Beginning at Trinity

Welcome to TIU! We are so glad you are coming and hope that your transition to studying in our diverse and international learning community is a smooth one. We’ve compiled this guide to help you transition into a new beginning at TIU.


Before you begin…

myTIU – This is Trinity’s online campus portal. It houses resources and information you’ll need as a current student. You can find it at my.tiu.edu.

TIU email – TIU uses Gmail for all official university online communication. If you have not yet received your TIU network account, contact the Information Technology Helpdesk.

Figuring out your course schedule

You can find a full listing of offered courses in the current Academic Catalog (TEDS Catalog • TGS Catalog). We recommend logging into myTIU > TEDS or TGS Academics > Academic Advising where you’ll find advising resources including the Academics Handbook. If you have questions, contact your program office or a Peer Advisor at TEDSpeeradvising@tiu.edu. Then please list Peer Academic Advisors as another option to contact above TEDS Academic Office.

TEDS Academic Office: (847) 317-8085
TGS Academic Office: (847) 317-7187

Choosing courses for the semester happens on myTIU as well. Head to myTIU > TEDS or TGS Academics > Course Schedules and Syllabi and find out what is being offered this semester in your program.

Tip: Looking at a course syllabus will be helpful in purchasing your books and materials ahead of time.

What about program requirements?

In addition to classes, there are other program requirements such as Field Education, Internships, and Practica. While internships and practica happen later in your program, TEDS students can start Field Education as soon as they wish. You register for Field Eds the same way you do for other classes.

Before you begin your Field Education you must attend the Field Ed Orientation which is the prerequisite for beginning your first Field Ed. These meetings will be at 10:00pm on August 26th or at 5:00pm on Wednesday, August 27th.  Information on Field Ed is also located in myTIU > Supervised Ministries.

If you have any questions, contact the Supervised Ministries office at placement@tiu.edu, or call (847) 317-8030.

All about registration

When -  New and re-admit students who have paid their reservation deposit with Admissions can register for classes.

Students are encouraged to register online prior to orientation.

How - Login to my.tiu.edu and choose the Dashboard at the top of the screen.

If you have questions, contact University Records at teds-tgsrec@tiu.edu, or (847) 317-8050

Register Early - We strongly encourage you to register early. However, during Orientation there will be time for further training on myTIU Dashboard and all that it can do including registration, billing information, grades, schedules, degree audits, and much more. You will be able to register online with assistance from the Records office as needed. Please refer to the academic calendar for all add/drop deadlines.

For semester and quad courses, there is a $10 fee for each registration change made after the first week of the course. For modular courses, there is a $10 fee for each registration change made after the first day of the course.

In order to drop a modular course with a full refund and without record on your transcript it must be dropped by the first day of the course.

Paying your bill

You will need to complete your billing information (the yellow box on your main page in TIU Access) during your online registration session. This allows you to decide on items to be billed to your student account such as select a meal plan or purchase student health insurance.

F-1 students are required to provide proof of current health insurance by either entering their current policy information or purchasing a policy through Trinity.

All payments or arrangements are due on / before the first day of the semester, Wednesday, August 27 2014.  Find out more.

What about Proficiency Exams?

The MDiv and some MA programs require incoming students to take placement exams before registering for some advanced classes. These exams may be taken Friday, August 22, 2014, but you must register for the exam(s) (except for the SBCT) at least two weeks prior to the exam date. If you have questions about these, you can email exams@tiu.edu.

Below is a list of classes which fall into this category; more information can be found in the TEDS or TGS catalog.

Additional details about each of the exams below including exemption, dates the exams will be offered, study guide information, and the process for registering and completing the exams is available on myTIU by clicking the Academics link in the left column, then TEDS Academics, and then Exams. For more information regarding these exams, please email exams@tiu.edu.

Standard Bible Content Test (SBCT) - required of all incoming non-AP MDiv students.

