Advisers + Mentors

​First-year advisers and mentors work collaboratively to support the academic experience of first-year students, connecting students to the resources and opportunities of the College. In addition to helping students navigate curricular requirements and begin the process of selecting a major, they ensure that students are integrating well into community life.

At a liberal arts college like Trinity, academic advising is itself a vital form of teaching and learning. This is why the first-year seminar professor also serves as the student’s principal academic adviser until a major is declared (no later than March 30 of the sophomore year). The advantage of having the adviser know the student in the classroom is substantial. As a student’s academic interests unfold, advisers also connect students with relevant colleagues and opportunities across campus.

First-year advisers and mentors should consult Trinity’s Academic Advising website for a full array of resources. While that site is under construction, please review the Academic Advising Primer.


First-Year Mentors

Each seminar instructor selects an outstanding member of the junior or senior class to serve as mentor. Mentors must show evidence of high academic achievement; strong written and verbal communication skills; and competence in research and problem solving. They should also be well integrated into the Trinity College community, poised to support a diverse group of first-year students.

In addition to working with individual seminars, First-Year Mentors join a community of other mentors, led by a Faculty Coordinator who meets regularly with the group throughout the fall semester. First-Year Mentors also attend training workshops in May and August. The Faculty Coordinator for 2015-16 is Professor Laura Holt.

Registration Information: Mentors register in the fall for one course credit, which is graded by the seminar instructor. On the transcript, this is listed as “Academic Mentorship.” 


Handouts for First-Year Mentors and Faculty: