Information for First-Year Students

Trinity’s integrated first-year experience begins with pre-matriculation advising, a process known as Starting Out. Incoming students visit campus during June Days, when they are advised about course selection and academic planning.

A Common Reading provides students with a unified intellectual experience. This summer, first-year students will join faculty and staff in reading Rebecca Skloot’s  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a critically acclaimed book about how science, race, and ethics intersect in today’s world. During orientation, the Class of 2018 attends a special forum, where members of the Lacks family will share their first-hand perspective.

Some students will participate in our popular pre-orientation programs, establishing longstanding bonds—whether participating in a wilderness adventure (Quest), leadership conference for women (Venture Trinity), program on inclusive diversity (P.R.I.D.E), or series exploring the campus and city (Bantam Beginnings).

Once classes begin, our landmark First-Year Seminar Program and Gateway Programs introduce students to the academic life of the College. The seminars allow first-year students to learn in a small community of peers, supported by an academic adviser and a dedicated network of campus resources. Spring-semester honors seminars offer first-year students a further layer of academic experiences, including an opportunity to conduct independent research during the first year.

Important Dates 2014

June 16, 17, or 18, 2014


June Advising Days
(select one day to attend) 
Online registration opens
in early May 2014 


 August 28, 2014
First-year students
arrive for check-in day and
the beginning of first-year

 September 2, 2014            

October 24-25, 2014

First day of fall classes

Family Weekend