Trinity International University

Trinity International University
Trinity International University
Trinity International University seal.jpg
Motto Forming students to transform the world through Christ
Established 1897
Type Private (includes Seminary and Law School)
Religious affiliation Evangelical Free Church of America
President Dr. Craig Williford
Students 3,000 (approx) (2010) [1]
Location Deerfield, Illinois[2], USA
Colors Blue and white
Athletics NAIA (CCAC)
Nickname Trojans

Trinity International University (TIU) is an evangelical Christian institution of higher education headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.[2] It comprises an undergraduate college, a graduate school, a theological seminary (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), and a law school--together with nearly 3,000 students.[1] Trinity Law School is located in Santa Ana, California; the university also maintains a campus in Florida and Chicago. TIU is operated by the Evangelical Free Church of America.


Accreditation and memberships

Trinity International University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). TIU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), the Christian College Consortium, the Christian Adult Higher Education Association, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the Illinois State Scholarship Commission, among others.


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

  • A school run by the Swedish Evangelical Free Church, founded in 1897 in Chicago, Illinois, initially as a 10-week Bible course and then growing into the Swedish Bible Institute of Chicago and finally becoming the Swedish Department of Moody 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 College
  • The Evangelical Free Church Bible Institute and Seminary, established in Chicago in 1925.

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 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.


Trinity International University has ten sports teams: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, softball, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball. The football program competes in the Mideast League of the Mid-States Football Association.

Notable alumni


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  2. ^ a b "Deerfield Campus". TIU Website. Trinity International University. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 

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