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Trinity College


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Laura
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Trinity is the available resources it has to offer. I would make more classes available, or make the s...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Trinity is the available resources it has to offer. I would make more classes available, or make the student body larger-campus larger. Some people say Trinity is a godd school and some never heard about it. I spend most of my time in the library using computers. "What college town?" Controversy-personal safety, some kid's are being to reckless- they are not street smart at all. School pride is there.

Describe the students at your school.

I don't know enough about this becauses the traditinal students relly get to know each other, IDP are often too busy within thier own lives.

What are the academics like at your school?

Trinity has excellent Professors, clasees, and interesting sperkers.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I would be dissappointed with Trinity's social life, this really isn't a college town. It is lame.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That the traditional student is snotty or stuck-up. I hear that IDP student's are looked down upon.

Harper
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing is the quality of the professors. Great professors in philosophy and poli sci departments especially. -there i...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing is the quality of the professors. Great professors in philosophy and poli sci departments especially. -there is no parking. students forced off campus, made to register, then get ticketed / towed --all the time. no parking, for commuters especially, is absurd. -school is too small and not diverse (but this was expected before i came here) -not much school pride, i dont think -frats are the social scene, organized in a heierarchy of wealth. also absurd. -lots of drinking, drugs, and cigarette smoking -one girl was raped the other week at 4:00am on trinity campus. this is the major controversy, safety. was it her fault? campus safety's fault?

Describe the students at your school.

majority are white new england prep school kids... people with similar socioeconomic backgrounds stick together campus seems to be very segregated in terms of social groups. students are generally apathetic, not as much left, right, or center. four tables of students: 1. pastel / lily pulitzer wearing preppy kids (boys and girls) with the same longchamp bag. 2. large people - football/basketball players 3. black kids 4. general weird kids that don't fit into the top three categories

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

students are unfriendly to anyone different from them and it's rare for someone to smile at you (or even give eye contact) on the long walk (across campus) i would transfer, but for two reasons: I have an amazing group of friends (with whom i engage in academic discussions when we're "partying") and believe i am getting a top notch education.

What are the academics like at your school?

professors great, small classes, they know my name. my friends and I have lots of "academic" discussions when we are "partying" but that's probably because we're a group of phiosophy majors. students not too competetive, i dont think academic requirements are easy. education for its own sake, not job oriented

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

frats most popular. lots of sports teams. tripod not too many people, really down to earth people (who are hard to find around here) people go out all the time, especially thurs. saturday night if you don't want to drink, you can stay home i live off downtown so i go to bars sometimes, but in general trin students don't go downtown. if im awake 2:00 am tuesday, i am watching a (netflixed) movie in bed

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

-rich white kids from new england prep schools -party school with lots of cocaine

Rory
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Trinity is the size. Its small enough so that I see people I know basically everywhere, and I know the m...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Trinity is the size. Its small enough so that I see people I know basically everywhere, and I know the majority of people in my class, even if only by face. The people are really friendly, and I feel like there really aren't that many loners. Everybody fits in somewhere and people tend to find their groups of friends pretty quickly. The one major let down of going to Trinity is being in Hartford. It's basically a shit show, so people spend basically all of their time on campus. The majority of the party scene takes place at the fraternities which also gets a little old at times.

Describe the students at your school.

Trinity has a pretty diverse community; racially, religiously and socio-economic status wise as well. Although Trinity is sort of known as a rich school which is pretty true, it's really not that big of a deal. Trinity is one of THE best colleges in terms of need-blind financial aid, I basically have my entire tuition covered by it.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes, although it obviously doesn't apply to everyone. You find these stereotypes at all schools.

What are the academics like at your school?

