Impressions Of
Trinity College

Academic Experience

Female Philosophy and World Literature and Culture Studies Double Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s really collaborative. I haven’t had any classes where I felt like I was fighting with my classmates. Classmates tend to work together, study together, and share notes. I spend a lot of time talking to people I have classes with about the class.

Do you feel multiple schools of thought are welcome in the classroom?
Absolutely. All of my professors that I’ve had are pretty welcoming to new ideas and perspectives. I feel very comfortable voicing my opinion if it’s different from that of my professor and discussing it to see why I’m wrong or point out to them why they’re wrong or to just bring in a new idea. It’s a very open environment for new ideas.

Female Economics Major C/O 2020

Is there anything the Economics department does well or poorly?
At Trinity, they weed people out in the first semester because Economics is the most popular major here. There aren’t enough advisors, so they make it harder so you struggle through. I hope it gets easier. That’s what annoyed me, they make it inconsequentially hard. [Economics was the most popular major for students in the classes of 2017 and 2018. Students need a B- or higher in ECON 101 to move forward in the major.]

How would you describe the learning environment? Is it collaborative or competitive?
The professors I’ve had haven’t used curves in any courses, so it’s really good for working with other students. I feel comfortable asking people for help and studying in groups. Often, they let you hand in homework with multiple people on one sheet. There’s also a lot of support in terms of TA’s and going to office hours.

Male Mechanical Engineering Major C/O 2019

Is there anything you feel the Mechanical Engineering department does especially well or especially poorly?
Engineering is a smaller major so it’s definitely not the school’s main focus. They have dedicated buildings for labs and research and stuff like that, so you have the tools necessary but it’s not an engineering [focused] school.

Can you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s competitive or collaborative?
The biggest class I have might have 25 people, and I also have a class with like 8 people, and both of those are STEM classes. The earlier intro level classes will have a lot of kids and as you get to the higher-level classes they will be a lot smaller. It’s definitely collaborative. Amongst the engineers it’s competitive, but there is the feeling that it’s a difficult major so there’s a collective feeling of everyone’s working together.

Social Opportunities

Male History Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I go out on the weekends, so Friday, and Saturday. I don’t go out much on Tuesday and Thursday because I have class in the morning so it’s not even worth it. When I go out, I go to frat parties. Tuesdays and Thursdays are big bar nights, but I mostly just go to frats.

How happy were you with the nightlife at Trinity? If you could change anything, what would you change?
No, [I had an idea of what the nightlife was like] going in. I didn’t expect nights to start so late, but you get used to it. I knew Trinity had a good nightlife, and that was something I was looking for in a school. I wanted a school where I could be an athlete, be a student, and also have fun with the social scene.

Male History Major C/O 2019

How did you meet your closest friends?
My freshman year roommate is my closest friend. After moving across the country, he was there for me. He is also on my team. Other close friends, I’ve met on my team and through my fraternity. For me, my closest friends are the people who are around me the most, and those are the people in my fraternity and on my team.

Female Philosophy and World Literature and Culture Studies Double Major C/O 2020

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I pretty consistently go to Greek life parties. I’m not in Greek life, I rushed but didn’t press at the end of the week. I mostly just did it to meet people because I realized I didn’t know most of the people in my grade. I go out most weekends to the fraternities on campus. I’ll usually hang out with a couple of close friends, or I’ll go to random things that I know are happening or I’ve been invited to if I want to socialize more, but then usually just go to a frat.

What’s an alternative to going to a party or bar?
One of Trinity’s weaknesses is that there aren’t a ton of other options because there’s not much to do in Hartford, especially if you don’t have a car. If there are long weekends or people want to leave, a lot of people are from New York, so people will go down and party there. I’ll go see friends of mine who transferred to schools in Boston and I’ll hang out there. There are social houses on campus, like The Mill is the arts house, so if people don’t like to go to the Greek houses they can go hang out there. There’s also The Fred, which is similar in that it’s creative people that have their own events that they host.

Campus Culture

Female Philosophy and World Literature and Culture Studies Double Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall social scene at Trinity?
Elitist is the first word that comes to mind. [26% of students that come from the top 1%], so it’s a very high up circle of people. I’d say it’s pretty cliquey. People have their friends and I don’t see a lot of outreach between friend groups. I’m a floater, I don’t have a friend group because I don’t really like groups. Most of the people I know have their people and stick with them. It’s easy enough to find friends, at least that’s been my experience, and it’s plenty social.

