Trine University

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Trine University
Trine University Seal
Former names
Tri-State Normal College (1884–1906)
Tri-State College (1906–1975)
Tri-State University (1975–2008)
Type Private University [Non-Profit]
Established 1884
Endowment $25.1 million (2015)
President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D.
Students 2,000 main campus (4,998 total)
Location Angola, Indiana, U.S.
41°37′56″N 85°00′20″W / 41.63222°N 85.00556°W / 41.63222; -85.00556
Campus Rural, 450 Acres (1.8km²)
Colors Navy blue, white and Vegas gold[1]
Athletics NCAA Division III
Sports 21 Varsity teams in the MIAA conference. Men's and women's hockey, esports, bowling and women's triathlon will be added in 2017.
Nickname Thunder
Mascot "Storm", a white tiger
Trine University logo.gif

Trine University, formerly known as Tri-State University, is a private, non-profit, 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, with a campus also in Centreville, Michigan.[2][3]


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.[4]


The main campus covers 450 acres (1.8 km²) in Angola, Indiana.[5] There is another campus for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies in Angola, as well as other satellite campuses in Mishawaka, Logansport,[6] Avon, Columbus, Warsaw, Fort Wayne in Indiana, as well as Centreville, Michigan.[7]


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).[8]


There are associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and a doctorate in more than 35 major fields of study and a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio.[9]

Student life[edit]

About 2,000 students live on the main campus.[10] 26% of male and 19% of female undergraduates are involved in Greek life.[11] 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 Gamma Phi Epsilon, 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.[10]


Trine has been a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III[10] 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 21 varsity sports, and will add men's and women's hockey in the fall of 2017.[12]

Trine’s Zollner Golf Course[13] 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 alumni[edit]

  • 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.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Thunder Sports Information". Trine University. 
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  4. ^ Trine University: History and Tradition
  5. ^ "Trine University - Points of Pride". Trine University. 
  6. ^ Ziliak, Lindsey (2 September 2010). "Trine University gets Logansport welcome and 25 students". Indiana Economic Digest. Community Newspaper Holdings. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status". Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Trine University: Academics
  9. ^ Trine University: History
  10. ^ a b c Trine University: Campus Life
  11. ^ "Trine University Student Life". US News & World Report. US News & World Report, LP. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
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  13. ^ Zollner Golf Course
  14. ^ Whisenant, David (17 March 2016). "Food Lion co-founder Ralph Ketner in hospice care in Salisbury". WBTV. Frankly Media. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  15. ^ 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. 

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