Trinity College

Trinity College, which welcomes Associate Members only from OSAP, was founded in 1544. It is one of the smaller colleges, having just 257 undergraduates, and tends to have a strong esprit de corps.

The College was founded by Queen Mary I upon the site of an older college and monastery, Durham College, founded in 1286. Some of the earlier buildings still survive, dating from 1421.

The Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus states that “Trinity College occupies an exceptionally spacious site with some of the most beautiful gardens and buildings in Oxford. The relationship between undergraduates and the academic staff is open and friendly. Tutorial and pastoral care are given a high priority. Our strong sense of community and excellent facilities provide the ideal environment for hard work and academic achievement, but we are equally keen to encourage all-round individual development.

All students can eat in college, where the food is generally reckoned to be amongst the best in Oxford.

The library is open 24 hours a day. There is also an undergraduate computer room. Other facilities on-site include a squash court, a gym, two undergraduate common rooms and a spacious beer cellar. Our sports ground is situated about 1.5 miles from the college, with provision for rugby, football, hockey, cricket and tennis. There is a boathouse on the river. We are particularly well equipped for music-making.”

The college accepts ten Associate Members a term, only from OSAP, who meet certain qualifications and who are recommended by us. Trinity has always given these students a warm welcome possibly in part because our founder was a classmate in Oxford of the previous Master in 1962.

Trinity’s many well-known graduates include Cardinal Newman and two Prime Ministers: William Pitt the Elder who was very pro-American and Lord North who was somewhat less so.

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