At A Glance

Mission

Mitchell College celebrates and develops the power of unique minds.

College Type

A nonprofit four-year coeducational, residential college offering bachelor degrees and associate degrees, Mitchell developed its distinct educational approach over 80 years, blending a tradition of mentoring with an expertise in teaching diverse learning styles to create the innovative Mitchell Ability Model. Through a journey of self-discovery, learning adaptability, four-year career development, and mastery of essential abilities, students are challenged, supported and equipped for lifelong success. Mitchell is committed to the broader community through building strong, creative and cooperative partnerships. Located on a beautiful waterfront campus in historic New London, it is also home to championship NCAA Division III athletics and highly sought-after Living & Learning support programs including Thames at Mitchell College, The Mystic Program, and the Bentsen Learning Center.

Founding

Mitchell College was founded in 1938.

Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Information available at neche.org.

Location & Campus

Located in New London, CT, Mitchell College is a suburban, residential, coastal campus situated on the Thames River shoreline, one hour from Hartford and Providence and two hours from Boston and New York City. Our 68-acre campus includes two private beaches, athletic fields and the Mitchell Woods green space (woods, pond and walking trails). Campus buildings include multi-level classroom and administrative buildings, historic homes, an athletic building, performing arts spaces, dining areas, residence halls, The Red Barn, an event space for both the college and the community, and Michael’s Dairy, an old-fashioned ice cream shop serving New London residents and visitors.

Student Overview

Enrollment (Fall 2021)

Mitchell Students = 508 (493 full-time | 15 part-time)
Thames at Mitchell Students = 47

Diversity

Read Mitchell College’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

  • 57% male | 43% female
  • 35% are students of color
  • 30% access academic support through the Bentsen Learning Center
  • 31% are first-generation college students (based on applicant data)

NCAA Division III Athletics

Learn more about our athletic programs.

  • 40% of students are athletes
  • 12 varsity sports
  • 19 conference championships (as of Spring 2022)

Performing Arts

Learn more about our Performing Arts program

  • 17% of students participate in Performing Arts

Financial Aid

  • 95% of all degree seeking students receive need or merit-based financial aid

Career

  • 100% of graduates have completed at least one professional internship or career lab experience
  • 100% of our academic programs offer a professional internship experience
  • 100% of students participate in career development while on campus

Residence

  • 60% of full-time Mitchell College students live on campus

Student Outcomes

Data reported as of May 2022.

Degree Distribution

(Class of 2021)
Bachelor’s Degrees = 116 (87.2%)
Associate’s Degrees = 17 (12.8%)

SOURCE: IPEDS Completions Survey

Student Retention Rate

Fall 2017 = 145 (60%)
Fall 2018 = 147 (63%)
Fall 2019 = 124 (70%)
Fall 2020 = 138 (64%)

SOURCE: IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey

Based upon an incoming bachelor’s cohort of first-time, full-time, new freshmen students, and their subsequent return in Fall of the next academic year.

Graduation Rate

Fall 2012 = 45%
Fall 2013 = 43%
Fall 2014 = 59%
Fall 2015 = 41%

SOURCE: IPEDS Graduation Rates Survey

NOTE: Completion is defined by those who graduate within 150% of the time required by the program. For 2-year programs this is 3 years; for 4-year programs this is 6 years. The Mitchell College graduation rate for full-time, first-time, degree-seeking freshmen entering the institution in a fall cohort represents a “blended rate” which assigns those who receive both a 2-year degree and a 4-year degree to the 4-year degree-seeking cohort.

Transfer-Out Rate

Fall 2012 = 43%
Fall 2013 = 48%
Fall 2014 = 24%
Fall 2015 = 38%

SOURCE: Based on calculations made in accordance with IPEDS methodology using self-reported data from from students who left the college within 150% of the time required by the degree program.

NOTE: Transfer-Out and Graduation Rates for students receiving athletics-related Student Aid is not applicable to Mitchell College as the institution does not offer athletics-related student aid. (Student Right-to-Know Act)

Post-Graduate Support

Through our Integrative Career Development Program, Mitchell College provides career services, such as resume writing, interview preparation and career education to current students and alumni. While Mitchell College does not facilitate job placements, the college provides services to support students with conducting job searches. During their time at Mitchell, many students develop connections with employers through internships that lead to career opportunities.

Post-Graduate Plans

Class of 2020 2021
Employed 74% 57.4%
Continuing Education 30% 23%
Volunteering NA 2%
Seeking Employment 87% NA
Traveling NA 1.6%
Other 0 14.8%

SOURCE: Self-reported data from alumni surveys. 

Most Popular Careers/Employment Industries for Mitchell Graduates  

  • Education
  • Financial
  • Medical
  • Retail
  • Sports & Fitness

SOURCE: Self-reported data from class of 2021 alumni survey.

Academics

Average Class Size

14 Students per Class

Student/Faculty Ratio

14:1

Semesters

Fall (Session I and Session II)
January MiniMester (two-week winter session)
Spring (Session I and Session II)
May MiniMester (two-week session)
June MiniMester (two-week session)

Course Catalog

Information about campus, programs and policies is contained in the Course Catalog

Faculty & Staff

Visit Contact Us for the Faculty and Staff Directory

Tuition, Fees, Administration

Tuition & Fees

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Institutional Review Board

Click here to learn more about the Institutional Review Board.

Financial Summary

A financial summary is available on request. Please contact the Finance Office at 860-701-5111.

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…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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