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3 College Junior

Facilities: Some older buildings, but a state of the art Science and Engineering building. Green campus, decent athletic facility.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities will soon be very nice at Trinity. They are renovating basically everything except for the dorms right now.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Trinity is very unique in the way that the faculty are available and the students are diverse

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There is always something to do.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Every facility is perfect and beautiful.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 135th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 242nd
    Best Library
  • 244th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 519th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 666th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephany Weaver
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Trinity does not have an official student union, but most students seem to congregate in the Coates University Center—after all, it’s where the food is. The athletic facilities are top-notch, relatively new, and very accommodating for athletes and non-athletes alike. The dance studio can be reserved by students who want to practice or teach lessons. The gym facilities manage to accommodate the students, although, since there is only one gym, there is sometimes a wait for a free treadmill, especially when spring break approaches.

One of the running jokes on campus is that there is a ratio of one gardener to every three students, because Trinity is so well manicured. Flowers are almost always blooming somewhere, and seldom will a day pass when maintenance men and women aren’t performing aesthetic upkeep on some area of campus. A friend of a Trinity student commented that “every time I walk onto that campus, they’re building something new.” This is not an exaggeration. Trinity is constantly building new facilities, and trying to fix the old ones to keep up with new technology and create a comfortable campus so that parents feel justified paying the high tuition costs. Each facility that a student would want to use is well maintained and protected. Each year, something on campus either springs up or receives an upgrade and manages to please even the most discerning and pessimistic students.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
117 acres
Student Centers
Coates University Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Coates Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Coates Library
  • Java City
  • The Magic Stones
Bar on Campus
The Tiger's Den
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • In the Coates Library
  • Java City
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but foreign films are occasionally screened at the library.
"Green" Initiatives
There are plenty of recycling bins all around campus, on almost every floor of the residence halls and in each of the academic buildings.
School Slang
  • Bay's: The Bombay Bicycle Club, a nearby bar and hangout
  • The Bell Center: The gym and a popular spot to gather before heading out on another drinking binge
  • The Bubble: Trinity campus; you will be sucked in and never get to know most of San Antonio in four years unless you make an effort to leave.
  • C3: The convenience store; convenience and cost to the third power
  • Cardiac Hill: The hugely steep hill that anyone on lower campus must climb to get to class; to avoid the Freshman 15, walk up and down this hill several times a day.
  • CLS: Psychology building
  • Coates: The Coates University Center, the main student center on campus, which also houses the dining halls
  • Computer Essentials: A class for those who are not yet proficient at using a computer; also known as "Computers for Monkeys" and "an easy A."
  • The Couches: The chairs in Coates where everyone meets
  • Cowles: Cowles Life Science building
  • First-Year: Freshman; for some reason, everyone calls them "first-years."
  • The Fountain: A fountain located next to Northrup often dyed as a fraternity or sorority prank; you will probably be thrown into this on your birthday.
  • The Freshman Quad: Where all the freshmen are housed/hidden
  • The Ghetto: Hernden or Beze residence halls (Sleazy Beze)
  • Halsell: Halsell computer lab
  • The Hotel: Prassel Hall; nicknamed because it recently received millions of dollars worth of renovations
  • The IM Field: The grass field next to the tennis courts where people play sports, hang out, or just cheer for their favorite IM or club teams
  • Javalanche: Currently is the most popular drink at the coffee shop, well worth trying once
  • The Magic Stones: The sculptures outside the library, a great meeting place
  • Mulberry: The place to find a frat party
  • The Quarry: The Alamo Quarry Market; a shopping center, but when people use the term they're probably referring to the movie theater there.
  • The Storch Head: A bust located on the Storch Memorial Plaza; students think it's probably a bust of George Storch himself, but nobody has ever bothered checking.
  • Taco C: Taco Cabana; possibly the only acceptable place to get really good tortillas after one in the morning
  • Tiger TV: The Trinity television station that airs student-produced shows
  • Tigerpaws: The online registration Web site; you'll often hear it referred to with some colorful adjectives preceding it when it doesn't work right.
  • The Tower: The giant phallic symbol; the Trinity penis
  • Bid Day : After months of getting to know the students, the sororities and fraternities finally decide who they will invite to be a part of their organization on what is known as Bid Day. Future members of the clubs are escorted to the Miller Fountain by members of the fraternity or sorority that they are now able to pledge. They then join their friends in a celebration. This is the most visible Greek event of the year, and they will seem to be everywhere on campus. But it's all in good fun, and it can be avoided by anyone who really wishes not to be around it.
