Trinity International University

Trinity International University

Trinity International University

Trinity International University is a private, non-profit evangelical Christian institution of higher learning located in Deerfield, Illinois. It is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. It is dedicated to providing an excellent and holistic academic experience that focuses on teaching God’s absolute truth to provide students with a biblical worldview. It is also committed to offering superior liberal arts education to prepare students for successful careers. It provides a Christ-centered supportive learning community that focuses on lifelong learning. The core values of Trinity International University include Christ centeredness, comprehensive education, church connectedness, community, and cultural engagement.

Trinity International University

Trinity International University offers two completely online adult degree completion programs in Christian ministries and business. The programs provide students with flexibility and convenience without compromising the Trinity community experience. The programs are intended for students who have previously completed postsecondary coursework and students must have at least 36 credit hours to be admitted. The online adult degree completion programs are offered in six-week terms and most courses are three credit hours and students generally take one course each term. The online programs are delivered via software from Capital Education and feature an interactive learning environment. Students are able to view entire course content, participate in discussion forums with instructors and fellow classmates, post messages, email messages, and see who is online at certain times. The virtual environment also features announcements and a technical support center.

Trinity International University traces its origins to 1897 when the Bible Institute of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church of America was founded. In 1910, the Norwegian-Danish Institute and Academy was established. Between 1946 and 1949 the two institutes merged to create the Trinity Seminary and Bible College. The seminary’s name was changed to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the college was renamed Trinity College. In 1995, the institution became Trinity International University. The graduate school was established in 1997 and the law school in 1998. Today, Trinity International University educates about 3,000 students.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Trinity International University.

Schools of Education

Trinity College: offers a variety of majors including non-traditional options through the Division of Biblical, Religious, and Philosophical Studies, Division of Humanities, Division of Education, Division of Science, Technology, and Health, and Division of Social Science.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School: dedicated to developing servant leaders for the global church. It is one of the world’s largest seminaries with over 1,200 graduate students. Offers various master’s degree programs in divinity, ministries, New Testament, Old Testament and various other disciplines.

Trinity Law School: committed to the faithfulness of Christianity through its law programs. Offers the Juris Doctor degree that enables students to study law from a Christian point of view.

Trinity Graduate School: offers master’s degree programs and dual bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in various areas such as counseling psychology, cultural engagement, bioethics, and education.

Scholarships Offered

Trinity International University offers a variety of merit-based scholarships including the Presidential Academic Scholarship, Dean’s Academic Scholarship, Kenneth Kantzer Honor Scholarship, Alan and Susan Ruud Academic and Leadership Scholarship, and Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. It also offers ability-based scholarships such as Music Scholarships and Athletic Scholarships. Other grants and scholarships are available such as the Alumni Grant, Waybright Diversity Grant, Christian Service Grant, Evangelical Free Church Grant, Family Educational Opportunity Grant, Alumni Scholarship, Alumni Scholarships for Graduates, Carol Thor Memorial Scholarships, Darnell Martin Award and Scholarship, and James Lew Memorial Scholarship.

Financing Options

Trinity International University participates in numerous financial aids programs to assist students in paying for tuition and fees such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), National Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Church Match Grant, Illinois Monetary Award Program, Trinity Opportunity Grant, Trinity Church Partnership Grant, Trinity Out-of-State Grant, Trinity Entitlement Grants, Golden Apple Scholarship Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, and alternative/private loans. Trinity International University also offers a deferred payment plan.

Credit Earning Options

Trinity International University grants transfer credit for previous coursework completed at other accredited colleges of universities. All transfer courses must have been completed with a final grade of a C or higher. Liberal arts courses are only excepted if the content and objectives are similar to courses at Trinity. Students are able to transfer up to 82 credit hours from community colleges and up to 12 hours of applied music, four hours of drama production, six hours of physical education, and eight hours of debate team participation. The university also grants credits for Advanced Placement Exams (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Credit By Examination, International Baccalaureate Program (IB), competency exams in Old Testament and New Testament, and credit for military basic training.

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