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“At Trinity we strongly believe in the principle of college as a match to be made, not a prize to be won. God has uniquely created each student with his or her own distinctive long-term aspirations. The best college fit is the one that meets the student’s academic, social, spiritual, and financial goals.”
– Melinda Bissett, Director of College Counseling

Trinity’s comprehensive college counseling program assists all students and families individually as they prepare to complete Upper School and transition to college. We provide personalized attention and direction to our students as they explore their gifts and passions and investigate the postsecondary educational options that best fit their goals, and we encourage families also to be involved in this process.

Trinity School is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), as well as the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC). We support the NACAC
Statement of Principles of Good Practice, a code of ethical conduct that articulates the responsibilities of college members and secondary school members. We encourage our students to read and abide by NACAC’s Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.



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Trinity uses Naviance for college planning.

Naviance is a comprehensive K–12 college and career readiness solution that helps schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life.

Meet the College
Counseling Team


Melinda Bissett
Director of College Counseling
mbissett@tsdch.org
919-402-8262, ext. 2224

Virgilla Gist
Assistant to the Director
of College Counseling
vigist@tsdch.org
919-402-8262, ext. 2510

Making Dreams a Reality


“Trinity School will always be a special place to me. The small community allowed for frequent and real connections with my teachers. The faculty set the bar high, and then encouraged and challenged me to reach and even extend beyond that bar.”

Zach Dickson, Class of 2014 • UNC–Chapel Hill Senior



“Going to Trinity for high school put me in a great environment where I could mature and grow. I was able to take advantage of a lot of opportunities that I might not have been able to do in a larger setting, and really appreciate the supportive faculty. I felt supported and taken care of during my college-seeking process and appreciated the Trinity community rejoicing with me when I figured out where I was going.”

Lina Habib, Class of 2015 • Vanderbilt University Sophomore