College Senior 2013-10-31T15:05:16Z
The campus is beautiful, a mixture of different architectural styles and the campus has amazing wifi (amazingly fast). There is not one central student center however the recently renovated Vernon Social center is a great spot to study or attend an event over the weekend. There are many different places to study as well, some places even have free printing.
College Senior 2013-10-31T15:00:59Z
Most students live on campus - however some do live off, however that means they live within a 5 minute walk to campus.
College Senior 2013-10-31T14:59:24Z
They throw great concerts and are housed with other cultural houses on the north side of campus.
College Junior 2013-04-09T08:07:00Z
Occasionally one may experience a brief problem connecting to the free wifi available to the whole campus (very fast wifi, I might add.)
There are new public printers and public computers (iMacs) available at a number of locations all around campus (seriously, there are a ton!)
Most people use their own laptop though that is not necessary.
College Junior 2013-04-09T07:44:16Z
Guys & Girls:
If you're into white, middle to upper class, preppy kids then Trinity is the place for you.
Diversity does exist and any type of person can find a comfortable home at Trinity.
Despite what may seem to be a prevailing shade of lilly-white all over campus, everyone is welcomed shouldn't have a hard time finding their niche.
College Junior 2013-04-09T07:40:47Z
The off-campus dining scene is not the best. If you want a quick bite, your options are severely limited to basically cheap pizza, or chinese. You can drive about 15 minutes and find some more variety. There are some very nice expensive restaurants with 5-10 minutes that offer good options for dinner or lunch when your parents visit.
College Sophomore 2013-03-23T00:41:49Z
The food is really not that bad. As all college food places do, it gets a bit repetitive and boring but the food itself is good. Since food has been a major controversy at Trinity some new places are being added next year. The likely places added will be Chipotle, Starbucks or Jamba Juice, and Subway or and ice cream place such as Coldstone or Fro Yo.
College Sophomore 2013-03-03T18:38:16Z
People do not come to Trinity for the local atmosphere. Hartford is not a place you want to be living. However, most students tend to stay on campus. There's shopping/dining/etc. in West Hartford, which isn't too far away so most students go there. But with the exception of a few bars (namely the Tap) students don't venture off campus much.
College Sophomore 2013-03-03T18:35:37Z
I was pleasantly surprised to find that - ethnically, at least - the campus is pretty diverse. In terms of economic background, everyone here is either rich or here on some sort of scholarship. Politically, the campus is probably split about 50/50. Religion doesn't play a huge role in campus life, but there are people here from every religious background and people are respectful of everyone's beliefs. On paper Trinity might not seem to be all that diverse, but I find that my classes, my social group, and the people I interact with on a daily basis stem from many different walks of life.
College Sophomore 2013-03-03T18:04:12Z
Considering that Trinity is a D3 school, the athletics aren't terrible. The football team was undefeated this past season, and varsity football, soccer, and hockey games are well attended by students. School spirit isn't especially high, with the exception of squash. Squash is by far Trinity's best sport. We have the best squash team in the country, and we are very proud of it.
College Sophomore 2013-02-24T19:35:04Z
Hartford is not Boston or New York, and never will be. This small city is limited by its size and its proximity (<2 hrs from each) to these megacities. When I got to Trinity, I was extremely surprised by how little the city has to offer. Around the Trinity campus, there are only like 2 or 3 shops (a pizza shop and 2 liquor stores). There isn'e even a coffee shop or something. The surrounding neighborhood is rough, but is not as bad as many think. I have never once felt unsafe,as I run to the state house (2.5 miles away) often. If you do not bother the locals and flaunt your wealth and preppyness, than they will not bother you.
That being said, many students with cars (Hartford's taxis are slow and unreliable and freshman are not allowed to have cars on campus due to limited parking) flock to nearby West Hartford, an upper middle class suburb which has many great bars, restaurants and shops.
ALthough it has its pitfalls, Hartford is filled with diversity and has soul. I do not mind it at all.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-19T16:59:18Z
It's a very diverse city so there are a lot of options
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-19T16:53:32Z
Health & Safety:
The health center is great but campus safety is not effective at all.
College Sophomore 2013-02-05T22:31:57Z
The academics at Trinity are stellar. It is easy to find great professors, but it is also as easy to find s****y ones. That being said, although some of the professors are terrible and boring, you can count on all of your professors caring about your well being and intellectual advancement. You are not just another number to them. They will put in the effort to get to know each one of their students personally, and love to teach.
The only problem that I have with the academics is the registrar is a pain to work with. Course registration and catalogues, like most schools is online and is very hard to use. They provide very little assistance and give freshman the worst choices.
Overall, Trinity College will provide you with an ivy-league quality education.
College Sophomore 2013-02-05T22:24:34Z
One of the lamest social scenes in the country. There is absolutely nothing to do on Friday and Saturday nights for non-drinkers. Non-drinkers may feel excluded. The social structure is centered around the greek system. A typical weekend night includes having friends over to your room or going around 9ish for some "pre-gaming" before heading out in large groups to frat parties on Vernon or Crescent Streets. If going to frat parties, getting completely wasted and dancing, and hooking up with random people is your idea of a good time, then Trinity is for you. If you like staying out until 4 am, then Trinity is for you. It is filled with many rich preppy and pretty people who do not give a s*** about anything except for partying and looking good. I'd like to warn you from my experience that although this may sound fun, it gets old real fast. By the 2nd month of college you will realize truely how lame it is.
