Trine University, formerly known as Tri-State University, is a private post-secondary institution located in Angola, Indiana. The school 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 and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It operates several satellite campuses across northern and central Indiana.
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.
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
Welcome to the Trine University family, where we are putting you into motion to revolutionize the 21st century. We have taught generations of successful learners and plan to do so for years to come. With an educational heritage spanning 127 years, we will hold you to the same rigorous academic standards we have set for those who came before you. Our expectations for academic excellence will serve you well, even before you graduate, as many of you will find jobs and internships with companies who know our reputation.
After graduation you will find that having Trine University on your resume will carry immense clout with employers. Our job-placement numbers speak for themselves. In 2012, 92 percent of our graduates were enrolled in graduate school or found meaningful employment within six months of graduation. We expect those numbers to be even higher for our 2013 graduates, many of whom received multiple job offers before graduation at starting salaries above the national average. Several of our 2012 graduates went on to pursue doctorates at schools such as Yale, Stanford, University of Michigan and Case Western, to name a few.
Some bonds are simply unbreakable. That's the way we feel about Trine alumni and friends of the University who have done so much to shape our legacy and culture through different eras and names. It's people like you who have helped to write our story of success through the decades, and for that, we are truly grateful.
The main campus covers 450 acres (1.8 km²) in Angola, Indiana. There is another campus for the School of Professional Studies in Angola, as well as other satellite campuses in South Bend, Schererville, Logansport, Indianapolis, Sturgis, Columbus, Warsaw, and Fort Wayne.