Admissions and Financial Aid Updates
Moving Forward With Our Future Tigers
As Trinity monitors the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the University will continue to provide you with opportunities to experience the Trinity campus from the convenience of your home. The Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid will also continue working with you on an individual basis.
However, following national and regional public health guidance, the University has placed precautionary restrictions on travel, visitors, and events. As of March 16, 2020, the Office of Admissions is closed to visitors.
Information for Admitted Students
In place of Admitted Tiger Days, the Office of Admissions will be offering virtual event sessions throughout the spring to help you learn more about Trinity and connect with the Trinity community.
At Trinity, your relationship with your alma mater will last well beyond your four years on campus. We might only be able to give you a glimpse of this world through virtual visit options right now, but we will still provide the information and support you need to start making connections.
We are committed to showing you the warmth of the Trinity spirit, so be sure to sign up for upcoming sessions, check out our new 360º video tour, explore our campus with a virtual walking tour, and learn more about Trinity by watching our curated YouTube playlists below.
Visit the Admitted Tigers page to take your next steps toward becoming a Tiger, including information about housing, advising, and required forms.
Information for Prospective Students
Learn more about Trinity by attending one of the virtual information sessions below. If you are unable to attend, you can also watch a pre-recorded version of these sessions. You can also check out our new 360º video campus tour, take a virtual walking tour, and watch our curated YouTube playlists below.
Connect Through Our Virtual Sessions
Our virtual sessions give you the chance to engage with admissions counselors, ask questions of current students, and chat with other admitted students.
Sign Up for an Upcoming Learning TUesdays Series Virtual Session
As you navigate the college search, we hope to be a resource for you and your family.
Join us for Learning TUesdays at 4 p.m. (CDT) every Tuesday May 19 through August 4 for a summer-long webinar series tackling some of the most frequently asked questions from students and parents about the college search process. Tune in, ask questions in real-time, and let’s learn together! Check out descriptions of each webinar and register via the sessions below.
If you were unable to attend one of the Learning TUesday sessions, previous sessions can be viewed on our YouTube channel →
Tuesday, July 7 @ 4 p.m. (CDT)
Get ready to become a member of the Admissions Committee! In this interactive session, participants will learn about admissions criteria and apply a holistic evaluation method to review applications. Together we will explore how academic and personal qualities as well as the context of a student’s environment may influence admissions decisions. Register Now →
Tuesday, July 14 @ 4 p.m. (CDT)
In what can often feel like an impersonal process, the essay provides you with a unique opportunity to share your voice with colleges. Join us as we discuss hints and tips, example essays, and tools for your next steps regardless of where you are in the essay writing process. Whether you’re a self-professed grammar nerd or writing averse, all are welcome. Register Now →
Tuesday, July 21 @ 4 p.m. (CDT)
APs, extracurriculars, college decisions, oh my! There can be a lot to juggle senior year, but fortunately many have braved the path you are about to set out on. Hear from Trinity students about making the most of your last year of high school in every regard as they reflect on What I Wish I Knew in My Senior Year. Register Now →
Tuesday, July 28 @ 4 p.m. (CDT)
Join Trinity's Director of Financial Aid and Dean of Admissions for a discussion about funding options for your college education. From scholarships to applying for need-based aid, this session will tell you everything you need to know to make sure you're taking advantage of all available opportunities. Register Now →
Reoccurring Virtual Sessions
We invite you to meet one-on-one, virtually, with a Trinity University admissions representative. Admissions interviews provide you with the opportunity to distinguish yourself in Trinity's competitive applicant pool and learn more about the admissions and scholarship process. These conversations also provide prospective Trinity Tigers with a wonderful opportunity to gain further insight into the many academic and co-curricular options available to Trinity students.
All prospective students and family members are invited to visit Trinity virtually for one of our information sessions to be held most weekdays at 11 a.m. (CDT).
Hosted by an admissions counselor, these sessions provide an opportunity to discover the same information you would hear when visiting Trinity. You will also be able to submit questions to be answered by the counselor.
Pre-Recorded Virtual Information Sessions
If you can’t make it to a live session, all prospective students and family members are invited to visit Trinity virtually by watching these pre-recorded sessions.
Trinity Academic and Campus Life Distinctions: Hosted by two admissions counselors, this is a great opportunity to learn about academics, resources, and experiential learning (internships, research, study abroad) at Trinity, plus hear about San Antonio, campus life, and outcomes.
Admissions and Financial Aid: Hear from Justin Doty, Dean of Admissions, about the admissions process, including application requirements, deadlines, and decision plans, plus the cost of attendance and affordability, including scholarships and financial aid.
Virtual Campus Tours
If you can’t see it for yourself, a virtual visit is the next best way to get to know Trinity. Join us on a virtual campus tour, and explore Trinity's campus any time from wherever you are.
Noted for red brick buildings, native live oaks, beautiful grounds, and sparkling fountains, Trinity encompasses 125-acres situated on a hilltop overlooking downtown San Antonio and is known for its stimulating, resourceful, and collaborative environment - in the classroom, on campus, and around the world.
