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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.

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Preparing for NSO

New Student Orientation begins with residence hall move-in on Friday, August 21, 2020 and continues until the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Parents and families are encouraged to attend activities on August 21-23, 2020. No prior registration is required and there is no cost to attend.

Placement Exams (Prior to NSO)

Depending on their courses of study, some students may need to take placement exams to ensure they are placed in the appropriate course level for a variety of subjects. All first-year students should take the digital literacy placement exam.

All online assessments are available at tlearn.trinity.edu

Digital literacy placement exam: All students should take this exam so that their academic advisers may help them determine the best way to fulfill the digital literacy requirement of the Pathways curriculum. The exam is available online and must be completed by July 31.

Chemistry placement exam: All entering students interested in taking chemistry at any point in their college career must take this exam online by July 10. 

Mathematics placement assessments: Incoming students interested in taking Calculus I or II may need to take a placement assessment to determine course readiness. Students can learn about these assessments on the Mathematics Placement TLEARN page, and—if required—take the appropriate exam by July 10. For the Calculus I placement assessment, students can use the platform to work on their skills and retake the assessment again throughout the summer.

Music theory course sequence placement exam: All students seeking enrollment in the music theory course sequence must take this exam online by August 25.

Language placement exams: These exams will be administered online on July 10 at 2 p.m. CST with an in-person option on campus during New Student Orientation on August 22. Students wanting to satisfy the Trinity language requirement by means of exam should take the placement exam. Exams are available in Ancient Greek, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

Students with questions about the language exam should contact Bruce Holl at bholl [at] trinity.edu.