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 We are here to help you navigate the college search in any way we can and are grateful that you are considering Trinity to further your education.


Ryan Trout
Executive Director of 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
There are 3 ways to visit:  Preview Day (group visit with other students and families), personalized on-campus visit, and virtual visit:

Preview Day Events

Our Preview Days are a great opportunity to learn about Trinity and meet other prospective students and their families. Experience what it's like to be a student on campus:

  • Overnight Stay in Residence Halls (optional, availability is dependent on COVID situation)
  • Breakfast
  • Chapel Experience
  • Campus and Residence Hall Tours (visiting the residence halls is dependent on COVID)
  • Class Visit
  • Lunch in Hawkins Hall
  • Interaction with Student Life and faculty

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.  On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, visitors should expect an optional overnight stay in the dorms (COVID allowing), an informational session with admissions/financial aid, a chapel experience, a campus tour, lunch in Hawkins Hall, either a class visit or a meeting with a faculty member, and the opportunity to meet with a coach or co-curricular director.  Please plan your visit with us at least 72 hours in advance by signing up on our website.

Our Tuesday and Thursday schedule is shorter.  Plan on being on campus either in the morning or in the afternoon.  Each visit will include a visit with admissions/financial aid, a campus tour, and a meal in our award winning dining hall.  We send each prospective student home with a t-shirt.

Virtual Visits

If you can't make it in person, we encourage you to visit us from a distance.  You can sign up for a virtual visit on our website.  Virtual visits include a short campus tour video, an informational session with admissions, a financial aid session, an opportunity to sit in on a class via Zoom, an invitation to meet with a coach or co-curricular director, and an invitation to meet one on one with a faculty member by Zoom.  Yup, we'll even mail you a t-shirt.

Steps to Admission

Online Application

Complete the online application.

Official High School Transcripts

Incoming first-year students must contact your high school from which you earned or will earn a diploma to request that your official transcripts be sent to Trinity. 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)

Incoming transfer students must request official college transcripts from each college you have attended. Your application cannot be processed until we receive all official college transcripts.  Transfer students with 12+ college credits earned after graduating from high school do not need to submit high school transcripts unless they want a foreign language waiver.

ACT/SAT Test Scores

Trinity accepts SAT, ACT, and CLT 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. (In 2020, Trinity temporarily chose to waive the test requirement for admission until further notice.  Students are still encouraged to submit scores and quality scores can increase a student's academic merit scholarship.)

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

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

Electronic pieces may be sent to

Financial Aid

Trinity strongly recommends that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Typically, students who fill out this application by February 1 prior to enrolling at Trinity receive all need-based aid the student qualifies for.  Especially for need-based aid issued by the state of IL, money is available on a first come, first served basis and runs out at some point during the spring. 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 $125.00. 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 weighted high school GPA on a 4.0 scale (or a minimum 2.0 for transfer students)
  • A minimum ACT score of 19 and/or SAT score of 990 (temporarily waived due to COVID-19)

Students who do not fully meet the academic requirements for admission are considered if there are factors that point to probable success. Additional materials may be requested. 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) or comparable exam. 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 International University. Approximately one-third of our new students each year transfer in from other schools, which means you will be greeted by a rich community of people who have made the same life-changing decision to attend Trinity. We value your presence on our campus and we offer competitive transfer credit evaluations and transfer-specific scholarships.
Once accepted to TIU, transfer work will be evaluated. Though Trinity has a generous transfer policy in place, 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.