Hartford, CT
Trinity College


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Ali
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best things about Trinity are that you have a good deal of control over your academic path. Lately, there have been the i...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best things about Trinity are that you have a good deal of control over your academic path. Lately, there have been the introductions of new spaces for various groups to pursue their interests. Most people here are very intelligent and interesting- there is more diversity in more areas than people think there is. Also, the campus is beautiful and it is possible to feel apart of a community there. The worst thing about Trinity is the student's apathetic attitudes. When problems or issues arise and need to be addressed, people seem more concerned with defending themselves and being aggressive towards other groups than actually taking a good look at themselves and seeing what they can change and if some of the fault truly lies with them. People tend to talk, talk, and talk, and then not actually get anything done.

Describe the students at your school.

There is actually a pretty good mix of people at Trinity, at least in my opinion, but sometimes you have to put in a lot of effort to find a group of people that you can fit in with. As soon as the first few weeks of freshman year are over, groups begin to be set, and it takes a strong person to break out of their mold and create and maintain relationships with people outside of their social circle. Some people aren't interested in stretching themselves, but others are. As for groups of people, there is a strong liberal group, and a strong conservative group. There are plenty of kids who come from a wealthy or extremely wealthy background, but there is also a notable group of students who are on scholarship or who hold jobs on campus. Most students are from the Northeast, the East coast, and there are many from California. Groups interact to an extent. Sometimes I feel that at Trinity, you need to make it very obvious what you stand for, why people should pay attention to you, and what you have to offer in general. It's tough to be a shy person here, because although people are kind when you get to know them, very people would go out on a limb to include someone who is having trouble socially. You need to be aggressive and find an area, activity or group that you can thrive in and branch out from.

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All in all, I wish that students at Trinity were less self involved and cared more about taking advantage of what everyone has to offer, no matter how different or weird it might feel to them at first. People are kind when it comes down to it, but I wish that you didn't have to try so hard to feel like you're a part of a community if you don't immediately fit into one group of people.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

To an extent. There are plenty of people that fit that description, but there are also people who embody the opposite qualities, and people who embody some of the characteristics but still manage to be good human beings.

What are the academics like at your school?

Many professors here really do care a lot about their students, and if you put in the work and show that you really care about their class, they make it totally worth it. You can learn so much from the faculty here, and the fact that the classes are small make it possible to really get to know them. There is a lot of intellectual dialogue and activity that happens outside the classroom as well, and there are a lot of kids who are interested in learning from each other and expressing their feelings. My favorite thing is that you have so much freedom in picking which courses you want to take. If you don't know what you want to do, or you have many interests, or if you want to explore an area you never got the chance to, you can do that while still successfully completing a major or even two. If you push yourself you can become incredibly well rounded and an interesting person.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

People work hard here, and they party harder. The fraternities are probably the most popular places to go on the weekends, in part for lack of other places to go. The Fred (an 'alternative' to the typical frat-hopping, holding events like music, comedy, poetry readings, etc) is controversial but has a strong following. Sports are big, especially squash and football, but if you're a jock of any kind that will probably earn you some cool points. There are a lot of different theater productions and groups on campus, but they tend to seem exclusive and cliquey to an outsider, or even someone who wants to be an insider. Most people meet freshman year through their seminars, or in dorms, or out partying. As for dating, in my opinion, it seems that people have sex, and then either stop, or continue to have sex. Long term relationships seem rare, and the people who are committed to each other seem like old married couples.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That everyone is white, that everyone is rich, that everyone is snobby and spoiled, and that people only care about partying and drinking.

Nick
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The whole school comes out onto the quad on a good day. I'd change the arrogance of some of the wealthy kids. The size is jus...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The whole school comes out onto the quad on a good day. I'd change the arrogance of some of the wealthy kids. The size is just right. Most of my time is spent at the athletic center and at the dining hall. racial conflict is the biggest controversy on campus. Students are always complaining about Campus Safety and our dining hall food.

