Parent and Student Support

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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.

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

How To Support Your Students Through Active Participation

Trine's Parent and Family Association is YOUR (as a parent or family member) way to give a little piece of home back to your student on campus. Your $50 annual membership fee includes a contribution to your student and the students at Trine University. With your membership, you will receive a discount card, but you will also be creating benefits for your student on campus.

Join the Parent and Family Association

Membership in the Parent and Family Association offers many discounts to area businesses and places on campus:

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The association also sponsors various events and campus perks:

  • 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 the campus LINK
  • Random events on campus, such as live entertainment during welcome week on campus
  • Popcorn Wednesdays in the University Center
  • And, various events at Homecoming/Family Weekend

For more information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 260-665-4168.