Join us for a jump-start on designing your Trinity experience and preparing to navigate college successfully!

The Summit-to-Success (S2S) Scholars Program is a high-impact, cohort-based program designed to support new students’ successful transitions and academic engagement in college.
S2S Scholars will identify innate strengths and talents, begin to build their campus eco-system, practice design-thinking skills, and learn to connect the dots between foundational competencies, co-curricular experiences, and the development of a career and life plan. Learn more, and view photos from last year’s experience, on the Career & Life Design Center’s website.

Program Dates for 2024: Sunday, August 18 – Friday, August 23, 2024

Registration: The application for this program is available in your Starting Out Portal


Additional questions or clarification should be directed to Roberta Rogers, Director of Retention Strategy and Transition Programs in our Career and Life Design Center. Roberta can be reached at 860.297.2150 or at [email protected].


Interactive, dynamic workshops, outings, and activities will be led by Trinity Faculty, S2S peer mentors, and staff from key departments. Students will be guided through self-assessments and designing thinking practices, connected with advisers and coaches for college success skills and strategies, and invited early to immerse themselves in the cultivation of Trinity’s campus resource network, while exploring the future of work and designing a preliminary first-year plan.

Students should plan to move on to campus on Sunday, August 18 and will participate in Summit-to-Success prior to New Student Orientation. Students will remain engaged and present for the duration of the program from August 18 through August 23. Meals will be provided, throughout the duration of the program, and students will be housed in their regular, academic-year dorms.

Yes! S2S Scholars will participate in Trinity’s New Student Orientation Program after our in-person, on-campus Summit-to-Success program.

All first-year members of the incoming Class of 2028, including First Generation to college students, as well as Transfer and IDP Students, are eligible to participate in the S2S Scholars Program.

The cost to participate in the S2S Program is $500 per student.

The S2S Scholars Program is one of a few Pre-Orientation programs in which incoming students may choose to participate. Since these programs (Pre-Orientation and Orientation NEXT) do not happen concurrently, students are able to participate in S2S if they are also participating in an Orientation NEXT program. However, if you are participating in another Pre-Orientation program, and are interested in participating in future S2S Scholars programs, please contact [email protected], as other targeted programs are being planned for the upcoming academic year.

“After having finished high school in the chaos of COVID...I was very anxious to start up school again...the S2S Program [illustrated] just how supportive Trinity can be.”

S2S Participant Class of 2025

“Getting to campus early and being able to orient myself before everything got crowded was valuable. Also just being able to know some people so you don’t feel alone.”

S2S Participant Class of 2025

“The program material was engaging and useful. The professors and faculty helped me to fully understand the opportunities provided here at Trinity and feel comfortable asking for help and using my network…The mentors were perfect and welcoming…The S2S program was such a wonderful experience."

S2S Participant Class of 2025