Trinity College


Two Top-Notch Trinity Degrees for Future Psychologists

Trinity College appears in our ranking of the 50 Great Small Colleges for a Bachelor’s in Psychology

At Albert C. Jacobs Life Sciences Center, the Psychology Department awards a B.A./B.S. in Psychology for Trinity College Bantams to better decipher the roots of human behaviors. Chaired by Dr. Dina Anselmi, the 36-unit, four-year curriculum progresses through courses like Intergroup Relations and Language Development to the two-semester senior thesis project. Since 1990, the B.S. in Neuroscience has examined complex brain functions with 36 units of NEASC-accredited courses from Sensory Systems to Neurochemistry. Directed by Dr. Sarah Raskin, the program uniquely partners with the University of Connecticut Health Center for a five-year B.S./M.A. in Neuroscience option. Trinity undergrads can also conduct Crescent Center for Neuroscience research, intern with the Institute of Living, join Neuroscience Club, pledge Psi Chi, volunteer with the Brain Injury Alliance, and study away in London.

About Trinity College

Trinity College originated in 1823 when Episcopal Church Bishop Thomas Brownell opened Washington College as Connecticut’s second higher learning institution to Yale’s displeasure. In 1824, its inaugural class of nine enrolled at the original 14-acre site in Bushnell Park. In 1845, Washington College changed its identity to Trinity College. In 1872, Trinity sold its land for $600,000 to build the State Capitol and relocated to West Hartford. In 1889, Trinity College erected a 30,000-volume library. In 1918, President Theodore Roosevelt walked through Fuller Arch to tour Trinity’s campus. In 1933, architect Philip H. Frohman designed the famous Trinity College Chapel. By 1962, Trinity started broadcasting Connecticut Public Television. Seven years later, Trinity College ended its Episcopalian covenant and began admitting women. In 1995, Trinity established the Learning Corridor with an on-campus Boys & Girls Club. In 2012, Trinity College partnered with Fudan University for a Shanghai exchange too.

Endowed for $621.2 million, Trinity College now employs 267 faculty teaching 2,117 undergrad and 91 post-grad Bantams from 77 countries each 13-week term on the 100-acre, Gothic-style Hartford campus designed by Frederick Law Olmsted with 140+ organizations like Psych Club. In 2014, Trinity won the ASU Educational Interior Outstanding Design Award. In 2019, Trinity had the Connecticut Science Center’s STEM Achievement Award recipient. Trinity College was a 2018 CASE Silver Circle of Excellence Award honoree too. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Trinity the 46th best liberal arts college and 51st top undergraduate school. On Niche, Trinity boasts America’s 141st best psychology courses, 128th best academics, and 88th hardest admissions. Forbes named Trinity College the 174th top value and 82nd best private institution. Times Higher Education placed Trinity 164th globally. Kiplinger’s picked Trinity as the 78th best investment. The Institute of International Education declared Trinity the 21st best.

Trinity College Accreditation Details

On March 5, 2017, Trinity College satisfactorily submitted the Self-Evaluation Report to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) to reaffirm the Level III accreditation through the next 2026-27 visit under President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Ph.D., who earned the Society for Neuroscience’s Lifetime Mentoring Award. Located 104 miles northeast via Interstate 84 in Burlington, Massachusetts, this superb six-state New England Region accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Education Department to review Trinity’s 900+ courses for 41 bachelor’s and three master’s majors.

Trinity College Application Requirements

Admission to Trinity College is classified “most selective” by Peterson’s because only 2,045 of the 6,096 Fall 2018 applicants were chosen for highly competitive 34 percent acceptance. First-year Bantams must exhibit academic talent during at least 16 college-prep high school units. Four units of English plus three math and three foreign language units are prerequisite. The Class of 2022 achieved a mean secondary GPA of 3.77. Mid-range admitted SAT scores were 1320-1440. The middle 50th percentile had ACT scores of 29-33. Since Fall 2015, Trinity College has allowed test-optional entrance for holistic reviews though. Prospective transfers should have completed at least one full-time college semester with GPAs above 2.5. Non-native English speakers need a minimum 88 TOEFL iBT, 6.5 IELTS, or 63 PTE score. The B.S./M.A. in Neuroscience only accepts juniors with cumulative GPAs above 3.0. Two prerequisite courses, which are titled NESC 201 and NESC 301, must be graded B- or better.

Featured Programs

Trinity College has set freshman deadlines of November 15th for Early Decision I, January 1st for Early Decision II, and January 15th for Regular Decision. The Global Start Program closes on January 15th. Hopeful B.A./B.S. in Psychology transfers must file before March 15th for Fall or November 1st for Spring starts. Admitted undergrads must submit the $500 enrollment deposit by May 1st. The B.S./M.A. in Neuroscience considers junior cohorts until December 1st. Accordingly, complete the Common Application online with a $65 non-refundable fee or waiver. Request official transcripts be mailed to 300 Summit Street in Hartford, CT 06106. Directly transmit testing scores via SAT/TOEFL code 3899 or ACT code 0598. File supplemental materials, such as the two teacher evaluations, 650-word essay, counselor recommendation, work/extracurricular history, and immunizations form. Contact (860) 297-2180 or with questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-20, Trinity College is billing full-time B.A./B.S. in Psychology majors $28,190 each term or $56,380 annually. General student fees are $1,120 by semester or $2,240 each year. Residential undergrads cover the $430 activity fee yearly. Freshmen pay the one-time $50 transcript fee. Living at the Hartford campus’ dorms like Doonesbury Hall adds $9,960 for yearly housing rent. Default first-year meal plans for Mather Dining Hall are $5,340 extra. Annual full-time undergrad attendance equals about $74,400 on-site or $59,410 at home. Please note indirect expenses include $440 for books and $1,000 for personal expenses each term. Study away programs have comprehensive fees of $34,990 to $38,135. Graduate tuition for the B.S./M.A. in Neuroscience charges $2,615 per course unit.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office at the Admissions & Career Development Center helps 58 percent of new full-time Trinity Bantams enroll with median assistance of $46,508 each for $14.13 million combined. Institutional funds include the Louise Cushman Scholarship, Bancroft Family Scholarship, Caroline Sidney Mears Scholarship, David Logan Scholarship, George Kellner Scholarship, Isidore Wise Scholarship, Mary Woodward Scholarship, Nancy Hector Scholarship, Littauer Family Scholarship, Ruth Rouse Scholarship, Ruth Elaine Tussing Scholarship, and Timothy Peter Kelly Memorial Scholarship. The William Frawley Scholarship has a February 28th deadline for B.A./B.S. in Psychology majors with cumulative GPAs above 3.0. The $28,567 Robert Olton Scholarship Fund supports outstanding STEM students, including B.S. in Neuroscience majors, each Spring. Federal resources, such as the Pell Grant or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, require FAFSA forms coded 001414. Connecticuters could also pursue the Roberta Willis Scholarship, Independent College Student Grant, Horatio Alger Scholarship, National Guard Scholarship, Hartford Foundation Scholarship, and more.

Keep learning about Trinity College at the Psychology Department website.

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