Trinity Christian College is an accredited and private liberal arts college located in Illinois, Chicago. Founded in 1959, the institution was named by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest in 2010. It offers some 40 undergraduate degree programs and provides a Christian-based education in the Reformed tradition.
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Trinity Christian College is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. Through its faculty, the school aims to give students a Bible-based liberal arts education following the Reformed standards. According to the institution’s mission, the Reformed view recognizes “that creation is God’s work, that our world has fallen into sin and that redemption is possible only through the gracious work of Christ.”
The school is situated in the former Navajo Hills Golf Course in the suburb of Palos Heights, Illinois. The campus features a chapel that can accommodate up to 1,200 people and houses the campus ministries program as well as practice and rehearsal rooms for the music division.
Other buildings in the complex are the Heritage Science Center which houses classrooms, a laboratory for the biology, chemistry and physics programs and a lecture hall for computer and technology courses as well as the Art and Communication Center that features art and design studios, a graphic design laboratory, student gallery and a theater.
As of school year 2010-2011, the annual tuition at Trinity Christian College was $22,232. This is exclusive of the books, food and accommodation and student life fee. Since 2005, the institution’s tuition has been increasing by at least a thousand dollars each year.
Trinity Christian College believes that education is a valuable investment but one that not every student can afford. As such, it provides financial assistance to qualified students in the form of grants and scholarships as well as student and private loans. It provides various grants such as the Pell, SEOG, Illinois MAP, Trinity, Church and TEACH. Additionally, it offers the federal direct subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans and the federal Perkins loan. Majority of Trinity students are able to avail of the school’s financial aid.
The institution accommodates more than 1,200 students each school year with more than 600 of them living in the campus dorms. Of the total population, 44 percent are from outside of Chicago while around 14 percent are minority students.
Academic Areas of Study
Trinity Christian College offers various degree and pre-professional as well as off-campus programs. Majors offered are in the areas of business (accounting, business communication, economics), sciences (chemistry, biology, geology, nursing, psychology, exercise science), liberal arts (English, history, philosophy, Spanish, Latin), education (physical and special education) and religion
(theology, church and ministry leadership).
The Higher Learning Commission has granted an accreditation to the Trinity Christian College. The school’s other programs including its financial aid are also accredited to ensure quality education is provided to students.
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Trinity Christian College’s athletic team is known as the Trolls. It is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Christian College Athletic Association and the Chicagoland Colleagiate Athletic Conference. The Trolls team competes in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, track and field as well as in women’s volleyball and softball.