Student classifications are based on credit hours earned.

Freshman0-25 hours of college credits
Sophomore26-57
Junior58-91
Senior92+

Regular Student: A student enrolled in a degree program at TIU

Auditor: A student permitted to enroll in a course without being required to fulfill the normal requirements in that course when it is taken for credit. No credit is granted. Audited courses will be recorded on the official transcript. Abbreviated admissions credentials are required of those students who are only auditing classes.

Dual Enrollment Student: A high school student who is enrolled at TIU to earn college and possibly high school credit (pending approval of the respective high school guidance office).  These students must apply and be accepted into the program.  A simplified admission procedure is used. Dual enrollment students are registered after university student registration is complete. A dual enrollment student may take up to two (2) courses per semester as a high school junior and up to three (3) courses per semester as a high school senior. 

Inactivated Student (REACH Program):  Students who do not plan to register for any courses for a period of one to three semesters (a maximum of twelve months) should request a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the REACH Student Services Office as per the LOA policy. Students who do not request a LOA and do not register for at least one course for a period of one to two semesters (a maximum of six months) will be inactivated (no longer considered to be a TIU student). To return and register for additional courses, the student must successfully complete the readmission process.

Leave of Absence: A regular student, as defined above, who does not enroll in classes for one semester (summer excluded). A student who desires a leave of absence for a period of one semester should request a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the Student Life Office. This apprises Trinity of student program plans, and enables appropriate serves to be provided. A student on an approved leave of absence is considered active and campus services such as library, e-mail, faculty, etc. are available. Student accounts must also be in good standing for a student to remain active and be able to register for the next semester.

Student At Large: A student who meets all admission requirements but is not pursuing a degree program at Trinity. Such students elect a specialized program of their own choosing and are not required to meet degree requirements.

Teacher Licensure: Persons who have earned a bachelor’s degree and seek enrollment at Trinity to meet Illinois Teacher Licensure requirements. Students must meet with the Division of Education prior to enrollment.

Visiting Student: A student not pursuing a degree program but desiring to be admitted for part-time studies (a maximum of 6 hours of credit per semester or one course per May Term session). A simplified admission procedure is used.