Summer Courses

Are you thinking of taking a course at a local college or university while away from Trinity over the summer?  In order to receive credit for these courses, you need to have them approved by Trinity.  It is strongly recommended that you obtain this approval in advance of enrolling in any courses.  If you enroll in a course without obtaining approval, you risk not having it accepted and applied to your records.

To obtain approval, print off a copy of the Transfer Credit Application (or pick up a copy in the Registrar's Office) and take it to your academic advisor.  Discuss your courses with your advisor and obtain his/her signature on the form.  If you are seeking major credit, you will also need the signature of the Department Chair on the form.  If you are taking a Mathematics course, you must obtain their approval as well.

Once you have obtained all of the required signatures, submit the form, along with a course description for each course to the Registrar's Office for final approval.  If you are seeking approval after you have left for the semester, the form can be scanned and e-mailed, or faxed to the office.  The Registrar's Office will review the proposed courses to make certain they are not repeating courses already taken at Trinity, and that the subjects are eligible for transfer.  You will be notified by e-mail once the review is complete, or if additional information is needed.

Please allow up to two weeks for processing  the application during high volume periods in the Registrar's Office.  

Upon completing the course(s), please remember to have the school send an official copy of your transcript to the Registrar's Office at Trinity.  If the school uses electronic transcripts, you can have them sent to .  Please note that we must receive the transcripts directly from the school in order for them to be considered official. 

When selecting courses, there are several important factors to consider:

  • Online courses are not acceptable in transfer.
  • Once you have earned 18 credits towards your Trinity degree, you may not take courses at community colleges or other two-year institutions.
  • Grades earned on transfer courses will not count towards your Trinity grade point average.  If you are looking to improve your grade point average by taking summer courses, they need to be Trinity courses to have any impact.  
  • Only courses in the liberal arts and sciences/similar to courses offered by Trinity will be accepted.
  • Courses cannot repeat work previously taken at Trinity.  If you are repeating a course in order to fulfill a prerequisite or other requirement, the credits from transfer work will not be added to your earned credits if you earned a grade of D- or better on the course taken at Trinity.  
  • You will only earn credit for courses in which you earn a C- or better.
  • We recommend that you select two or three courses for review.  This way if your first choice is closed or cancelled, you have a pre-approved back-up available.
  • Informal (verbal or by e-mail) endorsements from faculty or administrators do not constitute official approval of credits by the College.  Formal approval is not complete until you receive word from the Registrar's Office.
  • Instant approval by phone or e-mail is not available, and no approval is granted without the completed transfer credit application.

The specific regulations governing the transfer of credit to Trinity are outlined in the Trinity College Student Handbook, or may be found here.