Mission and Values

Home to more than 2,500 students, Trinity is rooted in the liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs. The University is guided by a mission and set of values that place the student experience at its core. As a community that both honors our past and shapes our future, we strive to live our values in everything we do.


Enduring Excellence

We hold ourselves to the highest standard, challenging and supporting each other to thrive in a world of rapid change.


Intentional Inclusion

We connect across differences, acting with radical empathy and nurturing enduring relationships.


Perpetual Discovery

We inspire lifelong curiosity, creating new knowledge through deep and meaningful thought and action.


Mission, Vision, and Values University Leadership


A University of the Highest Order

Trinity’s history of excellence began in 1869, when Cumberland Presbyterians sought to create a "University of the Highest Order." Founders built upon a bedrock of resilience, innovation, and a passion for student wellbeing. More than 150 years later, Trinity continues to instill the confidence and curiosity needed to answer questions and question answers.

History and Traditions


in the nation

Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America
- Niche, 2024


in the nation

Most Innovative Liberal Arts Colleges
- U.S. News & World Report, 2024


in the nation

Best Colleges in America
- Niche, 2024

Rankings and Value


An Open, Inviting Campus

Trinity University opens its doors to the San Antonio community and beyond. Proud of the culture and heritage of the city that has supported us for more than 75 years, we not only cherish our place in the nation’s 7th largest city—we are committed to protecting the environment we inhabit.

Ijeoma Oluo speaks in Laurie Auditorium

Community Engagement

Trinity brings world-class lectures in politics, history, literature, and urban affairs to campus annually—free and open to the public. 

Events Calendar

Visiting Scholars

a student presents a poster at the summer undergraduate research symposium

Conferences and Special Programs

Trinity University provides full service conference and event support for conferences, meetings, and gatherings of all kinds.

Conference Information

two students looking at grass on roof

Sustainability and the Environment

The University is dedicated to a sustainable future, with education, groups, and activities that work to reduce Trinity’s global footprint.




A Community of Lifelong Learners

Noted for red brick buildings, native live oaks, and sparkling fountains, the University’s 125-acre skyline campus is the perfect place to learn and grow—and to instill these passions for a lifetime. Trinity is known for its stimulating, collaborative environment, thanks in large part to its setting in multicultural San Antonio.

The Trinity Campus

Visiting campus? Stop and smell the mountain laurels.

three Trinity students walk through Market Square under papel picado


A City on the Rise

San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing cities in America with economic demand in medical, biomedical and biotechnology, tourism, technology, and military sectors. Its close proximity to Mexico makes it a cultural hub of engagement with the Latin American world.



Lodging near Trinity



Events, Sports, and Recreation



Culture, Dining, and Nightlife