Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Percent Women: 48%
Tuition (one year): $49,056
Most Popular Majors: Political Science and Economics
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 31%
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Why Choose Trinity College?
"Trinity’s campus just felt like such a classic college campus to me with its welcoming quad and beautiful architecture. The students at the school seemed well balanced in terms of academics and the social scene. People really do care as much about getting good grades and learning new things as they care about having fun."
"The campus is gorgeous. Our chapel is the number one image uploaded multiple times to Instagram for the average Trinity student. The size of the school was the perfect fit for me because I wanted to be able to see people I knew between classes. At the Division III level I could play lacrosse and still get an amazing education."
"My sister went to Trinity and was a junior while I was looking at Trinity. I had visited with her many times and felt really at home here. I had experienced and enjoyed the nightlife and my many visits for homecoming. I knew I liked the proximity of the school to my home in New York. I didn’t know much about what I would ultimately major/minor in but I knew either way I’d get a great education. I was also interested in their Rome study abroad program and recently I returned from the program last Decemeber."
"I chose Trinity because I had gone to a boarding school for all four years of high school and was looking for a similar atmosphere and a liberal arts education. I was drawn to its smaller size and cross-curriculum majors."
"Trinity has some of the best and most well-known campus events throughout the entire New England region. Every October, Trinity's Psi U fraternity hosts an outdoor concert called Tropical in which they fill their entire backyard with sand and set up a large stage where popular music artists perform. In the past, they've invited artists such as Hook n Sling, Hyypercrush and Wild Boyz. In the Spring, Trinity's entertainment committee hosts Spring Weekend- it's essentially a three day party / concert combination, intermixed with day drinking on the main quad."
"Trinity's academic advisors are pretty flexible when it comes to choosing a major or concentration within a major, especially if you have a very specific interest you would like to study. For example, I knew going into Trinity that I wanted to study media, specifically visual media, and through the American Studies Major I was able to create my own concentration based on my interests. Also, Trinity's events, especially Tropical and Spring Weekend, are known throughout the New England area. Both bring in big-name musical artists, like The Chainsmokers and Alesso, to perform for at least 2 hours. It's always a good time."
"Not to sound nerdy but the library is A+. It is brand new with tons of natural lighting and enough seating for every student to have a seat. "
"As a student here I love the small Trinity community. I couldn’t imagine going to a bigger school or a different school. I loved homecoming ever since my first visit as a sophomore in high school; seeing alumnae, parents, and whole community coming out for tailgates and the athletic events makes you appreciate the Trinity network. "
"I’ve definitely found that the social scene at Trinity can be incredibly cliquey. I’m not sure what causes this behavior but, at least within the lower grades, there always seems to be some sort of a hierarchy which often revolves around greek life."
"The worst part about going to Trinity is how claustrophobic you can get staying on campus or in such a small community. Sometimes you just want to get out of the bubble and drive off campus for day. There is a stigma about Trinity as a stuck up party-school, which is something I wish people didn’t always mention when I tell them I go to Trinity. "
"I think the worst part about Trinity is its social scene. As previously mentioned, Trinity is on its way to dissolving the Greek system on campus, and while this is intended to help the social situation, I think it will only make it that much more exclusive than it already is. In my opinion, Trinity should have more Greek life - like large universities, where every student is able to find a place they feel comfortable. Additionally, I think Trinity needs to be more diverse. As of now, the majority of Trinity's campus is of the same demographic, which makes for a relatively boring discussion in the classroom, as most students have the same views and opinions."
"The social scene at Trinity has been one of the institution's main concerns for quite a while now. The greek system and its existence has been up for much debate in the past two years, especially. The dining options are also a little sad."
"I think the gym could definitely use some improvements, like a spin class or something of that sort."
"Some things Trinity really needs to improve are the parking throughout campus, as well as the variety of food offered. One thing I do not like about being a Trinity College student is where the campus is located and how open it is."
New Collegiette On Campus
"Being a first year on campus is great, although it can be hectic at times. There is separate housing and orientation for freshman lasts six days. Trinity offers several pre-orientation events, such Venture Trinity a women’s leadership conference and Quest, a backpacking and hiking trip in the Appalachian Mountains. It is very easy for freshman to get to know upper-classman, although freshmen usually stick together. Traditions for freshman entail a Matriculation and Convocation ceremony."
