Standard Admission Requirements
The standard requirements for admission to EXCEL coursework, no matter how many credits are transferred from other institutions are:
- Proof of high school graduation or GED certification
- Original transcripts from all previous college/university study indicating an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (using 4.0 scale)
- Minimum age 18
Admission decisions may be appealed to the Appeals Committee when questions of qualification arise.
Admission for Those Transferring Fewer than 15 Semester Credits
Applicants seeking admission with fewer than 15 college credits may take only lower-division (100-200) courses offered in General Education Courses. Given the lack of formal college experience on which to base an admission decision, prospective students will need to give evidence of ability in reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing. Students must complete a writing assessment, which will determine placement in the program. Students who do not wish to take the placement assessment test must begin by taking at least two of Trinity’s developmental writing courses and passing them with a grade of “C” or better before continuing in the program.
Admission to Upper-Division Courses
Beyond the standard admission requirements, additional requirements to any upper-division courses include:
- Completion of at least 25 transferable credits from an accredited college or university or from Trinity for which a grade of “C” or better was received, and an overall GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. (“C” includes C, C+)
- Completion of at least 3 credits in college composition with a “C” or better
- Completion of IDS 105 E Foundations for Adult Learning
Admission to All EXCEL Majors (except Elementary Education)
In addition to the general admission requirements, a student entering the major cohorts must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of at least 25 transferable credits from an accredited college or university or from Trinity for which a grade of “C” or better was received and an overall 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (“C” includes C, C+)
- Completion of EXCEL composition course (when applicable as determined by writing placement test)
- Completion of at least 3 credits in college composition with a “C” or better
- Completion of IDS 105E Foundations for Adult Learning
Admission to the Elementary Education Major
In addition to the standard admission requirements, a student entering the Elementary Education major must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of at least 25 transferable credits from a regionally accredited college or university or accredited by an agency accepted by the U.S Department of Education or accepted by its own State Department of Education for certification purposes, or from Trinity for which a grade of “C” or better was received and an overall 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (“C” includes C, C+)
- A grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all previous college work from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Successful demonstration of thinking, organization, and writing ability through a writing sample.
- Completion of at least 6 credits in college composition with a “C” or better.
- Successful interview with Program Director
- Faculty references/recommendations
- Completion of IDS 105E Foundations for Adult Learning
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
For a student to progress into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), upon completion of the fourth course in the cohort sequence, the following must be successfully accomplished:
- Application to (TEP)
- Successful interview with Director of Elementary Education
- Writing sample with a passing grade
- Positive faculty references
- Passage of GKE (General Knowledge Exam)
- Completion of first four courses in the major with a 2.5 GPA average or better
- Background screening
- Formal acceptance into the Teacher Education Program
Students enrolled in the EXCEL program are expected to have easy access to a computer, printer, and the Internet. It is very difficult to complete the degree programs without these tools. Courses will require the production of papers and interaction using email and other technologies. Students may also be required to do research online, complete web-based assignments, and produce computer-based electronic products.
All Trinity Florida EXCEL students have access to the campus computer lab at the Florida Regional Center site. The computer lab is available during the University's operating hours.
EXCEL is a writing-intensive program. Students are expected to achieve a level of writing competence early in their Trinity experience to excel in their studies. In an effort to ensure the success of all students, a computerized writing evaluation will be administered by the EXCEL admissions staff for students who do not meet all of the following criteria:
- Have 15 or more college credits (technical credits are not considered in meeting this criterion)
- Have been enrolled in school within the last five years • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 from previous college work
- Have completed six credits of English Composition, or the relevant equivalents, achieving a minimum grade of C
The results of the writing assessment will determine what, if any, writing course(s) students will be required to complete with a “C” or better within the first 24 credits of the EXCEL program. If students have met all their writing general education requirements and achieve a satisfactory score on the assessment, no further writing courses will be required. If, however, the score is below the determined level on the assessment, students will be required to take the course(s) most appropriate to their level, regardless of whether all general education requirements have been met.
Second Bachelor’s Degree Option
Applicants to the EXCEL Program who already hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree will be allowed to pursue and, if all requirements are met, earn a second bachelor’s degree from Trinity. From the existing bachelor’s degree coursework, we would transfer applicable general education and elective credits that meet current Trinity degree requirements for the second bachelor’s degree. Also, students would be required to complete the major, as well as BI 101 and BI 111, if they do not transfer in equivalent courses. Students who have a baccalaureate degree from another school need to take a minimum of 33 credit hours at Trinity and must complete at least two-thirds of a major in new coursework at TIU to receive the second bachelor’s degree from Trinity-Florida. This second-degree option is also available to students who already hold a TIU bachelor’s degree. Students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree are not eligible for federal grant funds. Lifetime Direct Loan limits for undergraduate work must be reviewed to determine a student’s remaining Direct Loan eligibility if any.
Initial inquirers interested in an EXCEL degree program, and students who are reapplying to EXCEL are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible. The application packet must be completed no later than two weeks prior to the start of class. The typical sequence of the application process is:
- Contact the Admissions Office to request the EXCEL Degree Programs Application Packet.
