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At Trinity, applying Early Decision is recommended for students who, through diligent reflection and research, identify Trinity as their first choice.  We encourage you to review the benefits, myths, and advice below to assist in your decision-making process.

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Benefits of Applying Early Decision

With an overall acceptance rate of 29 percent, applying Early Decision will help you stand out among a smaller applicant pool in the hundreds as compared to the thousands of applicants in Early Action or Regular Decision.  

Applying Early Decision means you are making a commitment to attend Trinity if admitted. This matters a great deal to us as we aim to personally engage with our applicants. Your strong interest in Trinity as a first choice is an influential factor in our decision-making process.

Being admitted under Early Decision means you are notified early and can fully enjoy your senior year knowing you are now officially a Tiger!

Myths of Applying Early Decision

MYTH #1:  Students who may require need-based financial aid should not consider applying Early Decision.

REALITY:  Trinity is committed to making this educational experience financially feasible to all students regardless of their decision plan. Early Decision applicants are eligible to receive the same amount of aid as Early Action or Regular Decision applicants.

MYTH #2:  Students diminish their chances of receiving merit scholarships on the premise that since the student already committed to attend the university, there is less motive to award them a scholarship as an incentive to enroll.

REALITY:  This is not true at Trinity.  A student who qualifies for one of our academic scholarships will be awarded one regardless of their decision to apply Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Decision.

MYTH #3:  Applying Early Decision makes it easier to be admitted.

REALITY:  There are a number of benefits to applying Early Decision. However, admission standards remain consistent across all decision plans.  The underlying question admission reviewers ask is…will this student thrive both academically and socially in the Trinity environment?

Advice for Applying Early Decision

 Financial Aid – If Trinity emerges as your first choice, but you need a clearer sense of the financial commitment before applying Early Decision, please utilize our scholarship chart or Net Price Calculator. The scholarship chart will provide students and families with a better understanding of merit scholarship qualifications to ultimately assess the estimated net cost of attendance. 

  • Conduct thoughtful research of multiple institutions and a self-assessment to determine which college or university provides the best educational experience for you.
  • Be honest with yourself: If you are not feeling ready to identify a college as a first choice, do not apply Early Decision to any school. 
  • Avoid applying Early Decision if you are only considering the binding commitment for tactical reasons. Students who apply Early Decision solely as a strategic move to “get in” are not applying for the right reasons. Early Decision admission plans should be about the fit between a student and an institution. 
  • Changing Decision Plans – Want to switch into a different decision plan? No problem! Log into your application portal to submit the Decision Plan Change Form.

Early Action

If you want to get a jump start on your college search process but are not ready to commit to a university, Early Action might be a better option for you. Early Action is for students who wish to receive early notification of their admissions status but do not want a binding agreement to attend Trinity. Early Action applications must be submitted by November 1, and students are notified of admission decisions by December 15. Students admitted under Early Action have until May 1 to submit their $500 deposit or decline their offer of admission.

Regular Decision

Regular Decision applications must be submitted by January 15, and students will be notified by March 15 of their status. These students must submit their $500 deposit or decline their offer of admission by May 1. The $500 deposit is used to reserve your spot in the class and in the residence hall. Note that May 1 is a common reply date nationwide; every school must give you at least until then to make up your mind (unless you apply through an Early Decision program).