Trinity University
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
(210) 999-7207
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Trinity University was founded in 1869 in Tehucana, Texas. The university moved to Waxahachie in 1902, and again in 1942 to its present location in San Antonio. Trinity University employs 246 full-time faculty members, of whom 98% hold doctoral or terminal degrees. U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Colleges” list ranks Trinity University as No. 1 in Regional Universities (West), No. 1 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in Regional Universities (West), and No. 1 in Best Value Schools in Regional Universities (West). Its missions, as stated by its website, is “to provide broad and intensive educational opportunities primarily to undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences, and in selected professional and pre-professional fields.”

Programs Offered

The average class size at Trinity University is 21 students with a 10 to 1 student-faculty ratio. Classes are not taught by teaching assistants, and 97% of the professors at Trinity have a doctorate degree. The university has designed a common curriculum to develop and express critical thinking, including a first year seminar program to induct students into intellectual discussion of substantive issues, a writing workshop to develop rhetorical skills and written composition, foreign language, information technology, and mathematics proficiency skills, fitness education, and a senior experience to reflect and unify the four-year education and focus on post-baccalaureate goals.

Trinity offers 41 majors and 55 minors through 27 departments. These majors are available from three undergraduate degrees – Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Music. Graduate degrees are available in teaching, education, psychology, accounting, and healthcare administration. Trinity prioritizes undergraduate research and offers a 10-week summer program for students to work full-time on research under mentorship of Trinity faculty. Graduate education at Trinity University emphasizes small class size and faculty support from five programs: accounting, health care administration, school administration, school psychology, and teaching.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Trinity College since January 1946. Trinity College has also been specifically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education since July 1968, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education since October 2007, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education since January 1956.


Trinity University requires that prospective students submit the common application with an application fee, official SAT or ACT results, a teacher evaluation, and a secondary school report and senior year course list. Early decision deadline is November 1; regular decision deadline is February 1. Applicants to the five available graduate programs apply through the individual departments, most of which require a complete graduate application, an application fee, a baccalaureate degree with at least a 3.0 grade point average, official graduate test scores, and two or three letters of recommendation. Specific application requirements and deadlines are specified by the departments.

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