How to Apply

Criteria and Requirements

The first-year class is limited to about 575 men and women, and is drawn from a careful review of more than 6,000 individually considered applications each year.

Trinity looks for the personal strengths and qualities that distinguish a student from other candidates. Generally speaking, we are looking for students who will:

  • explore the breadth of our academic programs
  • take advantage of our urban location
  • contribute positively to our college community

Applicants are judged on:

  • Academic performance and potential
  • Accomplishments within their schools and communities
  • Qualities of character and personality

The Common application and required essay for Trinity College, the school record, and the recommendations from school counselors and teachers are carefully considered by the Office of Admissions. 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. We require the IELTS or TOEFL 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. Applicants should be well prepared for Trinity's academic work, and desirous and capable of contributing to campus and community activities.

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