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The First Year Experience

 The First Year Experience (FYE) is a comprehensive program designed to help ease your transition into Mitchell College, set the foundation for your academic success and help you get connected to what is happening in and out of the classroom. Our team of advisors, mentors, professors and others helps you discover your personal strengths, build your toolbox to succeed and navigate the Mitchell journey that is distinctly yours! The FYE office is a great place to start with questions you might have about almost everything that goes on in your first year at Mitchell – from classes to the common read; from service opportunities to suggestions about what would make your experience even better.

Common Read: New students are invited to get acquainted with this year’s Common Read! The 2019 selection is Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement by the founders of March for Our LivesThis book, published in 2018, is a collection of writings by students in Parkland, Florida who have been inspired to find their voice and channel their passion. As we explore this book through coursework and discourse during the first semester, students will be challenged to explore their own passions as together we explore what it means to…




The book can be ordered from the Mitchell College online Bookstore or any favorite book seller. This is required reading for anyone enrolled in First-Year Seminar (FC 101) and/or Intro to College Writing (CW 101).

Meet the FYE Team…

Jennifer Ryley Welsh, M.A.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/First Year Experience

Phone: 860-701-3514
Office: Mitchell Hall 305

Meredith Adler

Assistant Director of First Year Experience

Phone: 860-701-5079
Office: Duques Center 112

The one-on-one academic support from the BLC has helped me to be an academic success at Mitchell College and graduate with honors.

Allison Kaufman
Class of 2016, Hospitality & Tourism


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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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