Information for Special Students

Courses Taken for Credit

The Special Students Program allows non-matriculating students to enroll in undergraduate courses.  The program serves Trinity employees, their spouses and children, City of Hartford employees, and the general public.   

Generally, Special Students have a three-course per semester limit, and are limited to three semesters before they must apply to Trinity‚Äôs traditional program or the Individualized Degree Program for adults.  Students must receive course grades of "C-" or better to continue as Special Students. 

Students must present a transcript of their latest academic work for review.  Financial aid is not available for Special Students, and students taking more than 3 course credits must pay full tuition and student fees.  For three or fewer  credits, please contact the Registrar's Office for the current tuition rate.  Full tuition and fee payment is due at the time of registration.

Special Student registration is on a space available basis.  If a course requires a prerequisite, the student must have completed the prerequisite coursework or obtain the permission of the instructore.  Registration for the fall semester opens in August, and for the spring semester it opens in January.  The last day to enroll as a special student is the end of the first week of classes.


Audit Registration

Special students may audit courses on a space available basis, with the permission of the instructor. Students who audit courses are not expected to do assignments or exams, and may also be excluded from opportunities available to students taking the course for credit.   Audit registrations will be accepted starting in August for the fall semester and January for the spring semester.  The last day to enroll as an auditor is the end of the first week of classes.  Please contact the Registrar's Office for information on the audit fee.  Full fee payment is due at the time of registration.

If you are interested in auditing a course, please contact the course instructor and obtain written or e-mail permission to audit the course.  Please bring this permission with you when you come in to register for the course; if you wish to enroll by mail, please include it with the registration forms and payment. 


High School Students

Upon recommendation of a high school counselor, up to 10 qualified senior level students from Greater Hartford high schools may enroll in one course and have the tuition waived, paying only any registration fees associated with the course.  If you are interested in this program, please have your high school counselor contact the Registrar's Office for application and registration procedures.  Area students need to provide a current transcript and counselor recommendation.  Home schooled students need to provide a current transcript showing courses and grades. 

Registrations for this program will be accepted starting in August for the fall semester and January for the spring semester.  This program is not available for summer session courses.  Registrations will be accepted on a space available basis until the first day of classes, and enrollment is subject to instructor consent.  Students who take a course in the fall semester need to earn a grade of "C-" or better if they wish to take a course during the spring semester.

For additional information about the Special Students Program, please contact the Registrar's Office 297-2118.  The office is located in Trinity Commons (corner of Summit Street and New Britain Avenue) in room 139. 

  • For information about becoming a Non-matriculated Graduate Student, please go to the Graduate Studies Page.