At A Glance


Mitchell College celebrates and develops the power of unique minds.

College Type

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)

Read Mitchell College’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

NCAA Division III Athletics

37% of students are athletes; 12 varsity sports; learn more about our athletic programs

Performing Arts

14% of students participate in Performing Arts; learn more about our Performing Arts programs

Financial Aid

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

Student Outcomes

Visit Student Outcomes here.


Average Class Size

14 Students per Class

Student/Faculty Ratio



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

Click here to learn about tuition and fees.

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.



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


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A few words on fit.


"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.


If you are looking for a college that: 


  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

  • Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways

  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

  • Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience

  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities




…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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