College’s scholarship programs, the Office of Student Success serves as a resource for all Trinity students seeking to chart a strategic path through their undergraduate experience.

The regular decision admitted students will join Bantams admitted through two rounds of Early Decision and students who will arrive at Trinity after being admitted to the Class of 2020 and completing a gap year. In all, Trinity College received 6,098 applications for admission and admitted 32 percent of applicants.

“While our applicant pool was slightly larger than last year, our selectivity is not how we measure the quality of an incoming class,” said Pérez. “Our goal has always been to recruit the strongest students most interested in engaging in our community. By that standard, the Class of 2021 is poised to be nothing short of extraordinary.”