Pre-Orientation Programs for 2019

Registration deadlines have been extended. There are two easy ways to apply: 
reach out directly to the contact listed below or login to your portal page to sign up! 

Get on campus early and make new and lasting friendships! Sign up for one of our many pre-orientation programs.
All new students will roll into regular orientation starting on Thursday, August 29, 2019.​​


Start your Trinity College journey with a wilderness adventure on Quest


10 DAY Backpacking & Climbing, August 18-28, Cost: $400

4 Day Backpacking, August 18-22 & August 24-28, Cost: $200

4 Day Backpacking & Climbing, August 18-22 & August 24-28, Cost: $200

4 Day Rock Climbing, August 24-28, Cost: $200

 Note: Need-based scholarships are available upon request.​​​

Venture Trinity:

Venture Trinity is a three-day leadership conference for incoming female students.

Dates: August 22 (midday) - August 24, 2019

Cost: $250 


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

The P.R.I.D.E.Welcome Weekend​​ is a three-day program primarily designed to help students from underrepresented backgrounds/identities (e.g. racial/ethnic, international, sexual orientation, and gender identity) become acquainted with the campus and make a successful transition to Trinity’s academic and social environment. We also invite students from all backgrounds/identities who feel they will benefit from attending to apply. Students will meet with faculty, administrators, and peer leaders and engage in discussions and fun activities, including a walking tour to familiarize them with the city of Hartford. Contact

DATES: AUGUST 24 - AUGUST 26, 2019

COST: No charge


First-Generation Pre-Orientation is  a three-day success program designed to acquaint first-generation students — the first in their family to pursue a four-year college degree — with the college experience and the Trinity community. 

During the pre-orientation program, students will engage in workshops and activities that will refine the skills necessary for achieving academic excellence, developing goals and study strategies, and flourishing personally. Current first-generation college students at Trinity will serve as peer mentors and will share their deep knowledge and experiences within the Trinity community. Participants will also have a chance to connect to essential resources across campus, internship and career planning, and on-campus work opportunities and to meet and engage with first-generation faculty and administrators.​ For more information, please contact Roberta M. Rogers IDP’10, Director of Student Success

Bantam Beginnings:

Students who enroll in Bantam Beginnings can choose from six differenttwo-day programs run by faculty, staff, and student leaders. Programs slated for 2019 are: “Amazing Race Hartford,” “Community Service,” “Hartford’s Architecture, Ethnic Culture, and Cuisines,” “Hartford Highlights,” “Hartford by Bike,” and “Improv Comedy in Hartford—Whose Line Is It Anyway?.” Please check the pre-orientation website for updated information and full descriptions. Each program, with an enrollment of 15 to 25 first-years, will teach students more about Trinity College and Hartford through fun and engaging activities on campus and around the city. Contact  for more information. 

August 26–28 // Cost: $100 per student (fee waivers possible)
Monday, August 26:
          Arrival and move-in
          Short briefing and barbecue in the afternoon and evening
Tuesday, August 27, and Wednesday, August 28:
            Programs take place all day both days​



Q: Why should I participate in a pre-orientation program?
A: You’ll be able to meet new friends and learn about the Trinity community while engaging in transformative activities on and off-campus.

Q: If I come early for a pre-orientation program, can my parents come back for Convocation?
A: Absolutely!

Q: Can I do more than one pre-orientation program?
A: Yes - please refer to the calendar below. If the programs you are are interested in do not overlap, you can participate them. If they do overlap, you will only be able to participate in one since they run concurrently. 

Q: Where will I live during pre-orientation?
A: You'll be able to move into your assigned residence hall room, so you'll get an early start on setting up your new living space and making yourself comfortable in your new surroundings. Please note, students are not allowed to stay on campus during lapses of time in between pre-orientation programs and the New Student Orientation on August 29.

Q: Are meals provided?
A: Yes!

Q: What if there is a gap in time between the programs I'd like to do?
A: Unless you are an international student, you can't stay on campus in between programs. You may choose to go home or stay with someone off campus.​​​​​


Trinity has created a schedule that will allow you to choose your pre-orientation experience with ease. Students may select more than one program and flow from one directly into another.  Again please note, students are not allowed to stay on campus during lapses of time in between pre-orientation programs and the New Student Orientation on August 29.

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