Off to a Good Start

It may take some time to adjust to college life—being away from home, taking more demanding courses, organizing your time, and balancing academics and social life. Trinity has built-in support and resources to help you make a smooth transition to college and stay on track through all four years. Here's a sampling of what you'll find.

First-Year Program

Incoming first-year students at Trinity participate in the First-Year Program, designed to help you make the most of Trinity College right from the start. You'll choose from among 40 first-year seminars with engaging, interdisciplinary topics, and live in the same residence halls with other members of your seminar. Your seminar professor is your adviser, assisted by a student mentor. As well as meeting in the seminar room, the group explores the campus and the Hartford area together.

P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education)

In P.R.I.D.E., peer mentors support first-year students from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. These mentors run programs that help all members of the Trinity community to understand and appreciate cultural differences.

Office of International Students and Scholars

The OISS provides assistance to current and prospective members of Trinity’s international community.  Our student population includes 160 undergraduates from nearly 54 countries across the globe, and the OISS serves as a multi-faceted resource to help support Trinity’s “global village.”

Office of Multicultural Affairs

This office supports Trinity's progress in becoming a community that embraces diversity and the richness of that comes from sharing different  cultural perspectives and experiences.

Writing Center

Trinity's Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric is the place to go to become a better writer. In addition to overseeing the College's writing proficiency requirement, it offers courses, workshops, online activities, and peer tutoring.

Quantitative Center

The Aetna Quantitative Center administers Trinity's quantitative literacy requirement and provides support, including self-study modules, peer tutoring, and quantitative literacy courses.


Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services is a great resource for taking full advantage of Trinity's network and using different software applications. The center offers students and faculty the latest in information and media-related technologies, including digital media labs, multimedia stations, and video conferencing capabilities.

Library/Information Center

Trinity's Raether Library and Information Technology Center, which has undergone a $35-million renovation and expansion, combines the resources of one of the leading small-college libraries in the nation with an array of electronic resources. It houses the comprehensive College library; the Watkinson Library, a special collection of unique primary source materials in many areas; and Trinity's Information Technology Services. The staff helps students gain the information literacy necessary to use these resources to the fullest.