Living & Learning Support Programs

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A full suite of academic and social support programs.

For almost 40 years, Mitchell College has been recognized as a national leader for our innovative academic support programs. Explore our entire suite of Living & Learning Support programs and tools our students access to enhance success!

Our Living & Learning Support programs? Unparalleled.

From the deep levels of support students access through Thames, the Bentsen Learning Center and The Mystic Program to our core support programs including free professional tutoring, writing coaching and holistic, centralized advising, Mitchell College flexes – unlike any other – to your individual needs.

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Colin Brady

Colin Brady

Director of External Recruitment and Student Success

Thames at Mitchell College

Thames at Mitchell College is a fee-based, holistic college on-ramp program for students with learning differences. Thames offers deep levels of support and preparation students need to succeed in college. Thames is fully residential, right on the campus of Mitchell College, which has been long-recognized for its innovative support for students with learning differences. This unique program offers a highly individualized learning environment and a strong social network that feels safe and supportive. Thames is for students who:

  • would like a year to learn strategies to succeed as a college student with learning differences
  • would benefit from personalized classes, focused curriculum and regular one-on-one advising with faculty
  • are excited about the prospect of college, but might want to get some practice before it “counts”

Want to learn more about Thames at Mitchell College? Not sure what’s right for you?

Request More Information

Contact Us  to discuss all of your options!
Phone: 860-701-5037
Email: livingandlearning@mitchell.edu
Submit: Living and Learning Interest Form

Bentsen Learning Center

The Bentsen Learning Center (BLC) is a fee-based comprehensive academic support program for Mitchell College students with diagnosed learning differences and ADHD. Through strong collaborative relationships between students and individual Learning Specialists, the BLC focuses on goal setting, the teaching and application of learning strategies, and the use of assistive technologies for classroom learning and beyond.

Want to learn more about the Bentsen Learning Center? Not sure what’s right for you?

Request More Information

Contact us to discuss all of your options!

Phone: 860-701-5011
Email: livingandlearning@mitchell.edu
Submit: Living and Learning Interest Form

The Mystic Program

Mystic is a fee-based program available to first-year Mitchell College students who are ready for college, but who would benefit from added residential support during their first year on campus. Mitchell students enrolled in Mystic:

  • enroll in full-time Mitchell College classes
  • have access to professional residential advisors who can provide in-depth support and communication with the cohort
  • may concurrently apply for academic support through the BLC
  • may be eligible for financial aid as a Mitchell College student

Want to learn more about The Mystic Program? Not sure what’s right for you?

Request More Information

Contact us to discuss all of your options!

Phone: 860-701-5037
Email: livingandlearning@mitchell.edu
Submit: Living and Learning Interest Form

Jake April

Jake April

“I’ve had a lot of people in my life who told me I can’t do things. People had doubts about me living independently because I have cerebral palsy, but when I got to Thames, all of the teachers there helped me discover myself, my work ethic, and be the success I am today.”

Support that goes beyond…

First Year Experience

Included in Tuition
The First Year Experience (FYE) is a comprehensive program designed to help ease your transition to college as a first year Mitchell College student, set the foundation for your academic success and help you get connected to what is happening in and out of the classroom. Through FYE you will encounter faculty, staff and students working together to introduce you to a wide range of new and exciting academic and co-curricular initiatives. 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. For more information, email livingandlearning@mitchell.edu.

Integrative Career Development

Included in Tuition
Integrative Career Development (ICD) is a 4-year career immersion model that links coursework to career work from your first semester on campus! Whether your next step after college is grad school or career, ICD offers students practical experiences over all four years of college with:

  • on-campus career labs
  • behind-the-scenes exposure to career options
  • networking with regional business and non-profit partners
  • career mentors
  • resume and interview skills building
  • internship experiences

In fact, 100% of Mitchell College graduates have completed at least one professional internship or career lab experience! For more information, email livingandlearning@mitchell.edu.

The Tutoring Center

Included in Tuition
The Tutoring Center is available to all Mitchell students at no additional fee (limitations may apply) and staffed by professionals in their respective subjects. For more information about professional tutoring services, email livingandlearning@mitchell.edu.

The Writing Zone

Included in Tuition
The Writing Zone is a drop-in service staffed by writing instructors for Mitchell students to get help outlining, drafting, and revising essays.

For more information, email livingandlearning@mitchell.edu.

Location: Duques Center 1st Floor
Hours:
Mondays 9am-12pm and 1-6pm
Tuesdays 12:30-2:30pm
Wednesdays 9am-12pm
Thursdays 9am-12pm
Fridays 12:30-2:30pm

Centralized Advising

Included in Tuition
The Mitchell College Office of Advising is a central part of the student success network, coordinating with departments campus-wide to offer a holistic approach in how we support and challenge our students.

Each student will be connected to an advisor prior to starting their education at Mitchell and will remain with that advisor for their entire time at the College. Our team of advisors helps guide students in developing their academic and personal goals, while also assisting in their understanding of campus wide policies, procedures, and expectations. 

For more information, email livingandlearning@mitchell.edu.

Accessibility Services

Included in Tuition
In accordance with state and federal law, Mitchell College is committed to providing accommodations to eligible students and visitors with disabilities in order to ensure accessibility and equal opportunities to its programs, services, and activities. Accessibility Services, located in the Duques Center, facilitates reasonable accommodations for students who disclose a disability, meet the eligibility requirement and request accommodations through Accessibility Services.

Comprehensive skill and strategy support goes above and beyond what federal law requires. If you are interested in fee-based comprehensive academic support in addition to accommodations, please inquire about the Bentsen Learning Center at livingandlearning@mitchell.edu.

Academic Coaching for Empowerment

Academic Coaching for Empowerment (ACE) is a fee-based, professional individualized coaching program designed to:

  • identify obstacles that impact student success
  • plan ways to eliminate those obstacles
  • follow through on established plans

ACE is available to any Mitchell College student who may need support with setting priorities, staying organized and punctual or completing assignments on time.

Students usually engage in the coaching process for a full semester although the duration may vary with each individual. At the end of the term, through an exit interview with the coach, students reflect on the process and progress made as well as discuss their thoughts on extending their participation in the program. For more information, email livingandlearning@mitchell.edu.

Jake April

Jake April

“I’ve had a lot of people in my life who told me I can’t do things. People had doubts about me living independently because I have cerebral palsy, but when I got to Thames, all of the teachers there helped me discover myself, my work ethic, and be the success I am today.”

Colin Brady

Colin Brady

Director of External Recruitment and Student Success

of our students access one of our Living & Learning Support programs

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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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