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 24 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.

Fall Term Admissions
Students who wish to start their studies, in the fall, have until April 15 to complete the Trinity IDP application process.

Spring Term Admissions

Students who wish to start their studies, in spring, have until November 15 to complete the Trinity IDP application process.


All applicants must submit the following:

  • 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 (hard copy 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?    

All 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 ​​

Standardized Testing Policies

Standardized Testing Requirements

SAT or ACT scores are not required of IDP applicants.

English Proficiency Testing for Non-Native English Speakers

The TOEFL is required for all non-native English speakers.

  • The TOEFL is waived for students whose language of instruction has been English for the last three years.
  • The IELTS will be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.

Trinity Score Choice Policy 

If you decide to send SAT or ACT scores, Trinity’s Office of Admissions will consider an applicant’s highest section scores from all testing dates as part of our final admissions decision.  (This policy includes both the SAT I and ACT.)  If and when an applicant submits new scores, we will update his or her record with those scores.  

It is the applicant's responsibility to have test scores sent to the Admissions Office only if you decide to send SAT or ACT scores. Trinity's CEEB code is 3899; our ACT code is 0598.​​​​​​​​​​​

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​ 15 for fall-semester admission

*November 15 for spring-semester admission

The same deadlines apply to financial aid applications.