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Why Did You Choose Trinity University?

texex1texex1 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
This is meant to be an ongoing forum for alumni, current students, and new admits who intend to enroll to inform future applicants. What other schools did you consider when deciding where to attend, and why did you choose Trinity?

Trinity is a great school with many attributes: small residential school with a large endowment, academically rigorous, smart students, liberal arts focused, beautiful campus with modern facilities, in the middle of a big city.

But Trinity is in a part of the country in without a strong liberal arts college tradition, in a state dominated by big state schools, and often confused with Trinity College in Connecticut.

What got you to Trinity University?

Replies to: Why Did You Choose Trinity University?

  • libartstxlibartstx Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I applied to UT, Rice, Penn, Colgate, and Haverford and was set on going east. A big determinant was winning a four-year scholarship I could use at any school in Texas. UT was too big, so my real decision was between Trinity and Rice. I chose Trinity, mainly because I didn't like Houston's sprawl.

    I had a great academic experience. I liked the small classes and, without realizing it at the time, having a true liberal arts experience, taking English, French, Spanish, history, religion, economics, sociology, political science, and music classes. Chemistry, with about 70-80 students was my biggest class. For a small school, we had excellent resources, like a great library, big dorms (with balconies!), and athletic facilities that were for the entire student body.

    It wasn't all perfect--no school is. A small school like Trinity can get cliquish and suffocating. Nor does it have a big college sports atmosphere. (I love sports, but I'm glad I didn't go somewhere like UT that probably would have made me a hypocrite defending the outsize influence of sports on D1 college campuses.) But TU is in the middle of a big city, making it easy to escape the "Trinity bubble" when it becomes mandatory. Also, the beach, the Hill Country, and Austin are short distances.

    I went east to two big research U's for grad school. There, I was confused the first time a GS prof said I was a good writer; I assumed everyone was by that point. All the writing at Trinity pays dividends for future schooling, work, and life. I must thank two English profs in particular (not my major), both of whom I took for two classes, who gave me great feedback to make me a stronger writer.
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