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Trinity really has excellent academics and quality profsQuite BrightCommunications
Trinity really has excellent academics and quality profs and classes. I can't complain at all about my classes. They are, however, very demanding/time consuming, but that's what you go to college for, right?

The student body is friendly and fun-loving but tends to be very immature. I've noticed a lot of "academic martyrism" - students like to one-up each other about who's taking the hardest classes, the most hours, has the hardest profs, pulls the most all-nighters, etc. There's a lot of talk to the effect of, "Oh well Pre-med is the best program. I can't believe so-and-so is majoring in Psychology. Like, that's not even a real major, what a slacker and a loser..." etc.

It also seems like half the school or more is from Houston. Diversity is somewhat lacking. Trinity bosts a high percentage of international students but they tend to keep to themselves and not mix with the general population too much.

San Antonio is a pretty cool college town. There's lots of free/cheap fun things to do, but you sort of have to look for it. It's not the safest city, but such is life in any city in America. There's occasionally an assault on campus but it's very rare. Security is good. Overall it's a nice place, with nice people. It's cozy, small, and intimate, and has that Texas charm. However, being from the northeast, I found it a little too cozy and cliquish. I loved it my first year, but by my second year I felt I had outgrown the school.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2010
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: B
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What I really liked: I was able toCommunications
What I really liked: I was able to double major and add a minor, be very involved in extracurricular life around campus, work part-time, party incredibly hard, and graduate on time with a decent GPA and get into a great law school...And all without ever feeling stressed, anxious, overburdened, or miserable...When I needed rec letters, there were about 10 professors who I felt knew me well enough and who I had a positive enough relationship with that it was actually fairly difficult to select only 2 to write for me. The academic reputation, especially in-state and nationally among those who are familiar with LACs, is simply exceptional.Add in that SA is a fun town with a low cost of living; that I was never more than a 3-hour drive from Austin, Houston, the beach, or Mexico; and that literally every sport TU competes in boasts a championship caliber program... Well, it's just a fantastic school.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Overpriced and over-hyped.Quite BrightEconomics
Overpriced and over-hyped. In the post-college business world, you'll find that few people have even heard of Trinity. Unless you know someone specifically and have an introduction, being a Trinity graduate will not help you from an alumni network perspective nor from a general reputation standpoint in employment. A solid graduation from Trinity will get you into most graduate, law, med schools, though, as it is well respected by other schools.

Don't misunderstand, overall, you will get a quality education at Trinity, especially if you are the right type of student for them; but you'll pay every penny of it. Many other schools are more well known and less pricey than Trinity. Objective material classes such as math and the hard sciences will challenge you and your grades will reflect your hard work. Any class even remotely subjective, however, such as poly sci, economics, history, classics, philosophy, sociology, etc, is guaranteed to be teacher's pet country at Trinity. Travel at your own risk.

The students are generally from upper middle class backgrounds, so the social life (clothes, car, partying, travel) will cost big money in order to keep up. Although many students attend and pretend that they're only at Trinity because they were *that* close to getting into Stanford, the reality is that for most of them Trinity was their first choice and is the highest caliber school they could get into.

Having to do it all over again, I'd recommend going to U.T. Austin (or your state's flagship public university) for the lower expense and still a quality education (providing you work for it and don't take fluff classes), or going to a nationally known major university like the Ivy League, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, U. of Chicago, Northwestern, Duke, etc., if you can get in. If you really MUST have the Texas elite private school experience, then go to Rice. It's nearly as prestigious as the Harvard, Yale and Princeton's of the world, but only somewhat more expensive than U.T. Austin, Texas A&M and U. of Houston.Overall, if you're a free thinking or odd-thinking, experimental type of person, who's not just very smart but also very clever, and one from a family of modest means, then Trinity will be four years of limited enjoyment for you; alternating between some intellectual challeng, much social frustration, and too much high school-type b.s. with professors. On the other hand, if you're pretty bright, reasonably studious, a social butterfly girl/life-of-the-party guy, carry Mom's AMEX card and drive Dad's late model hand-me-down BMW, then you're probably in for the best years of your life at Trinity.

4th Year Male -- Class 1995
Campus Maintenance: A+, Scholastic Success: D-
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