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 in 2017, 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 216th, ahead of well-known institutions such as Texas Christian, Alabama, and Miami of Ohio. Trinity’s ranking is among the highest for Governing Member schools 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 Evangelical Divinity School faculty members have won the top award in either the theology/ethics or biblical studies categories for four consecutive years. TEDS 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 TEDS 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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College Choice’s Best Online Colleges in Illinois

In a list of the 23 best online degrees in Illinois, Trinity ranked as the 12th best option. The schools were judged for their academic quality, first of all. After this, they were measured for return on investment, by comparing the net cost of a degree with how much an employee in that degree field typically earns.

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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 2017, Trinity again received a silver award, which 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 organized and 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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Sharefaith Magazine 2017 Top 20 Christian Seminaries

This magazine does not rank individual schools beyond saying each is among the top 20 Christian theological seminaries. The seminaries are listed in alphabetical order, but editors say they’ve done quite a bit of internal evaluation to arrive at a list of 20 institutions. “We’ve assembled a list that covers a broad spectrum," Sharefaith’s CEO Hein van Wyk said when the list was released. “The Association of Theological Schools has more than 250 member schools in the United States and Canada, so narrowing it down can really help the search process." Sharefaith provides church curriculum and ongoing training for pastors.

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