Trinity University

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School Overview

Trinity University is an independent, private, mainly undergraduate liberal arts college that was founded in 1869. It is located in Midtown San Antonio, Texas, USA which is part of the Monte Vista Historic District which is next to Brackenridge Park. There are over 2,400 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students. In 2008-’09 it awarded 649 degrees. Trinity University offers 6 degree programs, 42 majors, 57 minors, and has been endowed with almost $1 billion.

The school is part of the Annapolis Group, made up of the leading independent national liberal arts colleges all of which share a commitment to education and liberal arts values. In addition, the school is also a member of the Associated Colleges of the South.

General Information

Admission Office
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
(210) 999-7207
(800) 874-6489
Fax: (210) 999-8164

Contact: Christopher Ellertson
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Main Address
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
(210) 999-7011

Total undergrads: 2,489
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 656
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,475
Graduate enrollment: 214

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 58%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 90%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 4,507
Percent Admitted: 61%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 23%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 570 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 590 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 570 (25th Percentile)
  • 670 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 25 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $25,022 $26,834 $28,452 $30,015 +5.49%
Books and Supplies $900 $950 $950 $950 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,115 $9,687 $9,760 $10,311 +5.65%
Other $1,500 $1,050 $1,050 $1,050 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $36,537 $38,521 $40,212 $42,326 +5.26%
In-state Off Campus $25,922 $27,784 $29,402 $30,965 +5.32%
In-state with Family $25,922 $27,784 $29,402 $30,965 +5.32%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $29,832
In-state Student Fees $18
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $29,832
Out-of-state Student Fees $18

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 589 90%
Grant or scholarship aid 556 85% $8,324,365 $14,972
• Federal grants 52 8% $343,208 $6,600
• Pell grants 52 8% $160,148 $3,080
• Other federal grants 52 8% $183,060 $3,520
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 126 19% $426,825 $3,388
Institutional scholarships or grants 556 85% $7,554,332 $13,587
Student loan financial aid 256 39% $2,530,370 $9,884
• Federal student loans 219 33% $1,158,909 $5,292
• Other student loans 190 29% $1,371,461 $7,218

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 764 110
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 22
East Asian Studies 2
European Studies/civilization 8
Latin American Studies 9
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 50
Biochemistry 12
Biology/biological Sciences, General 20
Neuroscience 18
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 197 25
Accounting 36 25
Business Administration and Management, General 22
Finance, General 58
International Business/trade/commerce 10
Management Science 21
Marketing/marketing Management, General 50
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 55
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 55
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 17
Computer and Information Sciences, General 17
Education 16 45
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 15
Elementary Education and Teaching 7 9
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching 6 3
Music Teacher Education 2 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 17
Engineering 29
Engineering Science 29
English Language and Literature/letters 57
English Language and Literature, General 46
Rhetoric and Composition 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 73
Ancient/classical Greek Language and Literature
Chinese Language and Literature 15
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 10
French Language and Literature 6
German Language and Literature 3
Latin Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 38
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 29
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management 29
History 31
History, General 31
Mathematics and Statistics 8
Mathematics, General 8
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General
Intercultural/multicultural and Diversity Studies
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Environmental Studies 3
Physical Sciences 18
Chemistry, General 5
Geology/earth Science, General 6
Physics, General 7
Psychology 21 11
Psychology, General 21
School Psychology 11
Social Sciences 131
Anthropology 8
Economics, General 39
International Economics 3
International Relations and Affairs 7
Political Science and Government, General 54
Sociology 14
Urban Studies/affairs 6
Visual and Performing Arts 36
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 11
Art/art Studies, General 12
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 6
Music Performance, General 2
Music Theory and Composition 2
Music, General 1
Voice and Opera 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Elementary Education B


Engineering Science B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
French B
German B
Russian B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Trinity University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(210) 999-7011
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address:One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:2,466
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):82%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:2,452 (99% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$39,560
Out-of-state Tuition:$39,560
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$24,049

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Trinity University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Trinity University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies5
Biological and Biomedical Sciences3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services71
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
English Language and Literature/Letters2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics8
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Mathematics and Statistics2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences3
Social Sciences7
Visual and Performing Arts7
Grand total608

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Trinity University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Trinity University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid58798%
Grant or scholarship aid58096%$24,049
Student loan aid24140%$9,197

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,08193%$22,938
Federal student loans79235%$6,795

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Trinity University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Trinity University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants7,2553,3513,904
Percent admitted100%40%41%
Percent admitted who enrolled9%9%9%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Trinity University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment2,466
Undergraduate enrollment2,298
Graduate enrollment168

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Trinity University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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