Trinity Christian College: Wikis


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Trinity Christian College
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Motto Momentum for Life
Established 1959
Type Private University, Reformed
Religious affiliation Christian Reformed Church

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President Steve Timmermans
Faculty 75
Undergraduates 1280
Postgraduates 0
Location Palos Heights, Illinois, United States
Campus Urban, 50 acres (200,000 )
Mascot Trolls

Trinity Christian College is a liberal arts college located in Palos Heights, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago. The college was founded in 1959 by a group of Chicago businessmen who wanted to establish a college providing students with a Christian higher education in a Reformed tradition. Today, Trinity Christian College boasts a traditional student enrollment of just over 1,200 students and offers degrees in 30 fields. The college has also undergone extensive building projects over the past decade to become a modern, technologically rich institution. This college is not to be confused with Trinity International University in north suburban Deerfield.



In 1952 Trinity Christian College was founded. By April 1956 this visionary group had drafted a constitution and incorporated the Trinity Christian College Association. The first board of trustees was elected in 1959, and they purchased the Navajo Hills Golf Course in suburban Palos Heights for the campus. After remodeling the former clubhouse and pro shop, the college opened that fall with a class of 37 students taught by five full-time faculty members.

As the response of the community grew and students embraced the college's unique perspective, it became evident that Trinity Christian College was fulfilling a greater need beyond providing a solid liberal arts education for two-year students. In 1966, the board initiated the process for the college to become a four-year, degree-granting institution. The first baccalaureate degrees were awarded in May 1971.

Trinity Christian developed a cohesive approach to its core curriculum of philosophy, history, English, and theology. In the years since its original vision was conceived, the college has kept pace with the changing educational landscape by offering a broader scope of courses and programs. The curriculum has expanded to include business, education, and nursing in addition to its traditional liberal arts focus. Today, there are adult learners seeking to complete their undergraduate degrees along with recent high school graduates exploring a future in disciplines such as information technology, graphic design, and social work.

The traditional (not including adult learners)student body has swelled to more than 1000 undergraduates, taught by a dedicated faculty of more than 45 full-time and 51 part-time instructors. With a student/faculty ratio of 13:1, Trinity Christian students receive individual attention that affirms their spiritual and academic experience. Although students are drawn from predominantly Reformed and Presbyterian church backgrounds, students also come from diverse traditions, including Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic.

With more than 40 majors, Trinity Christian offers a variety of educational and ministry experiences including studies abroad; interim trips to the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Jamaica, Italy, China and France; and internships with corporations and non-profit organizations. 2-week interim courses are held each January, and recent offerings include courses on bebop music, "History vs. Hollywood," the Beatles, The Lord of the Rings books and movies, and video production and editing. The college's proximity to the resources of metropolitan Chicago offers students an exceptional "classroom" that provides experiential learning opportunities. Inter-collegiate sports for men and women, student-run ministry programs, and a full scope of creative expression in fine arts and student publications complete the Trinity Christian experience.

In February 2001, the college dedicated the Martin and Janet Ozinga Chapel. This 1200-seat facility serves as a cultural and spiritual focal point for the student body as well as the greater community. The building provides practice and rehearsal rooms for the music department, and houses the campus ministries program under the direction of the campus chaplain. The Grand Lobby has hosted a variety of events beneath its striking stained glass window, the first of a series of stained glass panels hung throughout the building dezigned to celebrate Trinity Christian's mission in Reformed higher education.

The new worship space has seen an increase in participation and enthusiasm among students at chapel serves held twice a week, and at weekly praise and worship services.

The Heritage Science Center, completed in spring 2002, is a state-of-the-art facility, comprising 38,000-square feet (3,500 m²) of classroom and lab space for chemistry, biology, and physics programs, as well as classrooms and a lecture hall for technology and computer science studies.

Increased housing demands were met in the summer of 2004 with the completion of Alumni Hall, a state-of-the-art residence hall aptly named to honor Trinity Christian graduates. The Art and Communication Center (ARCC), phase one of which was completed in 2008, provides Trinity Christian students with ample space and tools to bring forth a whole new foray into the world of creative expression, with art and design studios, a graphic design lab, student gallery, and blackbox theatre for the performing arts. In process of construction as well are new athletic fields and a new athletic complex.



2004-2005 enrollment figures

  • 973 traditional students, 1280 total
  • 13:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 649 students living in college residences
  • Average class size - 13
  • 44% of students from out of state
  • 14.4% minority students

2005-2006 costs

  • Tuition: $16,986
  • Room/Meal Plan: $6,400 (12-meal plan)

2006-2007 costs

  • Tuition: $17,920
  • Room/Meal Plan: $6,810 (12-meal plan)

2007-2008 costs

  • Tuition: $18,896
  • Room/Meal Plan: $7,120 (12-meal plan)

Adult Studies

In 1998 Trinity Christian College opened the TRACS department, now called Adult Studies, to serve the needs of the non-traditional student. Adults 23 years of age and older can complete their college degree through this program.

The Adult Studies programs are offered in a cohort format, so students begin the program as part of a group (20 maximum) and move through each course together. The cohort format encourages friendships and creates a supportive environment. Each course in the Adult Studies programs is accelerated. Courses that would normally require 16 weeks to finish are completed in five-, six- or seven-week periods. Classes will cover the necessary course material in a shorter timeframe, helping students finish their degrees and/or teaching certificates in less than two years.

To simplify the process further, courses are held on the same night of the week during the same time period (usually 6 p.m.-10 p.m.) throughout the program. For example, if the first class meeting begins on a Tuesday evening, the class continues to meet every Tuesday evening for the duration of the program. When students enroll in the Adult Studies programs, they are registering for every course in the program. This predetermined sequence and registration will help eliminate the need to modify students' personal or professional schedules.

Programs offered in the Adult Studies department are:

  • B.A. in Education / Teaching Certification (offered in Palos Heights, Addison and Chicago)
  • B.S. in Business (offered in Palos Heights)
  • English as a Second Language / Bilingual Endorsement or Approval (for certified teachers) (offered in Palos Heights)
  • Special Education Endorsement or Approval (for certified teachers) (offered in Palos Heights)


The Trinity Christian College Trolls compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). The school fields teams in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track and field, women's softball, and women's volleyball. In November 2005 the women's soccer team collected Trinity Christian's first national title by winning the NCCAA National Soccer Tournament. In November 2007, the women's soccer team made it to the NCCAA national finals in Kissimee, Florida.


The Mascot for Trinity Christian College is the Troll.[1] It is the only college in the nation that has this particular mascot. The Trinity Troll was among the Top Ten College Team mascots according to ESPN U.


  1. ^ Trinity Christian College Athletics (2008). "The Legend of the Troll". Retrieved 20 November 2009.  

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