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Trinity College


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Clifton
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Small School that has a lot of internal social conflicts and a heavy work load but is a great way to prepare you for the hard...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Small School that has a lot of internal social conflicts and a heavy work load but is a great way to prepare you for the hardships that live will throw at you

Describe the students at your school.

A lot of white kids and a small minority population that's slowly growing where generally they all know each other.

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too much to say in one small box

What are the academics like at your school?

Some majors are tougher than others and the writing is very important for anyone who wants to be successful here

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Parties all the time, drinking starts from thursday and ends on sunday Some racism can be experienced for students of color

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Snooty white kids who don't know how to act around black people THEY TALK TO MUCH

Kendall
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity has great class sizes, wonderful teachers who really want to get to know you and a picturesque campus that is pretty ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity has great class sizes, wonderful teachers who really want to get to know you and a picturesque campus that is pretty self-contained. Trinity is for a student who wants to work hard and party hard and like the accesibility to Boston and NYC.

Describe the students at your school.

Trinity get's a lot of negative press about our race relations, however compared to other NESCAC schools we are pretty darn diverse. The most noticeable thing about the Trinity student body is that everyone is beautiful. Honestly, it is stunning returning back to Trinity after visiting another college, just how beautiful and thin everyone is.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

To some degree yes, most students are from the East Coast and come from money.

What are the academics like at your school?

The professors are fantastic, they try and have close relationships with most of their students and are a real asset. The American Studies department is one of the schools strongest and most dynamic. The faculty especially Louis Masur, are constantly putting on interesting lectures and offering unique classes such as as class on Presely, Dylan & Springsteen.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The Fred is a great alternative space for people to come watch films, create art and relax without the stereotypes of the fraternity/sororiety crowd. It is definitely not a dry organization though, it's simply another social option for a weekend on campus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Trinity still has many of the bow-tie wearing boys and beautiful lily pulitzer dressed girls from East Coast prep school and boarding schools. It also has a pretty diverese lower income group of students, a lot from Hartford or nearby NYC.

Sarah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is a school full of rich kids from New England who don't try to hide it. Since the surrounding area, and really all o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is a school full of rich kids from New England who don't try to hide it. Since the surrounding area, and really all of Hartford force students to stay on campus, drinking becomes the major social activity. People definitely do study, but other than academics and partying they concentrate on little else. Extracurriculars are not huge for the most part, neither are alternative lifestyles. The administration really does nothing to break this cycle, and the students that try to are met with a lot of resistance.

Describe the students at your school.

While diversity in terms of race is important, Trinity should be taking a closer look at socioeconomic and regional diversity. They are never going to attract new types of students until they break the stereotype of being a school for privileged white kids. Trinity wants racial diversity but they won't get it until they get other types of diversity. The first weekend of freshman orientation there is a speaker who tries to tell the class as a whole some of the statistics about the class, as well as leading students through all sorts of exercises that try to break stereotypes, yada yada. The one thing I still remember was when the woman asked people to stand up for one of these categories: your family always had more than enough, enough, or not enough. more than half of the room stood up for more than enough. you can take that as a bunch of americans acknowledging that almost anyone that lives in this country has more than enough, or you can take that as everyone immediately interpreting those categories as upper, middle, and lower class. there have been some major issues in the last few years involving homophobia and sexism on campus. the trinity tripod, the student newspaper, frequently makes jokes out of sexual assaults and other gender issues on campus. there is a lot of backlash against the only alternative group on campus, The Fred, which was put together several years ago as a way for students unhappy with the party/greek life centered social scene. it is not intended to be anti-alcohol, and is not, but it provides more alternative types of events, where those who are uncomfortable with drinking and excessive partying can feel safe and comfortable. in general, extracurriculars outside of sports are not very strong, with the exception of the greek system. but most clubs and other societies don't have strong followings. any attempts at political activism are largely ignored. if you want a place where it takes less than a year to have recycling bins installed on campus, i suggest somewhere where people give a shit. my guess would be if you average it all out, political leanings are straight down the center.

