Trinity IDP for Adult Learners

Complete Your Degree, and Fall in Love with Learning Again

Trinity IDP gives adult students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree at Trinity College. Our program is designed for students who seek the challenging, substantive academic experience Trinity is known for, together with the support and services adult learners need and want.

We welcome all applicants at least 24 years old or self-supporting, and our community of non-traditional students includes veterans, second bachelor's degree candidates, and international students.

What We Offer You

  • An outstanding liberal arts and sciences education that will challenge you, excite you, and prepare you for professional advancement, graduate study, and new life directions.
  • Support and services for adult learners, including full- or part-time study, a flexible timeframe for degree completion, mentoring and advising, IDP-dedicated staff members, and a customized admissions and transfer- credit process.
  • Affordability due to two key factors: course-based tuition and need-based financial aid that covers both tuition and expenses.
  • A strong community within IDP and across Trinity. While IDP students are very diverse, they share a common bond and at the same time enjoy mixing with traditional-age students in classes and projects.
  • A promising future, according to the tradition of achievement and success among IDP graduates. The program’s alumni pursue many professional fields, including education, financial services, law, government and public policy, information technology, social services, and medical research. A significant proportion go on to graduate study and earn advanced professional or academic degrees.

IDP: Adult Learning at Trinity College

IDP History
Trinity IDP was created in 1973 as the Individualized Degree Program, the first adult degree option of its kind in the region. Over the decades, over 800 IDP students have earned Trinity bachelor’s degrees and many academic honors.

​Renee Murray ’12

Environmental Science
Student Government Association, IDPA member
The friends I made during the IDP seminar became part of my support network. It is helpful to talk to other students who understand the challenges you face as an adult student. The Career Services department has helped me tremendously in acquiring an internship. I received help with my resume and participated in mock interview sessions. The community atmosphere was another reason I chose to attend Trinity.  I wanted to attend a small school where I would not feel like number, and it’s been an advantage to attend a college where your advisers know you. I know that I can stop by or send an e-mail to any of the environmental science professors and they will try to help me with any problem that I am having.