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 (HLC).

Trine University
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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
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 was founded in 1884 as Tri-State Normal College, and retained the reference to the "Tri-State" area for more than 120 years — so named because of the school's location in Indiana and its proximity to Michigan and Ohio. In 1906 the school was renamed Tri-State College, and again in 1975 as Tri-State University. In 2008, the school's name was changed to the current 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 confused as being state-funded, or as being associated with businesses or organizations nationwide also using the prevalent "Tri-State" tag. Throughout the 1990s, the university opened several satellite campuses in locations throughout northern and central Indiana.[2]


The main campus covers 450 acres (1.8 km²) in Angola, Indiana.[3] 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 in Indiana, as well as Detroit, Michigan.[4]


The institution is a member of the Midwestern Undergraduate Private Engineering Colleges (MUPEC) and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS).[5]


There are associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and a doctorate in 36 major fields of study and a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The university launched a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in fall 2018 and is planning a major expansion to its health sciences programs.[2][6]

Student lifeEdit

More than 2,000 students live on the main campus.[7] 26% of male and 19% of female undergraduates are involved in Greek life.[8] National fraternities on the campus include Acacia, Alpha Sigma Phi, Delta Chi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Kappa Theta, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Phi Delta, while sororities on campus include the local organizations Kappa Sigma Alpha, and Phi Sigma, as well as National Chapters of Theta Phi Alpha and Alpha Sigma Tau. The school also features a Christian Campus House ministry.[7]


Trine sports teams are known as the Thunder. Trine has been a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III[7] and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), the nation's oldest athletic conference, since 2004. Trine currently 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.[9] 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 single-sport Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League.[10]

Trine's Zollner Golf Course[11] 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 alumniEdit

  • Ralph Ketner – In 1957, Ketner co-founded Food Town, later to become Food Lion, a successful 1,300 store grocery chain in the mid-Atlantic and southeast United States. Until he died in 2016, he kept an office at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. where he was a consultant to the business school.[12][13]
  • Isabelle French – National president of the Society of Women Engineers from 1964–66.[14]
  • Gustavo Rojas Pinilla – Was the 19th President of Colombia from June 1953 to May 1957. An Army General, he mounted a successful coup d'état against the incumbent President, Laureano Gómez Castro (1889—1965), imposing martial law and establishing a dictatorship-style government in Colombia. Rojas enacted legislation that gave women equal rights to vote. He introduced the television and constructed several hospitals, universities and the National Astronomic Observatory.
  • Rupa Shanmugam – President and COO of SoPark Corporation in New York.[15]


  1. ^ "Thunder Sports Information". Trine University.
  2. ^ a b "History and Tradition | Trine University". Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  3. ^ "Trine University – Points of Pride". Trine University.
  4. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status". Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Academics". Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  6. ^ "Trine maps course for health sciences expansion". Trine University. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Campus Life | Trine University". Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  8. ^ "Trine University Student Life". US News & World Report. US News & World Report, LP. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
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  10. ^ "Trine Men's Volleyball Team to Compete in MCVL" (Press release). Trine Thunder. October 4, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Zollner Golf Course
  12. ^ Whisenant, David (17 March 2016). "Food Lion co-founder Ralph Ketner in hospice care in Salisbury". WBTV. Frankly Media. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  13. ^ Long, Sheila (18 July 1993). "For Ralph Ketner, there is life after Food Lion". Greensboro News and Record. BH Media Group. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  14. ^ "SWE Pioneer – Isabelle French". Society of Women Engineers. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Rupa Shanmugam – February 2018 Women in Leadership Honoree". New York State Women, Inc., Buffalo Niagara Chapter. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

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