If your into small classes where professors know your name then Trinity will probably suit you well. Most of the professors are really friendly and easy to talk to and genuily do try to help you out and make sure you succeed. In terms of an overall education it's really what you make of it.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Trinity is a pretty big party school. People are pretty much always going out ever Thursday-Saturday. If your not big on drinking you honestly probably wouldn't fit in that well. Weed is also pretty big, and although I'm not too sure about the actual statistics I think about 2 or 3 people actually got in trouble for smoking outside. The school honestly just doesn't really care about it. "Campus Safety" the schools police force is basically there to make sure your safe, not to get you in trouble for drinking or anything else.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Big drinking school, many students paid there way to get into college rather than earned it.

Crissy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Horrible location, bring a handgun to school because campus safety wont do anything to keep you safe and the locals are armed...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Horrible location, bring a handgun to school because campus safety wont do anything to keep you safe and the locals are armed. The campus needs to be closed or made safer. But that doesn't stop the fun and we still manage to have a good time.

Describe the students at your school.

Dress code: Lilly, polo, vinyards vines, brooks brothers, those are mostly the wardrobe. Burberry or Barbur jackets. North face or patagonia fleeces. Some times nice (usually Brooks Brothers or Ralph Lauren) wool/cashmere jackets. Or course juicy, vince, paper, citizens, and others make their appearances, jeans, anything deigner goes. Shoes are Jack rogers, raindows, tods and guggi loafers, the usual brands make their rounds for formal events, girls in their choos, manolos, and louboutin, tory burch, not to say these shoes don't make appearances for more casual effents. Long champ and Herves and the book bags, Vera duffles are a common sight. ---- most students come from money Most are open to LGBT, but that doesn't mean they want to see that sort of behavior. Students are politically aware and I would day that there are more registered members of the GOP at Trin than at other schools, but I wont say its the majority, just more than the norm. Students spend a decent amount of time talking about what they'll earn one day, and how they'll earn it.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Generally, yes for list one, List two is generally not two, when people need help on campus they can find it, when something horrible (like rape) happens on campus the students will all join together. There is of course a line between the haves and the have nots, in some ways this is also seen as a parties and doesn't party, but its just that the groups don't party together. The students are actually very concerned about international affairs (possibly just to see how it affects their stock portfolio more than human rights).

What are the academics like at your school?

Generally the academics are good, I love many of my professors. I spend a great deal of time with my advisor,as do many students, his office door is always open. Having a professors cell phone for a late night question is common. Trinity students are smart and you will hear them talking/debating about some pretty heavy material as you walk threw the halls, you will also head them talking about the latest TV shows, new cars coming out, boats, new designer collections.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Good frat life, can't really go out down town so the frats are very important. People don't really leave dorms open. Squash events are well attended but no much any other sport. awake at a 2am on tuesday- other curled up in bed with the significant other, in the library hitting the books, or out getting drunk with friends. You can always just hang out with friends, watch tv/movies, study, drinking doesn't need to happen. Its just that at trinity we tend to work hard so we can party on the weekends, though I personally prefer to spend those nights curled up with my boyfriend after having a fabulous meal out (hartford does have some amazing dining options) There are some good shopping options in west hartford, and west farms mall is getting better

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

list one:Preppy, Wealthy, Heavy Drinkers (Party as hard as we study), and Coke heads list two: Selfish, don't care about others, don't care about international affairs

Sasha
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is somewhat isolated from the local Hartford community, despite efforts to the contrary. Camp Trin-Trin is an accura...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is somewhat isolated from the local Hartford community, despite efforts to the contrary. Camp Trin-Trin is an accurate nickname.

Describe the students at your school.

Some sectors of the student body are surprisingly conservative for a college campus.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

They are accurate for about 60% of the school population.

What are the academics like at your school?

Absolutely fantastic. The chemistry and biology departments are particularly puissant for a smaller school. Recent foreign language requirements have drawn a sharp line between the humanities and natural sciences professors and students.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Though very few people live in them, most partying is centered around the greek organizations.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Very preppy, frequently very affluent. Trinity students work hard during the week, and play hard on the weekends.

Caroline
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Trinity is the cultural opportunities provided to students, both through the school and through the city...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Trinity is the cultural opportunities provided to students, both through the school and through the city. I think the size is just right. While it can feel small at times, a school of 2,300 students means that there will always be new people to meet yet there are recognizable faces that greet you with a smile each time you leave your dorm room.