Male Mechanical Engineering Major C/O 2019

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
Trinity makes a really strong effort to work on this. I think it’s interesting how freshman year all the freshman dorms are in the same spot, and then an almost natural thing occurs where everybody in their groups move to different parts of campus. The problem is people will form a group with people that are like themselves, so, unfortunately, it’s almost like a natural separation will occur. After freshman year people have their own agenda, and it’s not an aggressive thing where they don’t want to hang out with certain people, it’s just that people gravitate towards people like themselves.

How would you describe the student body?
There’s a pretty good number of international students. Of the White students, there are a lot of kids who come from private school, and those would be more like the New England boarding schools and prep schools. That’s where that divide I mentioned earlier will occur, that’s a group that forms and international students will come and hang out together. [In 2017, the student population was 65% White, 11% international students, 8% Hispanic students, and 6% Black students. 67% of students came from the Northeast. Socioeconomically, 26% of students come from the top 1%.]

Hartford, CT

Pros of

  • “The Greyhouse and Peter Pan buses can take you to Boston or New York City pretty easily.” [It’s a 2-hour drive to Boston and a 3-hour drive to Manhattan.]
  • “It’s diverse. You’re in an area that’s a little bit different from the rest of campus. You run into different types of people.” [44% of residents are Hispanics and 35% of residents are Black.]
  • “It’s a city, which means you have all the amenities of a city, like a hospital and a mall.”
  • “The fall and springtime are beautiful. I also like experiencing the four seasons. The campus is beautiful in the seasons. The quad is amazing in the spring and when the trees change in the fall.”

Cons of

  • “There are not many places to go right off campus. I wish Trinity was more similar to other college towns where you can walk right off campus.”
  • “It’s a very poor city, which you hate to see.” [There is about a 32% poverty rate.]
  • “It’s not pretty. It’s not very nice to be there.”
  • “It’s not really that safe, particularly in the area where Trinity is. It’s not like you walk off campus and feel in danger, but you do need a little bit of street smarts.” [Hartford’s violent crime rate is 85% higher than the national average and the property crime rate is 69% higher than the national average.]

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male History Major C/O 2019

What is something a prospective student may have missed on a visit that is worth checking out?
If a student would come during finals season, I think they would enjoy the environment. It’s a time where everyone is [focused], which I think is great to see on a college campus. You hear that Trinity has a big social scene and nightlife, but you come during final season and the library is packed. Trinity is a work hard play hard school, and you can see the kids work hard at that time.

Female Philosophy and World Literature and Culture Studies Double Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Trinity before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew really how small it is. I didn’t really understand how small it is. I expected it to be fine, but it’s really smaller than I imagined. I also wish I would have known a little bit more about the general personality of the school. I didn’t know it was a party school. So, I would have liked to know that.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The Cinestudio, it’s so cool and nobody uses it enough. It’s this gorgeous movie theater on campus that’s totally student volunteer run. They play a lot of cultural stuff and they play stuff that’s in the theaters.

Male Mechanical Engineering Major C/O 2019

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The athletic center could definitely use some renovation and I think a lot of people would agree with me. Also, I think Trinity is a unique nightlife for a very small school in that a large percentage of the student body likes to go out and party, so if that’s not really what you’re looking for [be aware of that]. [About 22% of students are involved in Greek life.]

Reasons to attend and not to attend Trinity College

To Attend

  • “It’s a small school, so you know your professors and they know you.”
  • “The very good alumni network. Trinity alums really like to help out current students with job opportunities.”
  • “The career department is really, really good for helping people get internships.”
  • “If you’re the kind of person who enjoys [socializing] and wants to have a fun college experience, then Trinity is the choice for you.”
  • “Great sports and school spirit with hockey, football, and basketball.”

To Not Attend

  • “Hartford as a city could be better. It doesn’t have any major league sports teams, it’s pretty small, and the specific area Trinity is in isn’t that great.”
  • “As a freshman, you’re not allowed to have a car, but I think it’s like that at a lot of places. It does make you feel like you’re in a bubble. That was hard for me freshman year not leaving campus much, but sophomore year I could go off campus more. Having friends with cars is really nice.”
  • “If you are more into the artsy scene and doing stuff like that. If you like having a low-key nightlife and don’t want to go to Greek life parties and still have an active nightlife, that’s hard to find.”
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