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Educationally, the school is decent

Apr 28 2013Communications
Educationally, the school is decent. But there are only three types of students at Trinity.
1. The kids who in their minds are "The Best Christians" & are not only close minded but also arrogant to the other students on campus.

2. The rebels who want the "classic" college experience with alcohol, drugs & sex.
3. The small portion of students who fit in neither mold and eventually transfer.Goodluck.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2015
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: F

I agree with the other comment

Jul 21 2013Psychology
I agree with the other comment.
Students are arrogant toward other students.
I have been to many schools (over 12) who have less arrogant students.
The schools have students who gossip and are really not who they claim to be.Also, several students do think they are perfect Christians. In my opinion, many of the girls are arrogant and exclude girls who are different for whatever reason. There was a time I gave a speech and a girl laughed at me. People are inconsiderate. I attended another Christian university which really seemed more Christian in the community sense. People in TIU really need to learn how to be genuine and realize that pretending to be a certain way is tiring. Girls here are arrogant and only care about popularity and their boyfriends. There are nice people here, but a vast majority specificically the women were not supportive friends and ignored and alienated people without caring how they treated people outside of their cliques.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A, Useful Schoolwork: F

As seems to be a common story among

Dec 18 2012Unknown
As seems to be a common story among other students, Trinity reached the last place on our potential college list. Somehow we ended up here, and I, personally, wouldn't regret my decision.

You'll hear a lot about this school. One side feels the school is confining, while the other feels it's becoming lenient. It all depends on your background. If you're used to living with a lot of freedom to make your own lifestyle choices, then no, you won't necessarily be happy here. If you've held to the belief that a certain lifestyle should always be upheld, then you'll accept the somewhat conservative lifestyle that Trinity wishes to maintain. The university desires to give a reputation that is above reproach from all perspectives, so it is inevitable that its expectations may seem strict.

Academically, I've had a good experience. Yes, there will be some classes that seem to drag on or have muddled homework assignments, but overall, I've learned a lot. For the most part, the professors are accessible and approachable. Also, there are some great staff members. Many of Trinity's employees are willing to get to know the students.

Socially, well, there could be improvement. A lot of students go home on the weekend, so feelings of community will lessen. If you want a fun event every night of the week, you won't be satisfied here. Basically, you can't rely on the school to provide activities for all of your free time. Those moments will be affected by the friends that you've made. If you have entertaining friends and good ideas, you'll have fun. Every school has students that act snobby, awkward, or intimidating, so I can't use these types of qualities to define TRINITY'S student body. I will say that even though this is a small college, there is a diverse group of people. You have to find the ones that match your lifestyle, interests, and personality.

Extracurricular activities, as mentioned before, are limited, but are not nonexistent. I've been to some pretty great events. They're generally coordinated by Trinity's student leadership groups. If you become involved in leadership, the school will attempt to invest a lot into your growth - spiritual and personal.

The college is distinctly religious. Chapel attendance is required, missions trips are supported, classes are expected to have a Christian worldview, etc. With that being said, the students are ultimately in charge of how much they wish to become spiritually engaged here. The college has tons of opportunities to so call, "grow in your faith," but it's really up to you to decide how much you want to become involved. Some students here are devout in their faith, while others, quite frankly, really don't care. The college administration doesn't come across as being complacent, but they can only do so much to affect the student body. Personally, I prefer my fellow students to be honest about where they are spiritually. If they don't want to join a Bible study, okay. It's not my place to judge. But those open about their faith need to stay away from double standards. It's a fine line and we all make mistakes, so overall, I think our school would do well to constantly extend grace.

To conclude, your experience at Trinity is what you make of it. Knowing the expectations of the school ahead of time will help you make your decision to attend or not. If you're uncomfortable or frustrated with them, just don't come. It's not the perfect fit for everyone.If you really want to succeed academically, you can probably do well here. Class sizes are small and faculty and staff are generally helpful. If you're concerned about your spiritual life, there are plenty of resources to support you. Trinity has a lot of good qualities, but you have to personally decide if the good qualities that it offers are the ones that are your priority.

Life requires effort, and Trinity is no different. Its expectations may require self-control, and you may need some creativity to have fun. To form good friendships, you'll have to keep an open mind. But honestly, I've been able to enjoy my time here, and I think that my experiences have been worthwhile and have taught me important life lessons.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A, Surrounding City: C
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