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First Year as a Tiger

Life is exciting as a first year student at Trinity University. From making new friends in the first year residence halls, to attending different classes to discover your passions, to learning about Greek life, student organizations, and service opportunities—your first year at Trinity is a truly memorable experience.

Excited first year students gather in the bell center during orientation

Your First Year

Living on Campus

Residence halls on the east side are devoted to the first year area, which surrounds Mabee Dining Hall and the Witt Reception Center, home the the Residential Life Office. This is an exciting place to get to know the rest of your entering class and to adjust to campus life. The Resident Mentor to student ratio in these halls averages 18:1. First year area residence halls have small quiet study lounges, and one large computer lounge and game room in the Beze Underground.

Choosing and Attending College Courses

While some students come to Trinity with an academic path in mind, many first year students use their first academic year as a way to explore different areas of study. Use your first year to sample courses from the common curriculum: try Trinity's infamous Peoples of Russia, a psychology statistics course, or East Asian religions—that's the beauty of the liberal arts education!

Attend your professors' office hours and review sessions; faculty at Trinity want to see their students succeed. Take advantage of the thousands of resources available at the Coates Library, and the librarians who are knowledgeable about digital resources and information literacy.

Practice your time management and organizational skills. Utilize the Academic Affairs office and Career Services to make sure you're on track to get the most out of your Trinity experience, from your first year and on. 

Getting Involved

Trinity University has more than 115 registered student organizations, many of which include service as a core component. Participate in organizations that are familiar to you, and some that aren't—you may discover something about the world, or about yourself, that you didn't know before!

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