Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of New Student Orientation?
New Student Orientation begins on Thursday, August 29, 2019 and goes through Monday, September 2, 2019.  If you are participating in a pre-orientation program, you will move on to campus  prior to August 29. If you are  a part of the Global Start cohort, you will participate in Global Start Orientation from August 19 - 21. 

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?
The complete 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.This year, the Orientation program is using SCHED, a mobile-friendly app, to advertise the Orientation schedule to all incoming students. Please see the link below for a SAMPLE of the New Student Orientation schedule.

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 you via your Trinity email account prior to your arrival on campus. They will be available to answer questions, provide advice and guidance, and help connect you to the students within your group so you can get to know each other.

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 starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2019 according to their assigned time slot. You will receive this information prior to arrving on campus. 

In anticipation of many of our new students moving on campus on Thursday, August 29, Trinity College assigns move-in times to allow for the smoothest transition of our students. Once you receive your assigned time slot, 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.  Unloading is only permitted in those designated areas and will be restricted to 20 minutes per vehicle. To access these areas on Summit Street, enter the College via Zion Street up College Terrace. Once unloaded, vehicles will be moved to designated parking areas.


What is my first stop on Thursday, August 29, 2019 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.  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.

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. 

What activities are there for families on Thursday, August 29, 2019?
Families are encouraged to attend the Parent & Family Orientation session from 1:00pm-3:00pm while students attend their first Residence Hall Meeting. This session will allow families to join our panel of amazing staff and upperclassmen students who will speak about opportunities at Trinity, as well as their experiences. Time will be available for a questions & answers with the panelists.  After this session, families are welcome to attend the Convocation Ceremony (3:30-4:30 p.m.), followed by the Orientation Kick-Off BBQ where the Nest & Bantam Network support staff will be mingling with students and their loved ones. After this, families and friends will depart campus as students move on to the rest of the New Student Orientation program.

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 traditional 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 housing area. 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, August 30, 2019. Students who need to take the Language Proficiency Exam will need to pre-register to take the exam on Thursday, August 29 during check-in.. For more information, students should refer to the Orientation schedule​​.

​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.