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Spring Student Orientation

Spring Student Orientation Schedule 2020

Welcome to Trinity University!

We are so pleased you have chosen Trinity and our community for this journey in your life. You will find out quickly that Trinity is a wonderful community with intelligent, thoughtful, and diverse students, faculty, and staff. The next three days will be a robust experience into our community filled with helpful and worthwhile programs and events for your successful transition. All programs are required for transfer students unless otherwise noted.

Spring Student Orientation (SSO) is a three-day orientation to get you acclimated to the university, learn about various departments and resources on campus, and get to know fellow new students. The SSO schedule will provide you a day-to-day schedule of events during your first few days on campus. On your first day, you will be greeted and guided by Orientation Team (O-Team) mentors who will assist you in your transition and answer any questions you may have about Trinity and SSO.

Trinity University is guided by a mission and a set of values that place a quality liberal arts and sciences education at its core. Every day, we strive to live our institutional values of Enduring Excellence, Intentional Inclusion, and Perpetual Discovery. Trinity's core values act as guideposts for all we do, informing our interactions with one another and our decision-making as an institution. Values are not a goal to be realized, or a place where we arrive, but an on-going journey that we live and experience as we go. Some, like Intentional Inclusion, are aspirational for us, as we try to live more fully into that value. Regardless, we must endeavor to hold ourselves and each other accountable to these shared values, recognizing when we stumble and learning how to be better together as we pursue lives of meaning and purpose.

Here is a link to the Trinity campus map to navigate the campus during your time with us. Be sure to use the hashtag, #TigerPride, to show your school spirit during orientation.

If you have any questions, please contact Esther Kim, Assistant Director for Orientation Programs, at ekim1 [at] trinity.edu or call 210-999-8823.

We look forward to meeting you and your families very soon!

Have any questions?
Contact Esther Kim, Assistant Director for Orientation Programs
Email: ekim1 [at] trinity.edu
Office: 210-999-8823
Direct cell: 971-998-2204

Spring Student Orientation Schedule


Sunday, January 12  |  Monday, January 13  |  Tuesday, January 14  |  Download a PDF Version

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Noon – 4 p.m.
Residence Hall Move-in/Check-in | Robert R. Witt Center
Welcome to the Trinity community! Check-in at the Witt Center to receive your room key and room assignment. Take time to unpack your belongings in the afternoon. There are plenty of home stores nearby such as Target, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond, all within a ten minute car ride.

5 - 5:30 p.m.
Meet Your Orientation Team Mentors | Meet at Robert R. Witt Center
You will get a chance to meet your Spring Student Orientation Team (O-Team) who will be your guides throughout the two days during your orientation. The O-Team will review your orientation schedule at this time.

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Dinner
255 E. Basse Rd. Suite 500
San Antonio, TX 78209

Trinity welcomes you and your family by enjoying a wonderful dinner off-campus and meeting several campus representatives including your faculty adviser, O-Team, Resident Assistants, and representatives from Admissions, Academic Affairs, and Student Life. Your parent(s) and families are welcome to attend this dinner.

Note: Please RSVP by sending an email with the total number of guests, including yourself, and any food allergies or accommodations to Esther Kim (ekim1 [at] trinity.edu) by Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Monday, January 13, 2020

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Get Your Tiger Card | Tiger Card Office, Storch Memorial Building 005
You're now an official Trinity Tiger! Get your Trinity student ID which allows you access to pay for meals at Mabee Dining Hall and Coates Commons, pay for laundry, and more. You may also deposit funds onto your card for Tiger Bucks.

9 - 9:45 a.m.
Breakfast with O-Team | Mabee Dining Hall
Explore the dining options at Mabee Dining Hall with the O-Team and your fellow transfer students. Ask any initial questions you may have regarding classes, registration, dining options, and more. This breakfast is open to all students, including off campus students.

9:45 - 10:45 a. m.
Campus Tour | Leave from Mabee Dining Hall
The O-Team will show you the ins and outs of campus life with a robust campus tour from the Bell Athletic Center, the hot spots for coffee and food, to the academic buildings and other locations listed in your orientation schedule.

11 a.m. - Noon
Language Placement Exam | Northrup Hall 278
Students who are planning to take an intermediate or higher language course are required to take the language exam for the respective language. The following language exams are available: Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Latin, Ancient Greek, or Russian.

If you need accommodations for this exam, please email ekim1 [at] trinity.edu (Esther Kim).

Note: Students must bring their laptops to this exam.

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Group Advising Session | EHCL 330
All students will meet with Dr. Lapetra Bowman to review the Pathways curriculum, course selections, and the registration process. Lunch will be provided.

2 - 6 p.m.
Free Time
Take this free time to relax and get things settled after your first full day of orientation. Stop by the Bookstore and pick up your books, meet with staff in Financial Aid and Student Accounts, pick up your parking permit, or get your room/place settled.

6 - 7 p.m.
Dinner with Resident Assistants | Mabee Dining Hall
Get to know your Resident Assistant and learn about the office of Residential Life's policies and procedures for responsible living on-campus.

Note: This meeting is only required for students who are living in residence halls

8 p.m.
Transfer Student Social | Murchison Fire Pit
Get to know your fellow peers, the Orientation Team, former transfer students, and upper-class students in a fun s’mores social. The O-Team will provide more details to the event on the first day of orientation.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

9 - 10 a.m.
Breakfast with O-Team | Mabee Dining Hall
This breakfast is open to all students, including off-campus students.

10 - 11 a.m.
Success in the Classroom | Library 308: Tiger Learning Commons
Learn about the available academic resources for students in the Tiger Learning Commons from Academic Success, Quantitative Reasoning Center, Student Accessibility Services, and the Writing Center. Learn tips and advice regarding time management, study skills, testing accommodations, tutoring, and workshops.

11 a.m. - Noon
Find Your Class Tours | Center for Science and Innovation/Magic Stones
Now that you’ve finalized your spring course schedule, the O-Team will help guide you around campus to locate your classrooms for your first week of school. Note: This tour is optional for students.

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch with University Sponsored Organization Presidents | Coates Student Center, Waxahachie Room
Learn how to get involved on campus whether it be joining a student organization, joining a fraternity or sorority or being a writer for the campus newspaper, this is your one-stop shop to get involved and do a few things well! Also, get to know some student leaders on campus including University Sponsored Organization Presidents of Student Government Association, Student Programming Board, Trinity University Volunteer Action Community (TUVAC), Student Ambassadors, Greek Council, Trinity Diversity Connection, and Editors of Campus Publications.

1:30 p.m.
Free Time

2 - 4 p.m.
Explore San Antonio | Pearl District, San Antonio
Students will have the opportunity to explore San Antonio’s Pearl District, filled with boutiques, restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops, and more. Home to a local farmer’s market every Saturday and Sunday. Note: This event is optional but highly recoommended. Transportation provided. Students will pay for their own food and products.