Trinity One Frequently Asked Questions

Should I wait until I receive an offer of admission from U of T before applying to Trinity One?

No. The Trinity One application is usually available in early December and must be completed by the deadline (typically mid-April).

Can I apply to more than one of the five streams within Trinity One?

You can only enroll in ONE of the five streams.  However, when you apply to Ethics, Interational Relations or Public Policy you will be given an option of listing a second choice in the event that we are not able to accommodate you in your first choice.  When you apply to one of the science streams, you will also be given the option of selecting the other science stream as an alternate choice.

I've heard that there are other Foundational Year Programs. Am I allowed to apply for more than one?

There are other Foundational Year Programs at the other Colleges.  You are allowed to apply to as many of the College Ones as you wish, but can only accept an offer from one of them.

How do you select applicants for Trinity One? 

Admission to Trinity One is based on your academic performance as well as your Trinity One application.

Do I have to apply to be a Trinity College student in order to be eligible for Trinity One?

No. Any first-year incoming student who has applied to Art and Science on the St.George campus is eligible to apply to Trinity One. 

If I get an offer of admission from U of T, does that automatically mean I have been accepted to Trinity One as well?

No. You will receive a separate decision regarding your application to Trinity One either via the Foundational Year Program website, or by e-mail.  

If I have a U of T offer of admission AND an offer from Trinity One, is it enough to just accept my U of T offer through OUAC?  

No. You will receive a separate decision regarding your application to Trinity One either via the Foundational Year Program website, or by e-mail.  

Are there additional tuition costs if I am in Trinity One?   

No.  Enrolment in Trinity One courses is included in the fees you pay to the University.  

I have heard about the 199 seminar courses.  Can I take a 199 course if I’m in Trinity One?    

Yes, but we suggest you seek advice from your College Registrar's Office.  Trinity One will already provide you with a rich seminar experience, and will take up one or two credits of the usual 5 credit course load in first year.  Your other three to four credits are used to take courses needed for entry into second year specialist, major and minor programs.  199 courses cannot normally be used to satisfy programs.   

Will the two courses taken in a stream cover the same material?    

No. The two courses that make up each stream are intended to give you different approaches to thematically related yet distinct literatures. So there will be overlap between the kinds of issues you discuss in each course, but there will also be fairly significant methodological differences. This is part of the interdisciplinary design of Trinity One. By the end of the year you will have developed skills that will be relevant to a range of programs of study.   

What are Trinity One seminars like?    

Unlike a traditional lecture class where the instructor delivers a lecture and students take notes, Trinity One seminars involve learning through discussion and debate. Instructors teach the material by asking guiding questions that bring the key ideas to the forefront. As such, student participation takes up most of class time and is one of the main objects of assessment alongside essays and exams. All students are expected to contribute to the class discussion. The courses are designed to help shyer students gain comfort and confidence expressing their ideas.    

Are Trinity One courses harder than other first year courses?    

No and Yes. No, in that Trinity One courses are not marked any harder than normal first year courses. Yes, in that most of your other first courses will be in a format to which you are already accustomed. Trinity One courses are seminars where students are expected to have read and thought about the issues and arguments in the assigned readings, and are prepared to debate those ideas with others. This will present new challenges that may take a little while to get used to. Since all of Trinity One’s first year courses are year-long seminars, there will be plenty of time to make any needed adjustments.