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Trine University
Trine University
Trine University Angola seal.jpg
Former names
Tri-State Normal College (1884-1906), Tri-State College (1906-1975), Tri-State University (1975-2008)
MottoIt's a Trine thing
TypePrivate university
Academic affiliations
Endowment$25.1 million (2015)
PresidentEarl D. Brooks II, Ph.D.
Students2,204 main campus (5,074 total)
Location, ,
United States

41°37?56?N 85°00?20?W / 41.63222°N 85.00556°W / 41.63222; -85.00556
CampusRural, 450 Acres (1.8km²)
ColorsNavy blue, white and Vegas gold[1]
AthleticsNCAA Division III
Sports32 intercollegiate teams, with 25 competing in the MIAA conference and NCAA Division III.
Mascot"Storm", a white tiger
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Trine University is a private university in Angola, Indiana. It was founded in 1884 and offers degrees in the arts and sciences, business, education, and engineering. Trine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Trine was founded in 1884 as Tri-State Normal College and retained the reference to the "tri-state" area for more than 120 years because of its location in Indiana and proximity to Michigan and Ohio. In 1906, the school was renamed Tri-State College, and in 1975 Tri-State University.

The school served its regional population, first as a teachers and engineering school with flexible evening and weekend courses and then broadening into a multidisciplinary institution with an expansion of daytime classes, an athletics program and more robust student life offerings. On June 1, 1963, Tri-State succeeded in achieving its initial regional accreditation. It has remained an accredited institution since that time, most recently extending its Level V accreditation until the next (2026) evaluation visit. Further, the Ketner School of Business was reaffirmed by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) on February 26, 2019.[2][3]

In 2002 the school joined the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), and, coinciding with the opening of the $650,000 Ketner Sports Complex, in Tri-State attained NCAA Division III provisional membership.[3]

Already with over 100 years of teaching engineering courses, in 2005 the University graduated its first class of Master of Science in Engineering Technology students.[3]

In 2008, the school's name was changed to the Trine University, in honor of alumnus Dr. Ralph Trine and his wife Sheri. The dropping of the "tri-state" identifier reflected a desire to brand the school as a nationally competitive private university, not to be mistaken for state-funded or associated with businesses or organizations nationwide also using the term "tri-state". During the 1990s, the university opened several satellite campuses throughout northern and central Indiana.[4]


Trine's main campus covers 450 acres (1.8 km²) in Angola, Indiana.[5] Graduate programs for the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences are housed at Trine's Health Sciences Education Center in Fort Wayne. There is another campus for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies in Angola, as well as other satellite campuses in Fort Wayne and Detroit, Michigan.[6]


Trine is a member of Midwestern Undergraduate Private Engineering Colleges (MUPEC) and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS).[7]


Trine offers associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and a doctorate in 36 fields of study and has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. It launched a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in fall 2018 and is planning a major expansion to its health sciences programs.[4][8]

Student life

More than 2,000 students live on the main campus which hosts approximately 100 varied campus groups from professional or major-specific clubs, recreational sports, religious affiliated groups, and an array of hobby or interest clubs.[9]

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities have been a visible presence on the Trine campus for 100 years. The campus hosts ten honor societies which recognize scholastic achievement, complimenting 13 active undergraduate social fraternities and sororities. Local societies had been predominate during the earlier, non-accredited era of campus growth, but beginning in 1947, national fraternities and then sororities colonized and now make up the majority of chapters. 26% of male and 19% of female undergraduates are involved in these groups. Chapters are listed in order of date established, with active groups in bold and inactive groups in italics. [10]

The school also features a Christian Campus House ministry.[9]


Trine sports teams are known as the Thunder. Trine has been a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III[9] and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), the nation's oldest athletic conference, since 2004. It has more than 600 student athletes who compete in 32 varsity sports, and added men's and women's hockey in the fall of 2017.[30] Men's volleyball, which had last played at the varsity level in 2002, returned to full varsity status for the 2019 season (2018-19 school year) and plays in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League.[31]