Join student tour guides Logan Felton '20 and Enrique Alcoreza '20 for an immersive 360º video tour of Trinity's campus. Keep an eye out for Murchison Tower, Miller Fountain, and the Magic Stones!
Take our virtual campus tour, and check out the places students say are their favorite spots to meet, play, study, hang out, run, celebrate, think, or gaze at our amazing panoramic views.
Meet Our Tigers
Trinity is a place to fully pursue ideas, passions, and challenging questions. In addition to exploring our beautiful campus and learning about all of the opportunities that come with being a Tiger, one of the best ways to determine if Trinity is the right school for you is to hear from bright, energetic, and engaged students and passionate faculty.
Get the inside scoop from the Trinity community on campus life, student involvement, academics, athletics, study abroad, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Deadlines and policies (admitted students)
Is the deposit deadline still May 1st?
At this time, our deadline remains the same. However, we are committed to working with families based on their individual needs and circumstances. We can not expect all families to adjust to a uniform deadline. Please contact your admissions counselor to determine the best approach for your family. If you are ready to make a decision, you may accept or decline your place in your Trinity portal.
Should I be concerned about AP, IB, or other exams?
We understand that you may be concerned about the timing as well as your preparation for these exams. While AP and IB exams may help you earn course credit (see the current policy), the exams do not impact admissions decisions nor your college GPA. We will monitor College Board, International Baccalaureate, British Council, and other organizations as their institutions adjust to timing and other challenges.
How will Trinity view my final semester of high school since my learning structure has changed?
We recognize that high schools will be responding to our current challenge through a myriad options such as online coursework, suspended classroom experiences, shifting to Pass/Fail grading, and even potentially dropping some classes. We will be flexible with curricular and grading changes as they are reflected on your final transcript. If you have specific concerns regarding course changes, please contact your admissions counselor.
With all of my school and classroom changes, will I be ready for college this fall?
Yes! There are several unique opportunities within this experience: you are proving both your resilience and your adaptability in this time of uncertainty. Both of these characteristics are key in making a successful transition to college. We are eager to facilitate your transition to Trinity and can’t wait to have you join our community this fall.
What are the policies regarding international students?
The Office of Admissions wishes to extend flexibility and support to all of our admitted students. For questions regarding your specific situation, please contact Kindel Hollis at email@example.com.
Financial Aid (admitted students)
The effects of COVID-19 have impacted my financial situation. Do I need to re-file the financial aid forms?
We understand that the economic impact of COVID-19 is far reaching. If your financial circumstance has changed, we would encourage you to make sure that you file both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. If you have already filed both forms, you may reach out to the Student Financial Services staff.
Our financial circumstances have changed significantly since we initially submitted the FAFSA and CSS Profile. How do I best address this?
A Trinity financial aid counselor will be happy to discuss any recent changes with you to explore the impact this change may have on financial aid eligibility. Please contact Student Financial Services at (210) 999-8898 or firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a staff member. Families should be prepared to submit verification information, a signed personal statement, and any other pertinent documentation as it pertains to your specific circumstance.
My financial aid offer states that it is estimated. What does this mean?
This means that additional verification is needed. Verification is a process in which colleges are required to confirm the household and income information reported on the FAFSA. The following documentation is required to fulfill this regulatory requirement:
How do I indicate that I (the student) do not have a tax transcript or W-2?
What is the best way to upload required financial documents to Trinity?
There are 3 methods for sending financial documents to Student Financial Services:
EMAIL documents as attachments to email@example.com
FAX documents to (210) 999-8316
MAIL documents to Trinity University, Student Financial Services, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
I received an external scholarship. How do I report this and how will it impact my Trinity financial aid package?
Please send a copy of your external scholarship award letter outlining the terms/details of the scholarship. It is important to ensure the letter includes the scholarship name and total award amount. This documentation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My submitted CSS Profile application has an error. How do I correct this?
Community Connections (admitted students)
Are you still offering campus visits?
While we are currently not accepting on-campus visitors, we are eager to showcase our campus virtually. Please find options for online visits (including video tours, virtual information sessions, and dedicated admitted student appointments) above. We are excited to connect with you and include you in our community!
How can I connect with current students?
Our current Trinity students have always enjoyed sharing their Trinity stories and experiences with prospective students. Have a question for a current student? Email email@example.com and a current student will address it for you. We will continue to develop ways to connect with our current students in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
How can I connect with alumni in my local area?
We have active and engaged alumni across the world who want to connect with you. If you would like to talk to someone in your academic or geographic area, complete this form and we will connect you! Alternatively, you may send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deposited Students and Transition
Will Trinity begin the fall semester on campus or online?
We have every intention of beginning the 2020 fall semester on campus. The strength of the Trinity Community is at its peak when we are all together. Of course, our students’ safety is our first priority, so we are developing plans for every potential scenario, from business as usual, to enhanced social distancing on campus, up to continuing to remain fully remote. We will continue to handle the response to COVID-19 with transparency and timely communication. Trinity’s COVID-19 Website will continue to be a hub for information and updates.
How will Trinity handle deferral or gap year requests?
