Deerfield, IL
Trinity International University-Illinois


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Recent Reviews

Kimber
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you do not let senioritis get to you. You need to keep up with your study skills for when you get to college you d...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you do not let senioritis get to you. You need to keep up with your study skills for when you get to college you dive right in sometimes on the first day of class. Also start learning how to live on your own by doing your own laudary and starting to make some of your own meals.

Garrett
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is most known for its community and environment. Well-trained professors and staff at trinity provide an amazing environm...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is most known for its community and environment. Well-trained professors and staff at trinity provide an amazing environment to learn. The student body works hard to establish a great community that supports each other. Trinity is also well known for their focus on Christian values. Trinity seeks to develop their students in both the academic and spritual areas.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to work harder in my studies. High school was very easy for me so i didn't have to study very hard or put a lot of hours into my schoolwork. A's came easy to me throughout high school. College however is much more difficult than high school. It requires hours of studying a day, and hours of practicing (as a music student) a day. It requires discipline that should be instilled within a student well before they enter college. So basically i would tell myself to work for a better academic work ethic.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The people (students) and the professors are unlike any other people i've ever met. The support from friends and the guidance of professors are a major aspect at Trinity. Also, the professors are very personal and because of the smaller class sizes, the it is easier to build relationships with the people.

Laurel
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is connected to a world-class seminary.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is connected to a world-class seminary.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't worry so much about where you're going or what specifically you're doing. Hard work pays off and you'll figure things out as they come. Good plans are a good start, but be willing to try new paths. Being alone isn't as bad as you think it is. Having the confidence to be alone is more important than having friends, and friends will come once you have that confidence. Failure is a part of life, and you learn more from failure than you do from sucess. Don't fear it - embrace it! Life isn't as black and white as you think it is. Hold fast to what is really important, but realize that there are two sides to every issue and be willing to see other people's viewpoints. It is alright that you were wrong in the past, but if you have the opportunity to learn the right and reject it, then you have truely failed. It is better to admit that you were wrong and embrace the right then to never be wrong at all.

What's unique about your campus?

The professors care about you and are willing to pour into your life.

Alyssa
Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates are quite friendly, dedicated to their Christian faith and in serving others. There is a strong sense ...

Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates are quite friendly, dedicated to their Christian faith and in serving others. There is a strong sense of community if you seek it out. Joining an on-campus group like Gospel Choir, or any of the service organizations is where the most friendly people are to be found. Most are dedicated to doing well in a pratical degree to continue serving their community in the future.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The major piece of advice I would give myself would have been to apply myself to academics and my musical pursuits even more so than I did. I also would have told myself to start applying to school earlier so I could get a larger number of possibilites. The biggest thing academically I would tell my former self would have been to take some AP classes or try to CLEP out of some classes to cut down on the cost of college and the amount of time spent in school, or so I could pursue a minor of my choice without adding too much stress. Musically, I would have applied myself and increased in dedication to practicing in order to be at college level. I regret not pursuing a degree in music because I wasn't at a high enough level of proficiency to keep up with the curriculum.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about the school is the Christian community and support that is to be found here, even if you are not of the CHristian faith, there is care and acceptance, provided you abstain from certain behaviors. The friendships that are built are not based on partying together, but a common goal and interests. Also, the professors really do care and are one of the best things about the school.

Maureen
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not think of college as a requirement. Go to college because you want to learn not because you think you have to go. Take ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not think of college as a requirement. Go to college because you want to learn not because you think you have to go. Take a year off if necessary and see what it is like making minimum wage for a living. Realize that learning is something you should want to do everyday for the rest of your life.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

The papers seem hard at first but really turn out to be easy.

