Admissions Requirements

We are committed to the development of your intellect and character.

That means we evaluate each applicant’s academic promise, motivation, and Christian commitment. Take a look over the requirements below. If you have any questions, we would love to talk to you. Our Admissions Counselors are here to help you navigate the admissions process so don’t hesitate to ask for help!


  1. A high school diploma,* successful completion of the GED, or a transcript for home-schooled students
  2. A minimum 2.5 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  3. Be in the top 1/2 of their graduating class
  4. A recommended minimum of college prep courses in the following:
    English: 3 years
    Science (including one lab science): 2 years
    Social Studies: 2 years
    Foreign Language, Music, Art: 2 years
    Mathematics (including Algebra and Geometry): 2 years
  5. A minimum ACT score of 19, SAT score of 990 (critical reading & math) and/or 64 on the CLT
  6. Students who do not fully meet these requirements, may still qualify for our Compass program (see box on right).

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Students who do not meet the academic requirements for admission are still considered if there are factors that point to their probable success. This decision is made by the Admissions Committee. These students are encouraged to check out our Compass Program.

*Diploma Validation Policy

In accordance with the regulations developed by the US Department of Education, Trinity reserves the right to request additional documentation in order to validate a student’s high school completion. This validation may include the following:

  • Request for final high school transcripts
  • Evaluation conducted by a third party

This newly established rule requires institutions to review any high school diploma if the institution or Department of Education has reason to believe the diploma is not valid.

Trinity International University endeavors to conduct the admissions process with consideration to best practices. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

High School GPA Policy

Why does Trinity recalculate high school GPAs?

There is little to no consistency in how high schools weight honors and advanced placement courses. As a result, attempting to compare students from high schools across the country is becoming increasingly difficult. Most colleges are now focusing more on the grades earned in particular courses as opposed to a “weighted" GPA. In addition, some high schools do not weight honors courses at all. As a result, Trinity recalculates all high school GPA’s.

How does Trinity interpret high school grade point average?

Any cumulative grade point average indicated as “weighted" is recalculated using the high school’s grading scale, if possible. All grades earned are considered with pluses and minuses (with the exception of A+).

Grade point averages are recalculated based on an unweighted 4.0 scale

Why do high schools weight honors courses if most colleges will recalculate them?

The primary reason for weighting courses is to reward and reinforce the decision for students to take the more rigorous courses. It also provides a way for the high school to rank the students without penalizing those who took the more difficult courses.

What are the benefits to a student taking honors courses in high school?

The benefits are three-fold:

  1. Students are more prepared for the rigors of college study.
  2. Students often score better on standardized tests (ACT, SAT, CLT).
  3. Students are more likely to earn college credit before enrolling in college full-time (CLEP & AP).

How are unweighted grade point averages used at Trinity?

Unweighted cumulative grade point averages are considered, along with SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores, for evaluation of admission to the University as well as in the awarding of academic scholarships.