Friday, September 19th, 2014

Factors in the Admissions Process

It is important to remember that there is no single determining factor in whether an applicant is accepted or not.  Factors that are considered by the Admissions Office when reviewing an application are:

  • Potential for success at Trinity as demonstrated by the applicant’s high school record.
  • Rank in class or grade point average (when available).  The competitiveness of the high school and the level of course work (Honors, Advanced Placement or IB courses) are also considered.
  • Three evaluations, two from academic teachers and one from the college counselor
  • Standardized test scores- two SAT II’s or  the SAT I or the ACT
  • Extracurricular activities and community involvement and/or employment. The quality of involvement is important, not the quantity!
  • Personal interview (not required, but strongly recommended)
  • Personal essay
  • Other special interests, talents, (athletic, artistic, musical) or connections to the College

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Financial Research and Technology Center

To your right when you first enter the main level on the library is the Faculty Development Center; or rather, it is what used to be called the Faculty Development Center. Thanks to a thoughtful donor, Trinity was able to create the Financial Research and Technology Center this past summer. The room boasts eleven Bloomberg terminals with double monitors and specialized keyboards as well a large wall-mounted ticker and additional screens. A single office resides in the corner and the current hope is that the Student Investment Club will make its home there.

The center will be part of the “24 hour zone” in the library and therefore can be accessed at any time that the library is open.  If you have more questions about the center please contact Cheryl Cape ( or 860-267-2109). Also, there is an open house on September 24th from 2:30-4:00 PM, but Admissions just got a sneak peek! Hint: It looks amazing!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

“Can I interview my neighbor/ coworker’s child/ etc.?”

Each year, many of you ask me if it is possible to interview a student outside of the normal request program. This is certainly possible! Please let me know the name of the student (let’s call him Joe) that you are interviewing and I can send you a blank copy of the interview report. The one thing I do ask is that you consider how well you know Joe. If know him well, it would be better and more accurate if you wrote a recommendation letter. Such instances would be if Joe was your student, your intern, your neighbor or a close friend’s child. If Joe is someone you have never met, or have met only in passing, I would love if you interviewed him. Examples would be if Joe is the child of a coworker or another acquaintance or if he came up to you while you are covering a college fair.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

US News and World Report 2014

The below statement is a portion of a document of talking points related to US News and World Report rankings.  If you would like more information about how to respond to questions and comments in regards to their ranking system, how they measure and what steps the college is taking, please email me at

In today’s release of the U.S. News college rankings, Trinity was listed with four other colleges at number 45 in the category “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” This is a decline from last year, when Trinity was listed at number 36.

Also note that there are many companies that create their own ranking system.  For example, College Choice places us at number 19:

Friday, August 29th, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Even President Burger-Sweeney and Paul Mutone are taking action!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Financial Aid Quick Questions

Do you offer financial aid? We offer financial aid to cover 100% of an admitted student’s calculated need.

How many students at Trinity receive financial aid? We have a 39.5 million dollar financial aid budget and almost 40% of our enrolled students receive some form of financial aid.

I am interested in applying early, but I am not sure that I can afford Trinity. Should I still apply early decision? No, if you feel that you need to be able to compare financial aid award packages from multiple schools, then applying early decision would not be the right choice for you.

Do you have merit scholarships?  Whereas the majority of our funds is allocated to need-based financial aid, we do have a limited number of merit scholarships.  All students are considered and there is no additional application.


Please note that the Financial Aid Office is a separate office from the Office of Admissions.  If the student/parent has extensive questions about financial aid at Trinity, encourage them to contact their office directly: 860-297-2046 or

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Katie Couric’s Commencement Address

Have you watched Katie Couric’s commencement address?  If you haven’t, you can change that now!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Class of 2018

This year we had 7505 applications and our current class is currently 628.

Of those 628, 554 are U.S. citizens coming from 35 states and 74 are foreign
citizens coming from 32 countries.

52% of the students are male, and 48% are female.

403 high schools are represented.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Trinfo Café

Do you know about the Trinfo Café?  Located on Broad Street, the Trinfo Café was created in 2000 to link Trinity to its surrounding neighborhood by offering free internet and email access as well teaching classes in basic computer literacy and Microsoft Office. Staffed by only two people, Director Carlos Espinosa ’96, M ’98, and one graduate assistant, Isabella Elizalde ’12, they make a big difference in the community!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

A New Look!

Over the past year, Trinity has been working with 160over90 to rework various materials.  The presidential search prospectus was the first item to boast the new style.  Admissions materials are currently being reworked and then other college publications will follow.  So college fair volunteers… get ready for the new search materials and view books!

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