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You got a start on your education, and you are looking for the best college to transfer to. We can’t wait to help you continue your journey. Here, everything you’ve learned so far will be a springboard to your future. You’ll get the chance to specialize, with focused attention in your department and the area of your passion. You’ll have access to all the opportunities of a big city nearby, within an environment where you’ll be known. We’re excited to help you find your place at Trinity, and in the world.

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College Transfer Requirements

At Trinity, we’re familiar with the needs of transfer students. We’re sure you’re wondering, “Will my credits transfer?” Our admissions team is here to ease your path as you take the next step on your college journey.

Complete an Application for Admission and submit your official transcripts.

Upon acceptance, transfer students will receive their transfer credit evaluation by e-mail from the college registrar.

Students are also encouraged to contact their admissions representative to arrange a campus tour and meeting with a department chair.

  • Provide official transcript(s) from any college(s) previously attended. Applicants are required to have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.50 (based on all colleges attended) and successful completion of all attempted courses in accordance with Trinity’s standards of satisfactory academic progress.
  • Submit a high school transcript and ACT or SAT I or CLT test results if you have completed less than 24 college credits at the time of application. 

While we accept students on a rolling admissions basis, the following are the recommended application deadlines for transfer students:

Fall Term – July 1
Spring Term – December 1

Students may transfer up to 65 credits from two-year institutions and unlimited credit hours from four-year institutions.

Trinity reserves the right to accept or reject courses for transfer credit. Only college-level coursework earned with a grade of C (2.0) or better from other accredited institutions is accepted for transfer. Regardless of transfer credit, all students must meet the residency requirements: completing 45 hours at Trinity, completing at least 12 hours in the major and 6 hours of the minor at Trinity, and completing 12 of the last 20 hours at Trinity. See the Transfer Credit Policy in the college catalog for full details.

Based on the number of transferable credits at the time of initial enrollment at Trinity, students fulfill the following Foundations (general education) requirements.

Summary Table of Foundations Requirements for Transfer Students


✔ Requirement must be taken at Trinity
■ Requirement may be taken at Trinity or may be transferred in
x Requirement is waived for Foundations, but may be needed for a major or minor

*Students with two or more years of language study in high school: Take any courses from the World Cultures list to fulfill the World Cultures requirement. (SPAN 101 is one of the options.)
Students with fewer than two years of language study in high school: Take SPAN 101 or another approved language. This language course will fulfill the world cultures requirement.

If you plan to transfer from another institutions and would like to see just what it would take to finish your bachelor’s degree at Trinity, visit:   Registrar Page for Transfer Information

The Registrar’s Office at Trinity has created transfer equivalency guides to make your transfer process as smooth as possible, with guides available for over a dozen community colleges and major-specific transfer guides available for our local community colleges.

Interested in taking courses for credit at Trinity without receiving a degree?  Complete the Unclassified Student Application. If you are no longer in high school, transcripts are not necessary.

If an unclassified student decides to work toward a degree, the student must apply for admission as a degree seeking student. Financial aid is not available for unclassified students.

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree may enroll at Trinity to obtain teaching certification for the state of Illinois. Any interested person must complete the application for admission, and submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. Transcripts will be evaluated to determine which courses are needed for certification.

Adult learners (23+) seeking only evening classes should refer to Trinity’s accelerated Adult Programs. To learn more about available programs and request information, visit adultstudies.trnty.edu.