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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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Academically: Science majors have a hard time andBrightEngineering Department
Academically: Science majors have a hard time and spend lots of hours in lab and studying. The professors are very good and helpful outside of class. Trinity has few ties to companies. It is not an actively recruited by any major science or engineering firms. Trinity does however have many ties to grad schools. If your looking to go to grad school, go to Trinity. If not, it makes it hard to justify attending here if you can't turn your degree into a job.

University Resources: Career center needs a complete overhaul. When I went in as a Sophomore to get help writing a resume, I was told, "We don't really do technical resumes" referring that the career center caters to business majors and if your major is anything technical you're out of luck. Greek life is hated unconditionally by the dean of students and president. They actively go out of their way to make this known. Social life on campus is very good. There are numerous clubs and activities to get involved with. And downtown San Antonio is close but expensive. There are numerous local places nearby. If people talk about the "Trinity Bubble" and Trinity Student never leaving campus, they and those students never tried very hard to get off campus and see the city. All and all I had a great experience at Trinity, but having every major company I apply to ask where is Trinity, that they've never heard of it, and want to know what a B.S. in Engineering Science is has been very disheartening.

4th Year Male -- Class 2013
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Individual Value: C
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The professors at Trinity are BY FAR myQuite BrightEconomics
The professors at Trinity are BY FAR my favorite part of the school. Trinity is a teaching intensive school so the faculty really wants to be here, teaching undergrads. They are super accessible, they stick to their office hours, and go above and beyond to help their students. I know I am getting a fantastic education here. That being said, there are other aspects to college besides the academic ones. I am bored out of my mind here. Trinity is super cliquey, and if you realize that the friends you made your freshman year aren't your people, you're SOL. There is no diversity here. The kids are all upper middle class white people, and are pretty boring. No school spirit, events are small, parties are dull. If you care solely about academics, come to Trinity. If you actually want that college feel, go elsewhere.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2015
Faculty Accessibility: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: C-
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