FAQs

We know that you have lots of questions, and we're here to answer them for you. If you don't see an answer to your question on this page, e-mail us and we'll get right back to you.

Application

When are applications due?
Applications for admission as a J-Start student are due by January 1, 2018.

Can I use the Common Application?​
Yes. The Common Application will be open beginning August 1.

When will I be notified about my acceptance?
You will receive notification of your acceptance to Trinity as a J-Start student by late March.

Are the admissions criteria for J-Start different than for fall enrollment?
The application requirements and evaluation factors for J-Start are the same as for all candidates for admission to Trinity College.

How can I apply for financial aid?
Please follow the application instructions​ for J-Start. You must indicate on your admissions application that you wish to be considered for financial aid. It is too late to apply for Trinity grant assistance after you have been admitted. However, late applicants  may apply for federal aid assistance. 

When are financial aid applications due?
All application materials for J-Start are due by January 15, 2018.

I was admitted for fall 2018, but now I would like to defer to January. Can I enroll as a J-Start?
Deferral requests must be directed to the Office of ​Admissions​​​​​.

Is J-Start for transfer students?
J-Start is designed to be ​ for first-year students who have not previously attended a four-year institution. 

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Enrollment and Arriving on Campus


When does J-Start begin?
J-Start begins in early January with a two-week orientation right before the start of the regular spring semester. J-Start students will arrive on campus on Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Where will I live?
At Trinity, first-year students are housed in residence halls close to other members of their first-year seminar. J-Starts are no exception, and you'll live in a residence hall close to other J-Starts, who will also be your first-year seminar classmates.

How do I get my courses for the first semester?
In November, shortly after you confirm your enrollment, you will be contacted by members of your advising team. You'll be guided through the course registration process.

Whom do I contact if I am interested in trying out for a varsity athletic team?
Please contact the head coach for the specific sport. Contact information can be found on the athletics website​.

Will I be part of a Bantam Network nest?
You, along with the other J-Starts, will be enrolled in a first-year seminar during the spring semester, and the entire seminar will be part of a Nest. 

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Academic Experience


How is the J-Start experience different from a traditional fall start?
In many ways the experience is very similar, whether you start in the fall or in January. You will be a part of a first-year seminar, part of Nest in the Bantam Network, and live in close proximity to other first-year students. But whereas  students who start in the fall participate in a brief three-day orientation, J-Start students begin with a two-week orientation before the spring semester starts.

What will I be doing on campus during the two weeks before the start of the spring semester?
You'll take a credit-bearing class together with other J-Starts, as well as participate in a variety of programmed activities including social and community service opportunities as well as nuts-and-bolts orientation sessions. You'll meet your academic adviser as well as your career adviser, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to engage with various resources in Hartford. 

Will I have an academic adviser?
Yes. Your first-year seminar instructor, who you'll meet during the two-week orientation, will be your adviser. Later on, once you declare your major, you'll have a new adviser in your field of study.

How soon will I need to declare my major?
J-Starts who begin in January 2019 will need to declare a major in the fall of 2020, midway through their fourth semester.

Will I be able to study away during my time at Trinity?
Definitely! At Trinity, we encourage all students to think about study away, and we advise all students to plan early and talk with their adviser about where and when to plan a semester abroad.

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Graduation


When will I graduate?
With a standard course load and without extra credits, you will be able to complete your graduation requirements by December of 2022.

Which class will I be a member of? 
As a J-Start student, you will matriculate with and be associated with the Class of 2022.

Can I graduate in three-and-a-half years in May 2022 along with the rest of my class? 
While J-Start is not designed to be an accelerated program, it is possible to complete your degree in three-and-a-half years through a combination of A.P. credits, heavier course loads during some semesters, transfer credits from courses taken elsewhere during the summer or before you matriculate, or summer courses at Trinity. However, doing so requires planning and depends on your major, and it should be handled in close consultation with your adviser.

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