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Selection Criteria

Trinity University seeks bright, capable, motivated students who are ready to take advantage of the abundant opportunities we have to offer. As a highly selective institution, we strive to develop a complete picture of all applicants and what they may bring to the Trinity campus. 

When the Trinity University Admissions Committee evaluates candidates, five main areas are assessed:

We also consider a student’s personal engagement with Trinity throughout the application process. We feel that a campus visit or interview (in-person, phone or skype/video) 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.  

Academic Record

Trinity seeks students who have made the most of their academic opportunities and who challenge themselves intellectually. A student's grade point average, the rigor of their courses, class rank (when applicable), and the diversity of their curriculum are all important considerations for admission.

The Office of Admissions recalculates each applicant's GPA using a standardized un-weighted scale in order to compensate for discrepancies in grading scales among different high schools. 

Rigor of curriculum is an important part of the application review. Particular notice is given to those who take honors, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate courses, if their school offers them. We also take into consideration the breadth and depth of coursework taken.

We recommend that first-year applicants complete the following courses:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of mathematics (including either trigonometry or pre-calculus)
  • Three years of science with at least two years being a laboratory science
  • Three years of social science
  • Two years of the same foreign language

Standardized Test Scores

Trinity accepts scores from either the SAT or ACT standardized tests. While we do not require applicants to have a specific minimum score, most of our students perform well on standardized tests.

Admitted Class of 2022:

  • HS GPA - Average unweighted (academic solids): 3.7
  • ACT Middle 50%: 29-33
  • SAT Middle 50%: 1300-1440

Please note that Trinity does admit students who score below these ranges if they are stellar in other areas of consideration. Trinity University will super score standardized test scores by taking the best subtest score and creating a new composite score regardless of test date.

Proof of English language proficiency is required for all international students. The TOEFL or IELTS examination is highly encouraged for all students whose native language is not English or who come from countries where English is not the primary language. Students whose native language is English or complete their entire secondary education in English can submit SAT or ACT test results. Students are also encouraged to submit any test results from their country's educational system.


Applicants should address their chosen essay topic as completely as possible, taking time to carefully craft a well thought-out response. All writing should be spell-checked, and it is highly recommended that it also be proofread by at least one other person. 

Please note that when using the Common Application, the ApplyTexas Application, or the Coalition Application, the same essay may be submitted to multiple institutions.

Extracurricular Activities

In order to get a well-rounded view of each applicant, information about extracurricular involvement is considered. Special attention is paid to activities in which an applicant has been active for a number of years or has gained leadership experience.  

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.  

Applicants are encouraged to share any information about activities that are related to school, community, or church; part or full-time jobs; and accomplishments and awards they have won.


Recommendations from guidance counselors and teachers are required to help the committee learn more about each student's personality and character. They also provide a place to address special concerns or 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 admissions counselors context when reviewing a student's academic record with respect to the school they attend.