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Trinity College (Connecticut)

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Trinity College (Connecticut)’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Cities Program Short Response

Not Required
450 Words

The Cities Program incorporates the study of Hartford and a diverse range of dynamic global cities, positioning students to take advantage of numerous opportunities for hands-on engagement with contemporary urban issues. Topics studied include community development, urban planning, urban culture, gentrification, urban renewal, and urban governance policy. The Cities Program is a good fit for students with an interest in understanding how to plan, work in, and effect change in urban communities. Read more on our website. Please share why you think the Cities Program would be a good fit for you.

Community Action Gateway Short Response

Not Required
450 Words

The Community Action Gateway engages students in learning to create social change in their communities through critical thinking about today‘s complex issues, talking and working with local changemakers, and taking action through collaborative research projects in Hartford. Read more on our website.
Please share why you think the Community Action Gateway would be a good fit for you.

Global Health Humanities Gateway Short Response

Not Required
400 Words

Please share why you think the Global Health Humanities Gateway would be a good fit for you.

Humanities Gateway Short Response

Not Required
400 Words

Please share why you think the Humanities Gateway Program would be a good fit for you.

Interdisciplinary Science Program Essay

Not Required
550 Words

Write a statement of interest below (approx. 500 words) describing why, given your experience and interests, Interdisciplinary Science Program (ISP) is a good fit for you.

Identity Short Response

Not Required
300 Words

The identities you claim, the challenges you face, and the successes you enjoy shape the background for your college experience to come. What is an aspect of your background that you are excited to share and/or explore as a member of the Trinity community and why?

Common App Personal Essay

650 words

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don‘t feel obligated to do so.

Option 1

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

Option 2

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Option 3

Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

Option 4

Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

Option 5

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

Option 6

Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

Option 7

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you‘ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

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