Trinity International University

For other schools with similar names, see Trinity University (disambiguation) and Trinity College (disambiguation).
Trinity International University
Motto Forming students to transform the world through Christ
Type Private (includes Seminary and Law School)
Established 1897[1]
Affiliation Evangelical Free Church of America
President David S. Dockery
Students 2,700 (approx) [2]
Undergraduates 1,099[1]
Location Deerfield[3], Illinois, USA
Campus Suburban[1]
Colors Blue and white
Athletics NAIA (CCAC)
Nickname Trojans

Trinity International University (TIU) is an evangelical Christian liberal arts institution of higher education headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, United States.[3] It comprises an undergraduate college, a graduate school, a theological seminary (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), and a law school—together with about 2,700 students.[2] Trinity Law School is located in Santa Ana, California; the university also maintains campuses in Florida and Chicago, Illinois. TIU is operated by the Evangelical Free Church of America.


Tracing its roots to 1897, TIU formed in the late 1940s as the result of a merger of three schools:

By 1949, the Minneapolis-based school moved to Chicago and the unified schools became known as Trinity Seminary and Bible College. In 1961 the school moved to a new campus in Bannockburn, Illinois and a year later was renamed Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) and Trinity College. The school grew from an enrollment of 51 in 1961 to 1,400 in 1990. In 1995, TEDS became part of Trinity International University, along with Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois, and Trinity College in Miami, (formerly Miami Christian College which was obtained through a merger of the two institutions). In 1997 Trinity Law School, located in Santa Ana, California, was incorporated into Trinity International University and the Trinity Graduate School was founded. Also runs distance education in Africa with New World Mission Dunamis International University.[4]

In 2014, David S. Dockery was elected unanimously as the 15th president of Trinity. He was inaugurated in October of that year.[5] Dockery has led the drive to establish a new strategic plan called Heritage & Hope: Trinity 2023, which outlines growth initiatives.[6]

Approvals, accreditations and memberships

Trinity International University is exempt[7] from the need to be approved to operate in Illinois by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), which lists it as a "private NFP (not-for-profit) institution".[8] Its educational programs for K-12 teachers are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)[9] so that TIU's graduates from said programs may obtain state-issued teaching credentials. TIU is, further, approved by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) (formerly the Illinois State Scholarship Commission (ISSC))[10] Monetary Award Program (MAP) so that TIU's students may receive Illinois educational grants and scholarships.[11]

TIU's undergraduate college, its graduate school, its divinity school, and its law school are all accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC),[12][13] one of the six US Department of Education (USDE) and the USDE-sanctioned Council for Higher Education (CHEA) approved regional accreditors in the United States. Its divinity school is further accredited by the USDE- and CHEA-approved Commission on Accrediting of the The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).[14]

Prior to 2003, TIU's athletic trainer program was accredited by the CHEA-approved Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); however in 2003 the accreditation of such programs was taken over by the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training (JRC-AT) which was neither USDE- or CHEA-approved; and in 2006 JRC-AT became the Committee for Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). TIU's undergraduate athletic training educational program[15] claims CAATE accreditation on its website; however, CAATE, though credible, remains an agency not approved by either USDE or CHEA.

TIU's law school, located in Santa Ana, California, is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California (CALBAR).[16] The normative nationwide USDE- and CHEA-approved accreditor of law schools is the American Bar Association (ABA). Within the state of California, though, law schools accredited by CALBAR CBE, which is neither USDE- or CHEA-approved, are often considered to be as credible as those accredited by the ABA. However, outside of California, a CALBAR CBE approved law school is treated with less respect than an ABA approved law school.[17] TIU's Trinity Law School (Santa Ana campus only) is also included as part of TIU's regional accreditation by the USDE- and CHEA-approved NCA-HLC.[12]

TIU is one of around 3,000 institutional members of CHEA,[18] one of the two entities (along with USDE) that approves two of its accreditors.

The organizations of which TIU is also a member include the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU),[19] the Christian College Consortium (CCC), and the Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA).[20]


Trinity International University teams are known as the Trojans. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), although its football program competes in the Mideast League of the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and volleyball.

Notable alumni


  1. 1 2 3 "Trinity International University". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  2. 1 2 "AboutTrinity International University". Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  3. 1 2 "Deerfield Campus". TIU Website. Trinity International University. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  4. "New World Mission Dunamis International University & Partners". Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  5. "Trinity Celebrates the Inauguration of David S. Dockery".
  6. "Heritage and Hope: Trinity 2023 Strategic Plan". Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  7. "IBHE Approval & Review Overview". Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  8. "Illinois Board of Higher Education Institutional Profiles". Profile of Trinity International University. The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) website. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  9. "The Directory of Approved Programs for the Preparation of Educational Personnel in Illinois Institutions of Higher Education (a PDF file)" (PDF). Trinity International University, on page 73. The Illinois State Board of Education. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  10. "State Scholarship Group Is Now Known As Illinois Student Assistance Commission". The Chicago Tribune website. 25 August 1989. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  11. "The "Grants" area of the website". Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Approved Schools. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  12. 1 2 "The Higher Learning Commission Database". Accreditation information page for Trinity International University. The Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  13. "The Higher Learning Commission Database". The Trinity Evangelical Divinity School accreditation information page. The Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  14. "Database of Member Institutions". The Trinity Evangelical School's accreditation information page. The Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  15. "The Undergraduate Athletic Training Program". Trinity International University website. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  16. "California Law Schools". Schools approved by CALBAR CBE (aka CALS). State Bar of California website. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  17. "Understanding Law School Accreditation". The Princeton Review. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  18. "Institutional Members". List of Member Institutions. The CHEA website. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  19. "List of Member Institutions". Member Institutions beginning with the letter "T". The CCCU website. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  20. "The CAHEA website database" (PDF). List of Member Institutions (a PDF file). The Christian Higher Education Association (CAHEA) website. Retrieved 14 October 2012.

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