What are the academics like at your school?

all the professors know my name, its a very close knit academic institution. Students work 2 hrs a night at an average. Everyone participates in class. It depends on who you talk to about intellectual conversations. Again it depends on which students you ineract with about being competitive. I do not spend time with professors outside class. Electronic and Computer music is the most unique class I've taken.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

trinity Squash, Crew, Football are popular. I'm involved with the squash team and we are a close knit family. No doors are left open. Most sporting events are very popular. My closest friends are through my sporting team. There's more hooking up then dating. People party 3 times a week on an average. Fraternities play a huge role in the party scene. Saturday night only involves drinking. Nothing else going on on campus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich kids, Polo Ralph Lauren, Burberry. Most expensive cars and if you don't know anyone on this campus its a tough time making friends.

Harper
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The bottom line about trinity is that we work as hard as we play. I've spent an equal amount of nights spent at my desk witho...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The bottom line about trinity is that we work as hard as we play. I've spent an equal amount of nights spent at my desk without sleep from 8pm to 9am as I have partying until 4am on saturday. The one thing that deters people about Trinity is that it is in the middle of a very rough area of Hartford. I'm not going to lie, November was a scary month (gang intitiation month; teen gang initiates must beat up a Trinity student to be accepted), but I have found the campus to be very safe otherwise. Just use common sense: walking alone across dark areas of campus at 3am may not be the best idea. But other than that Trinity is a solid school that provides a great education (and more than enough work) along with an unforgettable college experience. Freshman year felt like highschool on steroids--it feels like you are still high school seniors, but there are no parents around and beer is much easier to get. We fulfill many stereotypes of college--you'll find kids wearing polos and madras shorts and students tossing frisbees on the quad, along with the occasional argument over who's better at beiruit or flip cup. Overall it is a great school.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

1. Yes, there is a pretty crazy social scene. Everyone parties every weekend starting thursday, and on special events (homecoming, spring weekend) Campus safety turns a blind eye to blatant underage drinking/ destructive behavior on the main quad during the middle of the afternoon. 2. Apparently it is big, but if you don't want anything to do with that scene, not only is there no pressure to do it, but you will probably not even notice it. Because I haven't wanted anything to do with coke, it has not been mentioned to me, nor have I seen it anywhere. 3. Trinity is a very preppy school (most of the kids here went to private school), and don't get me wrong, there is a good amount of snobby rich kids; but overall 90% of the student body is pretty friendly, accepting, and down to earth. 4. If you went to a new england prep school and loved it, you'll love Trinity. Eeveryone knows everything about everyone, and you'll be able to recognize basically everyone from your grade by face at least. Even the buildings look the same (old brick with ivy). Some may find this unappealing, but most people I think would enjoy the friendly and personal atmosphere on campus. 5. I haven't noticed any cliqueiness with guys, but apparently the girls say that it is pretty cliquey. Because it's a small school and the freshman dorms are so far apart, you'll find you will develop a close group of about eight or nine people that live near you that you hang out with every day. But because everyone goes to vernon street (Frat row) to party every weekend, you'll see people that you sort of know (from classes etc.) and get to know them better, and party with them on weekends. While you may not be extremely close to them you will still consider them friends.

What are the academics like at your school?

extremely rigorous; they work you into the ground, but you're prepared. You will notice your essay writing skills develop in leaps and bounds by the first two months.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

1. Trinity is a party school 2. Cocaine is big at Trinity 3. Everyone here is stuck up and preppy. 4. It's basically the same thing as the prep school experience. 5. It's very cliquey