Describe the students at your school.

While it is generally thought that the Trinity campus is not accepting of minorities (such as homosexuals), I have not, in my personal experience, encountered such descrimination. I have heard of people being rude to my gay friends and belittled them but this certainly is not the predominant opinion on campus.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No. As far as the stereotype of the students, I have found them so be rather false. There are certainly some kids who fit the stereotypes but they do not represent the majority of the students. The stereotypes of Hartford are true although I would rather attend school in a dangerous, delapidated city than in the middle of nowhere. Getting home (to the airport) is very easy, something of which I am very grateful.

What are the academics like at your school?

My professors do know my name. I think one aspect of the curriculum which could be improved is the language department. They should offer more classes and each level each semester in order to be accessable to more students. I like that there are not required courses yet the requirements do ensure the students have dabbled in many different areas of study and will make an educated decision when electing a major.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Frats are the focus of Trinity's social life. As a freshman girl, I have not had trouble getting into them but I wish they would be more accepting of boys, especially freshmen. Inclusion would, I think, ease the transition to college for many boys. The squash team is the most popular team, and for good reason! They are amazing and it is so much fun to be a part of such an amazing legacy.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

They are all preppy, rich kids. Drugs run rampant through the campus. Hartford is a dangerous, abandoned city and attending college in such a city is not safe.

Casey
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is a small school, which means small classes. Students and professors know each other and you begin to build relation...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Trinity is a small school, which means small classes. Students and professors know each other and you begin to build relationships with your professors from the first day of class. I've never taken a class that had more than 40 people in it and that was an intro. class. Trinity is a party school, but students take their work very seriously as well. Trinity is in a city and is located in a very poor neighborhood. Hartford as a lot to offer and there's access to public transportation in and out of the city. People don't go downtown as often as one would think. However, if you want to the option is always there. Trinity students prefer to stay inside the Trinity bubble than travel outside of it. Trinity has had some problems with campus safety and racism. As a minority student, I've always felt completely comfortable at Trinity and never have had to deal with any racism. Other minority students tend to segragate themselves and, in my opinion, that plays a major role in the campus climate in terms of racism. Trinity administration isn't always as concerned about the student body as one would think it should be at such a small school. For example, they guaranteed housing for four years, but my junior year there was a housing shortage and half of the junior class had to move off-campus. Another example is their planning of Spring Weekend during the first days of Passover.

Describe the students at your school.

Just about everyone can find their niche at Trinity. A lot of students dress up to class, but some do not. Different types of students don't interact on a regular basis, but if you seek out people that aren't like you, you can certainly find them. There are many different groups and organizations at Trinity and just about every student is involved in something. A lot of students are very wealthy and about half of the students came from private schools. Politically, the campus is split right down the middle. People go to Trinity for an excellent education and so people do tend to focus on making sure their education will get them good jobs in the future or enrolled in a good graduate program.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There are truths behind all stereotypes. There are students at Trinity who are very wealthy and preppy. However, that does not describe all the students at Trinity.

What are the academics like at your school?

The professors at Trinity are fantastic. I truly believe that you get what you pay for and we have some of the best. Class discussion and participation is always encouraged and usually part of your final grade depends on it. Trinity is a writing intensive school so you do a lot of writing. There are also great opprotunities for students like internships and career services. The liberal arts cirriculum allows students to take classes that they are actually interested in. There are only 6 general requirements, which are very easily to fulfill and you have a wide variety of classes to choose from to meet those requirements.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I've met all of my closest friends in my freshman seminar and in my freshman dorm. Greek life is popular at Trinity. You don't have to be in a fraternity or sorority, but going to frat parties is what most people do on weekends. There are some non-alcoholic options for students, but not many. Partying is what most kids do on weekends whether it's at a frat house, in a dorm room, or at someone's apartment. Since I was forced to live off-campus, I live downtown and occasionally go out downtown on weekends instead of coming to campus. However, very few people do this. Hooking up is very popular at Trinity and usually it's random hook ups. However, people do have successful, stable relationships at Trinity as well. It truly just depends on what kind of person you are. Sports teams are very popular and athletic events are popular as well, especially if they're outdoor and it's nice outside.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Trinity students are stereotyped as being rich, snobby, preppy kids from New England. Trinity is stereotyped as being a party school with a work hard, play harder mentality.

