We welcome all applicants at least 24 years old by the date of matriculation. Our community of non-traditional students includes veterans, second bachelor degree candidates, and international students.

What We Do Not Require

Our personalized process means that we have few set criteria for admission. We do not require:

  • ​​​SAT scores
  • An associate’s degree (although many of our applicants come directly from two-year colleges)
  • ​A minimum GPA from earlier college courses (although a 3.0 or above is highly favorable)

What About Transfer Credits?

You may transfer up to 18 arts and sciences courses from accredited two- and four-year colleges. We will evaluate your transcript to determine which courses are eligible for transfer credit at Trinity and determine which, if any, general education requirements have been met. As a general rule, transfer credit will be given for courses comparable to those offered in the Trinity curriculum in which the applicant has received grades of C- or better. For more detailed information, please refer to the Transfer Credit Information or the Trinity College Student Handbook.

Representing some of Trinity’s most accomplished students, IDP students Maria Legge and Hanae Bouazza (L-R) were named President’s Fellows.

How Do I Apply?

To speak with someone about the Trinity IDP experience and/or to arrange for a personal interview, please contact Associate Director of Admissions Gillian Ritter. She will answer questions you have about the Trinity IDP and can arrange for you to get a closer view of the Trinity IDP adult student experience.

While we welcome international students to apply, there is limited financial aid available and generally, full financial support for demonstrated need is not available. Also, Trinity IDP is a non-residential program, so students need to identify and arrange housing, independently.

IDP Admissions

IDP admission is only available for the fall semester. Students are required to complete the application process by April 1. Decision notifications will be sent out on a rolling basis by mid-May.


All applicants must submit the following:

  • The Common Application for Transfer Admission
  • Official Transcript(s) from high school or GED plus every college/university attended. If you have never been enrolled at another institution, you are not required to submit a college transcript.
  • Transfer College Report: A report of “good academic standing” must be submitted from your current institution. If you have never been enrolled at another institution, you are not required to submit a college report.
  • Mid-Term Report (hard copy submission of grades, if currently enrolled in college)
  • Academic Report(s) (letters of recommendation: at least one from recent collegiate faculty member)
  • Required Essay: As part of your application, you must submit an essay that focuses on your specific interest in Trinity College. Using the prompt below, write an essay of less than 300 words.
    • The Trinity College community is characterized by engagement, inclusion, and collaborative partnerships. What are some communities in which you have been involved? How will you engage with and leave an impact on the Trinity College community?
  • Required Interview:​ Interviews are required as part of the application process for the IDP program. They are a great opportunity for us to get to know you better, and, more importantly, for you to learn more about Trinity and the IDP program. To schedule an interview, please contact the IDP admissions counselor, Gillian Ritter at [email protected].
  • $65 nonrefundable application fee
  • Apply for financial aid here​

All materials submitted offline should be mailed to:

Trinity College
Attn: Gillian Ritter
Associate Director of Admissions
Admissions Office
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106-3100 ​​

Standardized Testing Policies

Standardized Testing Requirements

SAT or ACT scores are not required of IDP applicants.

English Proficiency Testing for Non-Native English Speakers

Please take a look at our English Proficiency Exam page to determine whether you may need to submit documentation of your English proficiency or to apply for a waiver.

Trinity Score Choice Policy 

If you decide to send SAT or ACT scores, Trinity’s Office of Admissions will consider an applicant’s highest section scores from all testing dates as part of our final admissions decision.  (This policy includes both the SAT I and ACT.)  If and when an applicant submits new scores, we will update his or her record with those scores.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to have test scores sent to the Admissions Office only if you decide to send SAT or ACT scores. Trinity’s CEEB code is 3899; our ACT code is 0598.​​​​​​​​​​​

Additional Information


Trinity College Individualized Degree Program

Gillian Ritter 300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106