Who is a transfer student?
Applicants who have matriculated at another collegiate institution, regardless of completed work, are considered transfer candidates. Applicants who have not matriculated at another collegiate institution but have accumulated a minimum of four (4) completed full-credit courses (or the equivalent) are generally considered transfer candidates.
How early in my college career can I transfer to Trinity College?
You may apply to transfer as early as your first semester in college.
How late in my college career can I transfer to Trinity College?
Transfer students must spend at least two years at Trinity College, and students may enter the college as late as their junior year.
Does the process for reviewing transfer applicants differ from the one used for first-year applicants? How do I apply to Trinity College?
We review transfer applicants and first-year applicants in the same fashion; however, the required materials differ. We accept the Common Application for Transfer Students, along with additional application materials found here. The college uses a holistic approach to student admissions with emphasis placed on academic records, recommendation letters, leadership positions, work history, involvement in school and community activities, and other characteristics that predict success.
Does Trinity require transfer applicants to submit standardized test results?
As of fall 2015, Trinity College does not require the SAT or ACT for students applying for admission, including transfer applicants. 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 admissions committee makes no assumptions as to why some students choose to submit scores while others don’t.
How can I increase my chances of acceptance as a transfer applicant?
We are looking for students who challenge themselves inside and outside of the classroom. We also evaluate demonstrated interest, and we encourage applicants to interview with us in-person or online. The Trinity community is composed of individuals who consider themselves lifelong learners, and hopes to see similar characteristics present in the applications that we review.
Do you allow transfer applicants to interview, and if so, how can I prepare for this?
Interviews for transfer applicants are an optional, but highly recommended aspect of the application process. An interview provides an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you might have while also helping us get to know you beyond your transcript and other application materials. To learn more about interviews, please visit our interview page.
When can I expect to receive an admission decision?
Our transfer admissions cycle is rolling, and applicants are encouraged to check the status of their application through their Trinity Applicant Status Page.
Do you offer financial aid for transfer students?
Need-based financial aid is available for transfer students. Trinity is committed to meeting 100% of calculated need. If you’re applying for fall admission, the deadline to submit financial aid documents is March 15. If you’re applying for spring admission, the deadline to submit financial aid documents is November 1.
What resources do you have available to help transfer students adjust to life at Trinity?
Trinity has a dedicated Transfer Student Orientation, which typically takes place at the same time as our First-Year Orientation. We also encourage students to attend our Activities Fair which occurs during the first week of September. The fair includes over 140 student clubs and organizations with representatives on hand to help new students get involved. Information about these opportunities can be found on our Student Life page.
Is on-campus housing available for transfer students?
Yes, transfer students have the opportunity to live on campus. More information about the residential experience at Trinity can be found here.
Are students allowed to have cars on campus?
Yes, students are able to keep a personal vehicle on campus after their freshman year at the college. More information about vehicle registration can be found here.
What study away opportunities are available for transfer students?
There are a number of study away opportunities available for Trinity students. Early planning will be crucial to a successful study away experience, and our team in the Office of Study Away is here to help. More information can be found here.