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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.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 9:1
Graduation Rate 76%
Year Founded 1869

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,637


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,163
Female 1,311

Graduate Student

Male 77
Female 86

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Trinity Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 4,287
Female 5,577


Male 1,329
Female 1,506

Acceptance Rate29%

Male 31%
Female 27%

Enrollment 658

Male 309
Female 349
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline November 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Trinity 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
Net Price $30,505
Average Total Aid $28,335
Students Receiving Financial Aid 99%
Room & Board $13,584

Sticker Price

  • 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

Student Population 2,637

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 114 Total Graduates / 22%
Accounting 30 Graduates
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
Neuroscience 24 Graduates
Biochemistry 16 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
Anthropology 13 Graduates
Sociology 11 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 $38,792 for someone without a college education. The 10-year projected income for high school graduates is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
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 College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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