Friday, June 21, 2024

Trinity High School Partners with Catholic University of America, Franciscan University to Offer Students Guaranteed Admission

In recognition of its rigorous college-preparatory program, Trinity High School in Camp Hill has partnered with The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., and Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, to offer students guaranteed acceptance and merit-based scholarships.

These recently-established agreements bring the number of Trinity’s partnerships with colleges and universities to 25.

In addition to guaranteed admission, students who qualify with The Catholic University of America and Franciscan University will receive merit-based scholarships; at least a $20,000 scholarship each year over four years from CUA, and $7,000-$17,000 a year over four years from Franciscan.

Catholic University and Franciscan University will guarantee admission to Trinity students who are members of the senior class in good academic and disciplinary standing, on track to satisfy all graduation requirements; complete an admission application and submit all required documents; and minimally satisfy all admission requirements in place at the time of the application.

To qualify for guaranteed admission at Catholic University, students must have a cumulative 3.00 GPA. Students who plan to study nursing, engineering, biology, chemistry or physics are expected to have reached pre-calculus for mathematics, have three lab sciences, and no less than a B average.

For guaranteed admission at Franciscan, students are required to maintain a weighted cumulative grade point average of 2.4 in academic coursework for high school courses, score at least a 1000 on the SAT, 21 on the ACT, or 68 on the CLT or complete the test-optional one-page essay requirement.

Ninety-eight percent of Trinity students pursue post-secondary education. Administrators view the partnerships as a blessing for students and families seeking a continued Catholic education and receiving financial assistance.

“Trinity High School is blessed to have developed partnerships with the Catholic University of America and with Franciscan University,” said John Cominsky, principal. “Each has a truly national representation complete with an incredible array of academic opportunities. Each is intentionally Catholic. Their students are invited to continue their journeys as disciples as they develop the gifts and talents that God has given to them. These schools have been generous, too, in the merit-based aid that they have made available to Trinity’s graduates.”

“When we began to develop college partnerships, we had hoped to have Catholic University and Franciscan University join with us,” Cominsky said. “What a blessing for our families!”

For information about Trinity High School and the guaranteed admission programs with Catholic University of America and Franciscan University or to learn about the school’s partnership with 23 other colleges and universities, visit

(Photos courtesy of Trinity High School.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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