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Applying to Trinity is free, and Trinity reviews each application as soon as it is complete: you’ll get our decision right away.

Priority is given to applications received before February 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

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Readmission – Contact Your Advisor to Restart Your Studies!
If more than two years (1 year for graduate students) have elapsed since you successfully completed a semester at Trinity, or if you were dismissed from Trinity, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Non-Degree Applicants – please contact admissions to learn how to  up to take to 6 credits of coursework without seeking a Trinity degree.

U.S. citizens who have studied at foreign institutions: Submit official transcripts for a course-by-course evaluation by an agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

International Applicants

To apply for admission to Trinity, international candidates must provide the following documentation:

  1. Complete the Trinity online application (no fee).  Your Trinity journey starts here!
  2. Transcripts:  Original or certified educational documents of high school transcripts and degree, university transcripts and mark sheets. All international applicants or students who are U.S. citizens who have obtained high school or college/university credit from an institution outside of the United States must submit official transcripts for a course-by-course evaluation by one of the agencies accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  3. Recommendation Letters: International applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from a high school teacher, college professor or current employer.
  4. English Proficiency Standards: If English is not an official language in your country, you have not earned a college/university degree in the U.S., or you are not currently enrolled in a degree program in the U.S. you will need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language or an International English Language Testing System  exam before you can be considered for final admissions. All English proficiency scores are valid for two years from the test date. Official test scores must be provided directly from the testing agency. TOEFL: Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language must be submitted directly to Trinity by ETS (Educational Testing Services). Trinity’s code is 5796, and a minimum score of 550 on paper-based test (PBT) or 213 on computer-based test (CBT) or 79 on Internet-based test (IBT) is required.  IELTS – Academic: A minimum6.5 total band score. is required.
  5. The Immigration Form I–20 needed to obtain the F-1/Student Visa will be issued only to applicants who: 1) Are admitted to Trinity. 2) Demonstrate sufficient funds to cover expenses for at least one academic year. Proof of financial responsibility, which includes an official bank statement for the first year of study, along with a letter of sponsorship from the Sponsor. Contact the International Student Adviser, Hanan Adnan, at or (+1) 202-884-9141 for details regarding proof of financial responsibility. Note: All international students must pursue a full course of study (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours for graduate students). Failure to adhere to this USCIS requirement for F-1 students may jeopardize your legal non-immigrant status.

Have more questions? Check out our in-depth FAQ for International Applicants!


Dreamer Scholarships

Trinity proudly welcomes Dreamers and encourages eligible students to apply to TheDream.US Scholarship program. The current round of scholarship applications opened on November 1. TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated Dreamers who seek a college education but cannot afford it; applicants must be DACA or TPS eligible and have applied for or received DACA or TPS approval. TheDream.US requires scholarship recipients to attend one of its partner institutions, and Trinity is the only partner university in Washington, D.C. Trinity is one of the first institutions to partner with TheDream.US when the program was launched in early 2014, and Trinity currently enrolls more than 100 Dreamer Scholars.

Start your TheDream.US application here and be sure to designate Trinity Washington University. TheDream.US offers two scholarships: The National Scholarship is for high school or community college graduates; the Opportunity Scholarship is for students who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot get in-state tuition. Your eligibility for both is based upon where you live. Review TheDream.US eligibility requirements and deadlines on TheDream.US site.

Making Dreams Come True

Trinity is honored to partner with TheDream.US, an important national movement that provides college scholarships to enable highly motivated, low-income Dreamers to earn college degrees. These scholarships make up the difference in the lost Pell grants and federal loans that Dreamers are not currently eligible to receive.

Five simple steps to apply to Trinity as a potential Dreamer Scholar:

  • Apply to Trinity if you have not already done so.
  • Apply for TheDream.US Scholarship.
  • You can use your TheDream.US application essay for your Trinity application.
  • Notify both Trinity Admissions and TheDream.US that you are applying to each.*
  • Notify Trinity Admissions if you are awarded TheDream.US Scholarship.*

* Notify Trinity Admissions Office by e-mail, or call, 202-884-9400.

“There’s no greater gift than the gift of a college education to lift the spirit, spark imagination and ensure prosperity. For Dreamers, however, these huge benefits too often remain a mere fantasy, a grave injustice because of short-sighted public policies on student financial aid. Dreamers Scholarships are a step forward in addressing a terrible injustice in our society….This Dreamers initiatives is also consistent with Catholic teachings on social justice and the dignity of human life.” Trinity President Patricia McGuire at the 2014 national press conference announcing the official launch of the Dreamers Scholarship program.

Read President McGuire’s blog post, “Dreaming of Justice,” about the launch of TheDream.US.

“My whole life changed when I came to Trinity”

Trinity Dreamer Sadhana Singh moved to the United States from Guyana, in South America, when she was 13. As a senior in high school in Monroe, Georgia, she knew that, as a Dreamer, “College was just not in the cards for me. I was raring to go, but I had to set my dream aside.”

When Singh heard about TheDream.US Scholarship program, she immediately applied and was accepted. She chose Trinity because “it is an excellent school, all women, and because I always wanted to go to college in the city. Trinity was the school that stood out for me.”

“My whole life changed when I came to Trinity,” says Singh. “Now I have this incredible opportunity. I don’t take this for granted – I am so grateful and so blessed. I have been given so much, and I want to give back – to Trinity, to my community.” She graduated from Trinity in May 2018 – and is now a program manager for TheDream.US.  Read more about Sadhana Singh and other Trinity Dreamers. Watch Sadhana Singh’s powerful TEDx talk on YouTube: “My Lives of Uncertainty.”

“I want to be the best, most productive American I can be.”

Meet Trinity Dreamer Scholar Bruna Distinto, who wrote a powerful essay published by Teen Vogue in January 2016 about an important Supreme Court case: “I used to be an undocumented teen immigrant until this new law changed my life. And how a new Supreme Court case could make me illegal again.” She writes: “There are few words that can fully describe the joy, relief, and appreciation I feel for the executive actions taken by President Obama on immigration. What he’s done for me and millions of other immigrants in the United States has literally changed our lives for the better. Without DACA, I would not be able to go to school or help my family.” Read her essay, published by Teen Vogue.