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Parent and Student Support

Support, Value and Results

Our top priority is the safety, security and support of our students. We provide an extensive network of support services. Students enjoy personalized guidance to make sure they stay on track academically and have a seamless transition into college.

Each year we award more than $77 million in institutional scholarships and grants. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Trine as one of the best colleges in the Midwest for students graduating with the least amount of debt.

Our more than 25,000 alumni are succeeding at the highest levels at many corporations. Approximately 99.3% of the Class of 2021 was employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation*. Our graduates’ starting salaries exceed the national average in every category.

Our Community

Trine University remains committed to cultivating diversity, inclusion and fairness. As a leading private institution of higher education, Trine fosters a culture of understanding, growth and inquiry; values the diverse qualities of its students, faculty and staff; promotes an inclusive environment free of discrimination and intolerance; and welcomes everyone.

Trine will not allow discrimination and will continue to grant admission and provide educational opportunities without regard to race, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion or veteran status. The culture of Trine University dictates that these same standards of acceptance apply to all faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

The Department of Student Success and Engagement is dedicated to empowering students and expediting services for students. Whether a student's concern is academic, personal, or financial, Deb McHenry, the executive director of student success and retention, is here to assist all students. With 20 years dedicated to working with students and parents, she understands support is crucial. Deb McHenry will assist students and parents with navigating the academic system by acting as a liaison to get the best outcome for both students and parents.

2021 New Students and Parents Newsletter

*Based on 2021 Trine University Graduating Class Knowledge Rate of 89.9%, 402 of 447 responding. Compared to 2020 Graduation Class National Knowledge Rate of 66% from 549,972 total recorded.

Parent Information Tools

Each semester the Executive Director Deborah McHenry corresponds with parents on a number of topics to keep parents and guardians informed and maintain an open line of communication. Parents can expect a friendly, immediate response to inquiries. If you have questions or concerns, Deborah McHenry is available to talk with you. Collaborating across campus for parents and students for positive outcomes is the primary focus of this office. Please don't hesitate to call toll-free at 800.347.4878, or e-mail McHenry at

The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibit the release of student information to anyone without authorization from the student. As part of the academic support system in place at Trine, freshmen voluntarily sign this waiver. The Authorization WaiverOpens in new window is available to all Trine students. Parents must make the initial contact and request an academic progress report. The Director will contact the student's professors for an academic progress report. If the student does not have a waiver on file the director cannot discuss the student's academic progress with parents.

The Parent Newsletter is a great resource for parents and families. This publication provides insight into what is happening in the life of  today's college student. It will include articles that are specific to Trine students and others that are not, giving you a wide range of topics that are being addressed on college campuses. If you are not receiving the newsletter, be sure to sign up.

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How To Support Your Students Through Active Participation

Thank you for your interest in joining the Parents Association.  For a $50 annual family membership fee you will be making a contribution to your student and the students of Trine University.  With your membership, you will not only receive the many benefits that you and your family can take advantage of, but your student will be benefiting on campus all year long.

Membership in the Parents Association offers many discounts to area businesses and places on campus.

The Parents Association also sponsors various events on campus for your student:

  • Bingo for Bucks where students play Bingo to win textbooks, gift cards, cold hard cash and MORE!
  • Cup of Joe - Students receive free coffee all year round in Student Services!
  • Totally Random Events where students enjoy various student activities organized at the last minute during the week to give them a fun break!
  • Sponsor various events at Homecoming/Family Weekend
  • And much, much more as your support is endless!

Sign up online and begin enjoying the great benefits of Trine University Parents Association ($40 of your $50 annual membership fee can be claimed as a charitable deduction). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Advancement at 260-665-4114 or

Deborah McHenry
Executive Director of Student Success & Retention
Student and Parent Advocate
260.665.4509 |