"My freshman year was great but stressful at times because you’re just getting used to a new environment and finding your place at Trinity. I lived in a dorm of sophomores and freshmen. I was assigned to a room with 3 other girls in quad. I bonded with my roommates and loved them but it would have been great to have our quad in a solely freshman dorm. The bonds people have from their freshman-only housing are something that I wish our dorm had. Orientation was a lot of “getting to know you” games, dinners, and breakfasts. We also had dorm meetings to get to know the freshmen in our dorm. It was definitely helpful; I met some of my best friends during that time. Trinity offers a nature retreat called Quest. A lot of people do it, love it, and eventually become counselors for the trip. By going out on weekends I met a lot of upperclassmen, but it’s also common to meet upperclassmen through classes and getting involved in something on campus. There aren’t any traditions for freshmen; however, they are more motivated to go to events and take-on all opportunities."
"There is separate first year housing on campus, which I definitely liked. It's nice to be able to bond with the people in your grade and really get to know them. Orientation was only a few days long, and it entails awkward get-to-know-you games within your dorm, safety tips/procedures, and a welcoming ceremony from President Jones. I think it is pretty easy to get to know upperclassmen at Trinity, especially because it is so small. Plus, classes are mixed between grades so you're always interacting with older students."
"Since I transferred to Trinity my sophomore year, I didn’t experience the freshman year experience firsthand, but I’ve heard and witnessed enough to know that freshmen are very well accommodated. Almost all freshmen are placed in one of the freshmen dorms on campus, so they are surrounded by other first year students. Many of my friends are still close with people that they met in their freshmen seminars, so it seems like they are well designed to create connections between new students."
All About Academics
"Among my friends, the most popular majors are psychology and art history, but other majors like economics and English are very popular as well among Trinity students. All students have general requirements to fulfill, but each major designs their own requirements to fulfill that major, which usually requires a thesis or senior seminar during senior year. People definitely take advantage of the library and it always offers 24 hour zones for those students pulling all nighters. "
"The workload is manageable, but can become hectic at times. Some majors, are required to write a thesis, however others, such as science classes are not. Course registration and is generally pretty easy, if I you are anything but a freshman. It is also easy to fulfill general academic and graduation requirements. Most people study in either the library or one of the two student run coffee houses we have on campus."
"I’m and art history major and creative writing minor. The workload differs between majors but overall all major including mine require a lot of work day-to-day especially readings. You are not required to write a thesis in the art history department but you do have to take a comprehensive exam if you choose not to dive into thesis writing. For art history you need a 3.5 GPA to write a thesis. The first years get a freshman advisor and seminar. They guide you unitl sophomore year when you have declared your major(s) the fall/spring of your sophomore year. You declare your major with an advisor you’re your department and that is who you work with for the rest of the time at Trinity. Course registration is stressful, rising seniors (so, juniors) get to register first and freshman last. You have to be wide-awake and reading to click the enroll button at 7am. Freshman year, was the worst, all my classes were taken but once I started emailing professors and getting on wait-lists everything worked out. People don’t spend a lot of their time in the library unless it’s midterms/ finals time—people are flooding the library when they have that final test coming up or paper due. I find the library to be one of the only places where I can actually concentrate so I am there most week nights. Alternatives are dorm common rooms, individual dorm rooms, in the Vernon Social Center, etc. "
"It is not very easy to get into the classes you want to take as a first year because Trinity likes to keep their classes small but it is very easy to fulfill your general distribution requirements. If you are not a science person, they have easy electives like a course on toxicology that fulfills the natural sciences requirement. "
"The workload, at least in my experience, has always been extremely manageable. The two most popular majors are usually Political Science and Economics. You're paired with an advisor during your first year seminar, but if you find that you really click with another professor then you should definitely switch. A good advisor is really just someone you admire, trust, and feel that they know you and could lead you towards the best academic path. Class registration is always a nightmare but luckily the add/drop period provides enough leniency that students normally get all the classes they initially wanted. The library is definitely where the most work gets done. It's usually most crowded between 1-4 in the afternoon and then later from around 6-10 at night."
