Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Orientation Schedule


8:45 am
Proficiency and General Comprehensive Exams
Kantzer Lecture Hall (KSK 141)

The M.Div and some MA programs require incoming students to take placement exams before registering for some advanced classes. You must register at least two weeks prior to the exam. To register for these exams visit >Academics > Exam Information


Owens Move-in Day.

Please let us know when you will be arriving—email [email protected] to schedule this.

All Owens residents can move in to their room on this day. The Residence Life Team will be on hand to assist with moving in and to answer any questions you may have.


8:30 am
Conference Check-in Event
Waybright Center (Melton Hall)

Meet various university offices and student groups who will be on hand to help you transition. Offices present include Student Services, Records, Financial Aid, Health Services, Mail Services, and ID Cards among others. This will be a quick and efficient way to take care of necessary logistics while meeting fellow students. Make sure to visit every table so you don’t miss anything!

9:45 am
Welcome to Trinity
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

We will orient our hearts and minds to begin the journey at Trinity.

10:15 am
Seminary and Graduate Academia
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Dr. Graham Cole, Dean of TEDS and Dr. Wayne Johnson, Associate Dean of TEDS will address the ethos and the fabric of academic life and pursuit at Trinity. Details from the academic catalog and Trinity’s core value of Comprehensive Education will be highlighted during this time.

11:15 am

11:30 am
Understanding Your Program
Rodine (classrooms)

Chairs and Program Directors will give an overview of your program and explain the details of which you need to be aware.

12:30 pm
Lunch with TEDS/TGS Faculty
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Come and meet your TEDS and TGS faculty. Meet your formation group leader, get advice on getting the most out of your time at Trinity, and find out about the importance of formation groups as part of your spiritual formation.

1:30 pm
Student Life and Community Expectations
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Nervous about starting your Trinity journey? Want to find out some tips for success? We will discuss what it means to be a part of a Christian learning community and how to make the most of your student life experience.

2:45 pm
Writing for Seminary
Rodine (Room 125)

Before classes begin, learn what Trinity expects from students regarding theological writing. Learn how to interact with various literature, what resources are available to you, how to avoid plagiarism, and get an A on your first paper!

3:30 pm
Worship & Commissioning Service with Faculty
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Join fellow students and faculty for a worship and commissioning service to inaugurate the new year. We hope to bless you and your family as you begin the journey here at Trinity. Families are encouraged to attend.


9:00-4:30 pm
International Student and Scholar Training
(Location TBD)

This session is mandatory for all F1 and J1 international students and scholars and their spouses. Topics covered include cultural adjustment, life at Trinity, and important F1 and J1 immigration regulations. Please bring your passport, I-20 or DS-2019 documents, I-94 card, and your social security card and driver’s license if you already have them. Lunch will be provided. If child care is needed please contact Mike Phillips at [email protected].


Although it is a Wednesday, Monday classes meet on this day. Wednesday classes do not meet until 1/20.

12:00 pm
Field Education Training
(Location TBD)

If you are in a TEDS MA or the M.Div program and plan on taking a Field Education course this semester, a mandatory orientation session is required. Field Education opportunities and requirements will be discussed.



11:00 am
First Chapel
ATO Chapel

12:00 pm
Back to School Lunch
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Join the TEDS/TGS students, staff, and faculty as we kick off the semester with a community lunch. Students who have Thursday formation groups are encouraged to attend their scheduled formation group time.


9:00 am
International Student and Scholar Activities
ISSO office

International students are invited to participate in a trip to the Social Security Office to apply for a social security number. Please meet at the International Student & Scholar Office, located in Waybright LL11, at 9:00 AM. Transportation will be provided. Please bring your passport, visa, and I-20 or DS-2019. Please note, preliminary information about acquiring a social security number will be covered on Tuesday during the International Student and Scholar training.


12:00 pm
M.Div TaskStream Training – M.Div students only
(Location TBD)

TaskStream Training is an opportunity for students to learn about the details of this program which you will use throughout your M.Div candidacy process. Additionally, this training is a great opportunity for students to see the entire candidacy process with a “bird’s eye view” noting specific time line and registration restrictions. This training is required of all incoming M.Div students.