Virginia
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Trinity! One of Trinity's many appeals is its small size- only about 2,200 total undergraduate students. It provides f...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Trinity! One of Trinity's many appeals is its small size- only about 2,200 total undergraduate students. It provides for a close-knit and personable community that all sorts of individuals can excel in and enjoy. Most people positively respond when I tell them I go to Trinity; however since I am from California, many people on the West Coast have not heard of small, private liberal arts colleges in New England. Those from the East Coast, especially the New England area, respect Trinity students and the schools academic reputation. The most common response you would receive to the question of "what would you change about the school?" would be the location, which is Hartford, Connecticut. Most people would describe the surrounding area of Trinity's campus as a "ghetto," and to be perfectly honest that is fairly accurate. The biggest controversy at Trinity would be related to the surrounding city and its role of safety on the campus itself. Although Hartford may not be your typical college town, in its defense it has a lot of really good restaurants that the students frequent. During the week I spend time studying in the library- which is beautiful- or hanging out in Peter B's, the coffee shop. On the weekends my time, along with the majority of the very social campus, is spent in the fraternities. A lot of students play sports here, and are proud of our unique and quirky mascot- the Bantam- but there isn't an overwhelming sense of school spirit. In the beginning of the year there is quite a show at the football games and the same in the spring with baseball, because both of the teams are good and the students will usually take advantage of the good weather and drink with their friends.

Describe the students at your school.

Most students are Trinity are from New England, however even though I am from California, I had no problem fitting in with the preppy East Coasters. As I mentioned earlier, most students are Caucasian and wealthy, and this is evident in the clothes they wear and cars they drive. People care a lot about their appearance here. The students at Trinity really enjoy going out Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the upperclassmen tend to go out during the week as well. I would say individuals that do not enjoy drinking or drug use would feel uncomfortable here because that is what a majority of the students do on the weekends. Although there are many social options provided for weekend fun, the majority of it is based upon going to the three popular frats. What surprised me about Trinity's campus was how conservative the students were. However, I've found most people to be pretty open-minded.

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

Either you love Trinity or you hate it. I personally love it and never want to leave- I agree with Trinity's nickname: Camp Trin.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There is always an element of truth to stereotypes, however are exaggerated; there are a lot of good looking and wealthy students here, and the majority of them are Caucasian. I probably would describe Trinity as a party school because students cannot go out unless intoxicated, but most of the students enjoy that atmosphere and are happy at Trinity.

What are the academics like at your school?

I was surprised at how big some of my classes here at Trinity were, because one aspect that the college advocated as one of their strengths was small classes. You have to be careful for what you sign up for, such as the lectures and Introduction courses are going to be bigger than other courses. I highly recommend taking any small, discussion based class here because you can really get to know your Professors. I really enjoy a lot of the Political Science classes here, and what's really unique here is the extended Human Rights classes they offer. What's nicea about Trinity's academic environment is that students are not too competitive with one another, but not to say that they don't work hard. One of Trinity's mottos that is evident and true is that we all work hard, play hard.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Although Greek life is not overwhelmingly popular, fraternities do provide the majority of the popular parties to attend on the weekends. There is a clear divide between the students that rush and those that don't, however there is an overlap if you have friends that are in sororities or fraternities. There are some really popular and even famous parties here at Trinity that the fraternities host, such as Tropical or Playboy at Psi U or Jungle at AD. There are non-frat parties held during the year, the most popular being 80's in the beginning of the year. At the end of the academic year there is Spring Weekend (in the end of April), where popular artists come to host an all day concert on campus. The dating scene varies- it commonly consists of random hook-ups on the weekends, however there are some couples that are doing long-distance or are in a serious relationship at Trinity. Althetic events are not overwhelmingly popular, but as I said before the warm weather usually entices people to come out to both football and baseball games. The squash team here is the best in the country, so students should make an effort to see a few matches.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The first stereotype about Trinity students that comes to mind is the campus is occupied only by white, wealthy and very good looking individuals. Another huge stereotype about the students is that there is a large amount of drinking, drug use and partying that goes on around campus.

