Greetings, My son had to ponder the same scenario last year, but is THRILLED he chose Trinity over UT. He was also waitlisted at Rice, but decided in the end, Trinity was the school for him. My son attended an early college high school and had 57 Dual Credit hours at graduation. He made the conscious decision not to obtain an associates degree because he wants to pursue a PhD. The top schools are not thrilled with students transferring too many hours.
Here is how Trinity worked for our son. They accepted 20 hours as electives and his two AP tests, Biology and Calculus, since he received 5’s on both. Our son started his academic career with 26 hours under his belt.
Trinity, Rice, and other top universities want core classes taken at their school. Since Trinity only has PhD’s teaching every class, it makes a world of difference between the junior college professor and a professor with a PhD teaching a course. I can see your daughter finishing in three years if so desired. After one semester, my son is thrilled with all of the options and has chosen to stay all four years, although he too could graduate in three.
From my son’s vantage point he has been blown away by the teachers, students, dorms, and overall experience. I cannot say enough great things about Trinity University and I’m a UT graduate. My son entered Trinity University with an A+ average and a 35 on his ACT. He quickly realized that most of the kids were just like him.
The biggest difference between the two schools is the environment. The teachers are approachable, engaging, interesting, and fair. They challenge the students to truly think and apply themselves. If your daughter chooses Trinity University, she will not be a social security number the first two years, but a engaged part of the Trinity community.