Learn From the Best
"Two of my favorite professors has been Professor Jocelyn Cullity for Creative Writing and Professor Carol Clark for Economics. Classes are small so you get to interact with your professors both in the classroom and outside of it during office hours. "
"By senior year, classes for majors are much smaller and often, students have taken multiple classes with their professors and with other students in their classes. Because of this, students are more comfortable in class and professors are more accessible to the students. Although I love all of my psychology classes (I’m a psych major!), I like to try something new each semester if I am able to. For example, I am taking my first religion class this semester, which is my last semester of school, and am really enjoying it. It’s important to take advantage of all of the school’s offerings in order to expand your realm of knowledge as much as possible!"
"My favorite professor on campus is Professor Stefanie Chambers of the Political Science Department. Professors are very nice and accommodating to students needs and concerns. My favorite classes have been American National Government and Psychology. Most students do go to offices for any questions or concerns they may have."
"Classes are generally pretty small, unless it's a seminar class. You’l find smaller classes in discussion-based disciplines like American Studies, English or History. I, personally, love the professors who really push their students to think and to be responsible for digesting their work. That being said, they're not always the easiest, but they're most worthwhile. I think Professor Hager and Professor Bilston of the English Department are both amazing, as well as Professor Bellesiles in American Studies, and Chambers and Maxwell in Political Science."
"I really enjoyed my Modern Russia class with Professor Kassow. He is a very animated speaker and makes you interested in learning more on the subject. Some of my favorite classes have been those focusing on History, English, and History. The majority of professors have very good reputations. Office hours are always helpful and students are encouraged to take full advantage of them."
Interests & Involvement
"Sports play a major role in Trinity’s community. If not on the school’s official team, club sports are also offered for students interested. There are plenty other clubs as well that appeal to just about any interest, such as community service clubs and acapella groups."
"We have activities fairs twice a year to inform the student body about the available clubs and organizations on campus."
"Most students are involved in extracurricular and/or clubs on campus, which are advertised both around the campus and through social media. Some of the most popular clubs are Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and Biology Club. I have enjoyed being an active member on campus in many clubs. It is a very easy process to start your own club here on campus."
"Most people participate in at least one extracurricular or club. To be honest, there are so many that it's almost sad if one does not participate in something. It also suggests that you have zero interests in life. Clubs are not embarrassing here, or seen as "un-cool," and almost everyone participates in something. There's a club rally at the beginning of each semester to join; however, if you find out about a club mid-semester most will let you join then. The most popular clubs are TC Barnyard (the social committee), A'capella groups, and club sports."
"Soccer and football seem to be the sports that receive the most attention. During soccer season, you’ll often pass through large crowds of onlookers on the lower longwalk. Football attracts a lot of attention as well, especially for the homecoming game."
"All Trinity teams are great but some games/matches are more fun to attend than others. Squash, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, and Hockey, just to name a few popular ones. Trinity students and alums always come back to support teams. I personally love going to squash matches, they’re entertaining and a lot of people come out to support them—it’s a good vibe. Being on team, there huge bond and they spend a lot of time together. A lot of students partake in some kind of athletic activity here."
"Our school has had a traditionally undefeated football team and our men’s squash team held the longest winning streak in the history of the United States of varsity intercollegiate sports, 252 matches."
"Our school actually does have well-known sports teams. We have, especially recently, built up our school's athletic reputation. Our squash team is typically number 1 in the country. Our women's lacrosse team has made it to DIII championships three years in a row now, and our Men's hockey team just won NESCACS. The sporting events are very popular, most everyone goes on saturdays. There are many club sports at Trinity; the club lacrosse teams are especially popular. For the most part, there isn't a separate athlete culture."
"There is certainly an unwritten dress code among the girls on campus. Every other girl you pass will be wearing LL Bean boots or Fryes and a J.Crew sweater. With a fairly equal ratio of girls to guys on campus, I personally haven’t run into to many, if any, issues with gender."
"Girls at Trinity are generally preppy, but there are a variety of styles seen on campus. There are numerous women-oriented programs offered here that empower and encourage women. The gender ratio is pretty even, so there are really no complaints!"
