Trinity International University
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Trinity International University
Trinity International University
Trinity International University Current Logo.png
MottoEntrusted with the Gospel
TypePrivate (includes Seminary and Law School)
Religious affiliation
Evangelical Free Church of America
PresidentNicholas Perrin
Undergraduates703 [3]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue and white
AthleticsNAIA - CCAC

Trinity International University (TIU) is an evangelical Christian university headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.[4] It comprises an undergraduate college, a graduate school, a theological seminary (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), a law school, and a camp called Timber-lee.[5] Trinity Law School is located in Santa Ana, California; the university also maintains campus in Miami, Florida; the camp is located in East Troy, Wisconsin. TIU is operated by the Evangelical Free Church of America, a Christian denomination in the tradition of Radical Pietism.[6] The university enrolls about 2,700 students.


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

  • A school run by the Swedish Evangelical Free Church, founded in 1897 in Chicago, and incorporated as the Swedish Bible Institute of Chicago, then affiliated with Moody Bible Institute as the Swedish Department until 1925 when it became the Swedish Evangelical Free Church Bible Institute and Seminary.
  • A three-year Bible school, the Norwegian-Danish Bible Institute and Academy, founded in 1910 by the Norwegian-Danish Free Church, established in Rushford, Minnesota and later moving to Minneapolis and becoming Trinity Seminary and Bible Institute.

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, (Deerfield, Illinois postal address) 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.

In 2014, David S. Dockery was elected unanimously as the 15th president of Trinity. He was inaugurated in October of that year.[7] Dockery has led the drive to establish a new strategic plan called Heritage & Hope: Trinity 2023, which outlines growth initiatives.[8] Nicholas Perrin was elected as the 16th president in June 2019.[9]

Approvals, accreditations and memberships

Trinity International University is exempt[10] 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".[11] Its educational programs for K-12 teachers are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)[12] 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))[13] Monetary Award Program (MAP) so that TIU's students may receive Illinois educational grants and scholarships.[14]

Trinity International University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission,[15][16] The divinity school is also programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).[17]

Prior to 2003, TIU's athletic trainer program was accredited by the 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); and in 2006 JRC-AT became the Committee for Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). TIU's undergraduate athletic training educational program[18] claims CAATE accreditation on its website.

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).[19] 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 are also accredited by CALBAR CBE, which is neither USDE- or CHEA-approved. Graduates of non-ABA accredited program are not recognized outside of the state of California.[20] 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.[15]

TIU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU),[21] the Christian College Consortium (CCC), and the Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA).[22]


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. ^ a b "Trinity International University". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2016.
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  4. ^ a b "Deerfield Campus". TIU Website. Trinity International University. Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "AboutTrinity International University". Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Shantz, Douglas H. (2013). An Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe. JHU Press. ISBN 9781421408804.
  7. ^ "Trinity Celebrates the Inauguration of David S. Dockery".
  8. ^ "Heritage and Hope: Trinity 2023 Strategic Plan". Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Nicholas Perrin elected 16th president of Trinity International University". Retrieved .
  10. ^ "IBHE Approval & Review Overview". Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Illinois Board of Higher Education Institutional Profiles". Profile of Trinity International University. The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) website. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "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 2012.
  13. ^ "State Scholarship Group Is Now Known As Illinois Student Assistance Commission". The Chicago Tribune website. 25 August 1989. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "The "Grants" area of the website". Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Approved Schools. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ a b "The Higher Learning Commission Database". Accreditation information page for Trinity International University. The Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ "The Higher Learning Commission Database". The Trinity Evangelical Divinity School accreditation information page. The Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ "Database of Member Institutions". The Trinity Evangelical School's accreditation information page. The Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ "The Undergraduate Athletic Training Program". Trinity International University website. Retrieved 2012.
  19. ^ "California Law Schools". Schools approved by CALBAR CBE (aka CALS). State Bar of California website. Retrieved 2012.
  20. ^ "Understanding Law School Accreditation". The Princeton Review. Retrieved 2012.
  21. ^ "List of Member Institutions". Member Institutions beginning with the letter "T". The CCCU website. Retrieved 2012.
  22. ^ "The CAHEA website database" (PDF). List of Member Institutions (a PDF file). The Christian Higher Education Association (CAHEA) website. Retrieved 2012.

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