A private liberal arts college located in San Antonio, Texas, Trinity University was founded in 1869. It’s a relatively small school, with a total student enrollment of 2,636 , of whom 94% (2,474) are undergraduates. It is also a highly competitive school, accepting only 29% of applicants. The mean ACT score is 30.6, while the mean SAT score is 1,363 and the mean high school GPA is 3.67. Who will flourish at Trinity University? As one student observed, it is best for those “who were overcommitted in high school.”
Overview of Trinity University
Along with 49 undergraduate majors and 61 minors, Trinity University offers five master’s degree programs. These are:
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Master of Arts in School Psychology
- Master of Science in Accounting
- Master of Education in School Leadership
- Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
There is no fee to apply to Trinity University if the application is submitted online. Although the school population is small, the Trinity University alumni network is particularly active. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Located just three miles from downtown San Antonio, the campus is sited in the Monte Vista Historic District. The 125-acre campus is modeled after an Italian village and offers a particularly lovely college experience.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||9:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||November 1|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
There is no tuition differential at Trinity University between in-state and out-of-state students. In a recent academic year, the tuition was $44,680. Room and board on campus is $13,584. Luckily, virtually all Trinity University students (99%) receive some form of financial aid. The average student receives $27,438 in grants or scholarships. The average Pell Grant is around $4,569, while the average federal student loan amount was $6,157. A freshman student’s average net price, the cost after financial aid is applied, is around $30,505.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$28,335|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||99%|
|Room & Board||$13,584|
- Tuition In-State - $44,680
- Tuition Out-of-State - $44,680
- Books and Supplies - $1,000
- Room & Board - $13,584
- Other - $1,400
Retention rates show the number of first-time students returning to the school the following year. A low retention school may indicate problems. As for graduation rates, this involves the percentage of first-time students who obtain their degrees within 150% of the traditional program time, or around six years. While that might sound like a long time, it’s becoming the norm across the nation. Low graduation rates are often indicative of systemic issues in the institution.
At Trinity University, the student-to-faculty ratio is just 9 to 1. This makes the school a good choice for those who value small classes and the ability to develop personal relationships with faculty. The graduation rate is above the national average at 76%.
Trinity University’s retention rate for first-time students pursuing a bachelor’s degree is 92% of full-time students, which is an excellent statistic showing that nearly all students return to the school after their first year. At Trinity University, roughly 73% of male students and 80% of female students receive their degrees within six years.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||114 Total Graduates / 22%|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||30 Graduates|
|Finance, General||14 Graduates|
|Management Science||13 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||83 Total Graduates / 16%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||30 Graduates|
|Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||69 Graduates|
|All Social Science Majors||69 Total Graduates / 13%|
|Political Science and Government, General||18 Graduates|
|Economics, General||15 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||44 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Engineering Science||44 Graduates|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs||30 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Mass Communication/Media Studies||30 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||35%|
Outcome & Salary
College graduates will earn considerably more than non-college graduates over their careers. Graduates can expect to earn around $58,000 annually in their early career, with a mid-career salary average of $108,000.
For the average net education price of $74,000, the ROI for 10 years of salary earnings potential is $656,170, while the ROI for 20 years of salary earnings potential is $1,745, 170. That makes the 10 year projected ROI outcome for the cost of education at $581,338, and the 20 year projected ROI cost of education outcome at $1,670,338.
Compare that to the national average salary of $37,960 for someone without a college education. The 10-year projected income for high school graduates is $379,600 and their 20-year projected income is $759,200.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$56,500|
|College Grads Average Salary||$72,131|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$112,800|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$721,310|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,849,310|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$122,020|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$599,290|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,727,290|
|No Colleage Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$37,960|
|10 Year Projected Income||$379,600|
|20 Year Projected Income||$759,200|
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