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First-Year Students

In addition to their application for admission, first-year applicants are also required to submit an official high school transcript, SAT or ACT test scores, teacher evaluation, and a secondary school report or counselor recommendation.

The Application

Submit your application online using the Common Application, the ApplyTexas Application, or the Coalition Application by your preferred application deadline. It is free to apply to the University if you apply online and there is no supplement.

Additional Requirements/Supplemental Items

  • Official High School Transcript - Students must submit an official high school transcript or GED certificate directly to the Office of Admissions.
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores - Students must submit their test scores to the Office of Admissions. Beginning in the 2019-20 application cycle, Trinity will accept official or self-reported test scores for application completion and review. Trinity superscores both the ACT and SAT. Trinity does not require SAT subject tests or the writing portion of either test. Admitted applicants who enroll at Trinity University are required to submit official score reports directly from the testing agency.
  • Teacher Recommendation - Students must submit a recommendation or teacher evaluation form from a core subject (math, science, social science, foreign language, or English) instructor. Recommendations should be submitted directly to Trinity University. 
  • Secondary School Report - Students must submit a school report to the Office of Admissions or a recommendation letter from a guidance or college counselor.  
  • Essay or Personal Statement - Students applying through the Common Application can submit an essay using the topics provided or a topic of their choice. Students applying through the ApplyTexas Application should apply using Topic A: Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today? Students applying through the Coalition Application can select a topic of their choice or submit an essay using the prompts provided.

Students applying to Trinity University via the ApplyTexas Application should submit the Trinity University version of the Teacher Evaluation and Secondary School Report. These forms can be found online and should be submitted directly to Trinity University from your instructor or your counselor.

Supplemental items should be submitted directly to Trinity University at:

Trinity University
Office of Admissions
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, Texas 78212 
admissions [at]

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get an application?

Trinity accepts three different applications. We accept the Common Application, the ApplyTexas Application, and the Coalition Application. All applications are available online.

How much does it cost to apply?

It is free to apply to Trinity University if your application is submitted online.

Should I contact a Trinity admissions counselor? When? How?

Making contact with a member of the admissions staff demonstrates your interest in Trinity and is always encouraged. Prospective students are invited to call or email an admissions counselor any time with questions about the University or the application process. Additionally, you may request an appointment with a counselor if you visit campus or meet with one if he or she travels to your area. Counselors are assigned by geographic region.

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Should I submit all of my SAT and ACT scores, even if I'm planning to retest?

Yes. The Admissions Committee considers the highest subtest scores from all testing dates. For the SAT we combine the highest Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores, and for the ACT we re-average the score based on the highest English, math, reading, and science reasoning scores. Therefore, submitting additional scores can never hurt an application.

Learn more about our criteria now.

How should I submit self-reported SAT and ACT test scores?

Self-reported test scores may be submitted (and updated until the selected application deadline) in the following ways:

  • After you submit your application, complete the Trinity Self-Reported Test Score Form, which will be available in your applicant status portal. 
  • Email your Test Score Report file (PDF or jpeg) showing test score results to admissions [at] This must be a clear and legible file and include all subtests.

How should I submit official SAT and ACT test scores?

Official test scores may be submitted in the following ways:

  • Directly from the testing agency.
  • Directly from your high school counselor via email (admissions [at]
  • Directly from your high school counselor via official transcript. This is acceptable if all subtests are included for each test date so we can accurately superscore.

Is there a minimum test score to gain admission?

Because our Admissions Committee evaluates each application individually, we do not require that Trinity candidates obtain a minimum score on standardized tests. All aspects of each student are reviewed by the Committee, and we find it impossible to determine whether an applicant is admissible based solely on a test score.

We provide prospective students with mid-range "ballpark" figures to let them know how competitive their scores are and where they fit in with current Trinity students. The middle 50% of the class of 2022 had SAT EBRW and math scores of 1300-1440 and ACT scores of 29 to 33. Therefore, one quarter of our first-year students had higher scores, and one quarter had lower ones.

Do you require SAT subject tests or the optional ACT Writing Test?

No. However, if a student would like to submit SAT subject test scores or ACT Writing Test scores, we will evaluate those scores as supporting documents to the application. We do encourage home-schooled students to submit SAT subject tests in areas other than math and English.

How do I apply for scholarships and financial aid?

Applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Students who wish to apply for additional financial aid assistance beyond our general merit scholarships must complete the CSS PROFILE before February 1 and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. 

Learn more about applying for financial aid.

Can I get college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes?

Students may acquire Trinity course credit by receiving minimum scores on the AP or IB exams. Typically a 4 or 5 on AP exams and a 5, 6, or 7 on IB higher level exams qualifies students for credit. Exceptions apply for specific exams.

Learn more about external credit on our Registrar's page.

Does Trinity offer any athletic scholarships?

No. As an NCAA Division III school, Trinity offers no athletic scholarships. However, the University has excellent teams in both men's and women's sports. Trinity has repeatedly won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's President's trophy for winning the most championships in the conference.

Does Trinity require specific high school coursework?

No. The University does recommend, however, that students complete at least 4 years of English; 3 years of mathematics, 3 years of science, 3 years of social studies, and 2 years of the same foreign language with a C- or better.

Does Trinity offer dual or concurrent credit?

Yes. Trinity University will review college credit earned while still in high school through dual credit or concurrent enrollment if:

  • A grade of C- or better was earned.
  • Trinity offers a corresponding course that matches the course taken.

Other Questions?

Prospective students interested in applying for admission are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-TRINITY or by email at admissions [at] if they have questions about the University, life in San Antonio, or the application process. We are happy to help in any way we can.