Mitchell College celebrates and develops the power of unique minds.
A nonprofit four-year coeducational, residential liberal arts 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.
Mitchell College was founded in 1938.
New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Information available at neche.org.
Location & Campus
New London, CT – Suburban, residential, coastal campus situated on the Connecticut shoreline, one hour to Hartford or Providence and two hours to Boston or New York City
68 acres on the historic Thames River where it meets Long Island Sound, two private beaches, athletic fields, and the Mitchell Woods green space (woods, pond and walking trails)
Historic homes, newer construction, and the Red Barn comprise administrative, instructional, athletic, performing arts and residential space
Diversity & Numbers
Enrollment (Fall 2019)
600 Mitchell students
- 578 full-time
- 22 part-time
49 Thames students
39% are students of color
27% access academic support through the Bentsen Learning Center
56% male; 44% female
24% are first generation college students (based on applicant data)
NCAA Division III Athletics
37% of students are athletes; 12 varsity sports; learn more about our athletic programs
14% of students participate in Performing Arts; learn more about our Performing Arts programs
90% of all degree seeking students receive need or merit-based financial aid
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
66% of full-time Mitchell College students live on campus
Leader in Academic Support
Average Class Size
14 Students per Class
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)
Information about campus, programs and policies is contained in the Course Catalog
Faculty & Staff
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Tuition, Fees, Administration
Tracy Espy, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees
Chair of the Board of Trustees Rick D’Avino, J.D.
Vice Chair Jane Flood, P ’18
Secretary Bridget Baird, Ph.D.
Treasurer Tom Ruffing, M.E., M.B.A., P ’16
Lucila Arango, P ’14
Helene Banks, J.D.
Patrick Caulfield, P ’15
Nancy Dolan ’74
Peggy Flood, Ed.D., P ’16
Sam Flood, P’18
Kevin R. Hennessy, J.D.
Mark Kirschner, ’68
Walter Kuhn, M.B.A., P ’20
Gwen Mariani, P ’21
Joe Mariani, P ’21
Barbara Pratt, M.B.A., P ’16
Charles Pratt, P ’16
Kim Ruffing, Ph.D., P ’16
David Sandberg, M.B.A., P ’11
Mark Shoemaker, M. Arch., P ’18
George White, D. Arts