Brooke
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I would get rid of the Greek life. It's unnecessary at such a small school, and kids, especially freshmen, think it's awesom...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I would get rid of the Greek life. It's unnecessary at such a small school, and kids, especially freshmen, think it's awesome to get drunk and go out to frats and dance with strangers. I guess you'd call this the social life, but there's nothing social about dancing belligerently with strangers, is there? Unless you have a car, you're pretty stranded on campus. The area of Hartford is really dangerous and you shouldn't go anywhere by yourself if you walk off campus. Having a car is awesome - you can go to the mall or to West Hartford which are both about a 10 minute drive and are really nice.

Describe the students at your school.

While Trinity is comprised mostly of white kids, there are a fair amount of international students, especially because the squash teams draw from many different countries. In terms of diversity, there's more than I thought there was going to be. And, while it's pretty segregated, I haven't witnessed any firsthand racism...maybe that's a naive or ignorant observation though, because it might occur. Actually, it seems like a lot of white kids are intimidated by other groups of people and the sororities in particular seem really exclusive and unfriendly.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The school is predominantly white and about half the kids are on some kind of financial aid. On the surface, kids dress well (some girls/boys really overdress for class) but when you get into classrooms, kids look very regular. And yeah, sure, there are definitely kids who don't care about school and would rather party every night, but aren't you gonna find that at every school?

What are the academics like at your school?

Trinity is known as the dumbest NESCAC school and whether that's true or not, I do not know. It's what you make of it. Whether you're at Tufts, Middlebury, Amherst (probably the 3 most competitive NESCACs to get into right now) or Trinity doesn't really matter if you're gonna screw around at all the schools. Depending on what classes (easy or hard) you choose to take often will determine your GPA and you could have a really hard or easy course schedule at any of these schools. I have taken classes with no more than 35 or 40 students and all of my teachers know/knew my name. It seems like a lot of kids are serious about their work, but there are a fair amount of kids who don't realize what a privilege it is to be at a good school like this and thus don't take advantage of the classes and opportunities on campus...rather, they waste time and party too much.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The squash teams have been national champions for the past 10 years or something. The men's basketball and football teams are pretty good. Students don't usually leave doors open but usually you'll know your friends' "codes" (how to get into the rooms) so you can go in and out as you please. Athletic events draw a lot of kids for men's sports, especially in the tournament, but not for women's sports. Kids don't really date. They hook up drunk once or twice and it rarely lasts much longer than that. Kids who like to party will party maybe Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights, but most kids who like to do it occasionally will go out Friday night light and maybe Saturday night hard. Not everyone parties, though, as much as it may seem that way. Frats are where freshmen and sophomores go after they get drunk crammed in a dorm room. They dance there for a couple hours, hook up with someone and mosey on back to their dorms shitfaced. As you get older and kids have apartments or common spaces, people hang out and actually socialize or go to bars (there are a few local ones).

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That all the kids are from the Northeast, are white, rich and snobby. They drive fancy-ass cars that Daddy bought them for Christmas and are not committed to school. Rather, they just want to get drunk and do drugs.

Ali
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

To some degree, unfortunately, yes... but we, the students and the administration, are working to change that to see more tol...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

To some degree, unfortunately, yes... but we, the students and the administration, are working to change that to see more tolerance, diversity and unity on the campus. While there is an abundance of privileged students, very few of them are snobs and are welcoming to new people. Students at Trinity have difficulty breaking from their molds and groups, but once it happens, everyone gets along well.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich, white, preppy, clique-heavy and snobby.

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