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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 18, 2017 and continues until the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Parents and families are encouraged to attend activities on August 18-20. 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: Tuesday, August 22

Who should take it?
Students who are interested in taking courses in math, science, or business, or who are interested in the pre-med track, should take this exam. 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

Complete By: June 1 - August 15

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. For more information about this exam, please visit this site.

Questions?
Contact Dr. Chris Pursell at cpursell [at] trinity.edu.


Digital Literacy Assessment

Dates Administered: July 1 - August 15

Who should take it?
All students

How do I take the exam?
Log on to TLEARN; under "My Courses" Digital Literacy Assessment

Questions?
Contact Professor Ruth Jungman at rjungman [at] trinity.edu.


Language Placement Exam

Date Administered: August 18

Who should take it?
For Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Latin, and Ancient Greek, if you plan to continue a language during your time at Trinity, you must take an exam in that language. Even if you are planning to continue this language after the first semester or year, you should take the exam. 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.

How do I take the exam?
Please see your New Student Orientation guide once you arrive on campus for exam location. Please bring a laptop if you own one and are taking the Spanish, German or Chinese placement exams.


French Placement Exam

Dates Administered: August 17, 3 - 4 p.m. Northrup Hall 272 (For athletes only)
August 18, 4 - 6 p.m. Northrup Hall 312 (For all non-athletes)

Who should take it?
For French, if you plan to continue a language during your time at Trinity, you must take an exam in that language. Even if you are planning to continue this language after the first semester or year, you should take the exam. 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.

How do I take the exam?
In advance of the exam please visit Castle Worldwide's website and click the "Click here to test now" link. Make sure you "pass" all criteria. If you "fail" any criteria, please adjust your browser settings so you can complete the French Placement Exam.

Students who are planning to take the French Placement Exam MUST bring a laptop to the exam. Cell phones and tablets are not acceptable. Academic Technology, on the first floor of the Coates Library, has a small number of laptops available for loan if you do not have one available.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the French Placement Exam, please email Dr. Bruce Holl at bholl [at] trinity.edu.

If you have any questions about your laptop/browser in preparation for the French Placement Exam, please email Wendy Apfel at wapfel [at] trinity.edu.


Music Theory Placement Exam

Date Administered: June 1 - August 22

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.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 book assignment, and get ready to hear the author speak on campus.

Think About Your Classes: At NSO, you'll meet with a faculty adviser 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. Beginning August 1, please sign into TrinAlert (campus safety alerts) to set your default notification options; failure to do so will delay class registration.​