Rankings & Awards

We at Trinity have been nationally recognized for our academics, our faculty contributions, and for the unique Christian atmosphere of our campus.


U.S.News & World Report

These rankings prompt more attention and discussion than any other attempt to evaluate colleges and universities. The rankings are organized by Carnegie Classifications, and because so many graduate degrees are conferred here through TEDS and TGS, the institution is classified as a national university. That means Trinity is on the same playing field as major research universities and private institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, and Northwestern. Among the 310 national universities, high school counselors ranked Trinity 141st, tied with schools such as University of Mississippi, University of Utah, and Seattle Pacific. The magazine editors conclude “there’s little doubt that high school counselors often have a considerable amount of firsthand knowledge about colleges and universities in their regions – and the experience and expertise needed to assess academic quality and give prospective students smart direction.”

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Washington Monthly

This magazine considers more than 1,800 U.S. institutions, then narrows its final ranking to 742 colleges in several classifications. Its largest classification is national universities, where Trinity ranks 133rd, ahead of well-known institutions such as Penn State, Nebraska, Auburn, and Miami of Ohio. Trinity’s ranking is the highest among schools with full membership in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Editors say their rankings are based on three equally weighted categories: social mobility, research, and service.

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Christianity Today Book Awards

Among the most prestigious book awards in evangelical life, CT’s annual list covers 12 categories and names a winner and runner-up for each grouping. These 24 books, in the words of the editors, are “most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.” Trinity faculty members have won the top award in either the theology/ethics or biblical studies categories for four consecutive years. Trinity faculty members have published 230 books during the past 15 years, and 90 in the past five years. No matter where you take courses in theology or biblical studies, chances are good that your assigned reading will involve Trinity authors.

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Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized 65 colleges and universities as members of Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer. Winners were selected based on engagement, collaboration, impact and achievements related to the transfer of community college students as well as partnerships, support, admissions outreach, scholarships/financial aid, student engagement opportunities and institutional priorities.

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President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Community focused is one of Trinity’s four core values, and the University routinely receives praise for its service efforts. For example, students recently started a Habitat for Humanity chapter on campus. In a practice that dates back to 2006, the White House staff has honored colleges and universities that “support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships” with inclusion on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Trinity has been honored for at least seven consecutive years.

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NSCAA College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship

The Trinity women’s soccer was one of only 15 programs across all divisions of collegiate men’s and women’s soccer to earn the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. Trinity was awarded a Gold Level award in 2016 for the third consecutive season. The award is given to teams that accumulate a minimum number of red and yellow cards throughout the season. Trinity earned only one yellow card during the 2016 campaign – the fewest in its conference. Only three other schools in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics received similar honors.

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NAIA Champions of Character Award

Another perennial honor for Trinity is the Champions of Character Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 2016, Trinity received a silver award, which means only 19 of 250 NAIA-member schools earned higher honors. The award recognizes “character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.” Trinity intercollegiate athletes serve locally and all over the world. The football team works to fight human trafficking in India, while the basketball teams volunteer with Special Olympics Illinois. Soccer teams sponsored their own youth clinic for children in the Deerfield area.

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In 2016, Trinity ranked sixth among the top 20 schools offering online Christian ministry degrees. TheologyDegrees.Org used “publicly available data about cost and length of the program, a percentage of need met through non-loan financial aid, freshman retention, and completion rates.” Additional considerations included the overall strength of online undergraduate programs, alumni assessment of the program and degree, student loan default rates and alumni giving.

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