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Welcome to Campus!

We want your move-in day to be as seamless as possible. The information on this page will serve as a helpful resource to you as you prepare for campus life.

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions about what to bring to campus or residence life in general, please contact:

(260) 665-4201


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Move-In Information

Fall Semester Opening: Residential facilities will open for new students by Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, prior to the first day of class in the fall. Move-in will be from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., unless otherwise indicated by the university. Residential facilities will open for currently enrolled students by Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, prior to the first day of class in the fall. Move-in will be from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., unless otherwise indicated by the university.

Residential Directors: Friday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Football Move-In: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-noon
Residential Assistants: Friday, Aug. 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Band: Sunday, Aug. 14, Noon-2 p.m.
Orientation Leaders, International Orientation Leaders, Student Advocates, Summer Bridge, Men's and Women's Soccer: Tuesday, Aug. 16, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Women's Volleyball, Cross Country: Wednesday, Aug. 17, Noon-2 p.m.
International Students: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cheer, Move-In Helpers: Thursday, Aug. 18, Noon-2 p.m.
New Students: Friday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Returning Students: Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fall Semester Closing: Residential facilities will close at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. All students not authorized to remain on campus must be checked out by a Residential Assistant (RA) at this time. Any student who fails to check out with an RA will be assessed a $50 fine.

Spring Semester Opening: Residential facilities will open for all students at 9am on the day prior to the first day of spring class. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023

Spring Semester Closing: Residential facilities will close at 10 a.m. on the Friday of finals week (Friday, May 5, 2023). For graduating seniors going through the Commencement ceremony, residential facilities will close on the day of Commencement at 5 p.m. (Saturday, May 6, 2023). All students must be checked out by an RA at this time. Any student who fails to check out with an RA will be assessed a $50 fine.

The check-in process allows all students and families to feel prepared for the semester ahead. 

All residential students will receive an email by June 4 with a link to the check-in schedule. 

The check-in process will take place inside the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center (720 Thunder Drive) where students will receive orientation information and information from various campus departments. Moving into residence halls will occur after checking in. 

All bedrooms are equipped with the following items (one per student):

  • Bed
  • Twin extra-long mattress
  • Dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • Area for hanging clothes

Mini-blinds are provided in each room. All apartment living rooms and study areas are furnished. University furniture and furnishings may not be removed from students’ rooms or apartments.

Items to consider bringing with you to your residence hall room:

  • Bedding
  • Laundry basket and supplies
  • Toiletries and shower supplies
  • Extension/power cords
  • Hangers
  • School supplies
  • Sports equipment
  • Microwave (small)
  • Refrigerator (3.5 cubic feet or less)
  • Television
  • Laptop/computer
  • Mask - a minimum of 3 reusable or washable masks is recommended
  • Thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer

Here are some items that are NOT permitted in residence halls:

  • Space heaters or air conditioners
  • Hot plates or other cooking equipment (i.e. camping stoves, indoor or gas grills)
  • Toasters or toaster ovens
  • Firearms or weapons, including knives (real and toy)
  • Candles, incense, or candle warmers
  • Network routers
  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Air fryers
  • Instant pots

A more detailed listing of items can be found by viewing our 2021-2022 Resource Guide.

All residential students are required to purchase a 10 or 19-meal plan provided by Bon Appetit. The Trine student ID card will serve as the student's meal card.

All 10 and 19-meal plans have an additional $75 flexible spending account per semester. 

For the 2021-2022 school year, students can earn an additional $50 of Flex by uploading proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. This applies to students both with and without meal plans. Upload proof of your COVID-19 vaccination by going to MyPortal > Student > Miscellaneous Reporting Forms > Upload Vaccine. For further instructions about uploading proof of vaccination, click here.

The last day to decrease a meal plan for a full refund for fall semester 2020 will be Monday, August 17. Students can increase a meal plan at any time but the cost will not be pro-rated.

To change a meal plan, students must complete a meal plan request form that can be found in the Office of Student Services (University Center) or contact the director of housing.

Special diet meals are provided by dining services for any student on the meal plan. Advanced notice is requested in order to prepare the special diet meals. 

More information on the orientation schedule will be shared with students during the check-in process.

New students (campus and commuters) are expected to attend fall orientation programming.

Freshmen are permitted to have vehicles on campus; however, their parking areas are restricted. All cars that park on campus are required to have a current parking decal.

Payments for vehicle registration have been added to the student accounts. 

To register your vehicle, please visit our vehicle registration website.

For more information on parking, please visit our campus safety parking page.

Trine University encourages students to bring their own computer, mobile, and gaming devices. Our standards and recommendations are designed to meet student needs.

The university standard for new machines is Windows 10 with Microsoft Office 2016. This will be suitable for general academic needs. Check with your program chair for specific computer needs.

Trine University has wireless available in all residential, academic and administrative buildings. If students wish to connect a computer to the network, instructions will be available during check-in.

Students will be required to use up-to-date anti-virus software to access the university network and the Internet. 

If a student has any technical Issue, the Help Desk is a readily available resource. The Help Desk is in the lower level of Best Hall.  Help desk technicians are available during the school year from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Support is available at or 260-665-4275.

Visit the Trine IT website for more information about recommended hardware and software, online services, and Internet access.

University Bookstore - to order your books for the semester

Student Health Center - information on immunizations, on-site services, and more

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