- Return the completed application with the application fee to the Admissions Office.
- Using the transcript request form in the application packet, request official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you have attended classes. Student copies or hand-delivered copies are not considered official transcripts and will not be accepted for purposes of admission. Upon receipt of all official transcripts, the EXCEL admissions staff will provide the applicant with an assessment of previous college coursework.
- Complete the writing sample as described in the application packet.
- Upon completion of the transfer credit assessment and evaluation of the writing sample, the EXCEL admissions staff will evaluate your application packet for admission. You will then be notified of your admission status, usually within two weeks.
- If you are offered admission, you must confirm that you accept being admitted. At this time you will select the course(s) with which you will begin classes at TIU.
- Although not required for admission, you are strongly encouraged to complete the financial aid application as early in the admission process as possible since some types of aid are available only at certain times of the year. More details on financial aid are provided in the Financial Aid section of this catalog.
Additional Considerations for International Applicants
Trinity welcomes students from all over the world to our campus; however, the added challenges for international students should not be underestimated. In addition to the regular application process outlined above, international applicants must also consider the following four items: Pre-application information form, language requirements, financial requirements, and visa requirements.
Pre-Application Information Form for International Applicants
Prospective international students need to provide their e-mail address to the Records Department so a Welcome Letter can be sent to them. The Welcome Letter contains detailed instructions and an I-20 Application that must be completed and returned to the Records Department. In the I-20 Application, the prospective international student provides preliminary documentation, as required by the U.S. Government, to identify their sources of funding for both education and living expenses while at Trinity. Applications for program admission will not be reviewed until the I-20 Application has been received and approved by Trinity. This begins the application process.
International applicants must demonstrate how all expenses related to education, travel, and living will be paid prior to issuing a student visa, according to U.S. law. International applicants may apply if they have a financial guarantor in the United States or if they have sufficient evidence from legitimate individuals or organizations that their expenses while attending Trinity can be met. Living expenses add more than $20,000 annually to the costs of education (tuition, fees, books).
International students on an F-1 visa should not plan on working in the U.S. to fund their studies. They are required to register as a full-time student each semester and the Florida Regional Center requires payment in full prior to starting semester classes. A payment plan is not an option at the FRC.
Subsequent to approval of the I-20 Application, the prospective student’s Application for Admission will be received and reviewed for admission to Trinity.
After the I-20 Application has been received, the Application for Admission will be reviewed.
Most international applicants, depending on anticipated living arrangements and the number of family members accompanying them to the United States, will need to identify available funds starting at US $30,000 to satisfy this requirement.
In order to issue a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) for a student visa:
Accepted international applicants must submit the Application Fee that pertains to their program of study.
Trinity is authorized under U.S. law to enroll non-immigrant alien students; however, these U.S. laws are becoming increasingly stringent. International students must enter the United States with an F-1 visa which is granted by the embassy in the student's country.
A U.S. Immigration Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) will be issued by Trinity, enabling the international applicant to apply for an F-1 student visa, after the following have been met:
1. Applicant has demonstrated English language competence meeting or exceeding Trinity’s standards.
2. Applicant has been admitted as a student
3. Applicant has demonstrated adequate financial resources through documentation provided with the I-20 Application
4. Applicant has submitted the application fee that pertains to their program of study
In accordance with U.S. immigration law, Trinity does not allow non-immigrant aliens to register as full-time or degree-seeking students without an F-1 visa. Permanent residents are exempt from these limitations, as are certain other visa statuses (i.e., R-1 or H1B). It is the responsibility of the student to maintain legal immigration status.
The EXCEL admissions staff is available to help you with any of these steps.
Regular Student: A student who is enrolled in a degree program at Trinity International University.
Auditor: A student who is permitted to enroll in a course without being required to fulfill the normal requirements of a course when it is taken for credit. No credit is granted. Audited courses will be recorded on the official transcript. Those students wishing further knowledge of a particular topic, but not interested in pursuing a degree or additional credits are invited to audit any of the elective courses offered. To enroll, a person completes an audit application, registers, and pays the audit fee for each course. The school reserves the right to limit the number of students in any class. VA students seeking audit status are not approved for benefits by the DVA.
It is recommended that auditors do all reading and writing assignments and prepare for each class. If assignments are submitted on their due dates, faculty may provide feedback on prepared work but will not assign grades. An auditor is required to follow the EXCEL attendance policy to successfully complete the course.
Trinity accepts credits earned at other accredited institutions with some minor exceptions (please refer to Transfer of Credit Policy in the Trinity College Traditional Undergraduate Admissions section of the catalog, Transfer credit tab).
Leave of Absence
Students who do not wish to register for classes for a period of one to two semesters should request a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the Director of Academic Operations. This notifies TIU of the student’s academic plans and enables Trinity to respond appropriately to the student’s needs. A student on an approved LOA is considered active and campus services, such as library and e-mail, remain available. The student must be in good standing with Student Accounting to remain active and be able to register for the next semester.