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all of that being said: if you don't fit the trinity stereotype you can be VERY happy here. take it from someone who wanted out. very badly. but who is now exceedingly happy. i hate the school. and sure on principle i guess that means i shouldn't continue to stay. but fall in with good academic departments and professors and that part of life will be more than adequate. take advantage of things like the fred. like cinestudio (the only real movie theater on a college campus in the county. it shows foreign, independent and classic films, and is a true gem that almost no one takes advantage of. students run everything except for the projection, and if you volunteer once a week you can see any movie for free). you will find people here that are like you. it might take more time than it would somewhere else. but it can be an incredibly rewarding experience to get to be part of the group that's "different." you get to really run things and make decisions and affect people's lives. you can be the students that make the new unahppy trinity students change their minds. you have a chance to be someone that's not just part of the flock. i'll never give money to trinity itself. maybe to something like cinestudio, or an academic department i care about. but as an institution i hate everything it stands for. i think few members of the administration care at all about changing the reputation. academic programs are frequently cancelled. the library is open a pathetic number of hours. little things like that which show they don't really care. many say that the arts are severely ignored. some even say sports are ignored. all of it goes to show trinity doesn't really do much to encourage participation. or maybe they just don't admit active students. but if having to work to find what you want or a social life with a heavy dose of alcohol doesn't appeal to you, best to keep looking.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

in general yes. for the most part its a school full of people that look alike. I have a friend who swears she can't tell the difference between half the people she sees on campus, and it's true. you will see an enormous amount of guys in pink polo shirts and girls that put on a skirt in the middle of winter. there are the few people who don't fit this mold, and many who are interesting fun people despite their appearance, but to say they break the stereotype would be a big stretch

What are the academics like at your school?

The thing about trinity that is true for many liberal arts colleges is that you can basically work as much or as little as you want to. Some departments are known for being easy, some even for being a joke (example: public policy and law). If you care about school, you'll find the good professors and departments and have a great experience. If you want to slack off but not fail, you'll accomplish that. Classes are generally small, and there are few truly bad professors. Most encourage class participation, although you usually won't be faulted if you don't. Get to know your professors, it will help out your grades if they see you care. If you don't have a question, come up with one, they will take notice that you took time to delve into material. Because it is a small school, you want your professors to know your name, it will improve your experience. Whether you chose to work a lot or a little, for the most part, Trinity students aren't really the academic type. Most are smart, most are not intellectuals. Economics is one of the largest majors, big surprise at a school full of rich kids who want to be investment bankers. Being smart is recognized, intellectual pursuits and discussion are not for the most part.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

GREEKS GREEKS GREEKS. there is nothing to do off campus so frat row rules the social life. the fred offers the only real weekend alternatives unless you want to go to college sponsored dances which are very lightly attended. Academic type activities are small, and usually department run, they exist but you will most likely have to hunt for them. cinestudio is an incredible resource for anyone that likes movies. the greeks are really able to control the school. drinking is the only weekend activity if you don't have a huge paper to write and want to spend it in the library. not a huge percentage of students are actually in a fraternity or sorority, but the majority of the student body spends their weekends there. friends are often met freshman year, in the dorms. for many its rare to make new friends after frehsman year, but it is possible if you are unhappy and want to seek out new people. friendships often seem to revolve around nothing other than drinking, it is the main social activity. dating doesn't really exist, but what college does have a dating scene. it's all about the hookups or the relationships. you won't find much else. overall it's not a very community oriented place. there are no traditions, few school wide events, all goes to show the administration is just fine with the greeks ruling the show.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Preppy, rich, like to party, care about school and generally work hard, but often just do what they have to get by

Katie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have little to complain about hte faculty and administration to hte campus. It seems that the administration could sometime...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have little to complain about hte faculty and administration to hte campus. It seems that the administration could sometimes try to steer the school in a more open minded / diverse direction, but that is not completely their fault

Describe the students at your school.

I would say that any student who is not upper class, straight, and white would feel somewhat out of place at Trinity. I don't know how common this is at other colleges, but people tend to segregate themselves largely by race, or at least students of color vs. white students. There were some instances about a year ago of a few black students having racial slurs written on their doors, as well as a strange incident where a white student went in black face to a Halloween party impersonating/mocking a black person. After this incident, some students of color (mostly black and hispanic) organized an event at the dining hall where they purposely sat at tables of all white students to try to break the pattern. Basically, (and this is coming from a white student!) the white students could be more friendly towards people of color. Only the athletic teams seem to be more integrated. Trinity is a Division III school, but we stilll take sports fairly seriously. Half of the student body participates in competitive sports, and people often make friends based on their sport. Don't believe the admission office when they say that students come from all over the state, generally they come from New England and the Mid-Atlantic area. There are a decent number from California, but coming from CA I still often felt a little out of place. Politically I'd say most students are democratic / central, but I would stilll say there are still more conservatives / more vocal conservatives than most colleges. It probably feels like there are more conservatives than there really are. Most female students are very into dressing in expensive clothing of hte jcrew /seven jeans variety to class. I have some wonderful friends at Trinity, and I am not speaking for the entire student body, but I would say the majority is more close minded, less friendly, and more homogenous than the average student body.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