  • The Calvert Ghosts : The men who live on the third floor of Calvert, in the freshman quad, may have only one thing in common-their undying passion to get naked. Every year, on Halloween, the men of Calvert third strip naked and streak across campus. Several years ago, they were lucky enough to be featured on the front page of the campus newspaper. Resident Assistants every year fail to keep a vigilant watch, and conveniently, none of the ghosts have ever been caught or prosecuted.
  • The Chocolate Festival : Nobody ever thought that Trinity would sanction Jell-O chocolate pudding wrestling, yet sanction it they did, and it is a part of what has recently become an annual event, the Chocolate Festival. Traditionally held in the spring, it is a celebration of all things indulgent and chocolate. From the bake-off, a surprisingly competitive battle between those who can bake and those who can only add water and stir to the music, piƱatas, and wrestling, there is something for everyone who has ever had a sweet tooth to experience.
  • Christmas on Oakmont: After the Vespers service, administrators of Trinity University open their homes up to the Trinity Community. These homes are all located on a street on campus called Oakmont. Inside each home awaits a warm holiday beverage, like hot chocolate or cider, and a Christmas treat, from tamales to Mexican wedding cookies.
  • Family Weekend: This is the weekend in the spring when the student body welcomes the people who are the most responsible for their education-their parents. Parents are invited to come to classes, attend varsity games and awards ceremonies, and watch their students perform at the annual talent showcase called Spotlight. Students practice for weeks prior to create the most impressive act of the evening, although each parent generally assumes that their child's act is the best one.
  • Miller Fountain : If you have a birthday during the school year, expect to be thrown into the fountain. Some people go quietly, others are dragged kicking and screaming, but all of them wind up soaking wet. Remember not to drink the water, it's recycled, and while it won't kill you, nobody is quite sure what effect it will have. Don't be the first to find out. You don't need to get upset either, because someone you know will also have a birthday, sooner or later.
  • Senior Disorientation : There are events throughout the year that are designed to congratulate the graduating seniors and encourage them in their future decisions. From getting together for drinks to learning how to sit at a formal dinner at "Wine, Dine, and Act Fine," seniors are given the chance to make connections with alumni and prepare for entry into the real world.
  • Tigerfest : This is a week of celebratory activities, all leading up to a Homecoming football game at the end of the week. The activities include an armadillo hunt that leads students from clue to clue all across campus in the hopes of finding the armadillo and claiming the cash prize, and the Tigerfest dance, a semi-formal open to everyone who wants to get dressed up and show off their dance moves in front of their peers. Before the football game, there is a parade of golf carts that have been designed and created by the students. The parade mobiles represent all the organizations involved in the game.
Urban Legends
  • The President of the University has his own elevator from his parking space to his office so that he does not have to share it with the other members of the faculty.
  • The spirit of Arthur Stieren apparently roams the greenroom of the Stieren Theater. Arthur apparently doesn't like it when people attempt to change the shape of the room.
  • There's a ghost in the Holtz Center.
  • Trinity will give "academic" scholarships to total blockheads because they don't have athletic scholarships.
Favorite Things To Do
If you’re worried about gaining weight, there are several athletic facilities to utilize. Students can work out in the gym and swim in the indoor or outdoor Olympic-sized pools. You could watch a football game in the fall or start a game of Ultimate Frisbee on the newly turfed Intramural Field. Students can also view the breathtaking wildflowers behind the library, or just hole up in their rooms and take advantage of the super-fast computer network. Trinity shows at least three major theatrical productions a year, as well as several student-run shows throughout each semester. In the spring, students organize the Chocolate Festival, which features a bake-off, a piñata, T-shirts, music, and chocolate pudding wrestling. They also celebrate with an Earth Day festival with a variety of activities from tie-dying to painting and creating recycled paper. Trinity has an award-winning athletic program, including a football team that consistently wins the SCAC championship, and a women’s basketball team that made it to the finals and won in 2003. Tickets are readily available for students for all games, both home and away. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is screened once a year in the Fiesta Room. At Christmas time, the Trinity choir combines their outstanding talent with that of the orchestra to perform at the annual Christmas concert. The music program at Trinity is strong and provides fantastic training for the musically inclined. In return, they consistently stage concerts that please the student body and other visitors.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Trinitonian
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are many different kinds of organizations and clubs on Trinity's campus; you are sure to find one that fits you. Many students are involved in Greek Life, service organizations,campus publications, and cultural clubs, to name a few.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 21 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 27 responses

  • 4% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 37% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 33% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 26% 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 23 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 35% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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