Data at Your Fingertips
The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE) presents institutional data in accessible and meaningful ways and provides prompt, accurate responses to all requests for information. We are committed to maintaining high standards of data integrity and security at all times.
So what do we do?
- Ensure compliance with all accreditation requirements
- Facilitate recurring assessment processes
- Collect and distribute qualitative and quantitative data
- Provide data collection tools and consultation services
- Analyze institutional data obtained from myriad sources
- Oversee data governance and standardization efforts
- Communicate relevant data to various audiences
Student body enrollment data:
New Full Time First-Year Degree Seeking Students
Percentage Male: 45%
Percentage Underrepresented: 50%
Average SAT Score: 1398
Average ACT Score: 31.4
Percentage Federal Pell Grant Recipients: 19%
The Trinity University Factbook provides statistical institutional information.
Common Data Sets
The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report. CDS reports display standardized Trinity statistics for year over year comparisons.
External Data Sources
- Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS)
The IPEDS is a system of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education.
- National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle is an academic source of news information. You can receive free access by registering for an account.
- Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS)
This consortium of 129 private liberal arts institutions shares data in a collaborative manner for the betterment of its members.
- US News and World Report
The US News and World Report publication produces an annual “College Rankings” list widely consulted by prospective students.
Student Achievement and Success
Retention and Graduation Rates
Trinity's Retention Committee has identified acceptable, preferred, and ideal retention and graduation rates based on comparisons with reference institutions. Trinity’s ideal, preferred, and acceptable retention and graduation rates are identified using multiple regression. For each cohort, a model is developed that uses characteristics of reference institutions to predict retention and graduation rates at Trinity. The resulting prediction is our preferred value, while the ideal and acceptable values are the upper and lower limits of the 95% prediction interval around each preferred value.
Figure 1: First to Second Year Retention Rate Targets and Actuals for First-Time Bachelor’s Degree-Seeking Undergraduates by Cohort Year
Among first-time bachelor’s degree-seeking students who started at Trinity in 2021, 91% were retained to the second year. Since 2017, Trinity’s retention rate from first to second year has exceeded the preferred retention rate, ranging from 89% to 92% with an average of 91%.
Figure 2: Bachelor’s Degree Graduation Rate Targets and Actuals for Full-Time, First-Time, Bachelor’s Degree-Seeking Undergraduates within 6 Years by Cohort Year
For the last 5 cohorts of bachelor’s degree-seeking full-time, first-time students (2012-2016), Trinity’s six-year graduation rate has been below the preferred level but above the acceptable level, with a range of 76% to 80% and an average of 78%.
Trinity University participates annually in the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First-Destination Survey, which tracks the activities of college graduates within six months of graduation.
The First-Destination Survey provides a Career Outcomes rate, which represents the number of graduates who are employed, in volunteer or military service, or enrolled in further education divided by the number of graduates for whom an outcome is known who did not indicate that they are not seeking employment or further education. In addition, the First-Destination Survey provides a Knowledge rate, which represents the percentage of graduates for whom an outcome is known.
Trinity has identified acceptable and preferred Career Outcome and Knowledge rates based on comparisons with other institutions. The preferred values represent the rates at institutions classified as “Baccalaureate Arts & Sciences” by the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education. The acceptable values represent the rates of all graduates who earned bachelor’s degrees regardless of institution type.
Figure 3: Career Outcome Rate Targets and Actuals by Graduation Year
At this time, data is only available for 2020 and 2021 graduates. For the last two years, Trinity’s Career Outcome rate has been higher than the acceptable rate, and in 2021, Trinity’s rate was 98%, which is above the preferred rate of 92%.
Figure 4: Knowledge Rate Targets and Actuals by Graduation Year
Trinity’s Knowledge rate has been above the acceptable and the preferred rates in both 2020 and 2021, with 81% and 79% of graduates providing survey responses, respectively.
Medical School Acceptance Rates
Trinity's Health Professions Advisory Committee monitors acceptance rates to medical schools and has identified acceptable and preferred acceptance rates. The preferred acceptance rate is five percentage points above the national average, and any rate that exceeds the national average has been identified as acceptable.
Some schools have an internal selection process for students applying to medical school and will write letters, give practice interviews, etc. for only the highest-achieving students. This practice has the potential to increase acceptance rates by limiting who is supported in applying. However, Trinity University's Health Professions Advisory Committee writes letters of evaluation for every student who chooses to apply.
Figure 5: Three-Year Rolling Average of Medical School Acceptance Rate Targets and Actuals by Medical School Matriculation Year
On average, around 40 Trinity graduates apply to medical school annually. Except for students enrolling in medical school in 2020, which was significantly impacted by the pandemic, Trinity’s graduates have consistently been accepted to medical school at rates that exceed both our acceptable and preferred rates. The average medical school acceptance rate for the last 10 years has been 59% compared to the national average of 41%.
Law School Acceptance Rates
The Prelaw Advisory Committee monitors acceptance rates to law schools and has identified an acceptable threshold of 60% of applicants being admitted to at least one ABA-accredited law school. Trinity’s graduates are consistently accepted to law school at rates that exceed the acceptable threshold.
Figure 6: Law School Acceptance Rate Targets and Actuals
On average, around 40 Trinity graduates have applied to law school annually, and the average acceptance rate for the last 10 years has been 83%.
Trinity University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Trinity University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Trinity University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
- Texas state teachers’ certificates are issued to those students who fulfill the requirements of the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
- Trinity’s school psychology program is approved with full national recognition by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
- A chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is active on the Trinity campus.
- Trinity is approved and accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and the American Chemical Society.
- The Engineering Science (Bachelor of Science) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Engineering, General Engineering, Engineering Physics, Engineering Science and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.
- Trinity’s School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for its undergraduate program in business administration.
- Trinity’s Health Care Administration Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) for its healthcare administration program.
Trinity is also a member of the Associated Colleges of the South, a consortium of sixteen distinguished liberal arts colleges and universities.
Data Den Guide
A step-by-step guide to logging into, exploring, and troubleshooting the Data Den system (Tableau).
Our database and dashboarding system provides common data sets and reports.
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TU Survey Calendar
We maintain an updated calendar of active and upcoming surveys. To add your survey to the calendar, please contact Michelle Byrne