Tristan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

best thing about trinity: its professors one thing i'd change is its location, unfortunately this is not a safe place and st...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

best thing about trinity: its professors one thing i'd change is its location, unfortunately this is not a safe place and students are target. campus safety has to be reinforced and they are working on that. the school is not too large and i like that because it makes it more like home, you get to know more people and that is good, you are not a stranger. Since i am part of the minority at trinity people react surprised when they find out i go to trinity, but hey I got a full scholarship and this school welcomed me very well, why do we keep the stereotypes and don't find out what trinity really is? I don't live on campus, but if i did i could spend time at fraternities, the Fred, Mather dining hall, the cave, austin arts center, bbq outside one of the houses. Trinity has to fix the administration because when it comes to money they are not very wise on how to use their budget, but the school newspapers and clubs keep things in line and in order. Complaints, no much variety on what to do.. but there is, the problem is that there is no clear place where you can find out everything that happens in school, and of course the campus safety issue, and probably parking as well. We need more domrs, and thank god they are building them, plus they are tearing down some ugly buildings and fixing the long walk, it's taking some time, but the school is looking much better

Describe the students at your school.

it has to be improved more, or people need to know what is going on around campus. there should be a plan to promote more diversity, not just announce it

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

i am glad this gets out for anyone who wants to know about my school. There are guided tours for interested students, so anyone can check it out and students are the guides.. if you like it, you are more than welcome to apply

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

NO, I have to admit that our school is very open minded and professors are very nice to anyone in class. I have to admit we might have some discrimination in the peer level, and we have a very low minority ratio, but this happens all over the country, this is not right, but there are people working on changing this fact, i am a minority and I don't feel bad coming to this school at all

What are the academics like at your school?

they are great, no complain on any of them.. probably just one, but we all know teachers have their way to teach and the world is not perfect

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

good, practical, the dorms are safe, and personal sfety is required, as in any school

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

we are usually called the Trin trin.. or spoiled white kids, and before i came to trinity i might have thought the same way

Piper
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am a chemistry major and Trinity has amazing scientific facilities and professors. All the Trinity professors that I have ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am a chemistry major and Trinity has amazing scientific facilities and professors. All the Trinity professors that I have encountered are willing to help all the time with my academic work and my personal life, when I need it. They all take tons of time to spend with every student. The scientific instrumentation is unparalleled at a school of Trinity's size. The emphasis on undergraduate research is apparent and many of the science majors are funneled into top graduate schools. Hartford is not a college town and kind of dangerous.

Describe the students at your school.

Trinity had race relation issues last year, but the administration has done a lot to alleviate that. The most recent class has the highest percentage of minorities. A lot of my friends are minorities who never feel out of place. There are a lot of preppy people at Trinity and that is part of its reputation, but there is also a growing number of students who don't subscribe to that and most people are fine with them.

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I love Trinity and am having a wonderful time here and am getting a great and personalized education.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Some students at Trinity, like any college, drink a lot. But most are occasional drinkers and only 10-12% are involved in the Greek scene.

What are the academics like at your school?

I know all my professors by name. Students study a variety based on their major or grades they wish to achieve. As a chemistry major, I am studying or doing research most of the time. I have presented my research at a national conference. Students are competitive, but not to the point that they don't want success for all their peers. Every student will help one another anytime they ask.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The clubs I am in are Trinity Chemical Society and Trinity College Biology Club. Both do a considerable amount of community service. I am usually studying at 2 am on Tuesday. On Saturday night, I usually go to the movies or do a project at one of the many houses on campus that are an alternative to the fraternity scene. There are frequently concerts, art projects, etc.

Erin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is really small which means when you tell someone you go there, it doesn't always get recognized. It also means that...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is really small which means when you tell someone you go there, it doesn't always get recognized. It also means that it is a very small community where things travel fairly quickly. The is not the best run institution in the country. There are a lot of financial problems and behavioral problems. There has been a lot of controversy recently about community relations and racism on campus. Depending on your interests, that is where most of your time will be spent; the classroom, the athletic fields, the fraternities or sororities, etc.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is not all that diverse at Trinity. There has been a lot of tension between different groups for a long time. Trinity is also one of the least accepting campus in many ways. Trinity is a school where students find is necessary to flaunt their designed fashion to class (or their attempted designer fashion). There is a definite feel of money in the air. The student body is really something you have to experience to have an idea about it.

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I think Trinity is over priced by a large amount. I think the experience can be great, but I also think it can be miserable. You really have to want to be at Trinity and in a certain environment to make it work.

What are the academics like at your school?

One of the greatest things about Trinity is that Professors know who you are. I have had some of the greatest experiences here. Class participation is a must in many of the courses but this is also dependent on the department. Many of the departments are great, but there are a few that are not as hot. The Public Policy and Law department has some of the most interesting classes as well as some of the best professors. I think the current graduation requirements at Trinity are great because the student has a lot of flexibility even as a freshmen. However, I think many of the new requirements are going to greatly limit that flexibility and students should be aware of that.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The social life at Trinity is party based. Most of the weekend activities happen at night at the fraternities and sororities. There are a number of groups on campus, but many of them are underfunded or poorly run. The athletic events can be popular (squash) or can be fairly ignored. There are a lot of good speakers that come to Trinity, but they are not always well advertised. There are also a lot of acting and singing events on campus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich white kids heavy drinkers slackers

Jordan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is amazing with a few exceptions. First its in the middle of the ghetto and there are often incidents of students get...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is amazing with a few exceptions. First its in the middle of the ghetto and there are often incidents of students getting mugged or assaulted. The lack of funds has driven tuition up, while there are less classes to choose from among other noticeable cuts throughout the college. Most of the girls at Trinity are very attractive while the male population not so much. The boys get tail from hotter girls then they should in real life and in turn, creates egotistical frat maniacs. Also, the campus food dominated Chartwells is by far the worst thing about Trinity. The food is aweful. Usually pumped full of harmones and diminishing options force students to look elsewhere for nutrition. It is really gross.

Describe the students at your school.

Most Trinity students are from the New York and Boston areas. Most come from upper middle class families with many from private and boarding schools although the atmosphere is changing a bit. For example, the classes of 2009 and 2008 get very dressed up for classes and I've noticed that less of the 2010 and 2011 classes aren't as into their week-day threads.

What are the academics like at your school?

You can skate by in most classes with Bs without doing much. Going to class is usually important. I live with 8 people of all different majors and we all are constantly learning new things about each-others experiences and education. Education at trinity is NOT geared toward getting a job, it is a liberal arts school.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Fraternities and Sororities and sports seem to be the most popular. On Tuesday and Thursday nights I am usually at the Tap Bar ( Campus Bar) and on the weekend you can find students socializing at theme parties all along Vernon Street. Parties range from jungle themed to 80s night. There are a lot of other great spots on campus too. Cinestudio is an on campus movie theater and is way under rated and the Alchemy Juice Bar right off campus is an organic jem serving up tasty smoothies and wraps.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Preppy, New England kids who work hard and play harder.

Kate
What is your overall opinion of this school?

My school is the perfect size. Trinity is well known in all parts of the country and especially adults are impressed when I ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My school is the perfect size. Trinity is well known in all parts of the country and especially adults are impressed when I tell them I am an undergrad here. I love playing volleyball and I love the Spring - warm weather, students out on the quad, outside sports, so fun! I'm so sad to be graduating :(

Describe the students at your school.

It is disheartening to think that any student would fele out of place at Trinity. However, the reality of college, as in life, is that not every college is the perfect fit. I am the stereotype - blonde hair, blue eyes, preppy little girl. However, it bothers me when people feel racially, religiously, etc. on the outside because I have never treated anyone differently based on these things. You are the only one that can make yourself feel inferior.

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I left out alot but I don't have time to write more. Contact me if you need anything else.

What are the academics like at your school?

Yes professors know my name. My favorite classes have been within my major. Trinity students work hard, party hard.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I play volleyball. Attendance is not a priority, but lets face it, I rarely go to women's sports either. For men's football, basketball, and hockey, attendance is prevalent. Fraternities and sororities are also important - our school has fun!

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