Dear Prospective Student,

The following information is designed to give you a clear understanding of the admissions requirements and how to complete your application to Trinity International University. Please review the information carefully and contact our team if there is anything we can do to assist you in the process. Please contact us at 847.317.7000 or email us at admissions@tiu.edu. We are here to help you navigate the college search in anyway we can and are grateful that you are considering Trinity to further your education.

Sincerely,

Jordan Bryant
Director of Undergraduate Admissions 

Trinity cordially invites you to visit our campus and live a day in the life of a Trinity student. Whether you choose to visit during one of our special visit events or schedule a personalized visit, you will get a firsthand, up-close-and-personal view of life at Trinity. The following information will introduce you to the different opportunities we offer for campus visits. To set up a visit, fill out the reservation form on our website or in our campus visit brochure, call our office toll-free at 847.317.7000, or e-mail us at admissions@tiu.edu.

Preview Day Events

Our visit events are a great opportunity to learn about Trinity and meet other prospective students and their families. There are four Preview Day events: Fall Preview (October & November), Winter Preview (February), and Spring Preview (Late March, Early April). Each event is slightly different, but all of them include the following:

  • President’s Welcome breakfast
  • Campus Life Speakers 
  • Chapel Service
  • Campus and Residence Hall Tours
  • Class Visit
  • Lunch in Hawkins Hall
  • Interaction with Admissions staff
  • Overnight Stay in Residence Halls (optional)

Personalized Visits

If you can’t make it to a Preview Day, you can arrange a personalized visit at no cost. Personalized visits are available Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., and can include your choice of the following options: meetings with faculty, coaches, directors, financial aid, enrollment counselor, a campus tour, class visit, a chapel service, meals on campus, and overnight accommodations in the residence halls for students. Please plan your visit with us at least one week in advance by e-mailing admissions@tiu.edu or by calling 847.317.7000.

Steps to Admission

Online Application

Complete the online application.

Spiritual Recommendation

Please have a youth pastor, mentor, or church leader who knows you personally complete the recommendation formRequired of all applicants for acceptance.

Official High School Transcripts

Contact your school to request that your official transcripts be sent to Trinity. Required of all applicants for acceptance. Home-schooled students must submit transcripts from any high school attended, a transcript with all courses taken as a home-schooled student, and information/explanation of curriculum used for home schooling.

Official College Transcripts (if applicable)

Request official college transcripts from each college you have attended. Your application cannot be processed until we receive all official college transcripts. Transcripts will be evaluated upon acceptance by the Records Office.

ACT/SAT Test Scores

Trinity accepts either ACT or SAT test scores. Please specify Trinity on each test application (ACT code # 1150; SAT code # 1810). If you did not request your scores to be sent to Trinity directly through the testing center, please visit their website and request the scores be sent to Trinity. If your ACT or SAT is listed on your official high school transcripts, you do not need to send a separate report to the admissions office. Please confirm this with your guidance counselor. All applicants with fewer than twelve college-level transfer credits earned at a post-secondary institution must submit ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admission. For the ACT, Trinity recommends, but does not require, students to take the writing portion. Only the Math and Critical Reading sections of the SAT score will be considered for admission.

Please send all required admissions pieces (transcripts, test scores, etc) to:

Trinity International University
Attn: Admissions Operations
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

Financial Aid

Trinity suggests that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form should be completed by February 1 to ensure the best financial aid package possible. Every student who completes the FAFSA will receive a minimum of $2,000 in institutional aid. The school code is 001772. 

Enrollment Deposit

Upon acceptance, an enrollment deposit holds your place at Trinity College and in the residence hall. For those students living on campus, the enrollment deposit is $150.00. For students commuting to campus, the enrollment deposit is $100.00. Both deposits are fully refundable until May 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. The deposit form is available online

Room Reservation Form

The room reservation form is available online and must be completed to reserve your housing. 

Health Forms

The health forms must be completed before starting classes, but it is not necessary to complete an application. 

Traditional Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Trinity prepares Christian young people to dream big about their chosen path of study and future profession. Therefore, we evaluate an applicant’s academic promise, motivation, and Christian commitment. Admission to Trinity is available to those who have:

  • A high school diploma or successful completion of the GED
  • A minimum 2.5 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • A recommended minimum of college prep courses in the following:
    • English: four years
    • Science (including one lab science): two years
    • Social Studies: two years
    • Foreign Language, Music, Art: two years
    • Mathematics (including Algebra and Geometry): two years
  • A minimum ACT score of 19 and/or SAT score of 980
  • Provided a favorable recommendation from a pastor
  • Submitted an application with the $35 application fee
  • Graduated in the top half of the high school class

Students who do not fully meet the academic requirements for admission are considered if there are factors that point to probable success. This decision is made by the Admissions Committee.

Applicants for whom English is not their native language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants with acceptable TOEFL scores may enroll provided all other admissions requirements are acceptable. Applicants whose scores are not acceptable are expected to complete an intensive course in English as a foreign language at one of the many recognized language centers throughout the country.

The State of Illinois requires incoming students to submit written proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus/diphtheria. Immunization records need to be verified by a health care provider and then sent to Trinity Health Services. Students who are taking less than 6 hours of credit or were born prior to 1957 are exempt from this law. For more information, please contact Health Services at 847.317.6698.

Trinity International University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, marital or parental status or handicap in student admissions, financial aid, educational and athletic programs, or employment in all other areas. Under these nondiscriminatory policies persons will not be excluded by reason of physical handicap provided they are otherwise qualified for admission as students at Trinity International University. In all other areas, Trinity reserves the right to deny admission to any student for any reason it deems adequate.

Transfer applicants are welcome at Trinity. Approximately one-third of the new students each year are transfers. A graduate of a Bible institute or community college with a breadth of courses may wish to consider the General Studies major, an interdisciplinary program that allows entrance to advanced areas of study.

Once accepted to TIU, transfer work will be evaluated. (Those wishing an evaluation sooner should make that request to the Admissions Office.) Though practicing a fairly liberal transfer policy, the University reserves the right to accept only courses that are equivalent in content, objectives, and extent to those offered by Trinity. Students may receive credit for subjects not offered at Trinity when approved by the Associate Dean and validated by the University Registrar. For further information see the Transfer Credit Policy.