Greek Proficiency Exam - available to MA/OT, MA/NT and MDiv students with the equivalent of two years of undergraduate Greek study; this is a placement exam for Greek exegesis courses (NT 5210, 5211, 5212) and will place one in the appropriate Greek section.

Hebrew Proficiency Exam - (separate application required, available online on myTIU > Academics > TEDS Academics > Exams) available to MA/OT, MA/ARC and MDiv students who have completed at least six (6) semester hours of undergraduate or graduate course work in biblical Hebrew and have received a grade of “B” or better in that course.

Summary:

  • Incoming MDiv students should take the online SBCT or register for OT 5000 and NT 5000 during their first year.
  • Incoming MDiv, MA/NT, MA/OT students with Greek/Hebrew background should take the Greek and/or Hebrew Proficiency Exam(s).

Taking the MDiv Counseling Assessment (PEPQ)

The PEPQ is an assessment tool used with all Master of Divinity students to enhance self-awareness and provide information on how your personality characteristics blend with your ministry goals.

The MDiv program at TEDS requires students to take this assessment. In addition, you will find your PEPQ results a helpful tool in equipping you for ministry.

When do I take it? - You should plan on taking the PEPQ as soon as your arrive at TIU. Learning your assessment results early in your program will provide the most personal development opportunity throughout the remainder of your time here. Check the Orientation Schedule for times when the PEPQ is being offered.

If you are unable to complete the PEPQ during orientation please call or email the Counseling Center to set-up a time to take it on an individual basis. It takes about 90 minutes to complete.

Cost - The PEPQ fee is $100, and is charged to your student account. This fee includes the administration and scoring of the assessment as well as 2-3 individual appointments with a counselor to discuss ministry goals and receive the interpretation results. Please have your student ID ready by the time of the test.

Contact - The Counseling Center can answer any of your questions about the PEPQ. Contact them at counsctr@tiu.edu, or (847) 317-4067. You can also walk-in at Owens 800 to sign up for an appointment.

Campus Services

A complete listing of available campus services can be found on myTIU, but here are a few highlights:

  • Academics Deans’ Office:  Get information about and register for placement exams, file an Academic Appeal, or make an appointment to see the Academic Dean.
  • Campus Safety: Parking permits, recover keys locked in a car, recover things left in locked rooms, etc.
  • Information Technology: computer and Internet support, obtain your network account information, etc.
  • Facility Services: On-campus housing, vehicle rentals for TIU events, keys, maintenance request.
  • University Records: Registration, Academic forms, Transcripts, etc.
  • Financial Aid: finding scholarships, grants, loans, etc.
  • Student Accounting: Billing information, pay semester charges, cash checks (up to $200 per week), get quarters for laundry, etc.
  • Graduate Student Affairs: Have flyers approved, Academic Withdrawal, course extension and change in final exam forms, international student concerns.

Additionally, student health insurance is not required but may be helpful. For more information about the cost of insurance through Trinity as well as coverage, go here (you’ll need to login to myTIU).

Housing Options

You can find a full rundown of our housing options on the Community Life pages.

Living Learning Floors - In addition to our traditional housing options, you have the opportunity to join a Living Learning Floor. This is a great opportunity to integrate your classroom education with your day-to-day living experiences. There is a social justice floor and a spiritual formation floor.

MDIV Task Stream Training

All new MDIV students should plan to attend the Task Stream Training on Tuesday, August 26th at 11:00am or on Friday, August 29th at 1:00pm. The sessions are one hour long. Task Stream is an online Portfolio Management Module used by Trinity to help all students progress through the candidacy process in preparation for graduation and placement.

Immunization Record Requirement

Illinois law requires all new students born after January 1, 1957, and enrolled for more than five (5) credit hours to document immunity to measles, rubella, mumps, and tetanus/diphtheria prior to enrollment. These immunizations should be documented on the Immunization Certificate. Records are due two weeks before registration.

Questions? Contact the MDiv Office at 847.317.8125 or via email at  mdiv@tiu.edu.