Guiding you toward graduation.

The Compass program is designed for students who do not meet Trinity admissions standards, but are ready to learn, are driven to succeed, and desire to engage in community life. Students in the Compass program receive academic support, comprehensive mentoring, and connection to the Trinity community. Compass offers advocates for any situation who will celebrate your successes and help you through your challenges.

If you could use a little extra support, then Compass is the right program for you.

Benefits of Compass

Academic Growth

  • Students will take 12 credit hours per semester freshman year.
  • Students will register for select courses designed to boost academic performance.
  • Required study hall hours with staff supervision and support.
  • Each Compass student will receive a personal tutor, focused on individual academic needs.
  • Course-specific tutoring is available at no cost through the Thrive Center.
  • Additional academic accommodations are available through the Student Accessibility Resource Center. Contact Dr. Peter Wright, Coordinator ([email protected]).

Personal Development

  • Students will meet weekly with a trained mentor, invested in each student’s personal growth.
  • Weekly Compass team meetings will provide training that supports each student in their transition and adjustment to college life.
  • Students will be assisted in establishing and reaching appropriate and individualized academic, personal, and spiritual goals.

Spiritual Formation

  • Compass seeks to introduce students to Jesus Christ and encourage them
    in their relationship with God.
  • Team meetings and mentoring provide a safe place for exploration and understanding of each student’s identity as a child of God.
  • Compass offers weekly Bible studies for those who desire to go deeper in their spiritual journey.

Social Connection

  • The Compass team culture encourages students to support and empower one another through celebrating each student’s unique gifts, providing academic accountability, and engaging in intentional community.
  • Compass creates opportunity for students to connect with one another through fun group activities and outings.
  • Compass encourages students to participate in the larger Trinity community through attending campus events as a team.

“The Thrive Center has had a massive impact on my spiritual and academic life at TIU. I know I wouldn’t have had the success I’ve had without the caring staff and programs they have. Specifically, the mentoring program, Christian Studies tutoring and the thrive center leadership staff have shaped my years here and made it possible for me to succeed. I couldn’t be more thankful and I think every student can benefit from something the Thrive center offers."

Mollie, a junior at Trinity College




Parents and Guardians:
How you can be involved

While your student may move out of your home, they still need you…just in a different way. We believe that the support of a parent/guardian is a critical factor in a student’s college success. Therefore, every student who is enrolled in the Compass program will be asked to grant a FERPA release so that the director of Compass may maintain regular and ongoing communication with the parent/guardian.


  • Parents are invited to attend the campus visit day with their student and to participate in a post interview meeting with the Compass director.
  • Parents will be provided semester updates on their student’s progress from the Compass director. (FERPA release required)
  • If academic or program concerns arise with a student, parents will be contacted. (FERPA release required)

How to Apply

Priority will be given to applications submitted prior to April 30.

Step 1: Complete the university application online.

Apply to Trinity

Step 2: Complete the Compass application online, which will include:

  • An academic recommendation from a high school teacher in a core subject
  • Your best high school writing sample
  • An interview with the Compass director

Apply to Compass

Step 3: Application will be reviewed to determine acceptance to the university and Compass program.

Cost of Compass: $499 program fee will be charged to your student account

*upon successful completion of the Compass program students will receive a scholarship of $499 toward their sophomore year.