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New Student Orientation

Welcome New Students!

We are very excited to welcome each and every one of you to Trinity College on September 3, 2015! Orientation is a great opportunity for new students to forge friendships, become familiar with the College, and assimilate comfortably into college life. Our Orientation Leaders are very excited to meet and work with you and to help make your transition to Trinity College as smooth as possible. 

Some important dates for all incoming students and families to put on your calendars: 
June 11, 12, 15 & 16, 2015: June Advising Days (You will only select one day to attend.)
*The registration for this event will open soon.
September 3-7, 2015: First-Year Orientation
You can view the 2014 schedule HERE to get an idea of last year's program.
September 8, 2015: First Day of Fall Classes
October 23-25, 2015: Family Weekend

Pre-Orientation Programs

To be announced. These programs occur the week prior to Orientation and new students will have the opportunity to select from a wide variety of options!

P.R.I.D.E. Welcome Weekend
(Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education)
Students participating in the P.R.I.D.E. Welcome Weekend will arrive on campus prior to the Orientation programs. More information to follow. 

International Student Orientation

Both first-year and exchange international students participate in P.R.I.D.E. and First-Year Orientation. In addition, sessions are planned to meet the particular needs of international students, including a shopping trip for dormitory room needs and, most importantly, immigration law training.  Further questions may be directed to the Office of International Programs. Phone: (860) 297-2005​

All students in the Class of 2019 must participate in First-Year Orientation. This includes students who arrive early for athletic team trials, Quest, Pre-Orientation programs and P.R.I.D.E. Welcome Weekend.

First-Year Orientation
During First-Year Orientation, you and your classmates will take part in a variety of traditional events, social events, and mandatory orientation programs. Two of Trinity College's oldest and most revered traditions are Matriculation and the Book Signing ceremony, both of which will take place on Friday, September 4, 2015.

Please note that all students should plan on arriving the morning of Thursday, September 3, 2015 for Move-In & Check-In before the Orientation program begins. Residence halls will be open between 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for move-in. Depending on which residence area you are assigned to, you will be scheduled for a specific move-in time in order to help with the flow of traffic. If you need special accomodations for an earlier/later move-in time, please contact the Office of Residential Life at (860) 297-2305 or email​.

You will receive all Orientation materials when you check in​, which include: your schedule for the weekend, nametag, Orientation group assignment, residence hall assignment, First Year Seminar assignment, and an academic planner. Trinity College Orientation will also be using a mobile web app called SCHeD. Select the link below to see what last year's schedule looked like! You will be able to create your own personal schedule (keep in mind that mandatory programs are NOT optional) and be ready for the weekend by subscribing to the iCal feed on your phone to have instant, offline access to the entire schedule of events, as well as calendar notifications for when events are coming up!

2014 Orientation Schedule
Keep checking back throughout the next few months as we continue to develop the 2015 Orientation schedule. You will be able to view it ahead of time to better plan your first weekend at Trinity College.

Please call the Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership​ office at 860-297-2171 if you have any questions about the Orientation programs, or, email

​Before You Arrive

Prior to New Student Orientation, there are a variety of tasks that all first-year students must accomplish. Not completing these required tasks will impact the schedule of your first few days of Orientation. To view the list of tasks, please review your Starting Out Folder, which will be mailed to your home address. Your responsibilities start prior to arriving on campus for June Days by registering for your language and math placement exam, unless you meet the following exceptions:
  • ​Language Placement Exam - You must register to take the exam during June Days, unless: you scored 600 or above on the SAT II, scored a 4 or 5 on the AP exam, or scored a 5, 6 or 7 on the IB exam; you are planning on fulfilling your language requirement by studying a new language and enrolling in a 101 level course; or if your native language is not English. 
  • Mathematics Placement Exam - You must take the mathematics placement exam, even if you do not plan to take a math course or major in math or science, prior to the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Exams will be offered during June Days, as well as Orientation. You will need to bring a scientific calculator and a #2 pencil to the exam. 
  • Calculus Qualifying Exam - You will take this exam if you wish to place out of Math 131 and/or 132. You must register in advance by emailing Paula Russo, the Chair of the Department of Mathematics, before June Days and ​Orientation begins.