Trinity IDP students are provided advising and services tailored to adult needs, together with full access to all of Trinity’s academic resources.
Because entering IDP students are transitioning to a new community at Trinity, we have created a comprehensive advising system.
Advising Services and Academic Resources
Office of Student Success Staff
Designated staff members work to serve the particular needs of IDP students.
Office of Student Success Staff Member
Roberta Rogers IDP’10
Director of Student Success
Financial Aid Staff Member
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Registrar Staff Member
Each new student is assigned a faculty adviser who will become familiar with your background from the admissions process and will help you identify the resources you need to succeed at Trinity. Your adviser will oversee your academic progress until you choose a major, when you will have an adviser from your major department.
IDP Faculty Director:
DonnaDale L. Marcano (Philosophy)
Sheila Fisher (English)
Dan Lloyd (Philosophy)
Janet Morrison (Chemistry)
Kalum Palandage (Physics)
Irene Papoulis (Writing and Rhetoric)
Diana Paulin (English/American Studies)
Mary Sandoval (Mathematics)
Life on Campus
IDP students quickly discover that they belong to at least two on-campus communities—the IDP community and the broader Trinity community.
Within IDP, you’ll meet a strikingly diverse group ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s. Some are seeking to advance in their current careers, some to prepare for a career change, and still others to discover new life directions. Many students balance the demands of a family or a job (or both) with their studies. Some are recent graduates of two-year colleges, and some had their educations interrupted years ago. Often, IDP students form strong friendships that last long past graduation.
You’ll find it easy to get to know other IDP students in the IDP Transitional Seminar and other courses, through IDP events, and while studying or socializing in the IDP Lounge within the Mather Student Center. There is also the IDP Association, which provides a voice for those in the program and has reserved seats on the Trinity Student Government Association.
At the same time, you’ll have access to all that Trinity offers. IDP students enjoy taking classes with traditional-age undergraduates, where they bring perspectives and life experiences that enliven the discussion. Although they juggle their various commitments, many find it possible to participate in a student organization, work out at the Ferris Athletic Center , catch a film at the Cinestudio, engage in community service, or bring their kids to campus to see Trinity’s athletic teams in action.
Hanae Bouazza, IDP Student
“The people in the Student Success department are really willing to do whatever it takes to help students and to help you succeed. It really opened me up to asking for help whenever I need it. I have been really fortunate to work with Student Success – just to see how much they do to help people. Also, this makes me want to help students, as a student.”