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What is New Student Orientation?

The program is designed to take care of details like placement exams, advising, and registration, but is also geared around acquainting you with campus life, assisting you with the transition to the academic rigor of Trinity, and of course, building community among your fellow classmates. Come prepared to participate in key Trinity traditions from the start. Families are also welcomed into the Trinity community during the first day of New Student Orientation, and several local hotels offer Trinity rates for their stay. We believe that you should actively seek opportunities to learn about yourself, develop, and engage in our vibrant campus life.

Stay Connected 

Download the TU Life app to stay connected to the University community. Trinity University's TU Life app offers users the convenience of checking academic and financial information, staying connected via campus events and social media, exploring campus with the map feature, and much more. 

Preparing for NSO

New Student Orientation begins with residence hall move-in on Thursday, August 18, 2016 and continues until the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Parents and families are encouraged to attend activities on August 18-19. No prior registration is required and there is no cost to attend.

Placement Exams (Prior to NSO)

Placement Exams help place you in the correct course level in certain areas of study. 

Math Placement Exam
Complete By: Wednesday, August 17
Who should take it?  All students; exceptions - students with earned Calculus AP credit or transfer credit from another institution
How do I take the exam? Log onto TLEARN. Under "My Courses", select Math Placement Exam.
Questions?  Contact the Mathematics Department.

Chemistry Placement Exam
Exam Offered: June 1 - August 17
Who should take it?  Any student planning to take a course in Chemistry; this includes all Engineering Science, and pre-Health Professions (pre-med, pre-dental, etc.), students, as well as students potentially interested in pursuing majors in Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Geosciences. Exceptions - student with earned credit in AP Chemistry (4 or 5 on AP Chemistry Exam ).
How do I take the exam?  Visit the Chemistry Department website. Select the "Entering New Students" link on left and log in using your Trinity username and student I.D. The time limit is 1 hour.
Questions?  Contact Dr. Steven Bachrach at steven [dot] bachrach [at] trinity [dot] edu.
For more information, review the Academic Preparation email that was sent to you by Academic Affairs.

Digital Literacy Assessment
Dates Administered:  July 17- August 14

Language Placement Exam
Date Administered:  August 19
Who should take it? For Spanish, French, German, and Chinese, if you plan to continue a language during your time at Trinity, you must take an exam in that language. Russian students should contact Dr. Bruce Holl for placement information. Even if you are planning to continue this language after the first semester or year, you may take the exam now. If you wish to satisfy the Trinity language requirement by means of examination, you should take the exam. If you plan to begin a new language, there is no need to take the exam since you will simply sign up for a beginning course during registration. Students who have studied Latin or Ancient Greek prior to college should take the exam.

Music Theory Placement Exam
Date Administered: online, during and after NSO
Who should take it? All students seeking enrollment in the music theory course sequence. Note: This placement test is not a requirement for those who simply wish to enroll in lessons or ensembles.
Questions? Contact Professor David Heller at dheller [at] trinity [dot] edu.

What Should I Do in Advance?

Placement Exams: An exam already?! Have no fear. These exams will make sure you're placed in the appropriate level of Math, Chemistry, Language, and Information Technology. Find out what's required and when you should take it.

Reading TUgether: Start out on the right foot. Read the summer's Reading TUgether assignment, and complete your annotated bibliography well in advance.

Think About Your Classes: At NSO, you'll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss your options before registering for classes. Beginning August 1, you can log into our online system to see which courses will be taught. More information will be sent to your new Tmail account.

Get Connected: As soon as you are assigned a student email account (Tmail), get in the habit of checking it daily. Most university correspondence is sent via email. It's never too early to follow NSO on Twitter (use #Tigerpride). Beginning August 1, please sign into TrinAlert (campus safety alerts) to set your default notification options; failure to do so will delay class registration.​