Applying to college is an important moment. We're here to guide you through the application process.
- Explore the breadth of our academic programs
- Take advantage of our urban location and global outreach
- Contribute positively to our college community
A $65 application fee is required, and must be submitted online through the Common Application site.
Trinity College will waive the application fee for first-generation college students. This applies to both domestic and international students. Students applying to Trinity simply need to click the fee waiver box on the Common Application and then click the box that reads “I am a first-generation college student.”
|Admissions Option||Application Deadline||Notification By|
|Early Decision I||November 15||Mid-December|
|Early Decision II||January 15||Mid-February|
|Regular Decision||January 15||Late March|
|January Start (J-Start 2022)||January 15||Late March|
Secondary School Requirements
Trinity requires a diploma from and certification by an accredited secondary school or a GED. 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.
As of August 2020, in an effort to create more opportunities for students to complete applications to Trinity, we will require only one academic recommendation as part of the application file. Our goal is to learn more from this letter of recommendation about who a student is in the classroom. Any insight that can be shared related to classroom engagement will be helpful. Recommendations from school counselors, high school teachers, and community-based organizations are encouraged. We will accept additional recommendations (up to 3 total recommendations), but we will not penalize students who do not submit additional recommendations. Read more about our examination of different factors that influence our overall admissions decisions.
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 more than half of the planet’s people 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: “Engage. Connect. Transform. As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.” Keeping the three pillars of the mission in mind, how do you see yourself contributing to the Trinity community?
As of fall 2015, Trinity College does not require the SAT or ACT for all students applying for admission, including transfer applicants. In keeping with its commitment to a student-centered and thoughtful approach to admissions evaluation, Trinity College has developed a highly personalized process that allows the readers of your file to get to know you not just for your grades and curriculum, but for who you really are. The admissions committee will personally review your application to determine your academic preparation, the level and quality of your extracurricular activities and your potential fit with our community. The college uses a holistic approach to student admissions with emphasis placed on high school transcripts, recommendation letters, leadership positions, work history, involvement in school and community activities, and other characteristics that predict success. 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 admission committee makes no assumptions as to why some students choose to submit scores while others don’t. All students are given equal consideration in the admission process. Students admitted to the Class of 2021 who chose to submit standardized test scores earned an average SAT score of 1380 and an average ACT score of 31.
The Trinity College ACT code is 0598 and our CEEB code is 3899.
International students may need to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting their results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the Duolingo English Test. We require the IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo English Test from students whose native language is not English and/or who have not studied for at least three years at a high school for which English is the language of instruction.
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. Learn more about Trinity’s Honor Code.