"Girls at Trinity wear similar clothing items and carry the same bags. You can tell there are some Trinity trends here that also get a lot of criticism. As far as academic environments, female students have a presence in class; they don’t sit back and let the guys run the show. "
"Personally, I tend to feel very strongly about gender issues, and I think being at Trinity has only opened my eyes and made me more perceptive to them. The school was originally all-male, and, unfortunately, that particular ‘boy’s club’ feel still pervades the campus. There’s definitely a heavy androcentric atmosphere, and I think the current greek system really only perpetuates it. Given that Frats control the social scene, a girl’s entire night could be determined on whether or not a brother decides to admit her into a basement or not. Women don’t receive the respect they should and aren’t taken as seriously as their male counterparts, by their male counterparts. It’s really quite frustrating because it seems as if it’s something that’s been so long engraved in the institution, that it’s unlikely it’d soon or ever really change. And while Trinity does have a gender studies program, the classes aren’t the most popular and those who take them aren’t those who are attributing to the patriarchal vibe. I think my opinion, however, is little held by other women at Trinity, or if it is, they rarely express it because it’s an unpopular view. Personally, I would love to hold a feminism seminar to explain that the term’s negative connotations are misguided. As for dress, think Lilly Pulitzer catalogue in the Spring and J. Crew catalogue in the Fall and Winter- complete with Barbour coats, Longchamps and riding boots. "
"Honestly, it's not easy being a woman at Trinity. Trinity was originally an all-male school and the tradition of patriarchy and androcentrism still plagues its campus. I think the main reason it has lasted so long is mainly due to the power of the frats at Trinity. The frats control the entire social scene, which, unfortunately, places most of the power in male hands at all times. While most would argue that Trinity has its own sort of uniform which can be bought in a J.Crew or Vineyard Vines catalogue, many women wear whatever they want, which is quite comforting and liberating. There is a strong women's studies major at Trinity; however, there is also a negative stigma about being in the major. Most share the archaic opinion that being a feminist is a bad thing… It's actually quite sad and close-minded."
Food & Drink
"On campus we have three dining halls: Mather Hall, The Cave, and The Bistro. Generally the food is pretty good, although it can become repetitive. My favorite place to eat on campus is The Bistro. Most people do not go to the dining hall all four years and it is not that easy to access a kitchen. People get very excited for pancakes, as well as steak and salmon night. There are restaurants close by that will deliver to campus."
"Our campus has 3 dining halls - Mather, the Bistro, and the Cave. The food is awful in all three in my opinion, but most think that the Bistro is good. Luckily, most nice restraunts around Hartford deliver or do take-out. There are also two Whole Foods in West Hartford, which is just a short drive away."
"Personally, I am not a fan of the food but there is certainly a variety of options. Only seniors can be off the meal plan because they are most likely to live in a dorm with a kitchen. Many students order food to be delivered or drive downtown to get nicer meals."
"We have one main dining hall then two other smaller places that are not on the traditional meal plan. There is also a Goldberg’s on campus. In addition to these four places, we also have two coffee shops. The food is a solid B+. "
"The fraternity scene is a large part of Trinity’s nightlife. This tends to be an issue for guys that aren’t in Greek life because they have more trouble than girls when trying to get into a party at the frats. Students also go to bars downtown or to The Tap, which is directly on the outskirt of campus within walking distance."
"On the weekends most people go out to either dorm or fraternity/sorority parties. The frats seem to have the best and biggest social crowd. Alcohol and drug is prevalent on campus, but is not a problem. Alternative to drinking or going out can be found at either the Underground Coffeehouse or the Fred, a dorm that specializes in hosting non-exclusive and non-alcoholic events. Some people are more open to meeting new people than others, which can make the social scene sometimes more exclusive. Some people go to parties during the week on Wednesday or Thursday nights if they do not have class the next day. It is fairly easy to get around on campus at night; there is a shuttle that runs to late in the morning to bring students around."
