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Rank: 143

Trinity University

San Antonio, TXnew.trinity.edu/
This small, competitive liberal arts institution located has a classic 125-acre campus dotted with red brick buildings and oak trees, 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 2,400 students access to faculty. Nearly all of the school's roughly 230 full-time faculty members have doctoral or terminal degrees, and the student to faculty ratio is low. When not in class, students can check out San Antonio, which is the nation's ninth fastest-growing city (and said to be home to some of the best tacos in the United States).
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$58,200
% of students who get any grants
93%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,700
Average price for low-income students
$11,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
41%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1270/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,406
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
93%
% of students who get merit* grants
48%
Average merit grant
$19,042
student success
Graduation rate
77%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$25,500
Average salary within 3 years
$51,100
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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