New Student Orientation

Welcome New Students!

We are very excited to welcome each and every one of the newest students of Trinity College on August 28, 2014! 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 16-18, 2014: June Advising Days (select one day to attend)
*This event has closed.
August 28-September 1, 2014: First-Year Orientation
September 2, 2014: First Day of Fall Classes
October 24-25, 2014: Family Weekend/Inauguration Weekend for President Joanne Berger-Sweeney

Pre-Orientation Programs

To be announced.

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. 

International Student Orientation

Both first-year and exchange international students participate in P.R.I.D.E. and the 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 2018 must participate in First-Year Orientation. This includes students who arrive early for athletic team trials, Quest, 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, August 29, 2014. 

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

You will receive your Orientation booklet when you check in​, which includes your schedule for the weekend and an academic planner. This year, Trinity College Orientation is using a mobile web app called SCHeD. Select the link below to see the most up-to-date schedule, 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!

View the Trinity College Orientation 2014 mobile app ​​​​

Please keep in mind that the schedule is constantly being updated so check back often for updates and more information!

​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.

Placement Exams:
  • ​Language Placement Exam - You must register to take the exam during Orientation unless: you took the language placement exam during your scheduled time at June Days; 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 - All incoming first-year students must take the mathematics placement exam, even if they 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 Orientation on Friday, August 29, 2014. You will need to bring a scientific calculator and a #2 pencil to the exam. 
  • Calculus Qualifying Exam - Take this 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 Orientation begins.