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Any thoughts about Trinity College?

Hey! So I'm considering applying for transfer to Trinity College, but I wanna hear some student reviews first.

Any comment or reply will be great! thanks!
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  • PublisherPublisher 11560 replies155 threads Senior Member
    I am not a student, but I do know others who have graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut. They did not enjoy their time there. Both Hispanic & both engineering students. Really preppy & privileged surrounded by a not-so-nice area.
    Nevertheless, transferring depends upon the context. Which university or college do you currently attend, what don't you like & why Trinity College ?
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  • International24International24 2 replies4 threads New Member
    @Publisher , I'm attending community college in la (Computer science major). And I'm looking at various colleges that aren't on the west coast. I came across Trinity on a website, it said they offer generous financial aid. So I was just wondering how's the student life.

    And thank you! I don't think i'll apply there now.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11560 replies155 threads Senior Member
    Trinity College works some & not as well for others. I only know of handful of students who actually attended Trinity College. As I recall, the surrounding neighborhood, heavy party scene & preppiness didn't work for them, but it does for many. May not be a comfortable environment for those needing significant financial aid.
    Nevertheless, I would need to know the reasons that you were considering Trinity College before deciding whether or not to apply there.
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  • mathgeek19mathgeek19 30 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Trinity isn't for everyone, but it's still a solid choice in terms of an education. I am not a current college student, but I do live at Trinity (my father works there, so we live on campus) and I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have if you're still interested!
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  • mathgeek19mathgeek19 30 replies2 threads Junior Member
    So sorry for the double post, my computer deleted the first one from my screen so I thought I had lost it and didn't feel like retyping the whole comment again, haha
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  • eithoneithon 28 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @mathgeek19 how good is trinity college at engineering? I want to be immersed in a STEM environment. Is it a good choice?
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  • eithoneithon 28 replies7 threads Junior Member
    edited October 2018
    could anyone help?
    edited October 2018
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  • beanboybeanboy 7 replies0 threads New Member
    I am currently an Engineering student at Trinity. The engineering department is small, but the professors are great. The program is ABET accredited, and where it stands out is the chance to work with faculty on independent research (look up the interdisciplinary science program). They'll put your name on publications, fly you around the world for conferences, and send you to a top grad school (If you work for it). It's an immersive STEM environment if you make it one, but most of the school is liberal arts.
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  • eithoneithon 28 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @beanboy what about facilities? are their great facilities to help students work on their research? Also, what about jobs after college? I heard that Trinity offers a general engineering degree. This is the only one that is ABET accredited, but the departments are not. Does this really matter?
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  • beanboybeanboy 7 replies0 threads New Member
    Every professor has a lab, obviously not as well funded as larger schools. I'm not sure about jobs after college I just know people who went to grad school. But I just got a summer internship with the Air Force after sophomore year. You can do mechanical, biomedical, electrical, or computer, all of which are ABET. All that employers really care about is that it's ABET, and you have >3.0.
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  • waverlywizzardwaverlywizzard 211 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Yes to Trinity. The college president is an african american female neuroscientist. The head of admission and student engagement is latino and has made concerted inroads to attracting highest academically qualified candidates who reflect 1st gen and diversity. The academics are excellent. You will have research opportunities potentially. The school spirit is high as they are an athletic NESCAC conference powerhouse in multiple sports. The urban neighborhood is an opportunity to foster community engagement and the school sponsors and is connected with a high school magnet school that borders its campus for talented youth from the city. There are many industry internships for legislative and finance majors in the city and overall its a quick trip to NYC. You will be challenged and supported at Trinity, give it a look.
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1717 replies45 threads Senior Member
    It is really not in a good neighborhood, and there have been instances of crimes committed by outsiders, as well as Trinity kids getting into trouble off campus. I wouldn't venture off campus at night for sure. And make sure you know which areas of Hartford are safe and which are not before you start exploring. Rumor has it (we're local) there are more drugs there than your average college. The campus itself is beautiful though. Some additional information: https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/trinity-college/student-life/crime/
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  • Jolynne SmythJolynne Smyth 2784 replies131 threads Senior Member
    The local area sounds similar to the city surrounding Temple University (which has not been a problem, I attended grad school there). Wondered if the two schools were similar in that way (if anyone knew)?
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6711 replies10 threads Senior Member
    Trinity has actively been working on becoming more diverse and the progress is real but not lightening fast.

    While the neighborhood that abuts the school isn't terrific, Trinity has done an excellent job of making its location in Hartford a plus, through internships, volunteer opportunities, etc., that are available in a much more limited way at more isolated schools.

    I would think that for students considering LACs, this one would be a strong contender.
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  • merc81merc81 11885 replies203 threads Senior Member
    This recent New York Times article offers an extensive, inside perspective on Trinity:

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/10/magazine/college-admissions-paul-tough.html
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6711 replies10 threads Senior Member
    ^ and pretty much every school trying to juggle both mission and finances -- which is almost all of them. Great read.
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  • merc81merc81 11885 replies203 threads Senior Member
    edited October 2019
    To the extent the article pertains to Trinity specifically, I think it comports with your first paragraph in #17, @gardenstategal.
    edited October 2019
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6711 replies10 threads Senior Member
    Exactly, @merc81 -- I thought that when I read it! It's always hard to know how much the school is fighting itself in its goals and how much they just can't attract the students they want because those students just can't be sure they'll be happy there.
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