Special Programs: On Campus

Golden Apple Scholars

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program addresses the need for talented young teachers who represent a rich ethnic diversity and are successful in high-need, Illinois classrooms. The program’s recruitment efforts focus on the need for excellent teachers, especially those from under-represented populations. The Golden Apple program augments traditional teacher preparation by providing guided, hands-on experience in classrooms with a diverse group of children. Trinity is a participating university in the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program. Further information is available in the education department.

Internship Program

The internship program provides students with opportunities for connecting theoretical learning with actual work experience. All Trinity College students are required to complete an internship or professional experience in their major area of study. These supervised field experiences help students in the following ways:

  1. demonstrate that they can make application of knowledge and skills in a professional environment.
  2. gain experience that prepares them to meet the practical demands of employment in a competitive job market.
  3. understand how their vocation (or calling) relates to professional endeavor in at least one area, reflecting on how doing "all to the glory of God" informs their perspective in the workplace, as in all of life.

Additional information is available from the Dean of the College.

Pre-Law Program

In accordance with the advice offered by most law schools, Trinity encourages students considering a career in law to pursue any academically rigorous major in the arts or sciences. In addition, to further develop the critical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in law school, Trinity urges its pre-law students to supplement a challenging major with a Pre-Law Minor.   

Pre-Medicine Program

Our premedicine program (biology major with pre-medical or pre-physician assistant emphasis) is designed to provide students interested in medical school with the key science courses needed to not only pass the medical college entrance exams (e.g. MCAT) but also the rigorous scientific background to be successful in medical school. We prepare our students to be well-rounded professionals with experiences like undergraduate research, leadership, and a strong grounding in bioethics and liberal arts. The MA/BA dual degree in Bioethics is unique to Trinity International University. We have an excellent track record for acceptance of our students into medical schools like Mayo, Rosalind Franklin, Southern Illinois, Creighton, University of Wisconsin, Medical School of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota, to name a few. Students graduating from our premedicine program also are equipped to enter graduate programs or other health professions. For more information, please contact the Director of the Division of Science, Technology and Health, or the Chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry.

Pre-Nursing Program

Students who wish to earn a BS in nursing may enroll in a two-year Pre-Nursing Program at Trinity prior to transferring to a nursing program at another institution. This program provides students with an opportunity to prepare for nursing from a distinctively Christian perspective as coursework emphasizes biblical studies and bioethics, in addition to a strong theoretical science base. For more information, contact the Director of the Division of Science, Technology, and Health.

Preparation for College Studies Program

Preparation for College Studies is a yearlong freshman program designed to assist selected students in realizing their academic potential. This program is also recommended for international students. The program offers five courses emphasizing reading, communication, language, study, and mathematical skills. One or more courses are required of students placed into the program by the Academic Dean or College Admissions Committee. The program is an integrative experience, including assignments that dovetail with other courses being taken concurrently.  For more information, contact the Dean of the College.