All first-year students at Trinity enroll in a First-Year Experience (FYE), a six-credit interdisciplinary course that serves as an introduction to colle­ge-level reading, writing, and critical thinking. The Summer Bridge FYE is designed specifically to welcome first-generation students and/or students from underrepresented populations and facilitate their transition to Trinity, both academically and socially.

An Early Start

In addition to starting two weeks before New Student Orientation, the Summer Bridge FYE finishes before Thanksgiving, offering you both an early start to your studies and a reduced workload as you wrap up your semester.

Course Description

The topic of the Summer Bridge FYE is “A Successful Life.” Everyone sets out to succeed, but pinpointing what “success” means can be tricky business. In this course, you will:

  • question how we can measure deep, long-term success
  • examine the surprising ways important figures have sought to define success
  • study contemporary examples of struggles to achieve artistic and scientific success

The semester will culminate in your individual creative exploration of how you might finish your first year at Trinity with success, how you might extend that success along the road to graduation, and, most importantly, how you can forge the path to an ultimately successful life.


If you have questions or would like additional information about the Summer Bridge FYE, please contact Betty Curry at