Student Life

Life on Campus

IDP students quickly discover that they belong to two on-campus communities – the IDP community and the broader Trinity community.

Within IDP

Within IDP, you’ll meet a strikingly diverse group of about 100 people. IDP students range in age from their 20s to their 60s. Some are seeking to advance in their current careers, some to prepare for a career change, and still others to discover new life directions. Many students balance the demands of a family or a job (or both) with their studies. Some are recent graduates of two-year colleges, and some had their educations interrupted years ago. Often, IDP students form strong friendships that last long past graduation.

You’ll find it easy to get to know other IDP students in the IDP Transitional Seminar and other courses, through IDP events, and while studying or socializing in the IDP Lounge within the Mather Student Center. There is also the IDP Association, which provides a voice for those in the program and has  reserved seats on the Trinity Student Government Association.

Across Trinity

At the same time, you’ll have access to all that Trinity offers. IDP students enjoy taking classes with traditional-age undergraduates, where they bring perspectives and life experiences that enliven the discussion. Although they juggle their various commitments, many find it possible to participate in a student organization, work out at the Ferris Athletic Center ,  catch a film at the Cinestudio, engage in community service, or bring their kids to campus to see Trinity’s athletic teams in action.​

 Convenience Factors

  • Central location in Hartford
  • Dedicated IDP parking
  • On-campus child care available


Jan Neuberger ’13

English major with a concentration in creative writing
IDPA President
I don’t think there possibly could have been a better immersion than the IDP Transitional Seminar. The course was designed with great efficiency and economy to ensure that those of us just re-starting our educations (in my case, after 36 years!) would have an awareness of all the intellectual, practical, and technical skills Trinity would call for as we went forward in our program. Knowing there is a community of people at Trinity with whom I have in common years of adult experience and all the complications and rewards that go with them is a gigantic plus. Returning to school as a 56-year-old would have seemed much more daunting without the support system that the IDP program provides.