Hartford, CT
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5 College Senior

Facilities: Trinity offers a abundance of computers, quiet study spots, and a medley of toys an gadgets for the chem & film major alike.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library and chapel are the only places on campus where you sit back and say, "wow this is high-level" or whatever.. Everywhere else looks and performs on a below-average or standard basis. A lot of the buildings (McCook for sciences and the atheletic center Ferris) look like they're from the 70's and are, quite honestly, embarrassing in quality.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The many greens and quads are large and have the potential to be full of activity; however, it's freezing most of the year so no one utilizes them for the majority of time. The library is great, but the athletic center is crappy for any modern high school.

1 College Sophomore

Facilities: Hartford is the ghetto. You don't leave campus for anything.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life is encompassed by drugs and alcohol. If you don't like to party heavily, this is not the place for you.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 222nd
    Best Library
  • 1059th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1299th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1320th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1376th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Clark Unkovic
Creative Writing/Classical Civilization
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Trinity is making a step in the right direction, in regards to campus facilities. For one, the library is fantastic. There are plenty of places to study with a variety of sweeping, panoramic views of campus. There is also a study lounge encircling a large fireplace for the winter. In the basement is the computer lounge, and the librarians are eager to help you whenever and however they can. The movie theater is in a converted play-theater, with dual levels and red curtain and all. It is definitely an experience; although for those who prefer less arthouse-type flicks, Crown Palace Theater is a five-minute drive away. The gym does not have enough treadmills, but the rest of the equipment is more or less up-to-date.

Overall, Trinity's facilities are indicative of just how small this school really is. Don't expect any big university-type efficiency here. Buildings are definitely designed for aesthetics as well as for a particular use. There may not be an official student center at Trinity, but in a sense, students would argue that the whole campus is our student center. Living at Trinity, you don't feel as though you are one person living in a huge complex; rather, you feel like one big family living in a really big house.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
100 acres
Student Centers
Mather Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Trinity College Library
  • Watkinson Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Bistro
  • The Cave
  • The Quad
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • In the Gallows Hill bookstore
  • Mather Eating Center
  • The Bistro
  • The Cave
  • Underground Coffeehouse
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
  • Club "V": Vernon Social Center, also known as the Party Barn
  • The Long Walk: The walk along Seabury and Jarvis dorm connecting the North side of campus to the South side
  • The Lower Long Walk: The walk on the east side of the main quad connecting the Bistro to the library
  • Mather: The main cafeteria on campus
  • The Sophomore Slums: Typically student-inhabited apartment buildings on Allen Place and Crescent Street
The Plaque on the Long Walk: There is a plaque on the Long Walk that commemorates a visit FDR made to Trinity in the 1930s. It contains a Latin inscription—each year there is a contest to see which student can translate it correctly. (The translation, by the way, is, "Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.") FDR stood on that spot to make a speech, and the plaque was put in. The legend is that if you walk on it, you will not graduate. However, if you do take a drunken stumble across it, or in a bleary haze after pulling an all-nighter, a friend pushes you across it, don't fear! In your senior year, if you throw up on the plaque, then that reverses the curse. It is also said that if you have sex with a member of the senior class while standing on the plaque, the curse will be taken away. Perhaps there's only one way for you to find out if any of it is true.
Favorite Things To Do
Students enjoy sunbathing on the quad in the spring, meeting friends for lunch or dinner at the Bistro, or grabbing a smoothie between classes at the Bistro. There are also school-sponsored lectures and musical performances by the seven campus musical groups. There is often a theater show in the Austin Arts center. Trinity College Activities Council (TCAC) organizes parties in Vernon Social Center and brings comedians and musical groups to campus. A free "Cultural Van" goes to the museum and theater shows in downtown Hartford. There are school community services days and open-mic nights at the Underground Coffeehouse.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Trinity Tripod
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 39 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 47 responses

  • 11% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 53% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 26% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 11% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 36 responses

  • 19% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 17% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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