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TRIO Participation

Students who are selected for participation in the TRIO Achievement Program meet with their TRIO advisor to develop goals and identify the program services necessary for achieving their goals and succeeding at Knox.

To remain an active participant, students are required to complete a minimum of three contacts per term (two appointments with their TRIO advisor and at least one event). However, more than 95% of TRIO participants exceed this minimum. Students with insufficient participation are removed from the program and replaced with another eligible student from the waiting list.

New TRIO participants also engage in a structured first-year experience, which  includes Big/Little peer mentoring contacts and enrollment in TRIO 100, a half-credit course designed to assist with the transition to the academic culture of Knox College and support performance in First-Year Preceptorial (PREC 100). (Students not enrolled in PREC 100 are exempt from this requirement.)

TRIO Services

  • TRIO graduatesPersonalized 4-year planning
  • Professional writing assistance
  • Tutorial support for math, biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, psychology, and foreign languages
  • FAFSA assistance
  • Technology check-out (digital voice recorders, cameras, and more)
  • Community-building activities
  • Academic skill development (time management, note-taking, test-taking, reading strategies, and more)
  • Big/Little peer mentoring program
  • Skill-building and informational workshops (college budgeting, study abroad workshop, networking, and lots more)
  • Free printing on office computers
  • Cultural enrichment events
  • Resume development
  • Financial literacy information
  • Open 2 Change study community
  • Emerging Leaders Program
  • TRIO 100 course for new first-year students enrolled in First-Year Preceptorial (FP)


"The TRIO Achievement Program is very helpful to students academically and socially. If there was anything I needed, from supplies to time management help, TRIO offered it."