Shawn Olstein ’22
The college announced the students admitted for Trinity College’s class of 2024 through early decision on Feb. 14, 2020. The number of students admitted early decision is up ten percent from last year’s enrolled class of 2023. This increased acceptance of early decision students was “due to the strength and size of the applicant pool,” according to Trinity’s Office of Admissions. The total number accepted of early decision students for Trinity’s incoming class is 314, however, they will be joined by 16 students who were admitted in prior years but deferred their admission until 2020.
These 16 students bring the total enrolled students for the Class of 2024 to 330, before regular decision admissions. The 330 early decision students include 169 student-athletes and 10 Posse Scholars from Chicago. Fifty-six percent of the admitted ED students will receive financial aid, totaling approximately $8 million during the 2020-2021 academic year. For this year’s admitted ED students, 46 percent are women and 54 percent are men. Thirteen percent of the ED students are first-generation college students, and 11.5 percent are international students. American students of color, including multiethnic students, constitute 20 percent of the ED admits. A notice from the Office of Admissions also reported that fifty-three percent are from outside of the New England area. Trinity holds two separate rounds of early decision applications. Of these two groups, the first round of applicants learned of their acceptance in December and the second round of applicants were informed on Feb. 14. In Trinity’s fifth year as a test-optional institution, 76 percent of the ED admits chose not to submit standardized test scores.
When asked about the state of Trinity admissions this year, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success Angel B. Pérez told the Tripod that “the Class of 2024 is shaping up to be one of the most intellectually curious and engaged classes in Trinity history.” Pérez continued, “in addition to their academic strength, students coming to Trinity this year through our Early Decision program impressed us with their accomplishments outside of the classroom. We’ve been moved by the desire these students have to serve as change agents to improve the communities in which they live and work and we can’t wait for them to bring their excitement and enthusiasm to Trinity and to Hartford.”
Regular decision applications were due on Jan. 15, and regular decision acceptances will be sent out by mid-March.