Melissa
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Trinity becomes like a family in that there are always some quirky and interesting people and situations but in the end, it i...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Trinity becomes like a family in that there are always some quirky and interesting people and situations but in the end, it is an intimate community that cares for and is interested in each individual person.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Part of the pride and joy of Trinity is the graduate and seminary program. Many undergraduates can partner with the graduate program for a particular emphasis in their degree or can easily transition into the graduate program after completing a bachelor's degree. The affiliation with Trinity also provides many connections to ministry related internships, programs and careers.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In the past two years of my college experience, I have realized that college is much more than receiving a degree and academic knowledge. A large portion of college is figuring out who you are, what your personal convictions and beliefs are, how to prioritize and how you respond to life circumstances. Going into college, the student should realize that many foundations will be shaken in their life, but it is okay! Parents need to learn the balance of letting their child mature and make mistakes but also of being supportive and providing guidance. College is a strange and awkward transition in life. Students should balance their work load and social time. After all, college is more than just school. In selecting a college, ask good and hard questions to the staff. Look for the availiability in the area of interest that you desire to pursue at the school. There are many things to consider, but in the end, I think it is important and valuable to visit the campus, interact with students and professors, get a general feel for the campus and try out the food service!

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

The campus is very beautiful and the staff and factuly is very welcoming. They aim at learning each and every student's name...

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

The campus is very beautiful and the staff and factuly is very welcoming. They aim at learning each and every student's name. They also go above and beyond to get students involved and the materials they need to succeed.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When making a decision about what college is right for the student it must be the students decision because s/he is the one who has to attend the school each day. However, the parent should feel that their child will be safe on the campus they so chose. Once the final decision is made the student needs to make a the most of the entire college experience and part of the experience is living on campus. I strongly recommend this action; I for one did not live on campus right away but quickly decided that I was missing out and decided to move in. This is a decision that I do not regret and would not change it for anything because it helps with building friendships and community. The last piece of advice that I would like to give is to stay focused. Students must remember that college costs a lot of money and is building a future for them and even though it may feel like forever it can be over in 3-5 years and the harder they work the quicker they will be done with school. So do not mess around and get your work done.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

They do not release the book list very early to allow time for ordering and shipping so students can have them when they start the class.

Stacey
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't worry about transferring. If you really don't know what you want to major in, just go to a community college or state s...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't worry about transferring. If you really don't know what you want to major in, just go to a community college or state school and pay less while you take your gen eds to figure out what you like. Then later you can switch to a school that specializes in your field. There's nothing wrong with taking your time.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who wants a conservative Christian liberal arts education.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Right now the most frustrating thing is that everyone assumes that everyone else is a Christian so they don't realy allow for other ways of viewing or doing things. Controversial views aren't always welcomed.

Jeffrey
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go to the school! Visit the school and talk with some of the professors and staff members. Many students are still deciding w...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go to the school! Visit the school and talk with some of the professors and staff members. Many students are still deciding what degree they want and most students change their major at some point in the four year experience, so find a faculty that encourages the individual student to pursue what's best for her or him. Its important for students to feel free to try different disciplines in the search for their major. My biggest advice: Find a faculty that wants to struggle through the often long and arduous process of choosing the right degree.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Students who are looking for a party school will be dissappointed. Students looking for vast diversity will not find it on campus, although there are diverse communities close of which student can engage. Students who want to play on a nationally recognized sports team should go elsewhere. Students who seek a very urban experience will be disatisfied by the suburban location.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Hands down the teachers are the best thing about this school. The faculty in general is incredible. They are incredibly knowledgable and conversant in their fields and often conversant in other fields as well. The faculty is, at times, more diverse and accepting in thier political and social views. I have personal relationships with three professors and I love the way they challenge me both academically and as a person to do my best.

Carly
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say that if you really aren't sure what you want to do when you enter college, its best to stick with a bigger school...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say that if you really aren't sure what you want to do when you enter college, its best to stick with a bigger school because you have a better chance of transferring and you have more options. Also, be sure to actually visit the school, you really have to get a feel for the campus to see if it is a place you could see yourself living for an extended time. Do not be afraid to play a sport in college at least at a smaller school. It does take up a lot of time, but its definitely managable and you will make friends that will probably be very close to you. Also, get involved in some kind of activity, it does not even have to be on campus, just somewhere.

What's unique about your campus?

It is very community oriented, you can get to know a lot of people really well.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is committed to Christian values or is seeking to know more about Christianity. Also, someone who plans on staying all four years.

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