The course selection period for incoming students will take place between Wednesday June 16 and Friday June 30. Your course selection form will be available in the New Student Portal on June 16.

Review the listing of fall 2021 college course descriptions via the online Course Schedule. You can browse courses either by subject or by department/program. For all course options, the box next to “Only show courses available to first-year students” should be checked. The course schedule includes information on the instructor, individual course, and the mode of teaching (in-person or remote). First-year students will be enrolled in 4 courses (typically 4 – 4.5 credits) in the first semester and the optional J-Term combined.

Your First-Year Seminar instructor will be your academic adviser from the time you begin at Trinity until you declare a major. From now until you are enrolled in a First-Year Seminar, please contact the Center for Academic Advising for advise on course selection. You may email the center’s general email account ( or contact a Faculty Advising Fellow directly after viewing their office hours on the center’s website.

Mode of Learning

  • In-Person: In these courses, the professor will be in the classroom with the students.
  • Remote: For these courses, both the students and the instructors will work remotely. Remote courses are listed with sections in the ’90’ range.
  • Hybrid: While the professor will be in the classroom, these courses will enroll both in-person and remote students. Hybrid courses will appear as two cross-listed sections in the schedule of classes, one labeled ‘in-person’ and the other labeled ‘remote’. The remote section of hybrid courses are listed with sections in the ’90’ range.

Completing the Course Selection Form

Your first task upon opening the course selection form is to indicate whether you plan to be on campus this fall. Please indicate your plans with the question labeled “Will you be taking courses on campus in the Fall?” If you choose “No” then you will be contacted by an academic adviser to continue your course selection process. Next, indicate whether or not you wish to take a course in the J-Term.

Read the remaining instructions in the form, and note any Gateway program participation, before proceeding.

You will indicate your First-Year Seminar preferences in the top section. Use the fields to enter the five seminars that you would prefer to take. Your entries are not considered by the order in which you list them. All five preferred entries carry equal weight. This field is unavailable to students participating in a Gateway Program. Gateway programs have unique, required seminars, built into program curricula.

In the next field, you will select preferred courses and alternate courses, but keep in mind you will not be able to select specific sections. The Registrar’s Office will place you into the section that works best with your schedule. We will make every effort to place you into your preferred courses, but it will not always be possible given various enrollment factors, so you will need to include alternate courses that you are willing to take.

Courses offered in the fall are listed first, and courses offered in J-Term are listed below. If you indicated preference in taking a J-Term course, make sure to include options in the preferred and alternate fields.

Based on the results of the Guided Writing Assessment, you may have self-selected or be placed into RHET 103 College Writing by a faculty placement committee. The Registrar’s Office will automatically enroll these students in RHET 103.

Additionally, you may be placed into QLIT 101 by a faculty placement committee who assesses records. QLIT 101 is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Some students will be automatically enrolled by the Registrar’s Office for the fall semester, while the others will need to register for QLIT 101 for the spring semester of their first year.

Students placed into these courses will be notified. Enrollment in RHET 103 and QLIT 101 will automatically reduce the number of preferred courses you will select on your online course selection form.

If you are interested in taking a math or second language course, but do not yet know your placement test results, select the course you think best matches your abilities. Your placement in the course will be confirmed. For some students changes will need to occur during add/drop period.

If you are selecting a science course with an additional required lab, the lab section will be assigned by the Registrar’s Office. This lab assignment will be based on your overall course schedule.​​​​​​

Don’t rush! Course selection forms are not considered by the order in which they are received. Changes may not be made once your form has been submitted, so give considerable thought to your selections prior to submitting your form. Course selection forms submitted after the deadline will be considered last, and course availability will be limited.