Applications for the Class of 2026 are now open.
Early Decision I and Early Action applications are due November 1.
Early Decision II and Regular Decision applications are due February 1.
Apply to Trinity as a first-year student if you:
are a high school senior, even if you may have taken college coursework while still in high school.
have never attended college, but you have graduated or earned your GED.
First-Year Application Deadlines
|Decision Deadline||Application Due||Notification from Trinity||Deposit Due|
|Early Decision I||November 1||December 1||February 1|
|Early Action||November 1||December 15||May 1|
|Early Decision II||February 1||February 15||March 1|
|Regular Decision||February 1||March 15||May 1|
Which application deadline is right for me?
Apply Early, Know Early
Admitted students make a commitment to enroll at Trinity using a binding, early decision option.
Early Action and Regular Decision
Commitment issues? No problem.
Early action or regular decision applicants aren’t bound to attend Trinity, but receive notifications at later dates.
As a highly selective institution, Trinity strives to develop a complete picture of all applicants and what they may bring to campus. When the Trinity University Admissions Committee evaluates candidates, they assess these main areas:
A student’s grade point average, the rigor of their courses, and the diversity of their curriculum are all important considerations for admission. Particular notice is given to those who take honors, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate courses, if their school offers them.
The Office of Admissions recalculates each applicant's GPA using a standardized un-weighted scale to compensate for discrepancies in grading scales among different high schools.
We recommend that first-year applicants complete the following courses:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of mathematics (including either trigonometry or pre-calculus)
- 3 years of science (at least 2 years of laboratory science)
- 3 years of social science
- 2 years of the same foreign language
Applicants should address their chosen essay topic as completely as possible, taking time to carefully craft a thoughtful response. All writing should be spell-checked, and it is highly recommended that it also be proofread by at least one other person.
When using the Common Application, the ApplyTexas Application, or the Coalition Application, the same essay may be submitted to multiple institutions.
Trinity is a place where students can take advantage of vast opportunities, and we're seeking candidates who will add to our active campus community. The Admissions Committee considers information about extracurricular involvement, paying special attention to activities in which an applicant has been active for a number of years or has gained leadership experience.
Applicants are encouraged to share any information about activities that are related to school, community, family, or church; part- or full-time jobs; and accomplishments and awards.
Recommendations from guidance counselors and teachers help the Committee learn more about each student's personality and character. They also provide a place to address special explanations about the applicant's academic performance, as well as provide a more complete picture of each candidate as a person and scholar. Counselors and teachers can also provide context when reviewing a student’s academic record with respect to the school they attend.
Standardized Test Scores (Optional)
With high school students suddenly unable to take the standardized tests required by many colleges and universities due to cancellations in test dates, Trinity University has introduced a test-optional policy for all first-year applicants in Fall 2021, Fall 2022, and Fall 2023. Applicants will no longer be required to submit any standardized test results to the Office of Admissions.
Trinity will continue to review and consider test scores for those applicants who want to submit them, but any applicant can also choose to be evaluated only on high school grades, curriculum rigor, essays, recommendation letters, achievements, interviews, and contributions to their school and community.
Trinity accepts scores from either the SAT or ACT standardized tests. Trinity will super score standardized test scores by taking the best subtest score and creating a new composite score regardless of test date.
Admitted Class of 2024:
- HS GPA Average unweighted (academic solids): 3.7
- ACT Middle 50%: 29-33
- SAT Middle 50%: 1310-1470
We also consider a student’s personal engagement with Trinity throughout the application process. We feel that a campus visit or interview (whether in-person, by phone, or via a video call) with an admissions counselor is the best way to determine if Trinity is a good fit for your college experience. For more information, reach out to your admissions counselor.
Trinity University accepts the Common Application, the ApplyTexas Application, and the Coalition Application.
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Class of 2025 Admissions Profile
As of June 1, 2021
Middle 50% of Admitted Students
Trinity University Student Profile
2,512 Undergraduate Students
173 Graduate Students
9:1 Student/Faculty Ratio
80% pursue internships or undergraduate research
25% involved in Fine Arts
The Office of Admissions is excited to connect with you and learn more about your college search.
We encourage you to register for one of our virtual visit options, or get in touch directly with one of our admissions counselors. We can't wait to meet you in person, online, or over the phone!
Contact Your Admissions Counselor
We are excited to answer your questions about the first-year application process.
Brad Durschlag ’99
Associate Director for Dallas/Ft. Worth Recruitment
Dallas & Fort Worth Metroplex, Oklahoma
Hillary Everts ’14
Assistant Director of Admissions
Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas (San Antonio), and Transfer Students
Nicole Fratto-Olyer '13
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern California, Utah, Wyoming, and Legacy Students and Families
Kindel Hollis '07
Associate Director and Coordinator for International Admissions
Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), Africa (East, Central and South), Asia (East, Central, and South East), Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Oceania, and International Students studying in the U.S.
Michaela Knipp ’16
Assistant Director of Admissions
Colorado, Southern United States (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee), Texas (Austin)
Juan Perez '11
Associate Director of Admissions
Oregon, Washington, Africa (North and West), Latin America (Central and South America), Mexico, the Middle East, and South Asia (including India)
Director of Admissions for Houston Recruitment
Houston (West, Central, and North Houston)
Elena Wilson '17
Assistant Director & Coordinator of Athletic Recruitment
Students I work With: Alaska, Hawaii, Southern California, Texas (Austin), and Student-Athletes
Sarah Yaccino ’16, M’18
Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas (Beaumont, East Texas, San Antonio, South Texas, and Waco), and Wisconsin
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