Preparing for Registration

Registration is always an exciting time for students as they begin to look ahead towards completing new degree requirements and moving forward academically. At Trinity, incoming First-Year students and new transfer students participate in a Summer Registration process, while returning students participate in preregistration for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Summer Registration

Early in the summer, incoming First-Year students and new Transfer students are assigned a discipline-specific professional academic adviser who will help them get acclimated to their new campus, review general university requirements, Pathways curriculum requirements, preliminary major/minor degree requirements, the course bulletin, and the class schedule.

Our academic advising team will also teach students how to navigate Trinity’s automated student system and our registration process, explore course options, and build their fall course schedule in preparation for registration later in the summer. Registration days/times are determined by students’ advising cohorts.

Ultimately,  academic advisers will work closely with their students to facilitate their seamless journey to graduation during their first few semesters at Trinity until they declare their  major (at which point students will be assigned to a major-specific faculty adviser).

Fall/Spring Registration

Current and continuing students register for their courses during preregistration during the preceding term (typically in early November for Spring and early April for Summer/Fall). 

To be cleared for registration, undeclared students are required to work closely with their academic advisers -- or, for declared students, their faculty adviser of record -- to review course options and course prerequisites.



Schedule Planning

As you prepare for your advising appointments and for registration, consider the following:

  • Check TigerPAWS “Registration Status” to confirm your registration day/time and to check to see if you have any holds which may restrict you from registering for classes 
  • Run your degree audit through TigerPAWS to review your remaining graduation and university requirements (e.g. 120 hours, 30 of which must be Upper Division, 10 Discipline Breadth, etc…)
  • Review the list of approved Pathways courses for the term of registration
  • Prepare a list of possible courses of interests which would meet Pathways, tentative/declared Major/Minor requirements, and/or Free Elective requirements to get to 120
  • Take into consideration co-requisite and/or prerequisite sequencing requirements
  • Take into consideration Fall-only and Spring-only courses
  • Prepare whatever questions you may have for your adviser regarding your registration


Ready? Gather your approvals!




Pathways Curriculum


Curricular requirements and optional elements for Trinity’s undergraduate students.


Courses of Study Bulletin


Degree Requirements, academic policies, and academic majors and minors at Trinity University.


Degree Checklists


Major-specific degree checklists provide insight into how many courses are required for graduation.

TigerPaws for Registration


30-60-90 Pathway

As you work towards 30 credit hours

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As you work towards 60 credit hours

  • Explore academic areas of interest and possible majors/minors with your academic advisor, faculty, peers, and maybe even alumni 
  • Declare your major officially and begin to work with a faculty advisor specific to your major!
  • Meet with Career Services to discuss strategies to designing your life through academics
  • Get involved in experiential and service learning opportunities that enhance your studies
  • Take on personal challenges and seek to grow academically and individually: confront the uncomfortable spaces
  • Explore possible Study Abroad opportunities for upcoming semesters
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As you work towards 90 credit hours

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As you work towards 120 credit hours

  • Participate in a capstone or research experience related to your major
  • Meet with CELCS career advisors and implement the post-graduation plan you developed as a junior
  • Complete all remaining degree requirements and meet with your advisor for a pre-graduation audit
  • Focus on gaining valuable life skills through resources like financial literacy and LinkedIn Learning
  • Apply for graduation before each semesters’ deadline!  You may access the graduation application through TigerPAWS
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