Trine's Zollner Golf Course[32] hosted the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championships. Men's golf coach Bill SanGiacomo has more than 45 years of service at the school and is a member of the school's athletic hall of fame. He has led Trine golf teams to 14 appearances in the National Championships.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Thunder Sports Information". Trine University.
  2. ^ All according to Human Resources MBA, graduate studies resource. Accessed 28 Oct 2020.
  3. ^ a b c School growth catalogued by the school's website. Accessed 28 Oct 2020.
  4. ^ a b "History and Tradition | Trine University". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Trine University - Points of Pride". Trine University.
  6. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status". Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Academics". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Trine maps course for health sciences expansion". Trine University. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "Campus Life | Trine University". Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Trine University Student Life". US News & World Report. US News & World Report, LP. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Began as a local chapter in 1924, which joined Alpha Delta Alpha in 1930, and at that national's demise, joined Alpha Kappa Pi in 1935. That second, smaller national merged into Alpha Sigma Phi in 1946, becoming its Beta Omicron chapter.
  12. ^ a b Trine University's first chapter was originally the founding chapter of Sigma Mu Sigma fraternity, established on March 25, 1921, which over a decade spread to nine campuses. It was originally limited to Master Masons. With conditions worsening in the Great Depression, its small national organization voted in the Fall of 1934 to merge with , but the Tri-State Alpha chapter remained independent, likely due to non-accreditation. In 1936 it became the Psi chapter of Alpha Lambda Tau. That small non-NIC national would itself merge into ?KE in 1947 in another merger. Following this, the NIC demanded that TKE revoke the charter for the group at Tri-State if they wanted to remain in the NIC because Tri-State College was still non-accredited. Hence, TKE revoked the charter of its Beta-Epsilon chapter at its next Conclave. The chapter then affiliated with Kappa Sigma Kappa in 1952. When small Kappa Sigma Kappa merged into Theta Xi in 1962, likewise an NIC fraternity, the chapter was again ineligible for the merger due to the accreditation status of Tri-State University. So the chapter petitioned Kappa Sigma and became a chapter of that fraternity in 1966, enduring until the accreditation turmoil had passed. This is the short history of the Trine University Kappa Sigma chapter. Decades after Tri-State University became accredited, TKE established a new chapter on the campus in 1989. The new chapter retained the Beta-Epsilon chapter designation and honors the founding date of the original chapter, even though that original campus group is now a chapter of Kappa Sigma.
  13. ^ This chapter's history dates to March 25, 1921 as the founder of Sigma Mu Sigma; it severed ties with the resulting small national it had formed as of 1934, and after several stages, eventually found Kappa Sigma.
  14. ^ Trine University's Acacia chapter was originally formed when an alumnus of Sigma Mu Sigma, Clyde E. Shaw who was a faculty member at Tri-State, revived "his" fraternity of in 1940. This was four years after the original chapter had merged into Alpha Lambda Tau. This new Alpha chapter changed membership requirements to allow non-Masons to join. Alpha chapter was the only active chapter of from 1940-1952. In August 1952, Sigma Mu Sigma made the decision to merge with Sigma Alpha Chi, which was another Masonic fraternity originally known as Square and Compass. The resulting union, called Sigma Phi Sigma - Square and Compass, would eventually form 12 chapters. It dissolved in the 1960s, with the Trine chapter going on to join Acacia fraternity in 1967.
  15. ^ This chapter originated on December 17, 1927, when it was established as the Delta Epsilon chapter of Phi Sigma Chi. On May 8, 1949 the chapter affiliated with Alpha Gamma Upsilon as 's Lambda chapter. It became Indiana Theta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon on May 4, 1968.
  16. ^ Arguably the most prolific chapter of any fraternity, this local chapter birthed three successor chapters on the Trine campus and twice, a surviving, small national fraternity. Originally a Masonic-themed organization, see reference notes for these three resulting campus chapters.
  17. ^ a b c Noted in the 1956 Modulus yearbook, the Trine chapter of A emerged out of an original local, then , then , and finally becoming .
  18. ^ In those pre-accreditation days, was this original chapter a unit of the preparatory school fraternity, Phi Sigma Chi?
  19. ^ This chapter grew out of the "Club Hispano-Americano," a local chapter founded in 1921 at Tri-State. Joining Phi Lambda Alpha in 1929, this chapter continued for an unknown period. The national would soon merge into Phi Iota Alpha, which remains a member of the NALFO and the NIC. It ceased operations in 19xx.
  20. ^ Originally local. Probably the Eta chapter of this small national fraternity that dissolved in 1934. Successor was .
  21. ^ Formerly a chapter of , this chapter continued for an unknown period.
  22. ^ This was the last chapter of small national Sigma Delta Rho to form prior to that fraternity's dissolution in 1935.
  23. ^ Most chapters of were absorbed by ; a few scattered to other nationals, as did the Tri-State chapter, which became a chapter of .
  24. ^ was a junior NIC member which merged with Theta Xi national in 1962. Trine's chapter reverted to local status due to the accreditation problem that would persist for another year. Seven chapters of formed a schismatic junior-college focused third reinvention of Kappa Sigma Kappa, which persisted for a few years after the merger, and which claimed the Tri-State chapter, but once the accreditation matter was resolved, in 1966, the Tri-State chapter would petition and join Kappa Sigma. Available records do not show whether it used the name or during 1963-66.
  25. ^ Not to be confused with Phi Sigma National Biological Sciences Honor Society.
  26. ^ Originally established as Zeta Theta Epsilon (local) in 1998.
  27. ^ This was the Zeta Theta chapter of .
  28. ^ Appears to have been the Zeta Upsilon chapter of , reverting to local status.
  29. ^ This was the Alpha Alpha chapter of .
  30. ^
  31. ^ "Trine Men's Volleyball Team to Compete in MCVL" (Press release). Trine Thunder. October 4, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  32. ^ Zollner Golf Course
  33. ^ Whisenant, David (17 March 2016). "Food Lion co-founder Ralph Ketner in hospice care in Salisbury". Frankly Media. Retrieved 2016.
  34. ^ Long, Sheila (18 July 1993). "For Ralph Ketner, there is life after Food Lion". Greensboro News and Record. BH Media Group. Retrieved 2016.
  35. ^ "SWE Pioneer - Isabelle French". Society of Women Engineers. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  36. ^ "Rupa Shanmugam - February 2018 Women in Leadership Honoree". New York State Women, Inc., Buffalo Niagara Chapter. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  37. ^ "Eric Watt wins Gagliardi Trophy". D3 Football. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 2020.
  38. ^ "Final 2008 MIAA Baseball Report". Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 2020.

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