About a third to half of the student body i would say fits the stereotype, aside from the thing about being conservative (somewhat true, see below), and doing coke (which is generally not too many). However, sometimes it feels like everyone comes from some exclusive boarding school in connecticut. it would be an exaggeration to say that trinity students are snobby, but it seems that many are not exactly open to meeting new people and tend to associate with those who are like themselves. trinity students generally do party a good deal more han the average college student, and this seems to hold back the school academically.

What are the academics like at your school?

THe professors at Trnity are generally very good and personable, and are always wiling to meet outside of class and get to know you. the curriculums are more focused on learning for its own sake, which i think is a good thing. considering that many students (but not all) come from privileged backgrounds, it seems that they do not take advantage of the great school they now go to, nor study as much as they should. i would say that maybe a half or less do have intellectual conversations outside of class, but there seems to be many who talk of nothing but their social life. Students are somewhat competitive. You often get the sense that they are strictly interested in getting a good grade as compared to learning anything.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Trnity is only 20% Greek, but this number is deceiving. Greek life and sports teams are very important to social life. There are five frats and two sororities, making the sororities extremely exclusive. I had many socially-adept friends who could not get into a sorority. It seems that there were way more people who wanted to be in he Greek system than would allow. At a school my friend goes to, the Greek system has many more options so a much larger range of people can be Greek if they want to. In spite of at times being closed minded, i will say that Trinity is an extremely social school (its just that people tend to stick with those who they are like). So even if you are not in the Greek system or in a sports team, you can have a social life. Howver, the social structure at Trnity is very rigid. After around sophomore year, when rush is over, it's pretty difficult to get to know people who are not in your social circle. People generally do not keep their doors open, which does not help the situation. Parties are generally thursday through sat, but you can find drunk people at trinity any night of hte week. There's barely anytining to do on a Sat night that do not involve drinking. There's a college bar and a few clubs in town, but a good deal of the city is not particularily safe at night.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

snobby rich eastern prep school / boarding school kids, conservative, partiers, heavy drinkers, do coke

Mary
What is your overall opinion of this school?

i love the size of trinity. i love the people at trinity. i love how you can always see people around that you know. it makes...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

i love the size of trinity. i love the people at trinity. i love how you can always see people around that you know. it makes you feel never lonely because someone is always there, or someone is always smiling and saying hi to you, which always makes your day better. the sports are fun because nescac is competitive within itself so it's a fun league to be in. on saturdays, and some sundays, everyone is around the fields watching all the sports games because all the fields are so close on campus and you can just go from one field to the other, or even see more than 1 game at 1 time. there is a ton of school pride and everyone loves being at trinity. no one wants to go home for the summer, because we all wish the school year could just continue on. doing work isn't even a big deal, or a big hassle, because there's fun to do that balances it out, and when you do work, you have so much fun to look forward to.

What are the academics like at your school?

theres a lot of help from teh teachers and from all your fellow classmates. all teh teachers are really nice, and they come and support the athletics, and all of the fun stuff going on around campus.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

the best social life you could imagine. if you like to dance, you won't like any other school besides trinity. at our school, you don't just stand around and hang out at night, everyone dances with each other and it is soo much fun. trinity is the best place in the world.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

that they are stuck up and spoiled.

Gene
What is your overall opinion of this school?

For the most part, the professors at Trinity are excellent. Anyone can get a good education by dedicating himself to his wor...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

For the most part, the professors at Trinity are excellent. Anyone can get a good education by dedicating himself to his work, no problem. It's the student body that's the main problem: others are stupid, inarticulate, and thoughtless. Partying is the main order of the day. Hartford is a slummy dump, so there's no real escape. The most frequent student complaints are against the homophobic, misogynistic, and racist fraternities and against the general danger of being outside past 9:00.

