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Trinity University

This small, competitive liberal arts institution located in Texas has a classic 125-acre campus dotted with red brick buildings and oak trees, which was designed by architect O'Neil Ford. Its most distinctive feature, the 166-foot Murchison Tower, is also the site of an important school tradition: Trinity Tigers climb the tower once during student orientation and then return to climb it again at graduation, at which point they're invited to sign one of the building's bricks. The school recently overhauled its academic program for the first time in 25 years, implementing a new "Pathways" curriculum. It includes a first-year experience course, which involves a community learning and reasoned discussion; a focus on core skills like communication and digital literacy; and experiential learning, which can include internships, artistic projects, study abroad, or mentored research. There's a strong focus on giving the 2,480 students access to faculty. Nearly all of the school's more than 250 full-time faculty members have doctoral or terminal degrees, and the student-faculty ratio is low at 9:1. When not in class, students can check out San Antonio, which is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities (and said to be home to some of the best tacos in the U.S.).
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$59,400
% of students who get any grants
96%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,500
Average price for low-income students
$11,560
admissions
Acceptance rate
38%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1320/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,393
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
93%
% of students who get merit* grants
49%
Average merit grant
$20,549
student success
Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$26,000
Average salary within 3 years
$53,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
48%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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