If students wish to take a traditional gap year to fulfill a particular intention (internship, year-long community service, religious or military service), students must first submit an enrollment deposit by May 1 and then submit a deferral request prior to June 1. You may find our gap year policy here. If students are contemplating a gap year due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we ask that you wait until later in the summer to make a final decision about deferment. While we intend to start the fall on campus, we will exercise flexibility to families if plans change. Your deposit secures your place at Trinity regardless of your entry year.
How will tuition, scholarships and financial aid be impacted if fall courses are online?
As part of our scenario planning, we are fully considering the financial impact to our families. We will be evaluating tuition models and university expenses as part of this planning. Similar to the Spring 2020 semester, if students must learn remotely instead of on campus, room and board will not be charged or will be refunded. Our Office of Student Financial Services will work closely with families who have experienced or expect income changes due to COVID-19.
Will Trinity exercise flexibility with shifting student/family needs over the course of the summer?
Absolutely! Trinity is committed to a student-centric approach and has always worked on a personal basis with families. We strive to support our students and their individual needs as we respond to the many changes that we have seen and will see due to COVID-19. As always, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the Admissions staff with any questions or concerns.
I am planning to deposit, how do I secure housing?
We are so excited that you have decided to become a Trinity Tiger! All deposited students will be asked to fill out an online survey detailing lifestyle preferences and habits. This information will be used to match you with a compatible roommate and suitemates. The timing of your deposit does not affect your housing options. Once you have been assigned a residence hall, take the time to go on a virtual tour of your new home!
How do I register for classes?
All first-year students will be assigned an academic adviser during the summer. During the summer, you will meet with your adviser virtually in order to review your high school courses, possible academic areas of interests, and our Pathways curriculum. Your academic adviser will help you review the courses of study catalogue in order to outline your preferred schedule for the fall semester. You will use TigerPaws, our online registration system, to register for classes with the guidance of your academic adviser.
When does orientation begin?
New Student Orientation will kick-off with our new student move-in day on Friday, August 21. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will include many great opportunities for students and families to learn more about the Trinity community and the many resources available to you. The New Student Orientation (NSO) program contains academic sessions, social activities, jumpstart workshops, Trinity tradition events, and much more.
What support can I expect once I become a Trinity student?
As a Trinity community, we care deeply about your ability to be successful and healthy on our campus. Check out the Tiger Learning Commons (TLC), Trinity’s centralized hub for academic coaching, tutoring and student accessibility services. These wellness programs encompass everything from time management and study skills to sleep health and nutrition. Counseling services are designed to support students when they encounter developmental, interpersonal, or psychological challenges. Need to step away from the chaos? Any student may take a 30-minute breather in our new Oasis Room.
What are the policies regarding transfer students?
The Office of Admissions wishes to extend flexibility and support to all of our admitted students. For questions regarding your specific situation, please contact Hillary Everts at email@example.com.
How will Trinity University review grades and credit earned during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
We are committed to working with students to better understand how their academic situation was altered due to COVID-19. We recognize that high schools will be responding to current challenges through a myriad options such as online coursework, suspended classroom experiences, shifting to Pass/Fail grading, and even potentially dropping some classes. We will be flexible with curricular and grading changes as they are reflected on your final transcript. If you have specific concerns regarding course changes, please contact your admissions counselor.
How can I engage with the Trinity community?
While it is impossible to replicate an actual campus visit, we can come very close! We invite you to discover the beauty of our campus by taking an interactive virtual tour. Additionally, you can attend a live information session occurring on weekdays with an opportunity to ask questions. We want to ensure you clearly understand those Trinity distinctions and characteristics that make this a vibrant community. Our aim is to provide new and creative ways for you to experience and learn more about Trinity from the comfort of your own home. Additionally, we encourage you to contact your assigned admissions counselor to express your interest in Trinity and request anything that will prove helpful in your college search. Please check this page at a later date for updates regarding potential summer visit options.
How will Trinity consider and accept SAT/ACT scores?
With high school students suddenly unable to take the standardized tests required by many colleges and universities due to cancellations in test dates, Trinity University is introducing a test-optional policy for all undergraduate applicants for a 3-year period starting with applicants who apply for the Fall 2021 semester. Applicants for first-year admission to the University will no longer be required to submit any standardized test results to the Office of Admissions. Trinity will re-evaluate whether to indefinitely extend the test-optional policy or reinstate a testing requirement at the end of the 3-year period.
With this move to test-optional admissions, Trinity will continue to review and consider test scores for those applicants who want to submit them, but any applicant can also choose to be evaluated only on high school grades, curriculum rigor, essays, recommendation letters, achievements, interviews, and contributions to their school and community. Trinity also views this as an opportunity to redefine achievement in a way that might have overlooked certain students in the past.
For more information, read a message from Eric Maloof, vice president for enrollment management.
Will Trinity University change their application deadlines for the 2020-2021 application cycle?
At this time, we do not anticipate changing our decision deadlines, but are taking this into consideration as we learn more about the ways in which this pandemic affects future timetables. We will communicate any deadline changes should this occur. Trinity University currently offers several application deadlines, and we will work with students to choose the one that is right for them.
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