"As mentioned before, the frats control the social scene at Trinity. Because Hartford isn't exactly the safest of places to go out in, most students stay on campus all weekend. Students in every grade attend the frat parties, but freshmen girls are the preferred attendees. Alcohol is the most prevalent on campus. It is very easy to get in Hartford, and most people willingly share alcohol. Drugs are unfortunately getting more and more prevalent by the years. In fact, Trinity has quite a large Coke scene right now, which is a big problem that the faculty are absolutely unaware of. While most people have their set of friends, everyone is surprisingly friendly at Trinity once you crack the social scene and its very easy to meet new people. The social scene at Trinity is definitely exclusive with those who party the most and most often sit at the top. Most people go out on Tuesdays or Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays."
"Dorms for freshman are above average, and housing ranges from singles, doubles, two-room doubles, triples, and single bedroom quads with a common area. You are able to pick a roommate, however if you don’t you are assigned based on a survey. Freshman dorms are mostly located in the central part of campus, however one dorm is located on the north side of campus. Freshmen are required to live in a dorm, however upperclassmen are not. It is popular to live off campus as an upperclassmen and dorms do hold bonding activities regularly. "
"The freshmen dorms are all essentially the same in size of rooms and roommate situation. Most are located in one consolidated area on campus, while one is on the opposite side of the campus. Dorms have plenty of security, so there is rarely an issue with that. People tend to live in dorms all 4 years due to the surrounding area, but some people rent houses on surrounding streets for their senior year."
"The dorms are very safe - all on-campus housing is pretty safe. The freshman dorms on campus are located in a cluster on the south side of campus right next to the main dining hall. After freshman year, you are not required to live in the dorms, but they are certainly the safest housing options. It is popular to live off-campus because many people have parties in their houses, but it's not the safest option."
"Dorms as of this year are really improving. There are now townhouses with amenities and brand-new everything. The houses vary in size; the biggest can house nine people. There are different housing options like substance free. All of the dorms are pretty different. For freshmen they now get assigned to dorms that used to be upperclassmen housing. As a freshman you are randomly assigned roommates. Most of the freshmen dorms are together but one is on the other side of campus on Vernon. Not everyone is required to live in a dorm past freshman year. Some students choose to live in the houses a street over from campus. Most students favor and love the new townhouses, Jarvis suites, and Vernon. The RAs organize events sometimes; I personally love when they order-in food in the common room."
"Most students spend all four years on campus, only about 10% end up living off campus. The housing has recently gotten a lot better with addition of brand new Townhouses. Popular dorms for non-freshman are the Townhouses, Summit Suites and Jarvis Hall. Freshman housing is pretty generic- not the worst dorms but could definitely be updated. You get to pick your roommate, but most people select to have them chosen at random. Housing is determined by the Housing Lottery which takes place every Spring. Most students get their first or second choice housing."
"The area around Trinity is not one to wander through. It is residential and a bit unsafe. Luckily, there is a beautiful town in West Hartford, which is about 15 minutes away, and a mall, which is also about 15 minutes away. If students do not have cars to get them to these places, the Trinity shuttle will take them there."
"I am sure many people have heard, Trinity isn’t surrounded by the best neighborhood in Hartford. I have had a bad experience and don’t mind the location too much. Trinity Restaurant is within walking distance. Students like to have birthdays/ big dinners etc. and you can BYOB! As I mentioned before, the Tap is a crosswalk away from campus and Black Bear is a bar downtown which takes about a 10 minute car ride to get to. There is some hostility from Trinity students toward the ‘locals’ because of car robberies, happenings on campus, or campus safety reports that make people feel unsafe about the environment around us. The city has some hidden gems, particularly great restaurants and nightlife. Students take part in off campus internships and they’re usually no more than a 30-minute drive off campus. "
"I like the different job and internship opportunities that Hartford has to offer especially over the summer, however I am not a fan of the crime that occurs. People do often go off campus for entertainment to either Blue Back Square in West Hartford or the West Farms Mall. "
"The Hartford area is rough. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. We do not explore it. West Hartford is great though for grabbing a bite to eat and for shopping. "
"The surrounding city of Hartford is not the safest, but students never feel threatened. If students want to get off campus for a bit, they will most likely make the ten minute drive to West Hartford which has a bustling social scene. The town of Hartford and Trinity have a good relationship and there are never any issues between the two. Most students do not take internships off-campus, but the option is always there."
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