IDP Admissions

Admissions: A Personalized Approach

Trinity IDP gives adult students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree at Trinity College. Our program is designed for students who seek the challenging, substantive academic experience Trinity is known for, together with the support and services adult learners need and want.

We welcome all applicants at least 23 years old or self-supporting, and our community of non-traditional students includes veterans, second bachelor degree candidates, and international students.

What We Do Not Require

Our personalized process means that we have few set criteria for admission. We do not require: 

  • ​​​SAT scores
  • An associate's degree (although many of our applicants come directly from two-year colleges)
  • ​A minimum GPA from earlier college courses (although a 3.0 or above is highly favorable)

What About Transfer Credits?

You may transfer up to 18 arts and sciences courses from accredited two- and four-year colleges. We will evaluate your transcript to determine which courses are eligible for transfer credit at Trinity and determine which, if any, general education requirements have been met. As a general rule, transfer credit will be given for courses comparable to those offered in the Trinity curriculum in which the applicant has received grades of C- or better. For more detailed information, please refer to the Transfer Credit Information or the Trinity College Student Handbook. 

How Do I Apply?

To speak with someone about the Trinity IDP experience and/or to arrange for a personal interview, please contact Senior Associate Director of Student Success Director Roberta Rogers. She will answer questions you have about Trinity IDP and can arrange for you to get a closer view of the Trinity IDP adult student experience.  

If you wish to begin your Trinity College studies in the spring semester, you will need to complete the Trinity IDP application process by November 15.

APPLICATION: Beginning with IDP candidates applying to matriculate at Trinity College in Spring, 2018, we’ve automated the Trinity IDP application process!

All applicants must submit the following by 11/15/17:

  • The Common Application for Transfer Admission
  • Official Transcript(s) from high school or GED plus every college/university attended
  • Transfer College Report (Report of “good academic standing,” MUST be submitted from ALL collegiate institutions attended, within past 5 years)
  • Mid-Term Report (hardcopy submission of grades, if currently enrolled in college)
  • Academic Report(s) (letters of recommendation: at least one from recent collegiate faculty member)
  • Essay: within the Common Transfer Application, please be sure to summarize your “story.” As efficiently as possible, in your essay, please touch on:
      • ​Where you started college and reason(s) for interruption(s).  What role do your past experiences play in your desire to complete your education?  
      • Why Trinity College’s IDP is the right program for you?  And what will you bring to campus and achieve here and how are you prepared to do it?  

Fall Term Admissions

Students who wish to start their studies, next fall, have until April 1 to complete the Trinity IDP application process.


Any materials submitted offline should be mailed to:

Trinity College
Attn: R. Rogers
Sr. Assoc. Director of Student Success
Admissions Office
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106-3100 

Stefan Kramer,
History Major

I never would have thought that returning to school could feel so effortless!  IDP Faculty and staff approach each adult student with patience and understanding.  Securing financial aid was simple and direct.  The IDP-dedicated financial aid resource at Trinity is absolutely amazing and available with thoughtful, individual care.  IDP is a wonderful environment.

Admissions Deadlines

While admissions decisions are made as applications are received, there are specific notable deadlines:

*April​ 1 for fall-semester admission

*November 15 for spring-semester admission

The same deadlines apply to financial aid applications.