Describe the students at your school.

Students are racist, sure, but misogyny and homophobia win the day. Beyond that, the general preppy-ness of the student body contributes to a sense of elitism, which really may be Trinity's fundamental problem: these are stupid rich kids. They feel entitled to everything and strive for nothing.

What are the academics like at your school?

Terrific professors. Truly. One can obtain an excellent education if one so wishes. The student body is the problem: they play hard and work as little as possible. Trinity's academic requirements aren't all that bad at all -- one class in the arts, one class in the humanities, one class in the social sciences, one class in the natural sciences, and one class in the quantitative reasoning areas. The only two requirements I didn't do naturally were the last two, and they're not so bad at all to manage.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Trinity as an whole is thought of as a racistic, misogynistic student body filled with preppy rich kids who were too dumb to get into Harvard or Yale.

Monique
What is your overall opinion of this school?

We go to a small school but we can do all the things that a big University can do. Trinity embraces the individual voice. You...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

We go to a small school but we can do all the things that a big University can do. Trinity embraces the individual voice. You can move mountains at Trinity, as long as you're motivated. Hartford has a lot to offer; most students don't take advantage of the great resources available in Hartford. We have an amazing faculty at our disposal. Racism is rampant at Trinity. The TrinTrin culture continually assults women and students of color.

Describe the students at your school.

The basis of on-campus racism lies in exclusion. Since we have such a small community, it is easy for students to feel left out. While it may seem that minority students do not have the same venues in terms of social life, co-curricular activities and access to forums for campus-wide expression, these venues seek leadership. You can create any forum for expression as long as you are motivated. Getting involved is key.

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I love Trinity. It has everything I dreamed of in a college or university.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Nearly. We have a very large student population that is preppy. While the face of Trinity may be a preppy Bostonian, our campus is very diverse (ethnically, racially and intellectually).

What are the academics like at your school?

My favorite aspect of Trinity academic life is our global sites. The more emphasis Trinity puts into expanding and supporting our study abroad options, the better Trinity will be. We have a college community that supports a curriculm that incorporates hand-on experience based knowledge.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

You can find an on campus party on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. At times it seems that Frat parties are monotonous. But there are so many other options: parties given by the school in Vernon Social Center, going downtown to bars and clubs, The Tap and Half Door (local bars) or having a party in your dorm room. On any given weekend, you're bound to have fun as long as you're connected.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone dresses in CK Bradley and J crew. Everyone is from just outside Boston.

Courtney
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is a small school, and it is perfect that way. Despite the bad reputation of the Hartford area, Trinity is a gem amo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is a small school, and it is perfect that way. Despite the bad reputation of the Hartford area, Trinity is a gem among the area. The campus is very beautiful, and after the long walk renovation, it will be even more beautiful. There is a lot to do on campus, and a lot of diversity. There is a great scene at Trinity, and a small bar across the street. The administration and professors are excellent, for the most part. I find it is very difficult to find a professor that I don't like.

Describe the students at your school.

While Trinity has primarily white students, there is definitely a sense of diversity on campus. The various ethnic houses allow students of all races and ethnicities to feel at home. There are various religious houses, as well as an LGBT community. A lot of the students like to "dress up" for class, but many are comfortable and show up dressed down. Because of the diversity, I believe there is a place for everyone at Trinity.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No. while there is a majority of white students, not all are rich, and the school certainly shouldn't be considered a rich school based on their financial status

What are the academics like at your school?

Because the school is small, and classes run about 20 -25 people, it is very easy to get to know Professors well, and for them to get to know you. My favorite class at Trinity is Psychotherapy. I am a psychology major and this class, taught by a professor who works full time at the counseling center on campus, is one of the most interesting classes I have taken. There are always intellectual conversations to be heard in the library and in the various coffee shops around campus. The education at Trinity is really what you make of it. If your primary goal is to get a particular job, you will be well prepared. Because of the small required core curriculum, it is easy to design your education around what interests and suits you best.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There is a variety of Greek life on campus. There are also many athletic teams that really work well for a bonding experience. Athletic games are important to Trinity. There is a brand new hockey rink, and now just about every sport can be watched on campus. It is possible to find a party on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Trinity students are stereotyped as well-dressed, rich, white students. The school is stereotyped as a conservative rich school.

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