Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of New Student Orientation?
New Student Orientation begins on Thursday, August 31, 2017 and goes through Monday, September 4, 2017.

Is New Student Orientation mandatory?
Yes, New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Attendance is recorded at all events.

Where can I find the Orientation schedule?

​This year, the Orientation program is using SCHED, a mobile-friendly app, to advertise the Orientation schedule to all incoming students.

Bookmark on your phone by visiting  

View your personal schedule, browse what's happening right now or search for what you want. The mobile web app stores the schedule data locally on your phone for offline access too.​ By subscribing to the iCal feed​ in your calendar program or mobile phone you can have instant, offline access to your schedule or the entire schedule of events. It even automatically pulls in updates of schedule changes.​

How will I know what Orientation group I am in and where to go prior to arriving on campus?
Orientation Leaders will be in touch with their Orientation group in mid-August to start getting their group excited for their arrival on August 31st. They will be available to answer questions, provide advice and guidance, and help connect the students within their group with each other. The schedule for Orientation will be available in August and also will be a part of the email communications in August. If you have a question before, during, or after Orientation, don't hesitate to email​ or call (860) 297-2171 for assistance.

When do I move into my residence hall?

Students who are not participating in a pre-orientation program (Quest, Venture, P.R.I.D.E., First Generation Student Orientation, International Student Orientation, or Bantam Beginnings) will move into their residence halls between 8:00am and 1:00pm on Thursday, August 31, 2017. 

In anticipation of many of our new students moving on campus on Thursday, August 31st, Trinity College uses the following schedule to allow for the smoothest transition of our students. Please communicate this schedule to your family/loved ones that will be assisting you with move-in so that you can do your best to arrive within your assigned timeframe. This year, Trinity College will be utilizing the parking lots closest to the residence areas along Summit Street for unloading only. There will be no parking/long-term unloading allowed anywhere along Summit Street.

Please note that the Orientation team and student volunteers from around campus will be available to assist you with unloading your belongings from your vehicles and bringing them to your residence area during the assigned times below but you/your loved ones should be prepared to physically bring your belongings in to your room. If you arrive outside of your assigned time, you may not be able to receive assistance from Orientation staff/volunteers.

​8:00 AM

Elton Hall: 2nd & 4th Floors

Funston Hall: 2nd & 4th Floors

Smith Hall: 3rd Floor

North Campus: 2nd Floor

9:00 AM

Jones Hall: 1st & 3rd Floors

Smith Hall: 2nd Floor

Wheaton Hall: 3rd Floor

North Campus: 2nd Floor

10:00 AM

Elton Hall: 1st & 3rd Floors

Smith Hall: 1st Floor

Funston Hall: 1st & 3rd Floors

North Campus: 1st Floor


Jackson Hall: 3rd Floor

Jones Hall: Basement Floor (Rms 00)

Wheaton Hall: 2nd Floor

Jackson Hall: 1st Floor

North Campus: 1st Floor 


Jackson Hall: 2nd Floor

Jones Hall: 2nd Floor

Wheaton Hall: 1st Floor

Jackson Hall: Basement Floor (Rms 00)

New students that will be participating in a pre-orientation program or arriving early for Fall Athletics will receive information separately from your program coordinator/coach regarding early move in.

Note: Transfer and exchange students may move in at any time between 8:00am and 1:00pm.

What is my first stop on Thursday, August 31, 2017 for New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation begins with Check-In at the Washington Room, located on the second floor of Mather Hall. Students may check in during their assigned move-in time (above).  All new students that have not completed their Checklist action items will be directed to the necessary offices upon arrival before being allowed to complete Check-In and move in to their residence. For your convenience, all necessary offices will have satellite offices set up in Mather Hall during Check-In hours.

Note: North Campus residents will have a Check-In area set up in Vernon Social for their convenience. However, if a student has a health or financial hold on their account, the student will need to proceed over to Mather Hall to be cleared by the appropriate staff member at the main Check-In location in the Washington Room.

What do I do if I arrive to campus after 1:00pm?

Those arriving after Check-In will have to pick up their student IDs at the Help Desk (Library & Information Technology Services Building, Lower Level) and Orientation materials from the Mather Hall Welcome Desk. Students arriving after 4:30pm will have to report to Campus Safety (76 Vernon Street) to pick up their Student ID to gain access to their residence hall. 

When do families leave on Thursday, August 31, 2017?
After the Convocation ceremony (3:30-4:30 p.m.), students and their families are invited to attend a BBQ reception with their Nest & Bantam Network support staff on Gates Quad outside of Mather Hall. After this, families/friends will depart campus.

What is the difference between my Orientation Group, Bantam Network/Nest, and FY Seminar class?

The Bantam Network, established in Fall 2015, is designed to support you from your very first days on campus through a unique network of individuals and experiences. Designed by students for students, the Bantam Network is at the heart of Trinity’s first-year experience, helping you get to know other students and faculty and staff members, offering the ready support that new students want, providing dedicated spaces to work and relax with other first-year students, and allowing you to become more deeply acquainted with Trinity and Hartford.  The Bantam Network will give you the tools to succeed and will quickly make you feel at home at Trinity.

The foundation of the Bantam Network is the first-year seminar, which every student takes.  Your first-year seminar classmates will be people you’ll get to know well.  You’ll live in neighboring first-year residence halls. And you’ll join together with four other seminar classes to be grouped as a “Nest” of about 60 students.  

Your Orientation group will be coordinated roughly according to your first-year seminar. We chose this method of coordination to accommodate navigating through Orientation weekend with a more manageable group size. Every effort will be made throughout the weekend to balance both large and small group activities so that students are able to become comfortable with each other and Trinity in a small group setting but also get to know other first-year students outside of their Nest in large-group activities.

What if I still have to take my language proficiency exam?
​The Language Proficiency Exam  is scheduled for the afternoon of Friday, September 1, 2017. Students who need to take the Language Proficiency Exam will need to pre-register to take the exam. For more information, students should refer to the Orientation schedule​​.

Will I have time during New Student Orientation to leave campus?
​There is time built into the schedule for students to venture off-campus as a part of optional programming on Sunday morning, as well as through shuttles on Monday, September 4, 2017. On Monday, shuttles will be departing campus from Mather Circle from 12:00pm until 8:00pm to Walmart, Target, Blue Back Square in West Hartford, and the Westfarms Mall. Orientation Leaders will be coordinating shuttle trips with their Orientation groups for those wishing to explore Hartford and/or to pick up last-minute items before classes start.

​If there are any additional questions regarding New Student Orientation, please email or call (860) 297-2171. For any inquiries during New Student Orientation, students may stop at the Mather Hall Welcome Desk or call (860) 297-2053.