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.

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.

Female Economics Major C/O 2020

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you participate in at Trinity?
I’m not a big fan of the nightlife honestly. Coming from the UK, you can start drinking when you’re 18, so, back home I can go to clubs and it’s fun, there are big spaces, there’s good music and different rooms so it doesn’t get old. Whereas at Trinity, the fraternities are pretty small and they can be a bit gross, but I guess that’s fraternities everywhere. I just don’t really like it that much, and I don’t like the music they play personally. There is a lot of nightlife here. People go out Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Freshman year I went out a lot and even last semester I went out a lot, but this semester I haven’t really been interested.

What alternatives to going to a party do you like to do?
There is the Bushnell Theatre and they have shows there. I don’t really go to any concerts or try to go clubbing because I’m not 21 yet. Maybe senior year that will change, the age thing is annoying.

Campus Culture

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

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.

How did you meet your closest friends?
I met my best friend on the first day of our orientation program the day before classes started freshman year. My other best friend I met in my acapella group.

Female Economics Major C/O 2020

How did you meet your closest friends?
They all kind of happened randomly. I’m not really close friends with the people I met through orientation. I met them through doing plays, being in class, international orientation. I kind of stumbled across people. I wasn’t actively looking for friends when I met my friends, I just kind of clicked with them.

Were there any parts of Trinity or American college overall that surprised you?
Yeah, I didn’t realize how badly Americans can handle their drinks [laughs]. I feel like when Americans go to college it’s the first time they can drink away from their parents so they go crazy. So that was surprising and took some getting used to, but also entertaining [laughs].

I was also surprised by the workload freshman year. I had to work really hard, whereas my friends in the UK were chilling because in their first and second year their grades don’t count towards their GPA, which is ridiculous. Here, I had homework every night. It was very hard, it was a massive jump, while for my friends at home it was a massive jump. I would see their Snapchats of them going out all the time but I would be studying every night.

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 you wish you knew about Trinity before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew to pursue Computer Science as a major, especially because I really enjoy the Computer Science department at Trinity. I just think it would have changed my experience a lot.

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’s something you wish you knew about Trinity before entering as a freshman?
From where I am at home, I thought it’s a similar city to Hartford, and I heard a lot of prep school students went to Trinity, and I went to a private school so I thought that would be similar. I wish I understood the difference to where I am at home to the environment here. It wasn’t what I was expecting, and that’s partly an ignorance of my own of not really being exposed to a lot of other places. So, I wish I understood the social climate of New England people before coming. With that being said, there are plenty of other people at the school so you don’t have to interact with that.

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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