Budget cuts have lead to a decrease in funding from the college to sponsor campus events on weekends. The administration including the President, Jimmy Jones, are making strides to change this. The board of trustees and the president have redesigned the house system, and have required all fraternities to go co-ed. Also, they are planning to revamp the Vernon Social Center to make it a hub for students to hang out on weekends. One major pitfall about Trinity is the lack of a central student center where activities can be posted and students can hang out and meet up. The only real option for non-drinkers is the Fred, which hosts coffee houses, open mike nights, concerts. It is filled with weird people, but they are actually really nice. Otherwise, you will feel excluded in such a limited social scene.
I do not feel like doing this for four years, which is why I am considering transferring.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T16:19:25Z
if you dont have a car its hard to go off campus because the neighborhood is dangerous. there arent many good restauraunts around campus
College Senior 2013-01-08T19:29:29Z
My financial aid package at Trinity is good, all factors considered, but it doesn't completely alleviate the cost of a school that is becoming increasingly more expensive as the school expands physically and academically. Unfortunately, for those who may not qualify for significant amounts of financial aid, most of the burden falls on you to find scholarships and loans for the cost. However, the financial aid office and the career development office are two rarely used resources for scholarships, loans, and other financial aid assistance for your college education.
College Sophomore 2013-01-08T17:14:53Z
I adapted this from my response to one of the questions on an application to be a tour guide:
For a small school, we have a lot of pride. Our mascot is a bantam, which could be defeated by a panther or a bobcat in real life, but we are proud of this fighting rooster, wearing t-shirts that say "fear the chicken." On many a Saturday in the fall, the dormitories seem empty because the students are showing their support at the football stadium or the soccer field, or maybe a field hockey or rugby game. In fact, when Trinity's football team traveled to Wesleyan University for their final game this year (which Trinity won in overtime, bringing them an 8-0 season and a NESCAC title!), the away stands were more filled than the home stands.
A unique program that Trinity offers is called Supplementary Instruction, or S.I. S.I. sessions are like T.A. sessions for difficult classes, such as Calculus II, which I took this past semester. However, they are led by a qualified upperclassman student, not a graduate student, and they are optional, not mandatory. The S.I. leader takes no part in teaching or grading the class, but simply provides the students with extra practice and answers their questions on their own time. In just an hour or two a week, my S.I. sessions really helped me to understand some tricky concepts.
A third of Trinity's strengths is the number of opportunities that are available to its students. I have friends in a few of the several unique freshman programs that we have such as Guided Studies and the Genomics Research Program, and some of my friends will have research opportunities as early as the summer after their freshman year. There are also many clubs and organizations, intramural sports, worship services, opportunities to help the community such as Do It Day and Halloween on Vernon Street, and more more. Trinity is lucky to have the contributions of the Student Government Association's funds to make a lot of this happen. Since I have been here, I have tried out [for] several clubs and organizations, and everyone has been welcoming. And whenever I check "Trinity Today," there is always a plethora of events going on, even things as simple as a movie showing at Cinestudio.
College Sophomore 2013-01-07T22:11:58Z
The mathematics department at Trinity isn't huge; there aren't a lot of math majors. However, this isn't a bad thing; it seems to be a close group of people. I have only been at Trinity for one semester so far, but my experience with my math classes and scheduling for math next semester has been good. I like the professors and they are reachable. I have also talked to an upperclassmen math major who seems to be having a good experience. There are always signs on the mall floor advertising opportunities for math students.
College Sophomore 2013-01-07T22:08:27Z
I am only a first-year student, so I haven't thought too much about having an internship yet. I have, however, thought about study abroad. I plan to study in Argentina next spring, and I know that I will have an internship while I am there because I have taken a lot of Spanish and am therefore eligible for the advanced track.
College Sophomore 2012-12-29T22:40:24Z
great challenging academics. if you participate in the gateway programs which are essentially honors programs, expect a heavy and demanding workload. very helpful and engaging professors though who make it well worth it
College Sophomore 2012-12-29T22:38:51Z
taxis are the only option which are expensive. school provides a shuttle to west hartford and the mall on the weekends for limited hours. i think they should provide more shuttles and assistance with transportation. to get to the airport 20 minutes away is a $45 cab fare. campus safety has a shuttle that goes around campus but is more of a drunk bus
College Sophomore 2012-12-29T22:37:21Z
campus safety is extremely lax. if you are puking in front of them, they view it as a safety concern thus you will get in trouble. ive had campus safety walk through my dorm hallway which blatantly wreaks of weed and nothing was done. if you are walking around with a can or bottle with the label on it they may take it, but if it is in a cup youre fine. should probably be more strict in my opinion
College Sophomore 2012-12-29T22:34:20Z
extremely expensive school about $58,000 a year which of course you do not know until youre stuck paying it. financial aid is weak and hard to come by
College Sophomore 2012-12-29T22:30:29Z
academics at Trinity are great. small classes with passionate professors who know their stuff. the small class size provides for much interaction as well as close relationships with professors who are caring and eager to help, also readily available
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