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Trinity College is one of the nation's first Catholic women's colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Trinity has maintained its commitment to provide an excellent, value-centered education to women in a personalized atmosphere. Today, Trinity offers the best of all possible worldsa tradition of academic excellence, a high-quality liberal arts program, a prestigious faculty, unlimited internship and career opportunities, and an exciting location in the nation's capital. Trinity's commitment to excellence has earned the College top ratings in U.S. News & World Report's guides to “America's Best Colleges” and “America's Best College Values.”
Trinity enrolls more than 1,500 full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students representing thirty-two states and forty-two countries. Sixty percent of the full-time students reside on campus.
Location and Community
Located on a 26-acre campus just 2½ miles from the U.S. Capitol, Trinity offers all the advantages of living in one of the world's most powerful cities, while maintaining the serenity and beauty of a suburban campus. MetroWashington's bus and subway systemprovides easy access to numerous theaters, museums, and historic landmarks in and around the city. Reagan National and Dulles airports as well as the famous Union Station are nearby and Trinity provides a free shuttle service to and from the nearest Metro station, which is also within walking distance from the College.
Often referred to as Trinity's extended classroom, Washington offers access to endless political, cultural, and intellectual opportunities. Trinity offers a wide array of internships for academic credit that draws on the abundant resources of the capital area.
The Trinity Foundation for Leadership Curriculum is an innovative interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values to meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. Trinity's curriculum and major programs offer a contemporary approach to education by combining the liberal arts with practical experience and a professional focus. Internships and selected career-related courses are available within the curriculum. Advising and career development programs assist in integrating academic success with personal career goals. The Academic Support and Career Services Center provides personal, academic, and career counseling. The on-campus Writing and Math Centers provide students with additional resources for strengthening individual skills in these areas.
There are 91 faculty members, 51 of whom are full-time. Ninety-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees or the professional equivalent. Trinity's low student-faculty ratio makes it possible for students and faculty members to develop meaningful, lifelong relationships.
Trinity is one of only ten Catholic colleges and universities in the country with an active Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the oldest honor society in the nation.
Trinity is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, a cooperative arrangement among the major institutions of higher learning in and around the District of Columbia. Member schools share their facilities, and give students the opportunity to take courses not offered by their own institution. Other member institutions include: American University, Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, Marymount University, the University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Maryland, College Park.
Trinity's College of Arts and Sciences and School of Professional Studies offer the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in the following areas: accounting, art history, biochemistry, biology, business administration, business economics, chemistry, computer science, economics, education, engineering, English, entrepreneurship and small business management, environmental science, fine arts, history, human relations, information systems, international affairs, language and cultural studies, liberal arts studies, mathematics, physical science, political science, psychology, public affairs, social science, and sociology. Concentrations are available in twenty-nine areas.
Facilities and Resources
Trinity's Sister Helen Sheehan Library is affiliated with the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), which provides access to a catalog of more than 5 million volumes in the libraries of American, Catholic, Gallaudet, George Mason, George Washington, and Marymount Universities, and the University of the District of Columbia. The library also enjoys reciprocity agreements with the libraries at Georgetown University and Howard University. Trinity also has wireless Internet capability across much of the campus, and many of its classrooms are equipped with computers connected to the Internet, digital projectors, and smart boards in order to integrate technology into every aspect of the curriculum.
Trinity's Honor Agreement is a vital part of the College's academic and social environment. The Honor Agreement expresses a way of life rooted in personal integrity and founded on mutual respect and cooperation. Each student signs the agreement that confirms her understanding and acceptance of the responsibility that is hers as a member of the Trinity community.
The Student Government Association (SGA) at Trinity carries on an eighty-year tradition of responsible student participation in College governance and academic and social affairs. In addition to representing students and voicing their concerns to the entire Trinity community, the SGA also coordinates student activities and supervises the functions of all committees and organizations, which fall under the Association. The judicial branch of the Student Government Association is responsible for upholding the College's Honor Agreement.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
A member of the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference (AWCC), Trinity has ten NCAA Division III athletic programs: basketball, crew, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, track, soccer, softball, swimming, and volleyball. The Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sportsthe College's 83,000-square-foot fitness complexis the nation's largest athletic facility designed especially for women's sports. The Trinity Center houses a competition swimming pool, a spa, a basketball and volleyball arena, a weight room, a dance studio, a fitness center, a walking track, and locker rooms. Other new athletic facilities include tennis courts and a field for soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Financial assistance is available through grants, campus employment, loans, and scholarships. Nearly 80 percent of students receive some form of financial assistance. Trinity's priority deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Processing Center is February 1. Trinity's code is 001460. Students should apply for financial aid as early as possible.
Admission Requirements / Application
Trinity College seeks women who have demonstrated academic achievement and potential and who will bring varied interests, talents, and experiences to the community. Applicants are encouraged to complete a four-year secondary school program, including a total of 16 credits in English, foreign languages, history, mathematics, science, and social science. Trinity's admissions counselors review each candidate's cumulative grade point average, SAT and/or ACT scores, and personal statement. Trinity also considers extracurricular activities, community service, and work experience. Students are encouraged to research each of Trinity's programs in order to determine which best meets their academic goals.
Advanced Placement course work may be considered for credit and advanced standing. Early entrance is available for mature and well-qualified students who wish to enter Trinity after their junior year of high school. Early entrance candidates are required to have an interview with a member of the admissions staff. Transfer students are also encouraged to apply. Credit is given for all course work completed at an accredited college or university in which a grade of C or higher was earned. Trinity's SAT code is 5796 and its ACT code is 0696. All international students for whom English is not the first language are required to submit TOEFL scores.
All applicants are invited to arrange a personal interview with an admissions counselor, attend class, and tour the campus. The Office of Admissions is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trinity College offers admission to qualified students in both the fall and spring. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and decisions are rendered upon receipt of a completed application and all required supporting credentials. Students wishing to be considered for early action and scholarships are asked to submit an application by December 1. Candidates for financial aid are asked to submit the FAFSA to the Federal Processing Center by February 1.
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